Friday’s 2,168/1 Lucky 15 – Racing Tips Best Bets on December 10

Racing Tips provide four selections across the cards this Friday.Racing Tips provide four selections across the cards this Friday.

Horse Racing Tips On Friday, December 10

There are four meetings spread across Britain on Friday with the action coming from Bangor, Cheltenham, Doncaster and Southwell. Our expert tipster has produced their best bets across Friday’s cards, which make up our advised Thursday Lucky 15.

Punxsutawney Phil (13:15 Cheltenham) 

Brian Ellison’s PUNXSUTAWNEY PHIL has been steadily progressing since switching to hurdles and after placed efforts in novice hurdle events at Stratford and Perth, landed a maiden hurdle comfortably at Sedgefield in October by 2.5l.

Connections decided to step the four-year-old up in trip at Cheltenham for his latest assignment and he ran a decent race in fourth over 2m5f despite being no match for runaway winner Gowel Road for local Cheltenham trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies.

The drop back to an extended 2mile trip should suit Punxsutawney Phil perfectly and he remains on the same mark for that latest encouraging display which was his first visit to Prestbury Park. Jockey Sean Bowen maintains the partnership and receives plenty of weight from his rivals and races off just a featherweight of 10-2. 

Equus Dreamer (13:30 Bangor)

Trainer Kim Bailey will have been highly encouraged with the Chasing debut of EQUUS DREAMER last time out at Ffos Las where the six-year-old put in some good late work to finish third over what was certainly an inadequate trip of 2m3f.

The lightly-raced six-year-old had previously shown over hurdles that he is all about stamina when landing an extended 3mile Maiden hurdle at Hereford earlier in the year in testing conditions. Connections have wasted little time in sending him over the larger obstacles and he is the type of strong forward sort that his yard thrives with.

Equus Dreamer will have learnt plenty for that initial Chasing experience after a 251 day-break and trainer Kim Bailey looks to have found an ideal opportunity for his charge to record a second career win on just his fifth start.

Kim Bailey will be hoping Equus Dreamer can get back to winning ways.

Kim Bailey will be hoping Equus Dreamer can get back to winning ways.

Rose Of Arcadia (13:50 Cheltenham) 

ROSE OF ARCADIA has been a model of consistency since joining trainer Colin Tizzard from the point-to-point scene. The mare has tasted success three times in the colours of Cheveley Park Stud and has also shaped encouragingly when not reaching the winner’s enclosure, including when finishing fifth on her penultimate start in Grade 2 company at Newbury. 

The six-year-old mare returned after a 224 day-break when running a fine race on reappearance when finishing third behind the Alan King pair Hotter Than Hell and Wynn House over hurdles at Wincanton in early November. That run would have certainly blown any cobwebs away and the yard has quickly decided for her to embark on her chasing career.

Colin Tizzard’s mare has been sent off favourite on all of her six starts on British soil and connections will be confident that she makes up into a high-class chaser as she is bred to excel now switching attention to the large obstacles. There is certainly room for improvement off her mark of 119 and she is the type that could really progress this season.

Plan Of Attack (15:00 Cheltenham)

The Glenfarclas Crystal Cup Cross Country Handicap Chase looks wide open on first viewing with many holding a chance including Midnight Maestro who represents Cross Country regular Edna Bolger in the famous JP McManus silks. However, this can go the way of another Irish representative in PLAN OF ATTACK who had his first taste of the Cross Country course back in November when finishing fourth behind Back On The Lash. 

Henry De Bromhead’s eight-year-old stayed on powerfully up the hill and was doing all his best work late on as the winning post loomed. That was certainly an encouraging step in the right direction from Plan Of Attack who had shown frailties in previous starts and connections may just have him back in full health after that reappearing run from a 105-day break. 

Plan Of Attack should build upon that return to form from his unchanged mark and it was interesting to see such significant market support behind the eight-year-old last time out. He should strip a lot fitter for that fourth-placed effort and there is clearly races to be won for him over the banks and back over fences this campaign.