Saturday’s 6,421/1 Lucky 15 – Racing Tips Best Bets on December 18

Haydock features twice in our editor's Lucky 15 on Saturday.Haydock features twice in our editor's Lucky 15 on Saturday.

Horse Racing Tips on Saturday, December 18th

Ascot’s meeting features the Grade 1 Long Walk Hurdle on Saturday. However, there are six meetings altogether across Britain and Ireland on the day with our editor’s 6,421/1 Lucky 15 focusing on Ascot and Haydock.

So Said I (12:40 Ascot)

A field of 16 have been declared for the opener at Ascot on Saturday, but there’s plenty of optimism that SO SAID I can give the Tizzards the first winner of the day.

Given a mark of just 109, this mare ran in a couple of strong novice hurdles in the spring, finishing within three lengths of the winner each time. That was despite her yard being in poor form.

She has come back this season with a runner-up finish at Stratford, form which she then overturned with the winner, Gazette Bourgeoise, at Exeter next time out. The third horse that day, Swincombe Fleat beaten 14 lengths, won on Thursday.

It gives a very solid overall look to her efforts over hurdles and it seems astounding that she is not shorter in the betting generally.

Up For Parol (2:05 Haydock)

A two-time winner for Jamie Snowden last season, UP FOR PAROL’s hurdling efforts seem to have been overlooked in the market here.

His maiden hurdle victory over Barrichello in March now looks terrific form and having not won before March, he was still eligible for Chepstow’s Grade 2 Persian War Novices’ Hurdle in October. He finished held in third, but still beat some useful individuals and was considered good enough to be entered in the race anyway.

His chase debut did not go to plan, as he returned with an injury. However, he still battled to finish fourth despite mistakes and being interfered with. Back over hurdles, a mark of 127 is not harsh at all and he can resume his prior progress.

Caribean Boy (3:00 Ascot)

One of two big three-mile handicaps across the country on Saturday, the Silver Cup at Ascot looks set for 13 runners to go to post.

Of those, it is Nicky Henderson’s CARIBEAN BOY who gets the verdict off the back of an encouraging enough effort at Cheltenham in the Paddy Power Gold Cup. He was one of a number who finished well and he possibly paid the price of his freshness when unable to jump with enough fluency to stay up with the pace early on.

His runs over 2m 4f in the past have hinted that he’d have the stamina for this trip and if there are a few problems with the swiftness of his jumping, they will matter less over this distance. He is also down to a mark of just 145, which on his novice form with Fiddlerontheroof last season, is a very defiable mark.

Mr Harp (3:15 Haydock)

Unseen it may have been, but MR HARP put in one of the most extraordinary performances of the season recently at Sandown.

It came two weeks ago in a Pertemps qualifier, when having travelled soundly towards the back, he rapidly lost touch on the approach to the home turn. However, as the cameras focused rightly on those in with a chance, Mr Harp found a second, third and fourth win, scooting home for fifth.

He was dropped a further 3lbs for that, perhaps because of how quickly he seemed to fall away before rallying, but on softer ground which should suit, a mark of 120 now looks very lenient for a horse who clearly stays all day. This also represents a drop in class for Thomas Gallagher’s eight-year-old.