Sunday 15 December horse racing tips – Williams’ 13/8 chance set to shine at Carlisle

Get Brian Healy's Sunday 15 December horse racing tips, best bets and selections in every race from the day's trio of UK and Irish racemeetings.

The week closes as it began with a programme of three UK and Irish horse racing meetings going to post, including jumps racing at both Southwell and Carlisle; while Grade Two action dominates the day’s jumps racing fixture in Ireland at Navan where the Navan Novices’ Hurdle takes centre-stage.

Navan (jumps) – 12.00 – 3.10pm (7 races)
Southwell (jumps) – 12.10 – 3.20pm (7 races)
Carlisle (jumps) – 12.20 – 3.30pm (7 races)



(12.30) MOSCOVITE (12/1, Ladbrokes) proved himself a smart hurdler last term, winning twice – one of them over course and distance – as well making the frame in Graded company, and Denis Hogan’s charge could get back to winning ways here.

The Flemensfirth mare made a winning transition to chasing when successful at Sligo in September, and she bounced back from a last-of-four efort at Clonmel in October behind Tintangle to chase home Demi Plie at Fairyhouse when last seen out last month.

Cheekpieces return for this switch back to the smaller obstacles where she could still have some scope from this mark, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see her going well back at the scene of her last success.

(2.05) SHANROE AL C (13/8, Bet365) is on a winning roll at present, winning three times last term over hurdles and then continuing his success when faced with fences at Tipperary on his return from almost five months off the track at Tipperary in October.

Karl Thornton’s Arcadio gelding ran out an easy winner over Glorious Galway, scoring readily, and while the handicapper hasn’t missed him as a result with a huge rise in the weights there is the suspicion that he has more to offer.

Still unexposed as a chaser and 2-2 under this rider, he can continue his upward curve and ought to give another good account in this latest outing.

11.30 – Sizing Pottsie
12.00 – Andy Dufresne
12.30 – Moscovite
1.00 – Run Wild Fred
1.30 – Diamond Turf
2.05 – Shanroe Al C
2.35 – Minella Till Dawn
3.10 – Pencilfulloflead

Gordon Elliott sends Andy Dufresne to Navan on Sunday.


(12.50) SKIDDAW TARA (SP) has shown race-by-race progress where he has bettered his finishing position with each start, and the Kayf Tara gelding can get off the mark now.

Nicky Richards’ charge was last seen finishing three lengths’ third behind Victory Echo at Ayr last month, where he didn’t help himself by dropping himself out and making mistakes in rear; but he finished off to good effect, and he had a subsequent winner in arrears so could yet be capable of better.

He proved he could handle heavy ground on that occasion, and with this step up in trip likely to suit he could find further improvement on that effort to open his account now.

(1.20) CLOUDY GLEN (13/8, William Hill) has proven progressive over hurdles, and the Cloudings gelding can get back on the scoresheet on just his second outing over fences.

Venetia Williams’ charge took his form up a notch last campaign, winning three of his four starts which included at this venue in March, and he returned from eight months off the track in November to post a very encouraging fourth over fences at Exeter where he might just have needed the outing behind Notachance.-

He was beaten 13 lengths, and he possibly did too much out in front over a trip which arguably just stretched him; but he is likely to come on for that outing, and he could step up on the back of the effort where he returns to a more suitable distance where he can get back to winning ways.

11.50 – Big Bad Bear
12.20 – Lastin’ Memories
12.50 – Skiddaw Tara
1.20 – Cloudy Glen
1.55 – Planet Nine
2.25 – Digger Daudaie
3.00 – Tequila Blaze
3.30 – Offtheshoulder

Southwell race on Sunday over the sticks.


(1.10) SHAN BLUE (SP) was in the process of running well on his second hurdles start when falling, yet to be asked for effort, and Dan Skelton’s charge can get off the mark here if none the worse for that spill.

The Shantou gelding had finished runner-up the time before at Wetherby on his hurdles debut, beaten just one length behind Redford Road, and he looks worth giving another chance given the form of his latest outing does look decent and he likely would have good close with a clear round.

Assuming that mishap hasn’t left a mark then it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him post a solid run here, and he can open his account.

(1.45) KEEN ON (SP) got the better of a tight finish with Protektorat on his hurdles debut last month, and Nicky Henderson’s charge can make it 2-2 over hurdles with the potential for improvement to come.

The Kayf Tara gelding had finished runner-up in a bumper at Perth back in June, but he progressed on that effort faced with obstacles at Sandown where he gained a narrow head verdict having shown a good attitude to knuckle down for the win.

That form looks decent, and he is sure to improve for that experience so could well take a forward step faced with a stiffer test of stamina, and every chance he can double up on his win tally this time.

12.10 – Carlo Rocks
12.40 – Nautical Twilight
1.10 – Shan Blue
1.45 – Keen On
2.15 – Getariver
2.50 – Elk Bridge
3.20 – She’s Gina


12.30 Navan – MOSCOVITE (12/1, Ladbrokes)
12.50 Carlisle – SKIDDAW TARA (SP)
1.10 Southwell – SHAN BLUE (SP)
1.20 Carlisle – CLOUDY GLEN (13/8, William Hill)
1.45 Southwell – KEEN ON (SP)
2.05 Navan – SHANROE AL C (13/8, Bet365)