Sunday’s 4,557/1 Lucky 15 – Racing Tips Best Bets on December 19
Horse Racing Tips on Sunday, December 19th
Racing over fences comes from Fakenham in Britain and Thurles in Ireland. Our editor’s top tips all come from these two tracks to make up a 4,557/1 Lucky 15.
Laughing Trix (12:40 Thurles)
This year’s Irish National winning trainer Dermot McLoughlin has a healthy 17% strike rate with his chasers, far higher than with his hurdlers.
LAUGHING TRIX may well have boosted that rate further before falling on his previous start. He won on his chase debut at Fairyhouse in November and the 6lb rise he took for that victory was offset by P J O’Hanlon’s 7lb claim.
He was still travelling smoothly enough when coming down at Punchestown and therefore remains on the same mark of 91. Given he could be progressive over fences, this would not take a lot of winning if he were to prove better than he was over hurdles.
Fact Of The Matter (1:50 Fakenham)
This represents a substantial drop in class for FACT OF THE MATTER who won over the cross country course at Cheltenham three years ago.
He was also second over Prestbury Park’s traditional fences on the old course in October before disappointing at that same track next time out.
He is back on the mark from which he finished second two starts back now and this is nowhere near as competitive. If anything, the 3m 5f should be a better trip for him as he is all about stamina and while he is carrying more weight than he has for a while, he should be able to shoulder it better than most.
The Unit (2:50 Fakenham)
Alan King’s ten-year-old was once quite high-class and despite a falling rating, has still contested some decent races.
His third at Warwick on soft back in February reads particularly well in this context, as he is now 13lbs lower and all his subsequent runs have been on ground that may now be sounder than he would like it. With older legs, he may prefer more cut underfoot and his comeback third was encouraging enough given he has never won after a break.
3lbs lower again and in the lowest grade of 0-125 that he has faced, he looks overpriced to win for the first time since 2018.
Dinsdale (3:20 Fakenham)
Officially rated 13lbs lower over hurdles than he is as a chaser, DINSDALE’s return to this sphere was encouraging enough when third at Newcastle in November.
He travelled well for most of the contest, but paid the price for some early keenness when fading to finish fourth. He was still beaten fewer than five lengths and it was also his first National Hunt run for over three years.
He may still have been coming to the boil that day and will continue to have the bonus of Luca Morgan’s 5lb claim.