Boxing Day Racing Tips: Stick with classy Cue Card at Kempton

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Are you Team Cue Card or Team Thistlecrack? We know where we stand on the big race this Boxing Day with the former getting our vote.

However, the mouth-watering King George VI Chase isn’t the only high-profile contest to enjoy as you tuck into your turkey sandwiches.

Channel 4 Racing will be screening five stellar races from Kempton and Wetherby throughout the afternoon and we’re whetting the appetite with some more headline selections.

Feast your eyes on our best bets…

NAP – Cue Card – 15:15 Kempton

It’s hard to avoid the flood of money we’re witnessed for Thistlecrack since he was declared for the King George. Nor is it easy to dismiss Colin Tizzard’s hugely promising novice chaser after going three from three over the larger obstacles following a near perfect run over hurdles.

However, we’re happiest sticking to what we know and siding with last year’s winner.

Cue Card showed in last month’s Betfair Chase that he still retains all of the class and ability that’s made him one of the most popular horses in training.

The best and most experienced horses win this race and no other rival ticks those boxes in the same way as our selection.

NB – Present Man – 14:05 Kempton

Nine of the last 10 winners finished first past the post last time out with five of those declared at the time of writing fitting the bill.

However, of that in-form quintet it’s Paul Nicholls’ charge Present Man who gets the nod from us.

The progressive six-year-old didn’t have many rivals to beat when landing the spoils in a Grade 2 race at Doncaster last time out.

However, he toughed it out to land the spoils on good ground and managed to beat an odds-on favourite at the same time.

Irish raider Anibale Fly and recent Caspian Caviar Gold Cup winner Frodon are dangers but our pick can put up another good fight and take this Kauto Star Novices’ Chase renewal.

Lively Longshot – Ballyculla – 13:50 Wetherby

This is a big ask but there are positives in favour of the Warren Greatrex-trained Ballyculla.

That’s despite the fact he hasn’t been seen since being pulled up during April’s Scottish Grand National.

Instead, we’re focussing on his course and distance win on good to soft ground back in March and his consistency in this type of company.

Taking away his short outing at Ayr and a fall at Newcastle, the nine-year-old’s most recent form figures read 115724232 from nine outings.

It’s a long shot but one worth a small each-way investment.

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All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing

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William Geldart

William contributed to a number of online football blogs before finally finding his pot of gold at the end of the rainbow alongside the rest of the Ladbrokes News team. Now indulging passions for football, horse racing, greyhounds, boxing and political betting. Supports Wycombe Wanderers and can be spotted at various lower league and non-league grounds across the country.