Wetherby Racing Preview

The William Hill Yorkshire Christmas Meeting - Boxing Day

At the time of writing on 23rd December, the ground was forecast to be soft.

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A competitive 7 race card gets underway at 11:50am and features the William Hill Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase at 2:05pm.

Below our insider experts give you the heads up on all the races.

11:50 Novices’ Hurdle 2m3f 154y

Predicted 1-2

1 – Tequila Blaze

2 – Global Harmony

Comment: Tequila Blaze ran a decent second on her seasonal debut at Lingfield last month and should improve for the run. Global Harmony won well at Wincanton last time out and should push the selection close.

12:20 Novices’ Handicap Chase 3m 45y

Predicted 1-2

1 – Mance Rayder

2 – Eau Top

Comment: Mance Rayder was making headway when unseating his jockey 5 out in a similar event at Wetherby last time and should make amends today. Eau Top has been running well this season and if he can cut out the mistakes can go close.

12:53 Novices’ Handicap Hurdle 2m3f 154y

Predicted 1-2

1 – Imperial Icon

2 – High Moon Flyer

Comment: Kim Bailey’s improving Imperial Icon got his head in front on the line to win at Hereford last time and can win again today. 3yr old High Moon Flyer is receiving an additional 14lb allowance from his older rivals and could go close after finding the opposition too hot at Aintree earlier this month.

1:28 Handicap Chase 2m3f 85y

Predicted 1-2

1 – Johnbb

2 – Mercian Prince

Comment: Johnbb won well over course and distance last month and can win again despite the 6lb rise in the weights. Mercian Prince posted a much improved performance winning easily at Kempton last time and can go close again.

2:05 Handicap Chase 3m 45y

Predicted 1-2

1 – Spirtitofthegames

2 – Canelo

Comment: A big performance is expected from Spiritofthegames, who ran a good second in the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham on his seasonal debut last month and will come on for the run. Canelo stayed on strongly to finish second at Newbury last time out and should be in the mix again.

2:40 Handicap Hurdle 2m5f 56y

Predicted 1-2

1 – Small Present

2 – Mint Condition

Comment: The consistent Small Present can finally get his head in front after a series of staying on runs this season, the latest in a decent Novices Hurdle at Newcastle. The lightly raced Kilbrook has run well in Novice events and could be on a good mark for his Handicap debut.

3:13 Handicap Hurdle 2m

Predicted 1-2

1 – Naizagai

2 – Applaus

Comment: Naizagai ran a very good second in heavy conditions at Sandown earlier this month and can go one better today. Applaus was headed on the line last time out at Carlisle and should go close again.

Suggested Tote Placepot:

Race 1 – (1) Global Harmony / (9) Tequila Blaze

Race 2 – (4) Mance Rayder / (6) Eau Top

Race 3 – (1) Imperial Icon / (11) High Moon Flyer

Race 4 – (2) Johnbb

Race 5 – (1) Spiritofthegames

Race 6 – (2) Mint Conditions / (10) Small Present

Suggested perm 2x2x2x1x1x2 = 16 bets @ £1 per bet = £16 total stake

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