IT’S TIME for the decorations to come down but not before ‘Christmas Jumper Saturday’ at Wetherby races tomorrow.
The fixture encourages racegoers to give one last outing to their Festive pullover, in return for £6 off admission to the Paddock Enclosure.
Assessing Wetherby’s card is tricky until the final declerations are made but Nicky Henderson’s Quiet Candid won easily last time and would be a big fancy in the first (12.35pm). An entry in the JLT at the Cheltenham Festival also indicates big things are expected of Red Devil Boys who might land the novices’ chase at 1.10pm. Gardefort was also impressive when winning last time and may be able to cope with an 11lbs rise in the 2.15pm.
But there’s no doubting that Warwick’s Classic Chase (3.35pm) at Kempton’s Lanzarote Hurdle (2.40pm) are the day’s two big betting races in which Return Spring and Tea For Two look decent prices at 5-1 and 13-2 respectively.
Both races are fiercely competitive but Return Spring should find this race somewhat easier than taking on very smart duo Kings Palace and Sausalito Sunrise last time. Tea For Two, meanwhile, looks an exciting young horse who is going places and jockey Lizzie Kelly continues to impress.
One, let alone both, of the big handicap winners would make the day and also bear in mind Godolphin’s Magical Effect (12.20pm) and Turning Times (3.10pm) as solid chances at Lingfield. Best of luck – and don’t forget your Christmas jumper!