Best Bets for the Festive Racing In 2018

The festive racing around Christmas is some of the best action on the national hunt calendar outside of the Cheltenham Festival and this year is no different with some tasty races scheduled to take place involving some of the best horses in the sport.

Here are the best bets which can hopefully help you win some money back from what could be an expensive Christmas.

Rather Be To Win Caspian Caviar Gold Cup – 7/1

Rather Be was unfortunate not to win a Listed race at the Cheltenham Festival back in March as he finished second behind Mister Whitaker in the Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase where the official margin was just a head. On his return to Prestbury Park earlier this month, the seven-year-old was fancied to go well on his seasonal reappearance, however, he was brought down four out when travelling well. Connections will be hoping his luck will change next time at the same track when he lines up in the Caspian Gold Cup. Nicky Henderson’s runner still looks to be off a fair mark and as long as he avoids trouble this time, he can finally land a big prize at the December meeting just before Christmas.

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Might Bite To Win King George VI Chase – 7/2

Might Bite is set to return in action in the King George VI Chase on Boxing Day at Kempton in the race he won 12 months ago. Henderson’s superstar opened his campaign at Haydock in the first leg of the Chase Triple Crown, however, it looked as though he needed that run as he was out of gas in the closing stages. We should expect to see a much fitter Might Bite next time out and that signals bad news for his rivals, including Haydock winner Bristol De Mai. Given how disappointing the eight-year-old was first time out in the 2018/19 campaign, he is now out to 7/2 in the horse racing betting to retain his crown at Kempton and that price could look very generous on Boxing Day if he reproduces his run of 2018.

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Vintage Clouds To Win Welsh Grand National – 12/1

Vintage Clouds proved to be one of the most consistent staying chasers last season with a fourth place finish in the Welsh Grand National, a third place in the Ultima Handicap Chase at the Festival and also a third in the Scottish Grand National at Ayr. The eight-year-old should be set for another strong campaign again and has to be seen as one of the leading contenders for the Grand Nationals, with the Welsh equivalent being his immediate target. Sue Smith’s horse has already made his opening appearance of the season where he looked in great form to win a 3m1f chase at Haydock. He is a best price of 12/1 for feature race at Chepstow on December 27 and that’s a fantastic each-way bet as he is sure to be in the mix when many others have cried enough.

Enjoy the racing over Christmas and the best of luck with all of your bets.