Racing tip of the day
Ben Linfoot heads to Wetherby for his Boxing Day best bet, with one of Brian Ellison's fancied on the card.
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LIFETIME - 1.10 Wetherby
Just the 72 races from which to pick one horse today in the UK and Ireland. A festive treat indeed, but you'll (hopefully) forgive me for not going through every single one in order to find today's best bet.
I've decided to stick to what I know, and that means Wetherby. After spending many a winter's day at the track it's a place I turn to when my head is spinning, like now, with horses at Kempton, Wincanton, Market Rasen, Fontwell, Leopardstown and Limerick screaming to be backed.
With little time to analyse the formbook on a day like this, Wetherby is like an old friend and plenty of usual suspects will be on show at the West Yorkshire track.
The Rowland Meyrick Chase still has course winners Cloudy Too and Cape Tribulation in action, with Wetherby specialists Wayward Prince and Alvarado now non-runners.
However, that duo might have to go some to beat impressive Haydock winner Sydney Paget, despite a 13lb hike in the weights. He could be hard to catch if he gets into a nice rhythm up front again and his market drift in the face of support for Cloudy Too isn't much of a concern. He could go off a big price.
The bet of the day, though, comes in the William Hill - In The App Store Novices' Handicap Hurdle at 1.10, with Brian Ellison's LIFETIME fancied to go well.
He's another regular to the track, running well off similar marks on his last two visits, finishing third of 15 and third of 13 in handicap hurdles over two miles.
Outpaced half a mile from home in both contests, he stayed on well to finish in the places both times and this extra half mile looks sure to play to his strengths.
Again, last time, at Sandown, he ran in a decent little handicap hurdle over two miles but just couldn't live with them, making moderate late progress into a well-beaten 12th.
Perhaps that's why he's fourth best in the market here. But back at Wetherby, over two and a half miles, I'd expect him to leave that form well behind.
The favourite Getabuzz isn't certain to get the distance and rarely runs on ground this soft, Brunello has gone up in the handicap for a defeat at Musselburgh last time and Bold Adventure is an all-weather specialist who hasn't won on turf in 21 goes.
Lifetime, on the other hand, looks sure to run his race. The form of his Wetherby thirds have been working out well - seven horses have come out and won from those races - and he's a decent wager to improve that figure this afternoon.