Hello and welcome to arseonlinetips. A 100% independent racing website with NO affiliate links & brought to you by 2 racing enthusiasts from either end of the British Isles. Charlie hails from Glasgow, while Rich is from the Isle of Wight, miles apart but united by the sport of kings….

Tis the Saturday before Christmas and that can only mean one thing…. the Long Walk Hurdle and only a few days left before the mass racing on Boxing day with the King George as one of the major highlights and what a field we have this year…

Before we get to those delights we have the big day and todays racing to get through, so lets see what we have for you?

Charlie has his Saturday Selections while Rich will have the Final Word.. So lets crack on!

Charlie – 

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Ballymoy 🌟🌟-Won 4 on the spin before finishing 4th in a Class 1 listed race at Newbury over 2m on the 1st of December. Steps up in trip to 2m 2f and this doesn’t look as competitive as last time and if handling the extra yardage should gain compensation here.

Win Advised

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Call Me Lord 🌟🌟- Hasn’t been out of the first 3 places in last 5 runs and that includes winning twice at Sandown. First win at Sandown came on the 6th of January over 2m in a Class 2 handicap hurdle. Placed 3rd at Wincanton over 1m 7f in a Class 1 Group 2 hurdle on the 17th February. Was then 2nd at Sandown in March in a Class 1 Group 3 handicap hurdle over 2m. Returned to Sandown on the 28th April and won a Class 1 Group 2 hurdle over 2m 5f. Steps up to 3m and 97y today and if in same mindset as last time out should have too much class for this field.

Win Advised

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Political Policy 🌟🌟 -Mostly known for his exploits at Dundalk, however has shown some promise over hurdles mainly by winning a Maiden Hurdle at Bellewston and a Conditions Hurdle at Downpatrick back in July. Was a fair 3rd last time out at Market Rasen behind a useful hurdler over 2m 1f. If repeating the run shown last time out that may be enough to land this race.

Win Advised

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Well that’s my thoughts on today’s selections, good luck if following and please remember to keep stakes small so it doesn’t hurt your pocket. I will now hand you back over to Rich for the Final Word.

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Final Word with Rich –

Thanks Charlie, lets hope this is a smashing weekend before Christmas, so lets get started…. We will start at Ascot, head to Haydock then to the All Weather at Lingfield….

Ascot…. Soft, heavy in places…

1.15 Graduation Chase… Class 2… 2m 5f 8yds..

Activial… Changed yards from Neil Mulholland to Tom George in the summer and made yard debut in a 2m 3f Handicap Chase on November 1st at Stratford, finishing 2nd by a neck. A winner last time out on November 24th at Haydock over 2m 5f 127yds in a class 2 Graduation Chase, winning by 16 lengths and 3rd has since won a class 3 Beginners Chase next time out… The DANGER could come from Kildsart, who was a 1/2 length runner up on chase debut at this course on November 23rd in a C3 2m 2f 175yd novice chase…

1.50 Handicap Chase…. Class 2… 2m 2f 175yds…

Janika… Has won 3 of the last 4 chase starts over in France after finishing runner up on chase debut and has now moved to Nicky Henderson and makes UK debut …. The DANGER could come from Magic Saint… who was a 16 length runner up to Activial in a 2m 5f chase and now drops back to a winning distance when in France….

2.25 Long Walk Hurdle… Grade 1… 3m 97yds….

Unowhatimeanharry…. Returned to form last time out on his second run after having a wind operation to land the Long Distance 3m hurdle at Newbury on November 30th. Won this race in 2016 and finished 3rd to Sam spinner in this last season…. The DANGER could come from Call Me Lord… Who makes seasonal return and steps up in trip. Last seen in April at Sandown when landing the Grade 2 Select Hurdle by 16 lengths over 2m 5f, it is worth noting that Call Me Lord is just one of 3 runners for trainer Nicky Henderson, with Top Notch & Soul Emotion the other stable runners in the field….

Haydock… Soft, heavy in places….

1.00 Mares’ Novice Hurdle… Class 1 Listed.. 2m 2f 191yds…

Queenohearts…. Sandown Listed Bumper winner back in March, finished runner up on hurdle debut on November 21st in a 2m 3f C5 maiden hurdle at Chepstow, finishing only 1 & 1/2 lengths behind the winner in a field of 14. Form has been boosted with 3rd, 4th & 5th all since winning next time out….

Lingfield(AW)… Standard…

2.15 Quebeck Stakes… Class 1 Listed… 1m 2f…

Wissahickon… The Cambridgeshire winner is also a C/D winner and was last seen winning the C2 Cambridgeshire(1m 1f) at Newmarket by 3 & 3/4 lengths in September and is the one to beat today…

2.50 Handicap… Class 2… 1m 4f…

Redicean… The 2m Grade 2 winning hurdler was a 1/2 length winner last time out on the All Weather at Wolverhampton over 1m 4f in a C4 handicap. Rated 149 over hurdles but runs from a mark of just 89 on the artificial surface……

Thanks for popping by folks, we really appreciate your support and would like to take this chance to wish you all a very happy Christmas and a prosperous new year…

All the Best – Charlie & Rich

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