Christmas Betting Tips
Betting Tips

Ascot Christmas Meeting Betting Preview

With only weeks remaining on the 2021 UK horse racing calendar, we're heading to Ascot for a weekend full of top-class contests.

National hunt racings finest will be on show with Group One glory up for grabs, and many of the top trainers from across the country have highlighted this meeting as a priority in their build-up to the 2022 Cheltenham Festival.

Here at Bet UK, we have all of the top online betting odds for the entire race card at Ascot and all of the leading betting markets including, win and each way on the Long Walk Hurdle - the feature race of the meeting.

Long Walk Hurdle Preview

Named after The Long Walk, an avenue in Windsor Great Park, this grade one race has been held annually at Ascot since 1965. With notable winners including Big Bucks, Sam Spinner, and Paisley Park, this three-mile hurdle race is normally viewed as a telling point as to which hurdlers will perform well at Cheltenham later in the season.

The 2021 renewal sees eleven runners set to head to post, with Paisley Park and last year's runner up Thyme Hill both expected to feature.

However, as we look across the UK horse racing online betting market, it's another runner who stands out from the crowd in the form of Nicky Henderson - trained Buzz.

Fast becoming a favourite from the yard at Seven Barrows, Buzz has already picked up a Grade 2 victory on this course in the Ascot Hurdle last month. In what proved to be a comprehensive win of three and quarter lengths over Song For Someone, who recently finished second at Cheltenham in the International Hurdle, it was over a shorter distance, but we don't think that'll prove to be a problem when it comes to this race.

It's also worth noting that his previous race was on better ground, but given that he has form on heavy ground at this meeting last season, we don't believe it's a negative to hold against him and think he's good market value at 7/4.

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Ascot Betting Tips

17th December

Time Race Horse Odds
12:35 Novices Handicap Hurdle Dargiannini l 5/2
1:10 Maiden Hurdle Soldier of Destiny 11/2
1:45 Limited Handicap Thyme White 8/1
2:20 Novices Hurdle Knappers Hill 11/4
2:55 Novices Chase Faivoir 9/4
3:30 National Hunt Flat Race Hugo's New Horse 15/2

Bet on Ascot Day One Betting Tips

18th December

Time Race Horse Odds
12:40 Novices Handicap Hurdle Young Butler 11/2
1:15 Graduation Chase L’Homme Presse 4/1
1:50 Handicap Chase Financier 6/1
2:25 Long Walk Hurdle Buzz 2/1
3:00 Silver Cup Handicap Chase Cloth Cap 7/1
3:35 Exchange Trophy West Cork 11/2

Bet on Ascot Day Two Betting Tips

Racing across the UK

As well as a huge meeting at Ascot, there is also racing from Haydock and across the Irish Sea in Navan, so we've picked out the best online betting tips from those meetings so you'll always be in the know.

Haydock Top Betting Tip

12:55: Mares' Novice Hurdle - Nina The Terrier

Our Haydock betting tip comes in the form of Nina The Terrier who heads to this novice hurdle looking to get back to winning ways following two wins at Chepstow and Newbury this season. Racing over her preferred distance of two miles and three furlongs with going conditions to her liking, the one thing to note is that she will be top weight for the race at 11-3.

Bet on Nina The Terrier

Navan Top Betting Tips

2:20: Novice Chase - Busselton

Our betting tip for the meeting at Navan comes in the form of Busselton, who heads to the track for trainer Joseph O'Brien. Picking up two wins from his last three races at Punchestown and Cork over a similar distance, we expect to see a strong performance here.

Bet on Busselton

Bet UK Ambassador - Neil Mulholland

Our Bet UK Ambassador Neil Mulholland also has runners across the weekend, and we've picked out some top chances below:

18th December

Time Race Course Horse
12:30 Handicap Hurdle Newcastle Planned Paradise
1:05 Handicap Chase Newcastle Tango Bay

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