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Boxing Day Racing - King George Chase

There's plenty of sporting action this Boxing Day and we're planning to cover as much of it as we can, but the highlight as far as we're concerned has got to be the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park.

One of the annual highlights of the racing calendar, this year ten runners line up to see who can land the big prize - and we've looked at all of them to see where your money should be going.

As ever in these big races the bookies know their stuff, and it's hard to look past the favourite for this one. Silviniaco Conti has a name that slows you right down when you're typing it, but when he's running he goes like the wind. He took this race last year on soft ground, beating fellow returnee Cue Card to do so. He also beat three fellow runners in his last race, a Grade 1 at Haydock, which helped settle the nerves of punters who saw him look less than formidable on his reappearance the race before. Cheekpieces seemed to make a positive difference, and with the ground likely to be towards the soft end of the spectrum he's got every chance of repeating his feat and becoming a two time winner.

The best place we've found to back him is at SkyBet, who are offering a very decent 5/2.

The aforementioned Cue Card is still very much a runner to watch this year. Although his return from the pelvis fracture which kept him out of action for half of last season has been patchy, his trainer has been very positive about his chances over the last week. He might not produce the barmstorming performances he has managed before, but with a couple of steady races under his belt again we don't doubt that he's capable of taking this race to the line.

His odds are dropping but you can still pick him up at 6/1 over at ToteSport.

Finally, as ever we'd like to pick out a long odds bet to tempt you with.

This time round we're plumping for Wishful Thinking. He's a horse who still has something to prove when it comes to stamina, but he has taken two excellent wins this season already and at eleven years old is running better than ever.

There are reasons we don't think he's worth taking for the outright win - wind problems and unproven stamina are two of them. However, as an each way bet in a field of ten he's a very tempting option to our eyes.

We reckon you can be tempted too, because the best price we've found on him is an exciting 25/1 over at Coral.

Sunday Racing Preview - Fairyhouse

There's a day of exciting racing ahead at Fairyhouse, and as usual we've picked out a few horses to tickle your fancy before the off.

Under almost any other circumstances we'd be picking Nichols Canyon out as the horse to watch in the 13:00 Bar One Racing Royal Bond Novice Hurdle. Unfortunately for Canyon, Allez Colombieres is making a return after a year long absence, and despite the cobwebs we fancy him to take the laurels.

He might be returning from a year out but he's impressed us previously. His form speaks volumes - although he was pulled up once after bolting before the start, he won the other three races he has entered. Assuming he's race fit we don't doubt he's capable of repeating if not improving on his previous form - and if he weren't race fit he wouldn't be running.

The bookies all agree with us, unfortunately, and they've made him the odds on favourite. Nonetheless, if you want to back him the best odds we've found were 4/5 over at Coral.

Further down the card for the same race, we also spotted Draco.

He's certainly not one of the better fancied horses running on Sunday, and his form is patchy at best. Nonetheless he has won a couple of races and twice finished second to Most Peculiar, who is not at all a bad horse. On his day Draco can run at the front, and with Tony McCoy on board there's certainly the possibility that a good day lies ahead.

It could go either way, but with odds as tempting as 20/1 at Boylesports we think he's worth a little flutter.

Finally, in the 14:05 Bar One Racing Drinmore Novice Chase it's hard to look past current favourite The Tullow Tank for the win.

He's previously run extremely well here over a distance just one furlong greater, and his form speaks volumes. Having taken a win here two seasons ago, he has also finished a good runner up to Vautour who subsequently confirmed that form as Supreme Novices' winner.

He's going to have some stiff competition from Apache Stronghold and Valseur Lido, but we think he's got what it takes to tsee them off. The best place we found to back him for the win was ToteSport, who offer a market-leading 15/8.

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