Ed Quigley: Check out his five best bets for the Christmas period

Ed Quigley: Check out Longshot Ted's best bets for the Christmas period.
Ed Quigley: Check out Longshot Ted's best bets for the Christmas period.

Having previewed the King George VI Chase in his last column, Ed Quigley now turns his attentions to the rest of the Christmas action, and he picks out his best bets for the festive period...

In the 13:20 at Kempton Park on Boxing Day, I think DANNY KIRWAN can go one better than his chase debut second, with the benefit of the run after a wind operation, and the return to the right-handed track where he has winning form all as positives. Off a mark of 133, he looks solid value at 8/1 with ground likely to suit.

Looking ahead to the Welsh Grand National, and it could be worth rolling the dice with the Colin Tizzard trained ELEGANT ESCAPE at 25/1. Depending on which weather forecast you look at, over an inch of rain is forecast between now and raceday (Good to Soft at the time of writing), and attritional conditions would very much suit the nine-year-old who had a fitness spin over hurdles at Sandown recently after 631 days on the sidelines. A winner of this race in 2018 off 151, he was 6th a year later off 160. Off 156 he is handicapped to be in the mix from an each-way perspective. Outside of that aforementioned sixth-place finish, his course form figures read 121, so he merits plenty of respect and he can get in the shake-up here. 

13:20 Kempton (Sunday) - Get Your Ladbrokes 1 Free Bet Today Novices' Limited Handicap Chase
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Danny Kirwan

14:50 Chepstow (Monday) - Coral Welsh Grand National
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Elegant Escape (EW)

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The Savills Chase revolves around A Plus Tard, but as an each-way alternative, the 2019 winner DELTA WORK looks a fair price at 12/1. He also won the Grade 1 Novice Chase on this card in 2018. He has his jumping frailties, but this racecourse is very much his home patch, it would be far from a shock that if he puts in a clear round he is involved at the business end of proceedings. The same connections are likely to be represented in Leopardstown's Christmas Hurdle on the same card with ABACADABRAS, who will be going into unknown territory stamina-wise, but very much shaped as though he will come on for the run when third behind Honeysuckle in the Hatton's Grace last time out. I expect him to be smuggled into the race, and it wouldn't shock me if he had it in the locker to mug his rivals in a race where there are question marks about a few of the likely participants.

STAGE STAR has echoes of Bravemansgame about him, and I see Skybet have gone up at 3/1 on him landing the Challow Hurdle at Newbury. No matter who turns up, I think he will be the one they all have to beat.

14:20 Leopardstown (Tuesday) - Savills Chase
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Delta Work (EW)

13:45 Leopardstown (Tuesday) - Dornan Engineering Christmas Hurdle
Abacadabras silk


15:00 Newbury (Wednesday) - Challow Novices' Hurdle
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Stage Star


  • Danny Kirwan, Kempton, Sunday 26th December, 1pt win 8/1 (generally)
  • Elegant Escape, Chepstow, Monday 27th December, 0.5pts e/w 25/1 (generally)
  • Delta Work , Leopardstown, Tuesday 28th December, 0.5pts e/w 12/1 (generally)
  • Abacadabras, Leopardstown, Tuesday 28th December, 1pt win 8/1 (generally)
  • Stage Star, Newbury, Wednesday 29th December, 1pt win 3/1
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