Boxing Day Racing Tips - Bets bets for December 26

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Looking for Boxing Day racing tips? We provide a complete guide to the best bets for the racing action on December 26 - and you can read who are tipsters are backing below.

CAULFIELD (Jackson Oldham)

Race 2 - 2:00pm Joe Brown Handicap (1100m)
The Mick Price-trained LANGHRO is a horse I’ve been following for a long time. The lightly-raced six-year-old showed plenty of potential at the trials and jumpouts early in career but was too much of a colt to put it together on raceday. He was gelded at the end of 2017 and returned with a four-length victory in Benchmark 64 grade and a five and a half-length victory in Benchmark 70 grade. He returned in a Caulfield Jumpout on December 11 and it was an impressive piece of work. He broke 48-seconds for the 800m jumpout, doing it easily with his head on his chest. He maps ok from barrier three and 61kg first-up is the only concern. I’m happy to back him though, as he has group class potential. Star Fall and the first emergency River House look the two dangers.

Race 7 - 5:10pm Ladbrokes Christmas Stakes (1200m)
I’ve been waiting for this horse to return and we finally see him. The Peter & Paul Snowden-trained GEORGE PATTON. The six-year-old galloper was racing in France, with his last run overseas in June, 2016. In his one run in Australia, he was sent out a $2.70 favourite in a listed race at Rosehill back in January 2017 and has since been off the scene for almost two years.I’ve seen him at Flemington jumpouts twice and each time, he has clearly produced the best work of the morning. In his most recent jumpout on December 14, settled last and was still at the tail of the field at the 150m, before charging through a gap under a strong hold. He picked up the field effortlessly and went the line with the Lindsay Park galloper Magnikka, who was under riding with blinkers on. If the Snowden team can keep him sound, I’m convinced George Patton is a Group winner in waiting. The 1200m trip is probably short of his best trip and I doubt he is anywhere near peak fitness but he should just be better than these. 

Race 8 - 5:45pm Ladbrokes Handicap (1600m)
I’ve backed the Darren Weir-trained Casino Fourteen at his last two starts and although he got the chocolates for us last start, I’m leaning away from him here. He dropped 4kg and beat up on a weak Benchmark 78 field last start at Bendigo. He maps nicely but is yet to show he can run out a strong 1600m, although he is fitter now. The horse I’m with, is the Brent Stanley-trained CRITICAL THINKING. He looked a picture from the yard last Wednesday at Caulfield and proved too tough for Trogir, who headed him at the 300m. The step up to 1600m is ideal, as is the seven-day backup.  Craig Williams will be forced to go forward from barrier 11 which I don’t mind, as it’ll force him to not get too cute with a horse who is rock hard fit. He can sit outside of Macrobius and be too tough for them late. 


Race 7 - 4:51PM Adelaide Galvanising Alcopop Series Final (Benchmark 75 Hcp) (1600 METRES)
Race 7 is a BenchMark 75 worth $100,000 and It is hard to overlook the form of HANDSOME RETURN, who has won two from two since crossing over the Tasman from New Zealand. Now in the hands of Will Clarken, the lightly raced six-year-old has cruised to victory at Gawler in a Class 2 over 1200m before taking out a BM 64 over 1700m. He steps up in class but drops in weight and looks up to the challenge, taking on the likes of Savatag and Fulton Street in what is a big field. From barrier 4 and with Jamie Kah on board, he can make it three on the trot. 

Race 8 - 5:31PM Adelaide Galvanising Handicap (1200 METRES)
The last event of the day isn't the strongest affair and sees the sprinters line up over the 1200m. OUR BENEVENTO might just have more upside than her rivals in this one and is second up after cruising home at  Balaklava on December 12. The David Aldridge-trained galloper has faced the starter just five times and has won one of those, while finishing runner-up at a further two. At her only run at Morphettville she worked hard to lead before just being run down in the shadows of the post. That was at her first run at her last preparation. Look for her to push towards the lead in this and go very close against some moderate opposition. 

NEWCASTLE (Adam Cusworth)

PICKELHAUBE will be hard to beat in this one at his third run back from a spell. The Kris Lees-trained galloper resumed with a 4th at this venue on December 2 and looked in need of the run before being sent to Taree, where he just missed out behind  Scotty Be Gotti, running 3rd over the 1600m. At his last campaign, he was a winner in Victoria when third up and he has drawn to do little work in this. 

The last event of the day at Newcastle features a couple of promising horses but it is COSSETOT that should be very hard to beat. The Godolphin galloper has had just the one career start and claimed victory in a Hawkesbury Maiden by a narrow margin, while the was a massive gap back to 3rd. A slight concern is the barrier but there doesn't appear to be crazy amounts of speed in this and he should be able to cross over. The stable tend to have a good record when sending their youngsters out to Newcastle and a win in this would be no surprise at all.  

RANDWICK (Jackson Oldham)

Race 1 - 1:05pm TAB HANDICAP (1600m)
Chris Waller and James McDonald combine with three-year-old filly ZALATTE in the opening race on the program. The unbeaten daughter of Medaglia D’Oro has scored two impressive victory, although she looks suited over further ground. She won her debut on the Kensington course on pure ability before stepping up to 1400m at her next start. She was out the back in the small six-horse field for Jay Ford who didn’t panic. He got her to the outside and she went through her gears like a very smart horse. The step-up to a mile is a huge positive and she won’t be far away, facing only five rivals here. She is short but looks the best bet, anywhere around the country on Boxing Day.

Race 7 - 4:50pm SUMMER CUP (2000m)
Chris Waller has six of the 12 runners engaged in the 2018 Group 3 Summer Cup (2000m) but it’s the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained ALOISIA that looks very hard to beat. Since Victorian racing has banned the use of Regu-Mate in the state, some mares have been underperforming, none more so than Aloisia. Maher & Eustace gave her a five-week freshen up and ran her in the Group 2 Villiers (1600m). The warm favourite Sky Boy looked like he was going to win easily at the furlong before Aloisia charged home late, making things very interesting over the final 50m. That run indicates that the step-up from a mile to 2000m will suit her perfectly. Her last run over 2000m in Sydney was a close-up third in the Group 1 Vinery Stakes behind Hiyaam and Unforgotten. She maps worse than midfield from barrier eight and if horses can swoop home, she looks very hard to beat.

SUNSHINE COAST (Steve Bennett)

Race 6 - 4:37PM HAHN SUPER DRY 3.5 Class 3 Handicap (1400 METRES) 
Now a track and distance specialist, TOLAI MERI is in line for a hat-trick of wins here and her past two performances suggest she is more than capable of pulling it off. Two starts back, she arrived just in time to grab victory in a class 1 here over the 1400m journey. Then last start, she stepped up to class 2 company and reproduced a déjà vu finish, claiming victory by just over a length on a rain affected track. The four-year-old grey mare is stepping up in class again but certainly has the runs on the board to put her in contention here.


If you are unable to watch on TV, you can watch all of the action streamed online. All races from Melbourne will be streamed onto your PC, mobile or tablet by leading bookmakers LadbrokesBetEasy and Sportsbet, and you can now watch coverage of Sky Racing via BetEasy with every Australian race live. Visit one of the bookmakers and log in to be able to watch the races from wherever you are. You do not need to bet on the race to watch it. You just need funds in your account.


There are a number of ways to bet on horse racing this weekend from a standard win or place bet to quadrellas and multibets. 

SINGLE: The most common bet. The single bet involves betting on your selection to win, place, or both (each-way). If betting each-way (see our guide for what an each-way bet is), the stake is doubled as you are betting on your selection to win, and also to place.

QUINELLA: A Quinella bet is available on every thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race provided there are at least three or more runners. To win a Quinella, you must successfully predict the 1st and 2nd placegetters in any order

EXACTA: An exacta is exactly the same as a quinella. However, you must successfully predict the 1st and 2nd placegetters in the correct order

TRIFECTA: A Trifecta bet is available on every thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race provided there are at least four or more runners. To win a Trifecta, you must successfully predict the 1st, 2nd and 3rd placegetters in a given race. 

FIRST4: A First4 bet is available on most thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race provided there are at least four or more runners. To win a First4, you must successfully predict the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th placegetters in a given race. 

MYSTERY BET: A Mystery Bet takes the guess work out of picking a Trifecta and is generated by the betting agency’s computer. The computer system will randomly select three runners and if they fill the placings you win the Trifecta. 

QUADDIE: A Quaddie bet, or Quadrella bet as it is fully known, is available on most thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race meetings. A quaddie is betting on the winners of four nominated races, which are typically the last four races of any meeting, and is a very popular bet. 

MULTIBET: Multibets offer a great way to secure big winning returns on your bets as you combine various bets into one, and are proving to be an extremely popular way to bet. A multibet combines any number of bets from two to 25 into one single bet and dramatically increases the odds. 

PATENT BET: A Patent bet is similar to a three-leg multibet but is made up of seven separate bets: three singles, three doubles and a trio. Where a multibet requires all selections to win for a return, a patent bet will yield a return from just one winner.

ALL-IN BETTING: All-In betting involves a bookmaker offering fixed odds on selected feature races prior to the declaration of the final field. All-In betting on the Melbourne Cup, for example, is available for the better part of 12 months leading into the event. The risk with All-In Betting is that you will not receive your stake back if your horse is scratched.

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Boxing Day Racing Tips - Bets bets for December 26

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