If you thought Christmas day was good, life is going to get a whole lot better!
There is some absolutely cracking racing today from a whopping 11 meetings across the UK and Ireland, with some of the best action at Kempton and Leopardstown. Admittedly the festive hangover is hitting us hard and we didn’t fancy crunching through endless form lines, so instead we’ve plucked the three of the best backed horses from across the two tracks that you might have missed. While the 8/15 shot Jenkins (12.55 Kempton) and the King George pair of Cue Card and Thistlecrack are attracting plenty of Christmas pennies, these are three horses getting plenty of punts that might be worth another look.
Might Bite, 2.05pm Kempton, 8/1
Nicky Henderson’s Might Bite was turned over at odds of 1/2 on his chase reappearance at Ffos Las last month – but was in contention before getting the last all wrong. He duly obliged next time out at Doncaster, winning with ease by 14 lengths. A solid hurdler, Might Bite is still very unexposed over fences though this is a noticeable step up in grade. He’s still attracting plenty of support though, and at the odds might be worth an each-way tickle. AJ Martin’s Anibale Fly and Paul Nicholls’ Frondon can both boast of some serious form figures at the top of the market, but there’s question marks over whether they can go the distance? The mother-in-law might have out-stayed her welcome on Christmas day, but hopefully Might Bite will be out-staying his rivals at Kempton.
Identity Thief, 2.20pm Leopardstown, 2/1
Super hype-horse Min lived up to his reputation by easily winning a Maiden and Grade 2 event after arriving from France last year, before finishing second in the Supreme Novices’ at Cheltenham after going off 15/8 favourite. He took to fences with ease at Navan last month yet punters are ignoring him at 1/2 this afternoon and siding with Identity Thief. He was a Grade 1 Hurdle winner who finished his campaign last year by coming second in the Punchestown Champion Hurdle, just more than a length behind Vroum Vroum Mag. The Henry De Bromhead-trained six-year-old made a smooth transition to fences at Punchestown in October, and was an easy winner of a Grade 2 event at the same track last month. This is a proper heavy-weight showdown, but at the moment punters are only siding with Identity Thief.
Lisheen Prince, 3.45pm Kempton, 11/2
A fiercely competitive 16-runner handicap hurdle is a hard enough puzzle to crack on any day, but after eating your own weight in turkey and Roses, it’s near impossible. Luckily we’re getting a decent pointer from punters who can’t get enough of Philip Hobbs’ Lisheen Prince who makes his handicap debut. He returned from a year-long absence following an Irish point-to-point debut win to come second in a novice hurdle at Huntingdon – and then on slightly softer ground and over half a mile further he duly obliged at Ffos Las. He was very green on that occasion and this is a step up in class once again, but punters can see the potential and are hoping the Prince can crown a fantastic day of racing.