Horse Racing tips: Keep up to speed with our guide to the big Christmas races

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It’s the most punter-ful time of the year and the clever boys at Timeform have put together this nifty little guide to the feature races over the Festive smash-up.

So instead of picking more losers than the board of Arsenal Football Club, it’s time to get the skinny on all the Christmas Festivals and dazzle friends, relatives and in-laws you don’t really like, with your new-found and unrivalled racing knowledge.

The King George VI Chase at Kempton on December 26, the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow on December 27 and 5 horses to follow at Leopardstown for their four-day beano from the 26th-29th are all previewed to help you get a jump on the field.

Simply click here or on the image below to get up and running.

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A few big questions always need answering over Christmas and not just who nicked the best sweets from the Quality Street tin.

Will new-kid-on-the-block Cyrname prove he’s all that in the King George on the 26th, or will Cheltenham Gold Cup ante-post favourite, Lostintranslation, harden at the top of the Blue Riband market for the March spectacular with victory on Thursday?

Can Elegant Escape overcome top-weight and follow up last year’s monster gamble  – and runaway win – for Colin Tizzard’s team in the Welsh Grand National on the 27th and will Kemboy’s ‘new’ owners finally get to see him run and possibly repeat last season’s triumph in the Savills Chase at Leopardstown a day later?

They’re all puzzles that need solving, but at least the clues are here in your 12-page guide – so get cracking.

And Happy Christmas, btw.

*Entries and prices correct at time of publication 

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