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bet365 Festive Christmas Jumpers Raceday at Doncaster
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Best Bets and Tips for bet365 Festive Christmas Jumpers Raceday



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We head to Doncaster races this weekend for their annual pre-Christmas meeting where the best Christmas jumpers are the order of the day! We also focus on the other jumpers which of course make up the star attraction of what should be an enthralling day at Doncaster Racecourse.

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Several feature races are on the card, including the prestigious Bet365 Grade 2 Summit Juvenile Hurdle and 3 other decent handicaps covered by Sky and ITV Racing. We provide best odds and tips for these two races and two big handicaps through our partner firms bet365, William Hill, Betfred, Bet Victor and Boylesports.

The bet365 Summit Juvenile Hurdle, 1330 Doncaster

The latest betting for this feature race indicates a two-horse battle between Nusret trained by Joseph O’Brien and Scriptwriter trained by Milton Harris. Nusret opened his account impressively with a convincing win in a recent novice hurdle event in Punchestown whilst Scriptwriter kept on well to win the JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle at Cheltenham last month.

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Both enter serious calculations based on these runs although betting on juvenile hurdlers is a hazardous affair with so little evidence to work on: everything is unexposed to some extent. However, we are going to stick with Scriptwriter based on his recent Cheltenham win and could be the one most open to improvement at 5/2 with bet365 and William Hill.

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The bet365 Handicap Chase, 1405 Doncaster

Joint favourites in this tight 7 runner affair. Broken Quest (7/2 William Hill) ran a cracker behind Magic Dancer in a recent veterans chase at Cheltenham. Always consistent but may find a few of these progressive handicappers tapping him for speed.

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Marown (7/2 William Hill) comes into this on the back of a good second in a recent Ayr handicap, but this is a considerable step up in class for him.

Castle Robin was very consistent last season, winning twice in decent company and ran well enough in the recently run Edinburgh Gin Chase at Kelso. Decently priced at 11/2 with William Hill.

Bet Boost At bet365 Handicap Chase, 1440 Doncaster

Looks like an intriguing betting heat with plenty in with a shout.

Market leader Half Shot (3/1 bet365) likes to bowl along in front and takes some pegging back based on his two wins this season thus far. However, the handicapper may have caught up with him by now.

Heroique De Maulde (9/2 bet365) caught the eye at Newcastle lately with a very good second to Hidden Commander in a decent handicap. Hidden Commander went on to win a higher valued handicap, so the form works well.

An interesting unexposed each way value bet could be The Knot Is Tied who surprised a few with a 20/1 win at Lingfield latest. He had a wind op in the summer so there be more to come: 10/1 with Bet365.

The bet365 Novices' Handicap Hurdle, 1515 Doncaster

Fairly open for a small field handicap hurdle. The Sophie Leech trained Maillot Blanc leads the market (11/4 William Hill, Bet Victor) and gains respect based on her latest run at Hexham where she clung on to third in a lesser grade handicap but this is more difficult.

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The horse’s previous form before that was nothing to write home about although it may have been a case of working out his optimum trip.

The remainder of the field have very few wins between them although top weight Watergrange Jack did win impressively last season in a lower event but it’s heads and shoulders above anything else in this field: 15/2 with bet365 looks decent value.

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RECAP

The bet365 Summit Juvenile Hurdle, 1330 Doncaster: SCRIPTWRITER 5/2 bet365, William Hill

The bet365 Handicap Chase, 1405 Doncaster: CASTLE ROBIN 11/2 William Hill

Bet Boost At bet365 Handicap Chase, 1440 Doncaster: THE KNOT IS TIED 10/1 bet365

The bet365 Novices' Handicap Hurdle, 1515 Doncaster: WATERGRANE JACK 15/2 bet365

 

Please note all odds are correct at the time of publishing (5pm 8th December 2022) and are subject to change.

Matt is Howtobet4free's resident Horse Racing expert, writer, tipster and a huge Cheltenham Festival fan. He occasionally dabbles in Golf, Football and anything else you can gamble on!

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