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ITV Racing Tips on December 29th - Thursday's tips at Leopardstown and Doncaster

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Last updated: 29 Dec 2022
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  • Tips for the six ITV races on Thursday 28th December
  • Four races will be shown live on the final day of Leopardstown's Christmas Festival
  • We'll also enjoy two races from Doncaster
  • Three Stripe Life, Dublin Four and Pink Legend feature in our ITV tips
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Davy Russell riding Three Stripe Life clear the last to win The Betway Novices' Hurdle race at Aintree. (Getty)

The ITV Racing team will again head to Leopardstown on Thursday, as their Christmas Festival draws to a thrilling conclusion. Along with four races from Leopardstown, ITV viewers have two strong races to take in at Doncaster, including a Listed chase for mares.

Here are our free ITV Racing tips at Leopardstown and Doncaster.

Thursday's ITV Racing Schedule


Time
Track
Title
1:10pm Leopardstown BeattheBank.ie Irish EBF Mares Hurdle (Grade 3) 2m4f
1:45pm Leopardstown Neville Hotels Novice Chase (Grade 1) 3m
2:20pm Leopardstown Matheson Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m
2:40pm Doncaster bet365 Handicap Chase (Class 3) 3m
2:55pm Leopardstown I.N.H. Stallion Owners EBF Novice Handicap Hurdle 2m4f
3:10pm Doncaster bet365 Yorkshire Silver Vase mares' Chase (Listed Race) 2m4½f

ITV Racing Tips - Thursday 29th December


Race 1 - Mares' Hurdle Tips


Mares' Hurdle runner-up, Queens Brook won nicely on her reappearance at Punchestown and Gordon Elliott's star deservedly tops the betting. Yet, with Willie Mullins firing in winners left, right and centre, I'd rather place my faith in SHEWEARSITWELL.

Mullins's mare looked like a star in the making during her brief novice hurdles campaign. Shewearsitwell then fell on her return after a 450-day absence in this race last Christmas, before struggling in similar company during the spring and summer months.

Following a 76-day break, Shewearsitwell returned to winning form in a Pertemps Qualifier at Punchestown, where she made smooth progress from the rear and snatched victory with flying finish. Shewearsitwell deserves to be running in this sort of company and she should be even more effective over this shorter trip.

Race 2 - Neville Hotels Novice Chase Tips


Like the previous race, the top two in the betting here seem head-and-shoulders above the competition. Gaillard Du Mesnil tops the market for the red-hot Willie Mullins, but he's yet to win in six starts over fences and I'd rather side with a proven winner in THREE STRIPE LIFE.

Gordon Elliott's star went into the Drinmore on the back of a solid novice chase victory at Naas. Three Stripe Life seemed to be in a good rhythm early on, that was until Davy Russell's mount made a shuddering error at the eighth flight, causing Russell to lose his irons and Three Stripe Life was pulled up soon after.

Three Stripe Life looked every inch a three-mile chaser during a successful novice hurdlers campaign and he could have Gaillard Du Mesnil's number.

Race 3 - Matheson Hurdle Tips


Read our full guide to the 2022 Matheson Hurdle to find out who we're backing in Thursday's Grade One highlight at Leopardstown.

If you plan on watching any of Thursday's races via a mobile or tablet, then check out our Matheson Hurdle Live Streaming page.

Race 4 - bet365 Handicap Chase Tips


DUBLIN FOUR showed plenty of promise last season and ran a cracking race on his reappearance. Fergal O'Brien's charge drifted out to 12/1 before the Grade Three Premier Handicap Chase at Wetherby, but ran on well in the closing stages to finish second to Into Overdrive, who's done nothing but boost that form since.

Paddy Brennan's mount was sneaking into contention in the Sir Peter O'Sullevan, until a crashing error at the third-last practically brought Dublin Four to a halt. O'Brien's eight-year-old runs off the same mark again today and he should relish this step up to three miles.

Race 5 - Handicap Hurdle Tips


The customary Charles Byrnes gamble is well-and-truly underway on Green Glory, and it would be a surprise if the favourite was beaten. At the prices, I'd rather take a chance on Ciaran Murphy's mare, ELLE PERFECTA.

A winner on her second hurdles start at Bellewstown in July, Elle Perfecta was then only beaten two lengths in a Listed Hurdle at the Galway Festival. Murphy's mare then made an impressive handicap debut at the Listowel Harvest Festival, where she ran out an easy winner off a mark of 121.

Elle Perfecta then travelled over to Cheltenham, where she was forced to run off an inflated mark of 127 and failed to get involved in a very messy race. I'm expecting Murphy's mare to be much more competitive off her Irish mark of 121 and Liam McKenna takes a valuable seven pounds off her back.

Race 6 - Yorkshire Silver Vase Tips


The last two winners of this contest, Zambella and Annie Mc occupy the top two spots in the betting. I'm happy to take both of them on with PINK LEGEND, who came within half-a-length of beating Elimay in the Mares' Chase at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival.

Unlike many of Venetia Williams' chasers, Pink Legend seems to do her best work on decent ground. Charlie Deutsch's mount won a Listed Handicap at Cheltenham's April Meeting in 2021 and beat Vienna Court in another Listed race at Huntingdon back in January. Pink Legend didn't run well in the Peterborough Chase on her reappearance earlier this month, but she should be much more competitive back in with her own sex.

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