December 28 Racing Tips and Odds: A Plus Tard to defend his Savills Chase title at Leopardstown

Planet Sport tipsters have done with the leftover turkey sandwiches and are putting all their efforts into race meetings at Leicester, Leopardstown, Catterick and Newcastle on Tuesday, December 28.

Here's a quick snapshot of Tuesday's tips. Click on the horse's name to have a punt with Planet Sport Bet.

Silver Flyer (12.45 Catterick)

Call Me Lord (13.38 Leicester)

Findthetime (14.00 Catterick)

A Plus Tard (14.20 Leopardstown)

Jimmy The Digger (14.45 Leicester)

Blue Flame (18.20 Newcastle)

14.20 Leopardstown - A Plus Tard

Leopardstown continues the Grade One action in Ireland and A Plus Tard is a worthy favourite to defend his Savills Chase title.

He swooped late to collar Kemboy by half a length last year and has certainly kicked on from there, finishing second to stablemate Minella Indo in the Cheltenham Gold Cup before galloping his Betfair Chase rivals into the Haydock ground on his seasonal reappearance.

Owned by Cheveley Park Stud, A Plus Tard will be a warm order to enhance his claims for the blue riband by making it three from three at Leopardstown on Tuesday.

Cheveley Park director Richard Thompson said: "He beat Chacun Pour Soi over two miles here two years ago, he won this race last season and won the Betfair Chase last month, so he's building up a helluva CV.

"Everyone saw what he did at Haydock. I'm still recovering from that, to be honest! If he can repeat that sort of form he's going to be hard to beat, isn't he?

"He came with a tremendous late run to win this last year and it probably isn't as strong a race this time around - there aren't as many runners.

"But we've been involved with horses long enough to know you can never take anything for granted, especially in a steeplechase."

13.38 Leicester - Call Me Lord

Call Me Lord failed to make an impact on his initial outing over fences but he should feel the benefit of that experience as he tackles the Pertemps Network Novices' Chase

The eight-year-old was set a difficult task on his first attempt in chase company, shouldering top-weight at Uttoxeter, where his presence off a mark of 148 ensured all his rivals were out of the handicap.

That proved too big an ask on testing ground as Call Me Lord could finish only fourth behind Come On Teddy, with Nicky Henderson's runner weakening in the finish.

The outing should see him strip a bit fitter and switching away from handicap company certainly hands him an advantage here as he has a good chunk in hand on the official numbers.

Smart enough to win two graded heats over hurdles, it would be disappointing if Call Me Lord were to fall short again.

14.45 Leicester - Jimmy The Digger

Jimmy The Digger possibly paid for his keen-going attitude when having to settle for third last time out, but if he can race with a bit more restraint he could be one to follow in the Pertemps Network Leicestershire Silver Fox Handicap Chase.

He found it tough going from the second-last at Market Rasen last month, eventually being beaten eight and a half lengths over three miles.

Switching back to two and a half miles looks a shrewd move given he won over that trip on his chasing bow.

12.45 Catterick - Silver Flyer

Recent point-to-point winner Silver Flyer takes the eye in the Betting Better With Sky Bet Maiden Hurdle as he makes his debut for Donald McCain.

A four-length winner between the flags in October, McCain paid £50,000 for the son of Malinas later that month and given both his siblings, Silver Sheen and Miah Grace, are multiple winners, his pedigree promises much.

14.00 Catterick - Findthetime

Findthetime can supplement a recent narrow success with victory in the Sky Bet Extra Places Every Day Handicap Hurdle.

Nicky Richards' charge has made steady progress in each of his three hurdles starts, stepping up from an initial third at Perth to finish second at Carlisle before finally hitting the target at Sedgefield last month.

He made hard work of that victory, prevailing by just a head after regaining the lead on the run to the line, but his attitude could not be faulted.

Findthetime's hurdling still needs to improve a bit as he is prone to a mistake or two, but nevertheless he can make his presence felt.

18.20 Newcastle - Blue Flame

Blue Flame can register the first success of his career in the MansionBet Beaten By A Head Handicap.

Initially trained by Saeed bin Suroor, he was beaten just under three lengths by prolific winner Ilaraab on his racecourse bow in August 2020 but subsequently disappointed and changed hands for 4,000 guineas in February.

He beat just one horse home on his first run for Ed Dunlop but given a nice break, he showed much more promise when second at Chelmsford at the start of the month.

Blue Flame outran his odds of 25/1 to be beaten just half a length, just relinquishing the advantage in the shadow of the post against a race-fit rival.

That was a fine effort on the back of a 257-day absence and although a 2lb rise is not ideal, a mark of 65 might still prove lenient.

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