December 27 Racing Tips and Odds: The Big Dog tempting each-way shot in Welsh Grand National

Planet Sport tipster Pete Farries picks out his best bets for the racing meetings at Chepstow and Kempton on Monday, December 27.

What day is it? I believe it's a Monday, but a sneaky Christmas Bank Holiday Monday. All you really need to know is there's plenty of racing on today, and Planet Sport is ready to put some extra cash in your coffers.

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

Chacun Pour Soi now a non runner in 13.10 at Leopardstown

Edwardstone (13.20 Kempton)

Forever Blessed (13.40 Chepstow)

Shishkin (14.30 Kempton)

The Big Dog (14.50 Chepstow)

13.40 Chepstow - Forever Blessed

I'm going for the Harry Fry runner of Forever Blessed to take victory in the Coral Finale Juvenile Hurdle.

It's the likely market favourite and I understand why. Was a very good winner at Ffos Las on debut and won by 18 lengths last time around at Sandown. Yes gone off at short odds that day but still looked imperious that day.

This is a slightly longer trip, but we are talking inches and I don't really care about that extension and while there are a couple of others in this race like the Paul Nicholls runner Magistrato, who is worth an each-way punt, I think Forever Blessed is a very fair favourite.

So Forever Blessed to complete the treble is the one for me on Monday.

14.50 Chepstow - The Big Dog

My star pick is going to be The Big Dog. I think a very good bit of value in the Welsh Grand National.

A very interesting runner who was superb in winning the Punchestown Grand National trial. He was poor on reappearance but I'm not too worried about that, I think this is a horse that has been aimed at the Welsh Grand National by trainer Peter Fahey ever since that win at Punchestown and now I think is going to get a chance to shine.

The price, at the time of recording is a very interesting 10/1, and if it holds around that mark then getting involved each-way is a brilliant way to play this horse.

13.20 Kempton - Edwardstone

Speed is of the essence at Kempton and Edwardstone can once again show his rivals a clean pair of heels in the Ladbrokes Wayward Lad Novices' Chase.

Alan King's charge is possibly a bit unlucky not to be undefeated in three starts this term, having been brought down when travelling well on his seasonal bow at Warwick in November.

He righted that statistic when hosing up back at that track a couple of weeks later, making short work of Stepney Causeway as an odds-on favourite to win by seven lengths after a largely assured round of jumping.

King then opted for a swift step up in calibre, tackling the Grade One Henry VIII Novices' Chase at Sandown at the start of the month where Edwardstone rose to the challenge in style, coming home a 16-length winner in what appeared to be a strong renewal.

Favourite Third Time Lucki certainly underperformed, but Edwardstone jumped and travelled well before finding plenty when asked to run out a hugely impressive winner.

He must shoulder a penalty for that top-level success as he moves back to Grade Two company, but even accounting for that extra 5lb, he is still head and shoulders above the rest.

14.30 Kempton - Shishkin

Shishkin faces a stern test on his return in the Ladbrokes Desert Orchid Chase, but Nicky Henderson's charge can make his unquestionable class tell.

The seven-year-old was unbeaten in his novice chase season last term, winning each of his five starts in impressive fashion, including the Arkle at Cheltenham and the Maghull at Aintree.

It was perhaps not a vintage year in the two-mile novice division, but Shishkin never really had to engage top gear and there is almost certainly lots more to come from him.

The fact he has taken a while to come right this term is a slight negative, but Henderson would absolutely not be running if he did not think Shishkin could shine.

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