Tuesday ITV Racing Tips: Best Bets for Leopardstown, Catterick and Leicester

There's a triple-header of live ITV action on Tuesday, December 28 and we've a tip for each of the eight televised races, plus there’s a free bet offer worth knowing about.

Let's begin with that free bet offer, which works like this...

Get up to £20 back as a free bet if your horse places second and is beaten by half a length or less - applies to ALL LIVE ITV RACES!

So with that handy concession on our side, it's time to delve into our outright tips and we've listed these below with clickable links behind the names in case you want to head straight to Planet Sport Bet to place your bets.

Ardhill (13.10 Leopardstown)

No Cruise Yet (13.25 Catterick)

Klassical Dream (13.45 Leopardstown)

Hunting Percival (14.00) Catterick

A Plus Tard (14.20 Leopardstown)

Kilbrook (14.45 Leicester)

Fury Road (14.55 Leopardstown)

Lebowski (15.20 Leicester)

13.10 Leopardstown - Ardhill

Absolutely sluiced up over about three miles at Ascot ten days ago, which was a monumental improvement on any form we had previously seen from him.

He sported first-time blinkers that day, which trainer Gordon Elliott subsequently explained had helped him to travel better, while he also cited the less testing ground as being another reason for his step up in form.

He was backed off the boards that day but he returns to action in Ireland having now gone up the best part of a stone in the handicap, yet still carrying a feather racing weight in this big field contest.

Again he get ground that is not as testing as we often see across the Irish Sea and provided he doesn't 'bounce', he looks like taking plenty of beating.

13.45 Leopardstown - Klassical Dream

There's a cracking Grade 1 contest in prospect at Leopardstown in the Dornan Engineering Christmas Hurdle over three miles.

Last season's Cheltenham Festival Stayers' Hurdle winner, Flooring Porter lines up again, now trying to recover his reputation to some extent. Since March, he pulled up at Punchestown when our selection won with authority. More recently the champion fell, admittedly when still going well, in a Navan Grade 2.

If he is fully back on song then clearly he presents a major threat to out tip, but it is a Grade 1 after all, so whoever you side with, you're likely to face a tough nut or two.

Klassical Dream himself enjoyed a tremendous novice season, winning the Supreme and two other Grade 1 events in 2019. Beaten for the first time over hurdles in the 2019 Morgiana at Punchestown, he finished last here at the Christmas meeting two years ago.

Willie Mullins chose to give him time and that clearly paid off when, in a first-time hood, he destroyed his field at Punchestown in April, revitalising his career in sensational fashion.

Now back at the top of the tree, he will be a major force in these championship staying contests for the remainder of this season and possibly beyond.

14.20 Leopardstown - A Plus Tard

A note of caution here. Only two favourites have won this race in its last ten runnings, so it may not be the done deal that it might look on paper for last year's winner A Plus Tard.

However, he is clearly the best horse in this race on what he has achieved. Second to Minella Indo in last season's Cheltenham Gold Cup, he reappeared with a 22-length defeat of Royal Pagaille in last month's Grade 1 Betfair Chase at Haydock Park.

He is officially 9lb clear of everything else in the race and while such 'good things' have had their colours lowered before, as a seven-year-old he may still have better to come and he looks a very solid option in Ireland's traditional Christmas stayers' championship.

Kemboy pushed him to within half-a-length in this last season and does go well at the track. He will like the ground and should go well at a price, having lost his way a bit of late.

The other potential danger looks to be Galvin, who is another improving seven-year-old and finished second to Frodon in the Grade 1 Ladbrokes Champion Chase at Down Royal when last seen in October.

14.55 Leopardstown - Fury Road

A tricky beginners' chase to solve given the presence of half a dozen runners from some of Ireland's top stables. Galopin Des Champs makes his chase debut here and after winning last season's Martin Pipe over hurdles at the Cheltenham Festival, he underlined his class with a Grade 1 staying novices' hurdle win at Punchestown when last seen in April.

Of course, it's not beyond the realms that he could dot up here, but although his opponents have got second and third placings to their names on their most recent start, they can't be underestimated.

In particular, Fury Road also has a touch of class. He showed that when stepped up to Grade 1 company in just his second chase at Fairyhouse last time in the Drinmore.

He wasn't far behind Beacon Edge in third that day, this extra furlong will be in his favour and those two chases under his belt might just be the experience he will need to see off Willie Mullins' charge and land this prize.

13.25 Catterick - No Cruise Yet

Representing Bob steps up in trip here for the Jamie Snowden team and despite being beaten last time, he remains in good form and could be a warm order for this three miles one furlong handicap chase.

However, don't underestimate the Sam and Jonathan England team, who team up with No Cruise Yet. They have made a name for themselves in taking other stables' cast-offs and turning around the fortunes of plenty of horses. No Cruise Yet is no exception.

Formerly with Oliver Greenall, he looked like his may strike on his debut for the Englands at Doncaster, but came down two out when going well,

Proving that form was no fluke, he atoned with a win at Sedgefield (3m3f, soft) at the beginning of this month. He is up 6lb for that, but he was always holding the runner-up and may still be good value for that rise. We'll take him to successfully follow-up.

14.00 Catterick - Hunting Percival

There's an open look to this handicap hurdle and despite that fact that he was a beaten favourite at Market Rasen when last seen in August, it can pay to stick with Jamie Snowden's gelding.

The drop back to this trip of an extended two miles and three furlongs should not inconvenience the topweight. Good to soft ground is a slight unknown (he has largely been campaigned on a sound surface to date) but he ran well enough on his one start on soft to suggest that he can handle it.

10lb claimer Dylan Kitts gets the leg up and such a claim is not to be sniffed at, while Hunting Percival also goes well when fresh, so there are several clues suggesting that he can again have his day. Findthetime is the opponent feared most.

14.45 Leicester - Kilbrook

Not a race to be dogmatic about as several have claims. It is hard to assess the worth of the French form of Red Happy, who makes his British debut in this and is now in the care of David Pipe. He won last time out across the channel and could be a big threat.

Ahead Of The Field is also a last time winner and showed a bit of temperament in doing so at Southwell earlier in the month. He has to be considered but preference is for Kilbrook. He is up 4lb for winning at Carlisle last time, when he did nothing on getting to the front and almost got collared.

Jonjo O'Neill won't mind that, if it means he can keep winning without going up much, and we're hoping that's the case again here.

15.20 Leicester - Lebowski

Formerly trained in Ireland and then also had a spell last winter with Adrian Wintle, finishing placed in bumpers at Huntingdon and Chepstow.

Changed hands and joined Michael Scudamore prior to his two recent wins. The first of those was a significant improvement, when he took up it after three out and scored by an easy 6l at Ffos Las (2m, soft). He then went to Ayr (2m, good to soft) and easily defied his penalty to step up on that prevous success.

This time connections have decided not to take on novices under a double penalty and they could have found good opportunity for Lebowski to make a winning handicap debut while completing a hat-trick into the bargain.

He won't mind these testing conditions and the fields he has beaten look a little stronger than those in which his likely chief rival here, Jante Law, has seen off in winning his last two starts.

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