Wetherby Racecourse hosts Christmas Carol meeting

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Wetherby stage their popular Christmas Carol meeting on Saturday.

The seven-race programme starts at 12.10pm and features a trio of races each offering prize money of £10,000.

Meetings Man was second at an earlier Wetherby meeting and could go one better for Middleham based trainer Micky Hammond.

Course specialist Lease Lend has run two good races at the course over two miles five furlongs and the return to a shorter trip just might see him back in the winner’s enclosure.

As well as the outstanding claims of Wetherby there are two other great cards on Saturday at Aintree and Sandown.

The famous National fences are in use at Liverpool for the Becher Chase and experience of these unique obstacles usually helps when trying to pick the winner.

West End Rocker was a wide margin winner of this race last year and will go close if it is heavy going but preference is for Ballabriggs.

This horse won the National in 2011 and ran a great race under a big weight to come sixth in this year’s race.

Sandown stage the Tingle Creek Chase, a race that has attracted the two most promising two-mile chasers in the country.

Sprinter Sacre and Sanctuaire are the pair in question and they look set to continue the rivalry between top trainers Henderson and Nicholls.

Henderson came out on top in the Hennessy with Bobs Worth last week and I am confident that Sprinter Sacre can give him another big race winner.

This horse won the Arkle at the Festival in the style of a top class horse.

Overturn runs on the same card and he can continue his education over fences by winning the novice chase.

Finally, Wetherby trainer Robin Bastiman has decided to retire his stable star, Borderlescott.

The racing public loved ‘Scotty’ who was a dual winner of the Group One Nunthorpe Stakes.

Borderlescott was a ‘once in a lifetime’ horse and was superbly handled by the Bastiman family.

He can look forward to a comfortable retirement as the owners have given the horse to Robin’s daughter Rebecca who was a key figure in turning him into the most popular horse in the country.

Garlick’s Saturday Goodies

Overturn – Sandown Park 1.55pm.

Sprinter Sacre- Sandown Park 3.05pm.

Lease Lend – Wetherby 1.45pm.

Meetings Man – Wetherby 2.20pm.

Ballabriggs – Aintree 2.10pm.

At Wetherby on Saturday, the first race is at 12.10pm and the last race at 3.30pm.

There will be a band and Christmas singers to help racegoers get into the Christmas spirit. Information at

www.wetherbyracing.co.uk