The freezing temperatures have claimed the scalp of National Hunt racing with Cheltenham, Doncaster, Newcastle and Hereford joining Navan in being forced to abandon their cards.

That means all-weather fare is left to carry the torch on a bitterly cold Saturday in December, with racing Newcastle in the early afternoon and Wolverhampton into the evening.

Our fancies on the synthetics include one for William Haggas up at Newcastle bidding to maintain an unbeaten record.


  • Wolverhampton 17.50 – Siamsa @ 12/1

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The Richard Hannon-trained SIAMSA (12/1) rates an interesting contender at each-way odds in this Fillies’ Handicap over 7f at Wolverhampton.

The daughter of Starspangledbanner won her maiden on the grass at Newmarket in September 2021 and then tried her hand in Listed company at HQ and Newbury in the autumn.

Her return at Newmarket over this trip in April was promising, though she didn’t perhaps kick on as hoped in three runs afterwards.

Most recently, she was back at Newbury in a strong Listed contest in September and finished fourth of seven behind Sacred, while she tuned up for this with a visit to France in November for another pattern contest at Fontainebleau where testing ground likely wasn’t in her favour.

The handicapper has cut her some slack and Sean Levey’s partner has acted on all-weather surfaces before, so she’s not without a chance now that her sights are lowered.

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