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Hottest December Race Fixtures

Jumps racing is now dominating the sport and there are plenty of top fixtures to look forward to in December.

Newcastle will take centre stage on December 2 as the Grade 1 Fighting Fifth Hurdle is run over two miles at Gosforth Park.

Paul Nicholls’ Irving landed the spoils for the second time last year in the first leg of the Triple Crown of Hurdling, which also includes the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton and Cheltenham’s Champion Hurdle in March.

Nicky Henderson’s Buveur D'air is the ante-post favourite and it is easy to see why as the six-year-old will head to the North East with six straight wins under his belt.

Those include the Champion Hurdle and the Aintree Hurdle and the son of Crillon looks the class act in the field.

Declarations have yet to be made but Apple’s Jade has been slated for an outing and is also prominent in the market.

The five-year-old won the Grade 1 OLBG Mares' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival while also taking the Mares Champion Hurdle at Punchestown.

She returned in Grade 2 action earlier this month to land the Lismullen Hurdle at Navan and is likely to be a big player.

On the same day Newbury will play host to the Grade 3 Ladbrokes Trophy run over a distance of 3 miles and 2½ furlongs.

Willie Mullins’ Total Recall may well get the nod and is favourite in the ante-post market, and those who fancy a flutter should check out for all the information on choosing the best sites available.

The eight-year-old made a winning seasonal bow at Limerick with Ruby Walsh on board and may have American to contend with who took three novice chases last season.

The prestigious Tingle Creek Chase takes place on Saturday, December 9 at Sandown and is likely to bring together some of the top national hunt stars.

Fox Norton is the ante-post favourite for the Grade 1 and has already kicked off his campaign by landing the Grade 2 Shloer Chase at Cheltenham on November 19.

Colin Tizzard’s charge has enjoyed an excellent year, finishing second in the Queen Mother Champion Chase while taking Grade 1 races at both Aintree and Punchestown.

Douvan looks set for a run-out having last been seen when disappointing in the Champion Chase at Cheltenham.

The seven-year-old has won many top-level races in his career and so could have a say in proceedings.

Un De Sceaux is the defending champion after beating Sire De Grugy by a length in 2016 and it remains to be seen if Willie Mullins’ nine-year-old is back for another crack at Esher glory.

Fixtures come thick and fast over the festive period and the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park on Boxing Day is always one of the hottest tickets in town.

Thistlecrack roared home by three-and-a-quarter lengths to land the three-mile showpiece last year but injury ended his season after a second-place finish in the Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham in January 2017.

Connections have reported the nine-year-old back to good health and ready to go and it would be no surprise to see the son of Denham Red in the thick of the action.

Mite Bite is favourite after winning the Future Stars Intermediate Chase at Sandown, with connections pleased with the way he is shaping up.

The Christmas Hurdle is run at Kempton on the same day with Faugheen in line to make an appearance.

Having been off the track for so long, the son of Germany cantered to victory in the Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown and looks set to resume what has already been an amazing career.