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Horse racing tips: Good Friday Fairy can bring punters some pre-Christmas cheer

There are five meetings in Britain and Ireland on Tuesday and Racing Post tipster Graeme Rodway returns with his best bets following a 4-1 winner at Sandown on Saturday.

Graeme Rodway's tips

12.20 Ffos Las - Balkardy @ 4/1
1.15 Wincanton - Sam's Amour @ 11/2
3.10 Fontwell - Good Friday Fairy @ 9/2

12.20 Ffos Las - Balkardy @ 4/1

The 3m conditional jockeys' handicap hurdle (12.20) kicks things off at Ffos Las and it provides a good chance for the consistent BALKARDY to break a frustrating run of seconds.

The Evan Williams-trained six-year-old has filled the runner-up spot on four of his last five outings and two of those runs have come over course and distance, so he clearly likes it here.

There is nothing wrong with his attitude, but he appears to lack a change of gear and was clearly not suited by the sprint finish when he was three and three-quarter lengths behind winner Classic Concorde here last time. Balkardy definitely needs a stiffer test of stamina.

There are a few more prominent racers in this bigger field (only six contested his last race) and the prospect of a better gallop makes me think that Balkardy might be suited by this test.

He is up only 1lb in the weights and looks certain to give another good account of himself.

Graeme Rodway's tip:

Balkardy @ 4/1 - 1pt win

1.15 Wincanton - Sam's Amour @ 11/2

The Barrow "National Hunt" Novices' Handicap Hurdle (1.15) at Wincanton is an interesting race and SAM'S AMOUR could go well now that she makes her third run following an absence.

The Black Sam Bellamy mare has shown improved form on her last three starts and recorded a career-best effort when third on her handicap debut at Exeter in October. That came over 2m2½f and Sam's Amour was strong up the stiff finish that day, shaping like she will stay.

She went off odds-on to go two better at Fontwell last month, but probably found the tight turns over 2m3f against her and could manage only third, albeit nicely clear of the remainder.

This is another tight track, but the step up to 3m½f looks certain to suit Sam's Amour - her half-brother Seaston Spirit stayed 3m4½f - and further improvement is likely for this test.

Graeme Rodway's tip:

Sam's Amour @ 11/2 - 1pt win

3.10 Fontwell - Good Friday Fairy @ 9/2

The 2m3½f handicap chase (3.10) at Fontwell is one of the more open races on paper, but it might not prove that way in practice because GOOD FRIDAY FAIRY appears to have a big chance.

The lightly raced grey fell in both point-to-points, but looked much better at his fences on his chasing debut under rules at Ffos Las last month. He jumped soundly in front until being overtaken at the first in the straight and kept on well enough to finish only six lengths behind.

Good Friday Fairy set a solid gallop that day, which led to a good time for the grade, and he looks well treated having dropped 1lb in the weights for what was a perfectly good effort.

The three-and-a-half-furlong step up in trip looks certain to suit the selection and trainer Ben Clarke's string is in good form. The booking of Rex Dingle, who is 1-3 for the stable, also catches the eye and it will be disappointing if Good Friday Fairy can't break his chase duck.

Graeme Rodway's tip:

Good Friday Fairy @ 9/2 - 1pt win

Graeme Rodway's tips

12.20 Ffos Las - Balkardy @ 4/1
1.15 Wincanton - Sam's Amour @ 11/2
3.10 Fontwell - Good Friday Fairy @ 9/2

This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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