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By HRI Foreign Staff — On the soft track of Ascot, one of the most anticipated December events on the horse racing calendar will see six races occupy a fine Saturday for jockeys, trainers, fans, and punters in what is sure to be an entertaining afternoon of equestrian fun.

On December 19, Ascot plays host to one of the most complete cards of the end-of-year horse racing galore, as three class 1, two class 2, and a class 4race all run in one afternoon, all of them GBB races. Mainly for four-year-olds, the races will run for at least two miles and will have no shortage of ranked presence.

The British horse racing calendar runs thick and fast in this latter part of the year, as trainers and jockeys prepare and gauge themselves for the start of the big races when the New Year hits. For all the lovers of action and who always want to get their skin in the races, whether it is just for the December horse racing mania in the United Kingdom or to bet on Melbourne cup 2020, there is so much you can throw your money at for some profit.

The December Ascot race day kicks off at midday with THE FOUNDATION DEVELOPMENT NOVICES’ HANDICAP HURDLE RACE, a class 4 GBB race for 4-year-olds, and horses rated 0-120. For a distance of two miles and seven and a half furlongs, jockeys and trusted steed will push for the 8,600 GBP prize. The only class 4 race of the day will be followed by the first of two class 2 races, THE INJURED JOCKEYS FUND GRADUATION STEEPLECHASE race. Another for the four-year-olds, the distance is a testing two miles and five furlongs run for a 30,000 GBP prize.

The second class 2 race of the day, THE ASCOT HANDICAP STEEPLECHASE will take four-year-olds rated 0-150, over a distance of two miles and three furlongs for a 25,000 GBP honeypot. At the height of the afternoon, the second-biggest prize money of the day will be on the line as THE PORSCHE LONG WALK HURDLE RACE whips out. Grade 1, class 1 four-year-olds will have to earn the finish line in a three-mile, half a furlong run. With 80,000 GBP up for grabs, the excitement and motivation will be on the high end, before a listed class 1 run announces 3 pm. THE ASCOT SILVER CUP HANDICAP STEEPLECHASE runs for just about three miles and its 60,000 GBP prize will be nothing to take lightly. The biggest is saved for last, as THE BETFAIR EXCHANGE TROPHY HANDICAP HURDLE, a grade 3, class 1, closes out an afternoon of thrilling racing. A two-mile run, the winner will earn the biggest prize of the day, a mouthwatering 100,000 GBP jackpot.

So, what are the odds?

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