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Tip of the day: Christmas time

George Primarolo has a dream but in the meantime thinks Christmas Light is attractively handicapped at Beverley.

CHRISTMAS LIGHT - 2.45 Beverley

One of my dreams is to write a song which would enable me to retire. I'm not greedy - just one successful song that would earn enough royalties to ensure that I never had to worry about money again.

I've always thought writing a smash Christmas hit would be the way to do it. If it's popular enough, the money you'd earn over the festive period alone would see you through. Noddy Holder must be minted. As would Geldolf and Ure if they hadn't been so selfless. The lifestyle that Hugh Grant's character lived in the surprisingly good 'About A Boy' was meant to come across as shallow and meaningless but I personally didn't see too much wrong with it.

It's very unlikely to happen but we can but dream. I've even had a fiver at 50,000/1 with my brother that I achieve a top ten single by the time I shuffle off this mortal coil. It'll never happen (and he'd never be able to pay out anyway) but I'm still adamant the price is far too big.

So while I continue to dream of chart stardom, it's back to the day job and CHRISTMAS LIGHT stands out as a decent each-way poke in the Racing UK Anywhere Available Now Handicap on the Westwood this afternoon.

Brian Ellison's mare is best on quick ground, coming from behind off a rattling pace and, more importantly, she's 3lb lower than when she won at York last year. Her form figures at Beverley read 4221 and she won at the track 12 months ago.

Neville Bycroft has got his string in fine fettle at the moment and the admirable Eeny Mac must rate as her main danger but he's a bit inconsistent and he'll need a career best if he is to follow up his recent course and distance success.

So why not get in the Christmas spirit this afternoon by pouring yourself a large glass of eggnog, pulling a cracker and watching Ellison's mare get up in the shadows of the post to break her duck for this season?

Just don't shout out 'It's Christmas!' in the style of Slade if she passes the post in front. People will genuinely worry.