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Racing Tips: 2021 Savills Chase Tips – Galvin Value for Leopardstown Christmas Cracker – originally posted on

The 3m Grade 1 Savills Chase is the centrepiece of the four-day Leopardstown Christmas Festival on Tuesday, 28 December (2:20). Better known as the Lexus Chase, the sponsors changed a few years back. This contest looks sure to shape the Cheltenham Gold Cup betting, so see 2021 Savills Chase tips from SportsLens experts on this very page.

Six-year-olds have a fabulous recent record in this race but none with any real chance feature among the penultimate declarations. In the last 10 years, only two horses with an official rating of below 160 have landed the spoils, so punters need one of the top staying chasers in training. Four of the last six Savills Chase winners, meanwhile, came to Leopardstown off just one run.

Favourites have a poor recent record with just two market leaders after 2010 obliging. Should punters take on the ante post fancy on horse racing betting sites, then? In this case, the Savills Chase favourite is very short and value could lie elsewhere. There hasn’t been really been a major shock in this race for some time. Only three horses bigger than 15/2 have pulled off victories over the last dozen years.

Stats and trends can all go out of the window, yet it is always good to know what they suggest. It helps punters build up a profile of potential winners of big races, so should lead to better-informed decisions if nothing else. Let’s take a look at our experts’ 2021 Savills Chase betting tips from Leopardstown…

Why A Plus Tard has short Savills Chase odds

At the head of the ante post market is last year’s winner A Plus Tard. Trained by Henry De Bromhead for Cheveley Park Stud, this seven-year-old Kapgarde gelding went on to chase home stable companion Minella Indo in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Since then, we have also seen A Plus Tard dismantle the Betfair Chase field at Haydock on reappearance.

The jury is very much out on whether he beat anything much on Merseyside, however. A Plus Tard could do no more than defeat the opposition in front of him, though, as he cruised to victory under Rachael Blackmore. De Bromhead is intent on keeping his two top staying chasers apart again until Cheltenham. That is why Minella Indo runs in the King George VI Chase at Kempton rather than this.

A Plus Tard remains unexposed as a stayer after just four starts over the 3m trip of the Savills Chase and further. This demands more than Haydock but he top official ratings among the intended runners on a mark of 174. A Plus Tard has 9lb and upwards in hand on his rivals here, so it’s no wonder that that he is BoyleSports’ 8/11 favourite. On that basis, the only reason to oppose him is the price.

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Galvin a value alternative

Next best on official figures is Galvin. Trained by Gordon Elliott, this Ronnie Bartlett owned seven-year-old Gold Well gelding stays further and appreciates better going. Galvin may be handicapped out of the Grand National, however, so again runs in Grade 1 company to see if he can hang with the best.

A first crack at elite level showed plenty of promise with only the game and gutsy Frodon too good for him in the Down Royal Champion Chase. Prior to that, Galvin won the Irish Daily Mirror Chase and National Hunt Chase either side of a summer break. He will not be found wanting for stamina, then.

Galvin was home in front of Minella Indo the last day, so a repeat of that effort on a form line through that one makes him look overpriced in relation to the favourite here. Compared to A Plus Tard at odds-on, there is plenty of juice in odds of 11/2 with William Hill about Galvin going one better on just his second try in the highest grade.

Bet on Galvin with William Hill

Delta Work and Kemboy must roll back the years

Elliott’s other runner, Delta Work, is three from five over fences at Leopardstown, so that course and distance record gives him claims on the pick of his form. Owned by Gigginstown House Stud, who won this five between 2014 and 2019, last struck with this eight-year-old Network gelding a couple of years ago.

Delta Work needed every yard of the trip to get up and beat Monalee by a head. He then followed-up in the Irish Gold Cup back here during the Dublin Racing Festival, holding Kemboy by 1 1/2 lengths. That was the last time Delta Work got his head in front. He always needs his first run, so he should come on for his fourth at Down Royal behind stable companion Galvin. Delta Work is a 7/1 shot with Betfred to win the Savills Chase again.

Old rival Kemboy has Leopardstown chase form figures of 14221 and needs the trip after finding things happening too quickly for him in the John Durkan Chase at Punchestown on reappearance. One of four potential runners for Willie Mullins in the contest, this horse turns 10 in the New Year. Any animal with wins in this race and the Irish Gold Cup commands respect.

Kemboy has only won one of his last nine starts coming into a potential fourth appearance in the Savills Chase. At this stage of his chasing career, he looks vulnerable to younger, improving types yet his fine course and distance record means he could go well. Kemboy, who should come on for his spin in the John Durkan, is a 9/1 chance with the same firm for the spoils here.

Back Delta Work and/or Kemboy with Betfred

Janidil may still be improving and each way value

Mullins could also run JP McManus horse Janidil in this. The seven-year-old remains unexposed as a stayer but has been strong at the finish in recent 2m 4f assignments. Janidil, a son of Indian Daffodil, progressed last season to land the Grade 1 Fairyhouse Gold Cup on Easter Sunday. His prior third to the now retired Colreevy at Limerick last Christmas also reads well.

The winner went on to beat her fellow mares at the Cheltenham Festival and then burst some bubbles at the Punchestown Festival when stepped up to 3m. Janidil chased home Energumene, an effortless winner of the Hilly Way at Cork since, over an inadequate trip at that meeting but shaped nicely on his return in the John Durkan when filling the same spot behind Ryanair Chase hero Allaho.

This is a step into the unknown but the way he sees out his races suggests Janidil may get the trip. He was far from disgraced when fifth in the 2020 Albert Bartlett over hurdles at Cheltenham. That is his only previous try at 3m in a red-hot festival novice contest. Janidil has clearly improved since then; so, off a revised official rating of 164, looks worth an each way play at 10/1 with online bookies including BoyleSports to hit the frame.

Bet on Janidil each way with BoyleSports

2021 Savills Chase Tips & Shortlist

  1. A Plus Tard *****
  2. Galvin ****
  3. Janidil ****

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The Palm Springs International Film Awards has announced that Colman Domingo is the recipient of the Spotlight Award, Actor for his performance in Rustin. The Film Awards will take place on January 4, 2024, at the Palm Springs Convention Center, with the festival running through January 15, 2024. The event will be sponsored by Entertainment Tonight […]


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Here are the nominees for the 38th Golden Disc Awards

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The Golden Disc Awards have announced the full list of nominees for its upcoming ceremony in January 2024 – view the full list below.

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On December 4, the annual South Korean music awards ceremony released a list of nominees across its three main categories – namely Best Digital Song, Best Album and Rookie Artist of the Year – for its upcoming ceremony. The winners for these categories will be decided through 60% streaming/sales numbers and 40% expert evaluations.

In addition to the three main awards, the Golden Disc Awards also gives out multiple honours, including the Popular Vote Award, which is decided based on 100% global fan votes. Details regarding voting can be found on Golden Disc’s official website.

The ceremony also normally gives out honours for several special awards – including genre categories, best group, solo and performance awards and more – though Golden Disc has not revealed these categories nor their nominees.

The 38th Golden Disc Awards will take place on Saturday, January 6 at the Jakarta International Stadium in Jakarta at 9pm KST, and will be aired on JTBC in South Korean. The event will be hosted by singer Sung Si-hyung and idol-actor Cha Eun-woo of boyband ASTRO.

See the list of nominees for the 38th Golden Disc Awards below:

Best Digital Song
(G)I-DLE – ‘Queencard’
aespa – ‘Spicy’
AKMU – ‘Love Lee’
DK – ‘심(心)’
H1-KEY – ‘Rose Blossom’
IVE – ‘I Am’
LE SSERAFIM – ‘Unforgiven’ featuring Nile Rodgers
NCT Dream – ‘Candy’
NewJeans – ‘Ditto’
STAYC – ‘Teddy Bear’
Parc Jae-jung – ‘Let’s Say Goodbye’
SEVENTEEN BSS – ‘Fighting’ featuring Lee Young-ji
Woody – ‘Say I Love You’
Lim Young-woong – ‘London Boy’
Jungkook – ‘Seven’ featuring Latto
Jimin – ‘Like Crazy’
Jisoo – ‘Flower’
Taeyang – ‘VIBE’ featuring Jimin of BTS

Best Album
(G)I-DLE – ‘I Feel’
aespa – ‘MY WORLD’
Agust D – ‘D-Day’
ATEEZ – ‘The World EP.2: Outlaw’
ENHYPEN – ‘Dark Blood’
EXO – ‘Exist’
ITZY – ‘Kill My Doubt’
IVE – ‘I’ve Mine’
LE SSERAFIM – ‘Unforgiven’
NCT – ‘Golden Age’
NCT 127 – ‘Fact Check’
NCT Dream – ‘ISTJ’
NMIXX – ‘expérgo’
Stray Kids – ‘5-Star’
TREASURE – ‘Reboot’
TWICE – ‘Ready To Be’
ZEROBASEONE – ‘Youth in the Shade’
Jungkook – ‘Golden’
Tomorrow X Together – ‘The Name Chapter: Freefall’

Rookie Artist of the Year
Hwang Yeong-woong

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FIFA Men’s World Rankings December 2023: Top 20 Nations

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FIFA Men’s World Rankings December 2023: Top 20 Nations – originally posted on

On November 30, FIFA published the final men’s world rankings for 2023. The governing body of soccer has taken the 2024 UEFA EURO qualifiers, 2026 World Cup qualifiers, and friendly fixtures into account to update its list of the top 200 soccer-playing nations on the planet.

Below, we will check out the 20-best-ranked teams on the planet, figuring out which teams lost and gained the most points since the last FIFA rankings in October. Now, without further ado, let’s begin!

#20 Senegal – 1594.31 Points

Senegal Are The 20th Best Team In The World
Senegal Beat South Sudan 4-0 And Drew 0-0 Win Togo In November

With 1594.31 points on the board, Sadio Mane’s Senegal are officially the 20th-best team in the world. They have lost 6.51 points since FIFA evaluated them last in October.

Senegal played two 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in November. They beat South Sudan 4-0 on November 18 before playing out a goalless draw with Togo on November 21.

#19 Denmark – 1601.31 Points

Denmark Are 19th In FIFA Rankings
Denmark Beat Slovenia But Lost To Northern Ireland In November

In 19th sit Denmark with a point total of 1601.31. Christian Eriksen’s side have lost 10.84 points owing to their sub-par performances in November.

On November 17, Denmark clinched a 2-1 victory over Slovenia in the 2024 European Championship qualifiers. Three days later, they were thoroughly outclassed by Norther Ireland, succumbing to a 2-0 defeat away from home.

#18 Switzerland – 1613.44 Points

Switzerland Are 18th In FIFA Rankings
Switzerland Drew With Kosovo Before Losing To Romania

Switzerland have lost the most points among the top 20 teams in the November FIFA rankings. Losing 31.94 points, they have brought their total to 1613.44, slipping from 14th to 18th place in the rankings in only a month.

The Swiss endured a disappointing end to their 2024 European Championship qualification journey. On November 18, they drew 1-1 against underdogs Kosovo before losing 1-0 to Romania on November 21.

#17 Japan – 1620.19 Points

Japan Are 17th In FIFA Men's World Rankings
Takefusa Kubo’s Japan Beat Myanmar & Syria In November

The only Asian team in the top 20, Japan have 1620.19 points to their name. Gaining 7.20 points in November, they have climbed up a place to book the 17th spot.

Japan participated in two 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in November. On November 16, they claimed a 5-0 victory over Myanmar before beating Syria by the same scoreline on November 21.

#16 Germany – 1631.22 Points

Germany Are In 16th Place In FIFA Rankings
Germany Lost To Turkey & Austria In November

One of the best teams in the history of soccer, Germany lost 12.27 points in November. With 1631.22 points to their name, Germany are in 16th place in the FIFA men’s world rankings.

Germany lost both of their friendly outings in November. On November 18, Germany lost 3-2 to Turkey before succumbing to a 2-0 defeat against Austria. Julian Nagelsmann will need to pull up his socks if he wants to avoid embarrassment at home in the 2024 European Championship.

#15 Colombia – 1651.2 Points

Colombia Are 15th In FIFA Rankings
Colombia Beat Brazil And Paraguay in November

Colombia have gained a whopping 24.60 points since the last FIFA rankings in October, pushing their total to 1651.2 points and emerging as the 15th-best national team on the planet.

Their splendid performance in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers was the reason behind their resurgence. They spectacularly beat Brazil 2-1 in the qualifiers on November 16 before beating Paraguay 1-0 on November 21.

#14 Mexico – 1655.21 Points

Mexico Are 14th In The FIFA Rankings
Edson Alvarez Celebrating After Scoring For Mexico

Losing 8.73 points and two places since October, Mexico have slipped to 14th place in the FIFA men’s world rankings.

Mexico went up against Honduras in the CONCACAF Nations League quarter-finals. They lost 2-0 to them in the first leg before beating them 2-0 in the reverse fixture. The game was ultimately settled on penalties, with El Aguila Real clinching a 4-2 win in the shootout.

#13 Morocco – 1661.69 Points

Morocco Are Ranked 13Th In FIFA Standings
Morocco Beat Tanzania In November

Last World Cup’s surprise package Morocco are 13th in FIFA’s rankings, having accumulated 1661.69 points so far. The Atlas Lions have gained 3.20 points owing to their performance in November.

Morocco’s 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier with Eritrea was canceled on November 16 but the game against Tanzania went ahead as scheduled. The north African powerhouse claimed a 2-0 victory away from home in that fixture.

#12 USA – 1665.27 Points

USA Are Ranked 12 On FIFA's List
Pulisic’s USA Won Once And Lost Once To Trinidad and Tobago

The United States Men’s Nation Team (USMNT) have lost 10.62 points since the FIFA rankings in October. With 1665.27 points on the board, the USA are 12th-best national soccer team on the planet.

The USA played two CONCACAF Nations League games in November. They beat Trinidad and Tobago 3-0 in their first game on November 16 before losing 2-1 in the reverse fixture.

#11 Uruguay – 1665.99 Points

Uruguay Are 11th In FIFA Rankings
Uruguay Beat Argentina And Bolivia In November

South American powerhouse Uruguay have been the second-highest gainers on this list behind Colombia, with them adding 22.27 points to their name to take their total to 1665.99 points. Such massive gains have allowed them to jump four places and land on 11th in the standings.

Uruguay secured two big wins in November. On November 16, they snagged a 2-0 win over reigning world champions Argentina away from home. Five days later, they secured a 3-0 win over Bolivia at home.

#10 Croatia – 1717.57 Points

Croatia Are The 10th Team On FIFA Rankings
Croatia Beat Latvia And Armenia In October

Gaining 5.69 points since FIFA’s rankings in October, Croatia have taken their total to 1717.57 points. Luka Modric and Co. enjoyed a comfortable November, clinching two wins with clean sheets in the 2024 UEFA EURO qualifiers.

Croatia first beat Latvia 2-0 in their backyard before nicking a 1-0 victory over Armenia at home, ensuring top spot in their qualifying group.

#9 Italy -1718.82 Points

Italy Are 9th In FIFA Rankings
Italy Beat North Macedonia And Drew With Ukraine In November

Reigning European champions Italy have claimed the ninth spot, amassing a total of 1718.82 points. Italy won one game and drew another in November, and as a result, gained only 1.01 points since the rankings in October.

Italy first took on North Macedonia in the European Championship qualifiers on November 17, coming away with a comfortable 5-2 win. Three days later, they squared off against Ukraine, but could not find a way through. The game ended goalless at BayArena in Leverkusen, Germany.

#8 Spain – 1732.64 Points

Spain Are 8th In FIFA Men's World Rankings
La Roja beat Cyprus & Georgia In November

Two-time European Championship winners Spain have remained steady in eighth place in FIFA rankings. Gaining 6.67 points in November, La Roja now have 1732.64 points to their name.

Spain recorded identical 3-1 victories in their 2024 UEFA EURO qualifiers in November. They first beat Cyprus on November 15 before beating Georgia by the same 3-1 scoreline at home.

#7 Portugal – 1745.06 Points

Portugal Are 7th In FIFA Men's Rankings
Cristiano Ronaldo Scored Against Liechtenstein

In seventh place sit Cristiano Ronaldo’s formidable Portugal with a total of 1745.06 points. Despite winning both their games in November, Os Navegadores have lost a position in the rankings.

Portugal first went to Liechtenstein for their 2024 European Championship qualifier on November 16. Goals from Ronaldo and Joao Cancelo propelled them to a 2-0 victory. They clinched another 2-0 victory on November 19, this time at home against Iceland. Owning to the two wins, Portugal gained 5.23 points since October.

#6 Netherlands – 1745.48 Points

Netherlands Are 6th In FIFA Rankings
Netherlands Won Against Ireland And Gibraltar In November.

The Netherlands will end 2023 in sixth place in the FIFA men’s world rankings, with their current point total standing at 1745.48. Owing to their impressive performances in November, they have gained 6.22 points and leapfrogged Portugal in the rankings.

The Dutch played two 2024 European championship qualifiers in November. They first claimed a slender 1-0 victory over Ireland before bagging a 6-0 win away in Gibraltar.

#5 Brazil – 1784.09 Points

Brazil Are The 5th Team On FIFA Rankings
Brazil Lost Against Colombia And Argentina.

Five-time world champions Brazil have lost the most points in the top 10. Losing 28.11 points since the rankings in October, Brazil have slipped to fifth place in FIFA men’s world rankings.

Brazil lost both their 2026 World Cup qualifiers in November. They lost 2-1 to Colombia on November 16 before losing 1-0 to bitter rivals Argentina on November 21. They have not won a CONCACAF qualifier since the slender 1-0 victory over Peru on September 12.

#4 Belgium – 1798.46 Points

Belgium Are 4th In FIFA Men's World Rankings
Romelu Lukaku Scored 4 Goals Against Azerbaijan

In fourth place, we have Belgium, who have gained 4.75 points since the October rankings to take their total to 1798.46 points. The Belgian Red Devils’ successes in November have helped them climb up a place and land in fourth.

Belgium first secured a 1-0 win over Serbia in a friendly on November 15. They returned to 2024 European Championship qualifiers on November 18, claiming a 5-0 victory over Azerbaijan.

#3 England – 1800.05 Points

England Are In 3rd Place In FIFA Men's World Rankings
Harry Kane’s England Won Against Malta But Drew With North Macedonia

Gareth Southgate’s England have climbed up to third place in FIFA rankings, primarily thanks to Brazil’s abysmal showing in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers. The Three Lions, who now have 1800.05 points, were below their best in the 2024 UEFA EURO qualifiers in November, winning one game and drawing the other.

England failed to impress in their meeting with Malta on November 17 but managed to secure a 2-0 win. However, North Macedonia put up a stronger resistance and held them to a 1-1 draw on November 20.

#2 France – 1845.44 Points

France Are In 2nd Spot In FIFA World Rankings
Kylian Mbappe Scored A Hat-Trick Against Gibraltar

With 1845.44 points to their name, France are the second-highest-ranked team on the current FIFA men’s world rankings. Les Bleus have lost 7.67 points since FIFA’s last rankings in October.

France recorded a record 14-0 win over Gibraltar in their 2024 European Championship qualifier on November 18, with Kylian Mbappe starring by scoring thrice and providing three assists. The 2018 FIFA World Cup winners, however, drew 2-2 with Greece three days later.

#1 Argentina – 1855.2 Points

Argentina Are The Top Ranked Nation In FIFA Rankings For December
Argentina Beat Brazil and Lost To Uruguay In November

World champions Argentina remain at the summit of the FIFA rankings, having put up 1855.2 points on the board. Lionel Messi and Co., however, were not at their best during the November international break. As a result, they have lost 6.09 points since the rankings in October.

La Albiceleste lost 2-0 to Uruguay in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers on November 16. They, nevertheless, swiftly recovered from the setback, claiming a 1-0 win over arch-rivals Brazil on November 21. They currently sit at the top of the CONCACAF rankings with a two-point lead over second-placed Uruguay.

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