Punters looking to retrieve some Christmas expenses would have been rewarded for staying loyal to three Sheffield favourites on Tuesday night as they seamlessly carried their 2017 form into the new year.

None represented that better than super sprinter Ballycowen Colm (Head Bound-Ballycowen Sal, Apr 14). Lisa Stephensen’s white and black completed a 279-1 six-timer with a length and a half win in a calculated 15.92 for the 290m.

Old rival Worsboro Spectre (Ace Hi Rumble-Worsboro Jewel, Oct 13) made it six wins from his last nine sprint outings – one of the defeats inevitably coming at the paws of Colm – with a calculated 15.90 run. (If you had bet £10 on Spectre in each of his last ten races you would currently be £96 in profit).

Sheffield’s current six-bend champion Soars Above (Premier Fantasy-Rossa Baby, Sep 14) had been turned over in the heats of a 720m open competition but delivered when it mattered for Barrie Draper. Caught by Coney Cactus on slow going in the heats, the 4-6f stayed on despite even slower going (-120) to land the final by three quarters of a body length in 43.48. Following a losing sequence of nine, the black has four wins and two narrow defeats in his last six outings.