The meetings at Chepstow and Musselburgh provide some interesting National Hunt action on Wednesday afternoon.
We have two horse racing tips for the Welsh racecourse where the ground is currently on the soft side of good and one for the Scottish venue where the racing is expected to take place under similar conditions.
“Tip of the Day” - Whizz Kid (4.07pm Musselburgh) - 5/4 with bet365
Dr Richard Newland’s unexposed hurdler starts the season on an attractive mark of 126 and should take plenty of beating on his reappearance in the hands of in-form rider Sam Twiston-Davies.
2.52pm Chepstow, 2m - Dibble Decker (Next Best)
The combination of trainer Tom Lacey and jockey Stan Sheppard enjoyed an easy victory courtesy of chasing debutante Highstakesplayer at Hereford on Monday and they look to have another decent recruit over fences with DIBBLE DECKER, a dual winner over hurdles but destined to be even better over the bigger obstacles.
The Jet Away gelding, a point-to-point winner in Ireland last May, made most of the running to win hurdle races at Huntingdon and Taunton earlier in the year before finishing ninth in Sandown’s bet365 Novices’ Championship Final Handicap Hurdle on the final day of the season.
Making his debut over fences in a handicap at Market Rasen last month, the six-year-old failed to concede almost 2st to another horse having his first run over fences in the Nicky Richards-trained Snowy Clouds. That was Dibble Decker’s first run for 175 days and the selection is sure to improve with that experience under his belt.
Top weight Calico ran well over hurdles at Cheltenham recently and looks the main danger along with Datsalrightgino who ran the smart Boothill close over fences at Newton Abbot last month.
3.52pm Chepstow, 2m 3 1/2f - Heron Creek (Each Way) (Longshot)
The lightly weighted Karakoram ran well when third on today’s course last week and looks sure to go well again, especially with rider Joe Anderson’s 7lb claim. Voodoo Doll and Sami Bear are both capable of big runs, in particular the latter with the Chris Gordon stable going so well. But towards the bottom of the handicap, the Dr Richard Newland-trained HERON CREEK makes some each-way appeal off a mark of only 88.
The mount of Lee Edwards landed a bit of a gamble when winning over today’s course and distance back in April but failed to justify favouritism on his next two outings that month, at Fontwell and Uttoxeter. Those two races may have come too soon for the son of Leading Light who got no further than the second flight on his reappearance at Fontwell last month when unseating his rider after being badly hampered by a faller.
The five-year-old is still open to plenty of improvement over hurdles and looks fairly treated in this modest Class 5 contest.
4.07pm Musselburgh, 1m 7 1/2f - Whizz Kid (Nap)
After winning novice hurdles by wide margins at Catterick and Ludlow earlier in the year, the Dr Richard Newland-trained WHIZZ KID was sent off favourite for a competitive handicap at Aintree’s Grand National meeting and was far from disgraced in finishing fourth, beaten less than three lengths after making much of the running.
The Teofilo gelding was again well fancied at Sandown two weeks later but could never get competitive after failing to jump with any fluency. The mount Sam Twiston-Davies underwent wind surgery last month and off a mark of 126 looks well handicapped at the moment for a horse with plenty of potential.
The winner of four races on the Flat, two in France and two in Germany, the six-year-old can win a decent handicap hurdle or two this season, starting with this fairly ordinary contest at the Scottish track. James Moffatt’s Vocal Duke was running well during the summer and can follow the selection home.
* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.