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ITV Racing tips Tuesday 1 January - Live TV tips for Cheltenham and Musselburgh on New Years' Day

The ITV Racing team are back in action on New Years' Day with live TV coverage of Musselburgh and Cheltenham.

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race live TV tips for the New Years' Day horse racing action at Cheltenham and Musselburgh.

A very Happy New Year to all readers!

The ITV Racing cameras kick of 2019 with a cracking selection of top-class horse racing action which takes in six live races featuring the pick of the day’s racing on Relkeel Hurdle Day at Cheltenham, as well as the New Year’s Day fixture north of the border at Musselburgh.

Six races will be shown live on Wednesday as the ITV Racing team get 2019 off to a flying start, and the Grade Two Relkeel Hurdle joins the Grade Two Dipper Novices’ Chase as the feature races of Wednesday’s TV racing action.

1:25 Cheltenham - Betbright Dipper Novices' Chase (Grade 2) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m4½f
1:40 Musselburgh - Betway "Auld Reekie" Handicap Chase Cl2 (5yo+ 0-145) 2m4½f
2:00 Cheltenham - Download The Betbright App Handicap Chase (Grade 3) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m4½f
2:15 Musselburgh - Betway Hogmaneigh Handicap Hurdle Cl2 (4yo+) 1m7½f
2:35 Cheltenham - Simplify Horse Racing Selections With Betfinder At Betbright Handicap Hurdle Cl2 (4yo+) 3m
3:10 Cheltenham - Dornan Engineering Relkeel Hurdle (Grade 2) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m4½f

Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand again with their usual expert tips, insights and post-race analysis of every live race, and Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections for all six televised contests.

1:25 Cheltenham - Betbright Dipper Novices' Chase (Grade 2) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m4½f


LOSTINTRANSLATION (4/1, Coral) looked set to make La Bague Au Roi pull out all the stops at Newbury latest before Colin Tizzard’s charge all but took the third last by the roots, ending any winning chance.

Colin Tizzard’s charge has a bit to find with a couple of these on his hurdles form, but he has long since threatened to make into a better chaser and the Flemensfirth gelding could shrug off that mistake to get off the mark over fences here.

The form of his latest third has been boosted by the winner since landing a Grade One, and if he can keep the mistakes to a minimum then he could well go close. He was just under one length behind La Bague Au Roi on his chase debut at Newbury at the beginning of November, finishing ahead of one of his potential rivals and still with the potential to find further improvement he could be worth chancing to get off the mark assuming his jumping holds up.

He has the size and scope to make into a very useful chaser, and there could be better to come from him despite failing to win in his two chase starts to date; but he is worth giving another chance to in this Grade Two contest, and he can go close for a yard which has been collecting plenty of big-race success this campaign.

1:40 Musselburgh - Betway "Auld Reekie" Handicap Chase Cl2 (5yo+ 0-145) 2m4½f


Although there is a possibility that he might need this outing, it could be worth sticking with KNOCKGRAFFON (10/3, Boylesport) who won this contest twelve months ago from 2lbs higher in the weights, and Olly Murphy’s charge could be up to following up on his return to action.

Things didn’t go to plan for the Flemensfirth gelding in the wake of that success, and he failed to trouble the judge in a quartet of subsequent outings. But he returns here following a wind operation, and his shrewd yard are likely to have him well prepared ahead of his title defence.

The booking of Aidan Coleman for this assignment catches the eye, and although he has yet to win on his seasonal appearance over the years, he has run well when fresh; he is weighted to go close and he can post a big run if fully tuned up ahead of this first start in seven months.

2:00 Cheltenham - Download The Betbright App Handicap Chase (Grade 3) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m4½f


HAPPY DIVA (9/2, Coral) was still travelling well and yet to be asked for effort when being brought down by the fall of Willie Boy in the BetVictor Gold Cup, and the King’s Theatre mare could be the one to side with here.

Kerry Lee’s charge has proven herself a very useful performer over fences, finishing no worse than third in any of her seven starts last term which included three wins; she subsequently made a pleasing return to action from seven months off when finding only Mister Whitaker too strong at Carlisle in November.

She was still going easily and beginning to creep into the race when crashing out here latest, but she could bounce back if none the worse for that mishap and she remains on a handy mark. While the form of the yard is a slight concern - 0-14 - in the past two weeks - the eight-year old could provide a shot in the arm with a big run, and she can get back to winning ways here.

2:15 Musselburgh - Betway Hogmaneigh Handicap Hurdle Cl2 (4yo+) 1m7½f


Chica Buena was an impressive scorer at Aintree latest to take her winning tally to four from seven; but she’s a further 13bs higher in the weights now, while the form of that Listed win has taken a few blows.

Despite having more to do this time, she could still prove hard to beat; but it could pay to take her on with NIGHT OF GLORY (7/1, Paddy Power) who appeals as the sort who could do well over hurdles.

The Sea The Stars gelding was a useful sort of the flat, and he has already shown his prowess over hurdles for Andrew Balding with a pair of bronze medal finishes at Sandown and Warwick prior to getting off the mark in this discipline at Fontwell with a defeat of Kapdad.

Subsequent runs back on the level have been underwhelming, but he reverts to hurdling from a very attractive opening mark on his handicap debut, while he is partnered by a very useful 7lbs claimer whose allowance adds further strength to the five-year old’s chances.

Unexposed as a hurdler, there could be plenty more to come from him, and he remains with plenty of scope to improve judging on the pick of his useful flat form; he can give a good account, and no surprise to see him firmly in the mix.

2:35 Cheltenham - Simplify Horse Racing Selections With Betfinder At Betbright Handicap Hurdle Cl2 (4yo+) 3m


VIVE LE ROI (13/2, William Hill) has been kept busy by Tony Carroll, but the Robin Des Pres gelding has thrived as a result, making the frame in each of her last seven outings which includes a trio of wins. 

Back-to-back strikes at Stratford were followed up by a near miss here in October where the eight-year old was denied only by a short-head behind First Assignment; he subsequently got back on the winning trail at Newbury at the end of November and a 9lbs rise in the weights may not prove enough of a burden given he possibly hasn’t reached the ceiling of his progress.

The runner-up from that latest outing has since landed the Grade Two Bristol Novices’ Hurdle, while the fourth has also won since; several of these rivals were well beaten off in the same race, and he can continue to give a good account.

3:10 Cheltenham - Dornan Engineering Relkeel Hurdle (Grade 2) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m4½f


WHOLESTONE (13/8, William Hill) ran a shocker in the Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury latest; but it wasn’t the first time Nigel Twiston-Davies’ charge had disappointed at the Berkshire track, and the Craigsteel gelding is worth another chance back at this track.

The eight-year old is a four-time winner here, including this race twelve months ago having disappointed in the same Newbury race on his previous start, and he subsequently acquitted himself well when tried back over three miles in his next races where he made the frame each time which included in the Stayers’ Hurdle behind Penhill.

Although a shade disappointing at Sandown on his final start, that race may have come too soon after an earlier Aintree runner-up effort; he made a winning return back at Aintree in November, beating Vision Des Flos and Unowhatimeanharry prior to his latest effort at Newbury.

Despite some solid efforts over three miles, which includes winning at this venue, he is arguably better over this intermediate trip and the return to this course and distance where is 2-2 can see him successfully defend his crown.

ITV RACING TIPS TUESDAY 1 JANUARY - CHELTENHAM & MUSSELBURGH


1:25 Cheltenham - LOSTINTRANSLATION (4/1, Coral)

1:40 Musselburgh - KNOCKGRAFFON (10/3, Boylesport)

2:00 Cheltenham - HAPPY DIVA (9/2, Coral)

2:15 Musselburgh - NIGHT OF GLORY (7/1, Paddy Power)

2:35 Cheltenham - VIVE LE ROI (13/2, William Hill)

3:10 Cheltenham - WHOLESTONE (13/8, William Hill)


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ITV Racing tips Tuesday 1 January - Live TV tips for Cheltenham and Musselburgh on New Years' Day

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race live TV tips for the New Years' Day horse racing action at Cheltenham and Musselburgh.

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