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ITV Racing tips Thursday 27 December - Live TV tips for Kempton and Chepstow

The ITV Racing team are back with more televised horse racing action on Thursday from Kempton and Chepstow.

The ITV Racing cameras are back in action on Thursday with the pick of the action from day two of the Kempton Christmas Meeting, and also Welsh Grand National day from Chepstow where the gruelling marathon contest takes centre stage at the Welsh venue.

Brian Healy gives his live TV tips for Thursday's televised action at Kempton and Chepstow, featuring the Desert Orchid Chase and the Welsh Grand National.

With four races from both racecards, Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand to offer their expert tips, insights and post-match insights on another fantastic day of horse racing action.

1:05 Chepstow - Download The Coral App Handicap Chase Cl2 (4yo+) 2m3½f
1:20 Kempton - 32Red.com Wayward Lad Novices' Chase (Grade 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m
1:35 Chepstow - Coral Finale Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 1) Cl1 (3yo) 2m
1:55 Kempton - 32Red Casino Mares' Handicap Hurdle Cl2 (4yo+) 3m½f
2:10 Chepstow - "The Smart Money's On Coral" Handicap Hurdle Cl2 (4yo+ 0-145) 2m7½f
2:30 Kempton - Unibet Desert Orchid Chase (Grade 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m
2:50 Chepstow - Coral Welsh Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade 3) Cl1 (4yo+) 3m5½f
3:05 Kempton - 32Red.com Handicap Chase Cl2 (4yo+ 0-145) 3m

Brian Healy takes a race-by-race look at all eight televised contests, and he gives his selections for every race.

1:05 Chepstow - Download The Coral App Handicap Chase Cl2 (4yo+) 2m3½f


TOP GAMBLE (13/2, Ladbrokes) isn’t the force he once was, but Kerry Lee’s charge remains capable of smart form and he is given another chance following his early fall at Cheltenham on International Hurdle day. 

The Presenting gelding hasn’t tasted success since registering back-to-back wins in Grade Two company, but despite failing to add to his tally he has posted a series of highly creditable efforts in Graded company, which includes finishing third in last season’s Grand Annual.

He travelled well for a long way on his return to action at Newbury before eventually weakening behind Lady Buttons, and he usually needs a run to put him straight in any case. He was an early casualty last time out, but he turns out here some 13lbs below the rating from which he was last successful.

He remains too well-handicapped to ignore, and while that latest fall is slightly concerning, he ought to be capable of getting involved once again with a clear round and reunited with Jamie Moore.

1:20 Kempton - 32Red.com Wayward Lad Novices' Chase (Grade 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m


A cracking novice contest can go to the exciting KALASHNIKOV (8/13, William Hill) who is 2-2 over fences for Amy Murphy, and the Kalanisi gelding remains open to plenty of improvement in this sphere.

Impressive at Warwick on his chase debut, beating Huntsman Son, the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle runner-up made it two wins from two starts when romping to an easy success at Plumpton. Always travelling well and jumping soundly, there was a lot to like about his success, and there could be plenty more to come.

The form of that success is perhaps only ordinary, but he is entitled to improve and he can make the most of the 5lbs he receives from Dynamite Dollars who is rated only 1lb higher on official ratings. 

Track and trip should prove no issue, and he handles the underfoot conditions well so every chance of another big run and he can extend his winning record to three wins from three starts.

1:35 Chepstow - Coral Finale Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 1) Cl1 (3yo) 2m


ADJALI (8/15, Coral) looks hard to oppose on the back of his impressive win at Market Rasen on his UK debut, and Nicky Henderson’s charge can follow up here.

The yard saddled We Have A Dream to win this race twelve months ago, and the Kamsin colt runs in the same colours; he was smart in France for Guillame Macaire prior to joining up with the Seven Barrows maestro, and there was a lot to like about the way he readily brushed aside King D’argent earlier in the month when posting a 13 lengths success.

That form may not amount to much, but it was hard not to have been impressed, and while this is a big step up in class, he looks sure to have further and significant improvement in him. He is rated 6lbs superior to Quel Destin who has won his last three starts, but the pair meet on level weights here and he may just have greater scope.

He looked a high-class prospect at Market Rasen latest, and he should have more to offer.

1:55 Kempton - 32Red Casino Mares' Handicap Hurdle Cl2 (4yo+) 3m½f


Faster ground may just have caught out CULTURE DE SIVOLA (7/1, Unibet) when the Assessor mare was thwarted in her hat-trick attempt, but Nick Williams’ charge could be worth giving another chance to.

The six-year old had won her two previous outings at Taunton and Haydock earlier in 2018, latterly beating Head To The Stars a shade cosily; that race has since thrown up a few winners, and her latest run here last month came in Listed company when finishing third of four runners behind Mia’s Storm.

She ought to prove sharper now for that outing, while the return to a handicap and a more forgiving surface could both also prove catalysts to a better performance; it would be no surprise then to see her going posting a solid effort in this contest and she can go close.

2:10 Chepstow - "The Smart Money's On Coral" Handicap Hurdle Cl2 (4yo+ 0-145) 2m7½f


ANOTHER EMOTION (9/2, Coral) has had just three runs over hurdles, but Warren Greatrex’s charge can bely his lack of experience to post another solid run.

The Turgeon gelding made a pleasing debut for this yard at this venue back in March, finding only The Last Day too strong on his first run back in 20 months; he subsequently went one better at Ffos Las in April, beating Luckofthedraw.

There was better to come despite meeting with defeat at Sandown latest, denied by six lengths behind Eminent Poet; but he might have needed that latest return from eight months off, and he should prove sharper now.

That was a decent contest, and a 3lbs rise doesn’t look too much of a burden towards a repeat effort; he could go one better, and still unexposed it would be no surprise to see a big run.

2:30 Kempton - Unibet Desert Orchid Chase (Grade 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m


Special Tiara has won this race twice in recent seasons, but ALTIOR (1/6, Unibet) should collect another big prize barring a mishap.

The High Chaparral gelding is unbeaten over obstacles, and the reigning Champion Chase holder was impressive again when demolishing Un De Sceaux on his reappearance in the recent Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown, and any of the quartet that lined up that day would be good enough to win this contest.

That win took his record over fences to a perfect ten successes and a third straight Grade One success, and he shouldn’t have too much trouble in accounting for this field of rivals as he continues his preparation for a title defence of his Champion Chase crown in March.

The dangers may well lie in the fences rather than the opposition, given he is rated fully 19lbs higher than the next highest-rated Diego Du Charmil; he only gives that rival 3lbs however, and a maximum 6lbs overall to the remainder of the field.

Altior can win again with success at Kempton.



2:50 Chepstow - Coral Welsh Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade 3) Cl1 (4yo+) 3m5½f


FINAL NUDGE (14/1, Paddy Power) has an excellent record when fresh, and David Dennis’ charge could be worth siding with to better his placing in this race back in January when the contest was rearranged from its’ original date.

The Kayf Tara gelding wound up for a crack at that race with a gallant runner-up effort in the Badger Ales Trophy, after which he finished 15 lengths third behind Raz De Maree.

Things didn’t go to plan thereafter, but he didn’t disgrace himself in the Kim Muir at the Cheltenham Festival, or at Aintree when falling in the Grand National when falling at the Canal Turn on the first circuit having been badly hampered.

He might still have been feeling the effects of that fall when disappointing in the Staffordshire Plate at Uttoxeter in May, but he has been absent since and he is weighted to go well in this latest renewa.

He has made the frame in all his seasonal returns when absent for more than 200 days, and the soft ground here will pose no issue. He comes into the race 7lbs below the mark from which he finished third in the last renewal, and it could be noteworthy that Sam Twiston-Davies takes the ride on David Dennis’ nine-year old despite father Nigel saddling a runner in opposition.

3:05 Kempton - 32Red.com Handicap Chase Cl2 (4yo+ 0-145) 3m


WANDRIN’ STAR (11/2, William Hill) found only one too good here back in April, going down by little over one length behind Leith Hill Lad; Kim Bailey’s charge has returned to action this term in good heart where he has won two of his three outings.

Both those wins have come at Bangor, latterly beating Fleminport by 14 lengths readily, and the Flemensfirth gelding could have more to offer on the back of that easy success. He’ll need to find some improvement having been hit with a 12lbs rise in the weights which forces him into a stronger grade.

But he’s clearly improving over fences, and with form at this venue he is worth chancing to strike again despite facing a tougher assignment this time. The yard is 3-3 with chasers over the past fortnight, and the Flemensfirth gelding can give a good account with Mikey Hamill taking off a handy 3lbs.


ITV RACING TIPS THURSDAY 27 DECEMBER - KEMPTON & CHEPSTOW


1:05 Chepstow - TOP GAMBLE (13/2, Ladbrokes)

1:20 Kempton - KALASHNIKOV (8/13, William Hill)

1:35 Chepstow - ADJALI (8/15, Coral)

1:55 Kempton - CULTURE DE SIVOLA (7/1, Unibet)

2:10 Chepstow - ANOTHER EMOTION (9/2, Coral)

2:30 Kempton - ALTIOR (1/6, Unibet

2:50 Chepstow - FINAL NUDGE (14/1, Paddy Power)

3:05 Kempton - WANDRIN’ STAR (11/2, William Hill)


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ITV Racing tips Thursday 27 December - Live TV tips for Kempton and Chepstow

Brian Healy gives his live TV tips for Thursday's televised action at Kempton and Chepstow, featuring the Desert Orchid Chase and the Welsh Grand National.

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