All-Weather Racing Tips from Chelmsford and Kempton on Wednesday December 11

Get the best bets and top tips on the all-weather as expert Jack Haylett returns with his best bets from Chelmsford and Kempton on Wednesday, December 11

4.25 Chelmsford – Magnificia e/w

I think the market has rather ignored Magnificia, whom I believe carries the strongest form claims coming into this. Perhaps she was flattered in splitting a subsequent Listed-placed rival, and another rated 97, when last seen, but she pulled more than nine lengths clear of a subsequent handicap winner off 65 and there is certainly substance to her second-placed finish that day. Clearly not everything has gone to plan as that run came on July 30 and she has been absent since, but that has been more than factored into the price and I’m happy to take a chance. I’d be hopeful connections will have her fully tuned for return as opposed to taking a view to handicaps, and she can go close in what is a potentially weak maiden – for all there is a beautifully bred John Gosden newcomer in the field.

4.40 Kempton – Summit Reach

There are some well-bred types making their debuts in this race. I’ve chosen to oppose them all in the hope that the once-raced Summit Reach can take a nice step forward and prove the best on the day. He’s drawn well in stall two and I expect Richard Kingscote to give him an attacking ride, which so often suits at the track. He made a very promising start to his career when bumping into one that could be significantly above average, but he did well to finish second that day, and the third has since been allotted a mark of 77. That form looks strong enough for the time of year and I’d expect a nice leap forward now, particularly given his trainer rarely sends one fully tuned on debut. If we say he’s run to around 80 first up, then it would not be unreasonable to think he could run to 85-90 now. That would set a very high standard and he will prove hard to beat.

6.40 Kempton – Smart Champion

This race sees two well-treated stayers in opposition and Astromachia and Smart Champion could pull clear of the rest. My preference is for the latter, who is available at a bigger price. Having had just the five starts so far, he is thoroughly unexposed, and the form of his latest second to Land Of Oz looks strong as he was having to concede a generous weight-for-age allowance. The booking of James Doyle also looks notable and, while I was also impressed with Astromachia last time, he steps up in grade off a higher mark. I think Smart Champion may just prove a level above most of this field and can win this nicely en route to better things.