ITV Racing Tips – Best Bets Across Wednesday’s Races
ITV Best Bets on Wednesday, December 29th
The cards at Newbury, Leopardstown and Doncaster are as competitive as ever on Wednesday and here at Racing Tips, we have scoured through the cards to provide our ITV best bets. Check these out below, with our top tips providing extra selections on what promises to be yet another fantastic festive day of racing.
Gallic Geordie (1.25 Newbury)
The Drinkwater yard could hardly be in better form at present having sent out four winners from their last five runners and GALLIC GEORDIE is taken to enhance that with victory in the MansionBet Faller Insurance Handicap Chase.
The 8yo arrives here in great heart having won back-to-back handicap chases at Lingfield, being well supported on both occasions. He has been forced up 13lb for the more recent of those successes yet gets in here 6lb well in under a penalty and can capitalise by landing the spoils under Adam Wedge.
Kamaxos (2.00 Newbury)
Although better known for his flat exploits with star sprinter Oxted, Roger Teal does well with his jumpers and he’ll be hoping that KAMAXOS can add to that with victory in the Bank A Winner With MansionBet Handicap Hurdle.
This Maxios gelding has been limited to just the four hurdling starts to date, finishing third on three occasions, most recently to the clearly well-treated Naturally High at Sandown when attempting to concede over a stone in weight.
He’s out of the weights here but that is offset by his rider’s claim and he looks likely to benefit from the extra half mile on offer, so is worth chancing at the forecast prices.
Crypto (2.35 Newbury)
The Venetia Williams trained CRYPTO rates the strongest bet across the cards on Wednesday when the 7yo takes his chance in the Follow @mansionbetrace On Twitter Mandarin Handicap Chase.
A £200,000 purchase earlier in his career, Crypto admittedly hasn’t hit the heights expected of him as of yet but he was a winner over fences at Carlisle in March and made a very promising seasonal reappearance when third at Bangor last month.
This softer ground will suit Crypto better and he has long suggested that he wouldn’t be seen to best effect until tackling staying trips such as this.
A mark of 117 looks unlikely to prove beyond Crypto’s capabilities and top pilot Nico de Boinville makes his very first ride for the yard.
Cat Tiger (2.50 Doncaster)
CAT TIGER has proven a shrewd purchase for current connections and tends to prove popular with punters, having been sent off the favourite in eight of his ten starts to date, winning on four occasions.
His jumping let him down in the Grand Sefton over the National fences last time, so reverting to these more conventional obstacles will suit Cat Tiger and his homework is reportedly much better than that of a 132-rated horse.
This is a rare chance to get Cat Tiger at a respectable price and therefore he rates a solid play in the Sky Sports Racing Sky 415 Handicap Chase.
Flash Collonges (3.35 Newbury)
The MansionBet Proud To Support British Racing Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase curtails the ITV Racing action and the best bet in the race appears to be FLASH COLLONGES.
A three-time hurdle winner last season, most recently on handicap debut in March, Flash Collonges was thrown right in at the deep end when contesting a Grade 2 here on last month’s seasonal/chase debut.
A distant third probably wasn’t that bad in the circumstances and he should come on plenty for the experience, whilst being from the family of Grand National winner Neptune Collonges it can be expected that he will come good over fences at some stage.