ITV Racing tips Friday 27 December – Live TV tips for Kempton and Chepstow

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Get Brian Healy's race-by-race selections for Friday's ITV Racing coverage of the meetings from Kempton and Chepstow, including the Welsh Grand National.

Another excellent line-up of live TV horse racing action awaits punters on Friday with eight more races going to post from two of the day’s fixtures, and the pick of the action can be found at Kempton where it is day two of their Christmas Festival, featuring the Desert Orchid Chase; while at Chepstow it is Welsh Grand National day, and a cracking card at the Wales track also features Grade One action.

1:05 Chepstow – “The Smart Money’s On Coral” Handicap Chase Cl2 (4yo+) 2m3½f
1:20 Kempton – Ladbrokes Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m
1:35 Chepstow – Coral Finale Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 1) Cl1 (3yo) 2m
1:55 Kempton – Ladbrokes 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 – Ladbrokes Desert Orchid Chase (Grade 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m
2:50 Chepstow – Coral Welsh Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade 3) Cl1 (4yo+) 3m6½f
3:05 Kempton – Ladbrokes “Where The Nation Plays” Handicap Chase Cl2 (4yo+ 0-145) 3m

As is usual, Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand to offer their expert tips, insights and post-race analaysis on on the action; while Brian Healy gives his live TV tips for all eight races going to post throughout the day’s broadcast.

1:05 Chepstow – “The Smart Money’s On Coral” Handicap Chase Cl2 (4yo+) 2m3½f

ECEPARTI (7/4, BetVictor) bids for a hat-trick of wins, and the Enrique gelding looks hard to oppose from landing his three-timer for the red-hot Venetia Williams yard which boasts a 50% strike-rate with its’ runners over the past fortnight.

A decent sort over hurdles last term having arrived from France, he is 2-2 over fences this campaign, getting off the mark over course and distance in November and impressively following up seven days later at Wetherby where he ran out a twelve lengths’ winner over Craiganboy.

The handicapper hasn’t missed him with a 9lbs rise in the weights, and he takes a hike in class as well as in the ratings so this will demand more from him. However, unlike his rivals in this contest he does at least arrive in good heart and he should continue his good spell of form to strike again here.

Trainer Venetia Williams

Trainer Venetia Williams can get amongst Friday’s TV winners.

1:20 Kempton – Ladbrokes Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m

FANION D’ESTRUVAL (7/4, Unibet) carried on where he left off having left France in the wake of a winning hat-trick to strike at the first time of asking for his new handler Venetia Williams, and the Enrique gelding can improve for that outing to follow up here.

Formerly with Guillame Macaire, he struck wins at Toulouse and Auteuil prior to switching to the in-form Williams, and he was impressive in beating Sully D’oc Aa at Newbury on his stable debut last month, running out a six lengths’ winner.

That form looks fair, but this is clearly a much tougher test as he steps up markedly in grade. However, he likely has plenty more to offer, and the manner of that success last time suggested he was a potentially smart sort so it would be no surprise to see a big run from him.

Soft groud is no problem, and he gets weight all round from this field so every chance he can take advantage of his concession to continue his winning run.

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

ALLMANKIND (5/4, Unibet) was a fair sort on the flat for Michael Bell, but now with Dan Skelton and having been switched to hurdles the Sea The Moon gelding has won both his starts, latterly beating Botox Has by the better part of three lengths at Cheltenham last month in the Grade Two Prestbury Novices’ Hurdle.

That success came despite racing freely throughout, and he also lost a shoe during the contest so the win was all the more creditable. He made a good impression that day, and the form has worked out with the runner-up winning next time out so there could be scope for significant improvement to come from him.

This doesn’t look the strongest of contests, although Elysian Flame is expected to improve for an eye-catching third behind Botox Has last time; but with the Skelton runner likely to have more to offer, as well as winning readily last time despite plenty of adversity then he ought to take some beating here.

Allmankind can make it 3-3 over hurdles for Dan Skelton.

1:55 Kempton – Ladbrokes Mares’ Handicap Hurdle Cl2 (4yo+) 3m½f

Culture De Sivola won this race twelve months ago from a lower handicap mark, but she could prove vulnerable and COILLTE EILE (6/1, Bet365) can follow up her most recent success here.

The Stowaway mare has won two of her last three starts, scoring at Aintree in June before shaping as if amiss at Cartmel the following month, and she returned from a break to readily resume winning ways at Ascot last month with a defeat of Drinks Interval.

Dr Richard Newland’s charge struck by almost three lengths, and the runner-up has since made the frame in Listed company to give the form something of a boost. This is a tougher test as she steps up in grade to a Class Two contest, but the manner of that last win suggested that she could have more to come, and a subsequent 5lbs rise remains workable with Cillian Leonard’s 7lbs claim set to offset that rise.

She is still relatively unexposed over this longer trip, and with the scope for further potential she looks worth chancing here to strike again.

2:10 Chepstow – “The Smart Money’s On Coral” Handicap Hurdle Cl2 (4yo+ 0-145) 2m7½f

CLYNE (15/2, Bet365) handles testing ground well, and it could be worth chancing Evan Williams’ charge to bounce back to winning ways here.

A very smart hurdler at his best, he hasn’t won since scoring back in March 2018 in heavy ground at Uttoxter, after which he has has been pitched into Graded company and he was far from disgraced in subsequent starts either side of a break which include in the Grade One Aintree Hurdle and the Grade Two Long Distance Hurdle on his reapparance last term.

Things didn’t go to plan in a trio of starts in Graded races following that promising reappearance, but he raced on ground that was probably too quick for him, and his latest fourth of eight runners behind Notre Pari at Aintree having looked in need of the run over an inadequate trip at Ffos Las the time before was a step back in the right direction.

The ground again was perhaps livelier than he might have wanted; but he’ll have no such complaints facing more testing conditions and he could appreciate the return to a stiffer test where he looks fairly handicapped off this current 143 rating which is 3lbs below his last winning mark.

He should be competitive if coming back to something like his best form, and still unexposed over this longer trip but with proven ability in the conditions then he could be worth siding with.

2:30 Kempton – Ladbrokes Desert Orchid Chase (Grade 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m

The absence of Altior takes away some of the allure of this contest, and SCEAU ROYAL (11/8, Ladbrokes) can build on his reappearance in the recent Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown which was probably needed by the Doctor Dino gelding.

Alan King’s charge proved himself to be a high-class chaser in the past couple of campaigns, winning four of his five starts during the 2017/18 season, and having won on his reapperance last term he was far from disgraced in defeat in four subsequent starts which include twice behind Altior in Grade Ones at Cheltenham and Sandown.

He was a shade disappointing on his return earlier in the month, not always fluent and running as if in need of the outing; but he should strip a lot fitter now, and he will likely prove a different proposition this time around.

The highest-rated in the field, he has to concede 3lbs and more to his rivals, but likely to step up for his reappearance then he can get back to winning ways in what looks a relatively weak renewal.

Sceau Royal (left) can win the Desert Orchid Chase.

2:50 Chepstow – Coral Welsh Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade 3) Cl1 (4yo+) 3m6½f

Last year’s winner Elegant Escape boasts obvious claims of back-to-back wins in the race, and Colin Tizzard’s charge should give another good account; but he has more weight to carry this time around over an additional furlong in gruelling conditions and could prove vulnerable.

TRUCKERS LODGE (13/2, Ladbrokes) could be worth chancing then to come out on top here under a relative featherweight, and Paul Nicholls’ charge can go well if seeing out the longer trip which he tries for the first time.

The Westerner gelding proved himself to be a smart hurdler last term, winning twice and making the frame in a Grade Two contest at Doncaster; and although he doesn’t have much experience of chasing having had just three starts over the larger obstacles, he has shown improvement with each start.

Runner-up on his chase debut at Newton Abbot back in May, he probably needed his reappearance behind Ardlethen at this venue; but he showed the benefit of the run to score by a half-length over Johanos here in October, all out to hold on.

That race has thrown up a subsequent winner, and he turns out here from a very attractive mark of 139 which leaves him with a relatively low weight to carry; while Lorcan Williams’ allowance adds further strength to his claims and relieves more of his burden.

He handles these conditions well having won previously in heavy ground, and he boasts a very good record at the Welsh venue with three wins and a placed effort from his five starts here; and still unexposed as a staying chaser he could find improvement faced with this much stiffer test to follow up that last time win.

3:05 Kempton – Ladbrokes “Where The Nation Plays” Handicap Chase Cl2 (4yo+ 0-145) 3m

Smart chaser SAMETEGAL (6/1, Coral) found only Benny’s King too strong on his reappearance from a long absence at Newbury last month, and Paul Nicholls’ charge can go one better here if none the worse for that return.

The Saint Des Saints gelding was a Newbury winner back in March 2016, scoring in the Grade Three Greatwood Gold Cup, and he showed he retained all his ability when returning from a 600-day absence in the 2017/18 season with a trio of in-the-frame efforts in competitive handicap company, and he rounded off that season finishing eighth to Ballydine at Sandown.

Not seen out again for 665 days until his latest reapperance, he shaped really well to finish six lengths’ second, running on well, and if he can build on that effort then he could get back on the scoresheet from this mark which leaves him still well-treated on his previous form.


1:05 Chepstow – ECEPARTI (7/4, BetVictor)
1:20 Kempton – FANION D’ESTRUVAL (7/4, Unibet)
1:35 Chepstow – ALLMANKIND (5/4, Unibet)
1:55 Kempton – COILLTE EILE (6/1, Bet365)
2:10 Chepstow – CLYNE (15/2, Bet365)
2:30 Kempton – SCEAU ROYAL (11/8, Ladbrokes)
2:50 Chepstow – TRUCKERS LODGE (13/2, Ladbrokes)
3:05 Kempton – SAMETEGAL (6/1, Coral)