Wednesday horse racing tips 11 December – Coltherd’s 15/8 chance can land Hexham chase success

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Five meetings will head to post throughout Wednesday, with afternoon action over the sticks from both Hexham and Leicester, while Lingfield race on their all-weather polytrack surface.

Meanwhile, the evening all-weather racing action comes from the cards at Chelmsford and Kempton who both also race on their polytrack surfaces.

Lingfield (flat, aw) – 12.10 – 3.10pm (7 races)
Hexham (jumps) – 12.20 – 3.20pm (7 races)
Leicester (jumps) – 1.00 – 3.30pm (6 races)
Chelmsford (flat, aw) – 3.25 – 5.55pm (6 races)
Kempton (flat, aw) – 3.40 – 7.10pm (8 races)



(12.40) ENGROSSED (5/2, Ladbrokes) got back on the score-sheet when running out a head victor over Cape Victory at Wolverhampton back in August, and the Tamayuz filly could be worth siding with again to follow up here.

Martyn Meade’s charge had also won at that venue last December, and the lightly-raced three-year old now tackles polytrack for only the second time where she can remain competitive if handling the switch back to this surface.

The runner-up from that winning run has since boosted the form, and she is only 2lbs higher for her latest outing so could yet have more to come and every chance she can go close here.

(1.40) STAY CLASSY (5/2, Paddy Power) won on her only previous visit to this venue, and having gone close on tapeta latest at Wolverhampton earlier in the month Richard Spencer’s charge can quickly get back on the scoresheet returning to this venue.

The Camacho filly beat Zafaranah by a neck in that victory over course and distance, and she lost little caste in defeat next time when denied only by a half-length behind Bubble And Squeak latest where she was only caught late in the day having missed the break.

She is due to go up 1lb in future races so remains well-treated at the weights for this latest outing which represents a slight ease back in grade so every chance she can get back to winning ways now.

12.10 – Lord Halifax
12.40 – Engrossed
1.10 – Kodiline
1.40 – Stay Classy
2.10 – Merry Vale
2.40 – Ballet Red
3.10 – Huddle

Lingfield are racing on the all-weather on Wednesday.


(12.50) LOWANBEHOLD (9/2, William Hill) has proven himself to be a largely consistent performer, although he hasn’t won since scoring at Kelso back in April 2018. when beating Silver Tassie.

Sandy Forster’s charge has been acquitting himself well in defeat however, and he possibly just needed the run when finishing runner-up at this venue last month, finding only one too good in Dontdelay.

That looks fair form and came in a stronger race that this, and only raised 1lb in the ratings he could get back on the scoresheet with a repeat give he’s won from higher marks in the past, and the Cloudings gelding could yet exploit this rating before too much longer.

(1.50) CASIMIR DU CLOS (15/8, Unibet) is 2-4 over fences, scoring at Sedgefield back in March and then returning from six months off the track in the wake of a couple of lesser efforts to get back to winning ways at this venue in October with a defeat of Roll Of Thunder.

Sam Coltherd’s charge has run well since back over hurdles, finishing runner-up and a winner here in his subsequent starts, and the Blue Bresil gelding was last seen running out a five lengths’ victor over Espoir Moriviere last month over the smaller obstacles.

Back over fences here, he could have further improvement to come in this sphere which will be needed to defy a hefty hike in the weights; but he looks worth keeping onside all the same given he remains with scope over the larger obstacles and arrives still relatively unexposed.

12.20 – Celtic Flames
12.50 – Lowanbehold
1.20 – Miah Grace
1.50 – Casimir Du Clos
2.20 – Cudgel
2.50 – Black Kettle
3.20 – Taking Flight


(2.00) Very smart over hurdles, including winning a Grade Two contest at Cheltenham last November, COOLANLY (15/8, Bet365) made a very encouraging first fist things when sent chasing at Exeter last month, finding only one too good in Esprit Du Large, and Fergal O’Brien’s charge can build on that experience to get off the mark in this sphere.

The Flemensfirth gelding represents a yard which continues in good heart, and having won between the flags earlier in his career, he was beaten just over two lengths on his chase debut where he was never quite able to match the pace of the winner who looked a useful sort and has won again since.

He ought to improve for that first experience of fences, and given his point-to-point background there could be better to come in this discipline so he may well improve to get off the mark at the second attempt.

(2.30) CHAMBARD (9/4, William Hill) shaped well on his first start over fences when returning from eight months off the track to find only one too good at Sandown last month, and likely to improve for that first experience then Venetia Williams’ charge can go one better.

The Gris De Gris gelding was a hurdles winner at Exeter back in January, after which he ran with credit without adding to his tally with a hat-trick of efforts in the frame at Ludlow, Carlisle and Haydock respectively.

Beaten six lengths on his chase debut, he ought to strip fitter for that reappearance, while the winner of that race has scored again since so he might be capable of opening his account in this sphere if finding improvement for the experience.

1.00 – Shakem Up’arry
1.30 – Go Steady
2.00 – Coolanly
2.30 – Chambard
3.00 – Kepagge
3.30 – Little Rory Mac

Coolanly can get off the mark over fences at the second attempt.


(3.55) MARTIN’S BRIG (3/1, Paddy Power) shaped with some promise on his debut at Newcastle last month, and with that experience under his belt Iain Jardine’s charge can build on the outing to get off the mark at the second attempt.

The Equiano colt finished around four lengths’ adrift of Brunch in that first outing, racing green early before finishing off the race well, and that first experience won’t have been lost on him so he could do better now.

Entitled to improve for that first outing, he ought to be competitive in what looks a relatively weak contest, and no surprise to see him open his account now.

(4.55) RESHAAN (15/2, Coral) almost broke his duck when finishing a close runner-up last month in a Southwell seller, beaten a head behind Al Batal, and a similar level of performance here could see the Dansili gelding finally get off the mark.

Alex Dunn’s charge posted what was arguably a career-best effort on that occasion, perhaps suited by the strong pace, and he turns out here only 2lbs higher in the weights switching back to polytrack.

This isn’t a strong race however, and he probably wouldn’t need to improve too much to take a hand in the finish so it wouldn’t come as a shock to see him firmly in the mix here.

3.25 – Rebel Redemption
3.55 – Martin’s Brig
4.25 – Amarsanaa
4.55 – Reshaan
5.25 – Spenny’s Lass
5.55 – Cold Harbour

Chelmsford are racing on Monday.


(4.10) KOHOOF (3/1, Bet365) has shaped with some promise in all three career starts to date, finishing fourth or better each time which includes crossing the line in third behind The Perfect Crown at Chelmsford latest.

The Tamayuz filly was almost nine lengths’ adrift on that occasion, and he bumped into a potentially smart winning rival who was impressive; but there could be more still to come from her, and this looks a winnable introduction to handicapping where she features on a workable initial mark.

She can improve in this sphere, and every chance she can make her presence felt again where she can register a first career success.

(5.40) EARTH AND SKY (6/4, William Hill) might just have found the drop to seven furlongs against her when thwarted in his hat-trick bid here six days ago; but George Scott’s charge can quickly bounce back to winning form returning to one mile.

The Noble Mission filly has struck twice previously over course and distance, beating Magic Mirror on the second occasion by just over one length, and she lost no caste in defeat over seven furlongs last time when denied only by a half-length.

He can race from the same mark here, but the return to one mile looks a positive move and he could resume winning ways here.

3.40 – Shine On Brendan
4.10 – Kohoof
4.40 – Eastern World
5.10 – Sheriffmuir
5.40 – Earth And Sky
6.10 – Kyllachy Gala
6.40 – Rainbow Dreamer
7.10 – Brains


12.40 Lingfield – ENGROSSED (5/2, Ladbrokes)

12.50 Hexham – LOWANBEHOLD (9/2, William Hill)

1.40 Lingfield – STAY CLASSY (5/2, Paddy Power)

1.50 Hexham – CASIMIR DU CLOS (15/8, Unibet)

2.00 Leicester – COOLANLY (15/8, Bet365)

2.30 Leicester – CHAMBARD (9/4, William Hill)

3.55 Chelmsford – MARTIN’S BRIG (3/1, Paddy Power)

4.55 Chelmsford – RESHAAN (15/2, Coral)

5.10 Kempton – KOHOOF (3/1, Bet365)

5.40 Kempton – EARTH AND SKY (6/4, William Hill)