Steven Dowler won the Place 6 in two of his four previews last week and returns to take on the £3,000 Best Dividend Guaranteed Place 6 at Wetherby on Wednesday. Check out his Wetherby tips.
Wetherby betting tips
11.45 – Visit injuredjockeys.co.uk For Christmas Cards Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle – 2m3f
I’m content to stick with those towards the top of weights, which are headed by SOMETIMES ALWAYS, who looks ahead of the handicapper on strict reading through his form. His bumper fifth on debut looks particularly strong given the second, third and fourth have all won nice races since. With that said, Ian Williams five-year-old should have more to offer.
ROOKIE TRAINER took the scalp of the highly-regarded Coquelicot when last seen and has to be respected on the basis of that overall form. Whilst GIOVANNI EXCHANGE has produced two decent efforts at this track previously and should be in the mix following an eye-catching third earlier this month.
Selections: SOMETIMES ALWAYS, ROOKIE TRAINER, GIOVANNI EXCHANGE
12.15 – wetherbyracing.co.uk Juvenile Maiden Hurdle – 2m
FIRST IMPRESSION was smart on the flat and has achieved a good level of form in a couple of hurdle races since at this track, notably in a Listed event last time out. With the strongest form lines by some margin, it would be very disappointing if John Quinn’s three-year-old can’t make good use of this easier assignment, particularly with a more assured round of jumping.
There were a lot of positives to take out of FLAT WHITE’s runner-up effort on hurdling debut 26 days ago behind smart mare Panic Attack and she should make a bold bid to go one better.
Selections: FIRST IMPRESSION, FLAT WHITE
12.50 – Watch Racing TV Anywhere Novices’ Handicap Chase – 1m7f
DOUKAROV has steadily improved for connections and gained a breakthrough success when winning easily at Taunton last time out. He looks to have been let in lightly from just a 5Ib higher mark and will be tough to catch.
His main danger looks to be Neil Mulholland’s EXCELERATOR EXPRESS, who shaped encouragingly on chasing bow following an absence earlier this month and there should be more to come him on an attractive-looking mark whilst dropping down in grade.
Selections: DOUKAROV, EXCELERATOR EXPRESS
13.20 – Sixt Car Hire Intermediate Chase – 3m
Dan Skelton has an excellent record at this course, so there’s a good chance THE MULCAIR can extend that statistic. He’s not been seen since pulling up in a Cheltenham Grade Two but looks a good prospect for chasing and recent wind surgery could prove beneficial.
GEORDIE B showed enough to suggest he retains his ability when fourth on chasing debut a couple of weeks ago and given his progressive hurdling profile beforehand, he’s the main chief threat to Dan Skelton’s charge.
Selections: THE MULCAIR, GEORDIE B
13.50 – Follow RacingTV On Twitter Novices’ Hurdle – 2m
With the Jonjo O’Neill’s stable continuing to bang in the winners, short-priced favourite SOARING GLORY is very hard to overlook here.
A classy sort in bumpers, he made a smooth transition to this sphere when winning on hurdle debut at Chepstow and lost little in defeat when chasing home the well-regarded Dusart at Newbury when attempting to give the smart winner 6Ib. That being said, he will face nothing the calibre of the winner here and should rubber stamp his class on the opposition.
Selections: SOARING GLORY
14.25 – Watch The Jumps In HD On RacingTV Handicap Chase – 1m7f
JOKE DANCER was let down by his jumping towards the end of last term, but he has been eased in grade here and has edged back to his last winning mark, which makes him an appealing each-way contender.
SMARTY WILD was a fair hurdler, who ran better than the margin suggested when third on chasing debut at Ascot just over three weeks ago. He’s 2Ib lower, so this unexposed six-year-old should be able to make a much bigger impact.
SOME REIGN was an unfortunate last-fence faller when looking to set to collect a decent prize over C&D last time. He’s only gone up 2Ib as a result and providing he can clear the last fence, he should be tough to beat.
Selections: JOKE DANCER, SMARTY WILD, SOME REIGN
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