Today’s Horse Racing Tips & Odds – Wednesday, December 29th 2021

Kelso and Newbury are in focus for Wednesday's best horse racing tips

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Today’s horse racing tips hit midweek and there is some Grade 1 action that we are diving into.

That is the Challow Novices’ Hurdle from Newbury at 15:05 for which there is a very good competitive field.

For horse racing betting today we look at further picks from Newbury as well as Kelso.

So here are the best of today’s horse racing tips for Wednesday, December 29th 2021.

All times listed are GMT.

15:05 Newbury Challow Novices’ Hurdle Horse Racing Tip

Race Type: Grade 1 novices hurdle
Age: 4-year-olds plus
Declared Runners: 7
Distance: 2m 4f

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STAGE STAR will be expected to deliver a strong effort in the Challow on Wednesday at Newbury.

He is seeking a hat-trick after coming on very well over the hurdles this season.

It’s been two from two for him over the timbers so far.

The most recent of those was at course and distance last month. He stormed the field in that one.

Stage Star comes up in grade here but has some claims.

The challenge of LOSSIEMOUTH cannot be underestimated in this one.

He picked up a hattrick with a win in the Winter Novices’ Hurdle at Sandown earlier this month.

That Grade 2 victory clearly puts him in this category given that he won that race by 14 lengths after comfortably coming off the gas early with the race won.

That’s three from three over the hurdles for Lossiemouth and will likely be heavily involved in the thick of things on Wednesday.

GRINGO D’AUBRELLE is another with solid form behind him. He got off the mark over the hurdles at Fairyhouse last month.

That’s back to back wins for him and therefore coming from a top yard will likely be a challenge.

Gringo D’Aubrelle will probably be targeting this race and looks like a threat coming up in the trip.


Ones to watch: Stage Star 13/8, Gringo D’aubrelle 4/1

* (odds recorded 18:45 GMT on December 28th 2021 at William Hill)

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14:00 Newbury Handicap Hurdle Horse Racing UK Tips

Race Type: Class 2 handicap hurdle
Age: 4-year-olds plus
Declared Runners: 12
Distance: 2m 4f

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MASTERS LEGACY arrives in a very good heart after two very good runs this season.

On his seasonal reappearance, Masters Legacy took a win on a 2m trip at Chepstow.

He continued in that strong form with a runner up at course and distance a month ago.

After some struggles from last season, Masters Legacy looks back to his very best and rates as a danger in this field.

DASHEL DRASHER was in fine nick last season, winning three chases at Ascot. One of those was a Grade 2 effort as well.

Dashel Drasher is to be respected as he moves back to hurdling in midweek. He has had a reappearance run under his belt.

That resulted in a third-place finish at Ascot just over a month ago.

He should be better for having had that run as he looked like he needed it.

MONTE CRISTO is another of the line up that commands some respect. This time last year he won a strong Kempton handicap.

Having been to the Cheltenham and Aintree festivals this year, he has been involved in some competitive action and ran well in defeat.

Monte Cristo should have a chance from fresh.

BEAUPORT is another that gets on the shortlist in this bigger field. He took a second-place finish on his reappearance at Sandown last month.

With the form from that race having been franked, Beauport should have had a decent chance because was developing very well as a novice hurdler.


Ones to watch: Monte Cristo 8/1, Beauport 4/1

* (odds recorded 18:45 GMT on December 28th 2021 at William Hill)

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14:35 Newbury Handicap Chase Horse Racing Tips & Odds

Race Type: Class 3 handicap chase
Age: 4-year-olds plus
Declared Runners: 14
Distance: 3m 1f

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SAINT PALAIS enters the action with claims at Newbury on Wednesday in this handicap chase action.

He has won his last two and looks to have a lot more to come in this sphere.

It’s two from two by him in the UK over the fences now.

Those scores were recorded at Worcester and Wetherby.

Saint Palais to have more potential to be unlocked.

GERICAULT ROQUE has been moving up in form over the hurdles.

He has won twice over the timbers before and has gone close this season to add to that tally.

Gericault Roque was a runner up at Chepstow on his latest effort 25 days ago.

That was another improvement in form and jumping and he should be right there.

WAYFINDER is worth another look after his appearance didn’t go to plan.

Three weeks ago he was brought down at Bangor through no fault of his own.

There was good form produced by Wayfinder last season including a good handicap chase score at Chepstow.

He still has plenty to offer and can’t be overlooked.


Ones to watch: Saint Palais 7/2, Gericault Roque 4/1

* (odds recorded 18:45 GMT on December 28th 2021 at William Hill)

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13:25 Newbury Handicap Chase Horse Racing Betting

Race Type: Class 3 handicap chase
Age: 4-year-olds plus
Declared Runners: 9
Distance: 2m

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This looks like an extremely wide-open contest. GALLIC GEORDIE is one for the shortlist however.

He is sitting on a hattrick chance and is turned out quickly under a 7lb penalty.

Those two wins were at Lingfield and he will have a lot more on his plate coming up in grade for this one.

HEART OF LION is of note as well having won at Ludlow in November. That was on his chasing debut.

Heart Of Lion couldn’t quite back that up at Huntingdon on his follow up as his jumping game wasn’t on point. But it’s too early to dismiss him.

DOUKAROV will be challenged from a revised mark, but carries a useful 3lb claimer.

He picked up the third chase win of his career with a course and distance success two weeks ago.

Doukarov perhaps did benefit from a relatively weak field and will face stiff opposition in this one. Place claims are there, however.

EARLY DU LEMO gets on the shortlist as well for this interesting fixture.

He was third at Sandown after a break of 10 months in November. That was a credible run and he has been eased in the ratings.


Ones to watch: Gallic Geordie 2/1, Doukarov 9/2

* (odds recorded 18:45 GMT on December 28th 2021 at William Hill)

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13:17 Kelso Handicap Chase Horse Racing Odds

Race Type: Class 3 handicap chase
Age: 4-year-olds plus
Declared Runners: 7
Distance: 2m 1f

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CEDAR HILL brings consistent form to the table and should rate as a danger in this one.

Last season he took three course and distance wins.

Although he hasn’t picked up a win since a reappearance, it’s been three solid enough efforts.

Cedar Hill is down 2lb after finding a lively mare just too good for him at Wetherby on his latest run last month.

TRESHNISH brings winning form to the table after picking up a win at Hexham three weeks ago.

He is a little hit and miss but has still managed to win two of his last five runs.

If he can find a way to actually back up that very good latest effort, the Treshnish should have a claim.

LUCKY FLIGHT is worth a look as well because he has a decent track record at Kelso.

In October he made a reappearance and did not produce a very strong jumping performance.

But he’s capable when he puts it together and has won two of three previous efforts at the venue.


Ones to watch: Lucky Flight 7/1, Treshnish 7/2

* (odds recorded 18:45 GMT on December 28th 2021 at William Hill)

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12:42 Kelso Handicap Hurdle Horse Racing Tip

Race Type: Class 3 handicap hurdle
Age: 3-year-olds plus
Declared Runners: 13
Distance: 2m 6f

Race Preview

GRAND VOYAGE is good enough to make his presence felt in this contest on Wednesday.

He was last seen three weeks ago at course and distance.

Grand Voyage got himself off the mark over the hurdles in that one.

The form from that has been proven as well and Grand Voyage should have something to offer once again as he comes up 11lb.

MAYO STAR is back up in trip and worth watching for horse racing betting. He has won twice before in this sphere so he has it in him.

Mayo Star has performed reasonably enough at Kelso before to see him bring claims to the table on Wednesday.

He was second a month ago at Ayr so has a little bit of form behind him.

DUTY CALLS produced a much-improved effort in taking a runner up place on a 2m handicap trip here at Kelso three weeks ago.

That was a big mark of progress made by him.

It’s likely that the longer trip on Wednesday is going to help him improve further.

Tip: MAYO STAR 4/1

Ones to watch: Grand Voyage 3/1, Duty Calls 7/1

* (odds recorded 18:45 GMT on December 28th 2021 at William Hill)

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