Chris Baker: Five bets for the weekend

Uttoxeter hosts the Midlands National this afternoon,
Uttoxeter hosts the Midlands National this afternoon,

Such a frustrating week:

Minella Indo – beaten in unbelievable circumstances!

Siruh Du Lac – fell two out when in the lead and going well!

Thyme Hill – hampered on several occasions when making a very strong challenge!

Goshen – unseated at the last when in the process of demolishing the Triumph field!

Santini – ahead one stride after the line!

Surely, this bad run of luck cannot continue for much longer. I’ve picked out five bets for today’s racing at Kempton and Uttoxeter.   

Chris Baker's P&L

Kempton Tips

Paul Nicholls and Harry Cobden team up with MCFABULOUS (NAP at 9/4 – 14:05), who justified favouritism to win for the first time over hurdles at Market Rasen last time out. As a three-time bumper winner, including at Grade 2 level, there’s likely to be plenty more improvement to come.

SMARTY WILD (EW at 18/1 - 14.40) took his record to 4-6 over hurdles when winning at Exeter back in November. He’s since been beaten twice but has had excuses for both of those efforts. He’s now just 2lbs above his last winning mark, should be well-suited by today’s ground conditions and has shaped as though this step up in trip could bring about more improvement.

SENSULANO (14/1 - 15:15) just missed the cut for the novices’ handicap chase at the Cheltenham Festival and comes here in excellent form. She’s won two of her three starts over fences and was second in a Grade 2 hurdle contest at Ascot when last seen. Her most recent victory over the larger obstacles came at Listed level, and a repeat of that form would make her hard to beat.

In the same race, KING OF REALMS (20/1 - 15:15) looks overpriced and goes in search of a third win over fences. He’s shown signs that he’s returning to form and was placed at Warwick last time out.

Uttoxeter Tip

The Dan Skelton-trained CLONDAW ANCHOR (5/1 - 14:25) looks to have a good chance of landing the £40,000 novices’ handicap chase. He’s recorded form figures of 212 from his three starts over fences to date, with one of those placed efforts coming at this course. He was heavily eased when winning by ten-lengths at Lingfield back in November and will have no problem with today’s ground conditions. The slight concern is having to run off top-weight, but he has been freshened up for this race and looks the most progressive horse in the line up.


14:05 Kempton
Mcfabulous silk




14:25 Uttoxeter
Clondaw Anchor silk

Clondaw Anchor


14:40 Kempton
Smarty Wild silk

Smarty Wild (EW)



15:15 Kempton
Sensulano silk




15:15 Kempton
King Of Realms silk

King Of Realms

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