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Chris Baker Racing Tips

Chris Baker is the reigning Racing UK Tipstar Champion, where he has since appeared on the channel as a pundit, whilst writing regularly for The Racing Paper, for whom he recently made the front page after tipping 7/7 winners at Lingfield in a 12,000/1 accumulator!!

In addition, Chris run his own website, www.chrisbakersportstips.co.uk, which is a completely free service maintained out of a passion for horse racing. Since its launch in 2012, Chris has tipped over 650 winners from just under 4,000 selections. These include two 50/1 successes (Litigant in 2015 and Perfect Pasture in 2017) and a profit has been recorded in six out of the seven years...Chris joined The Sportsman ahead of the Cheltenham Festival, where his record for the four days finished:

Tips:  22

Winners: 4 (16/1, 3/1, 2/1, 7/1)

Placed:  6 (22/1, 10/3, 7/2, 40/1, 33/1, 33/1)

Profit to advised prices and stakes:  11.55 points

ROI:  62%

You can follow Chris on Twitter @chrisbaker1984

I have three selections for the Grand National.  Good luck!

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Aintree – 5.15pm

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  • Lightly-raced, progressive chaser who ended last season with a really impressive victory in the Bet365 Gold Cup over 3m5f at Sandown.  Stayed on strongly and drew clear of a good field that day (good to soft ground) and gave the impression that this step up in trip wouldn’t be a problem.  Has been well beaten in both starts this season, but they will have served as good prep runs for this and he should now be fully tuned up.  The availability of jockey Nico de Boinville is another big positive.

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  • Has completed all six previous starts over the Grand National fences (including this race three times), recording very respectable form figures of 716792.  Has been pulled up in his last two runs but will have been aimed at this race all season and looks set to go well again.

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  • Improved on two placed efforts before Christmas to win a Listed race at Doncaster when last seen in January.  Sent off as short as 9/1 for the 2017 Topham Chase over these fences but was unlucky to be badly hampered at the Canal Turn.  Goes well fresh and will be having just his fourth run for trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies.

Recommendations:

STEP BACK:  0.5 point each-way bet at 25/1.

VIEUX LION ROUGE:  0.25 point each-way bet at 40/1.

GO CONQUER:  0.25 point each-way bet at 40/1.

Shortlist:

  • Step Back
  • Vieux Lion Rouge
  • Go Conquer
  • Lake View Lad
  • Rock The Kasbah

Note:  At the time of publishing, all prices quoted were available with at least two major online bookmakers.

 

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Here are five more bets for today’s racing to go with the three Grand National selections already published.  Good luck!

Aintree – 1.45pm

MIA’S STORM

  • Has won both races this season, including over this trip in Listed company when last seen in November.  That took her record to 6-10 over hurdles.  Has a good record under jockey Wayne Hutchinson, will appreciate the drying conditions and wears cheekpieces for the first time.  She also has a good record when fresh having won three times before on a return from a break of 75 days or more.

NADAITAK

  • A Decent Flat performer who improved with each of his first four starts over hurdles, culminating in a 22-length victory in a Doncaster Grade Two race at the end of January.  Those performances earned him a run in the Grade One Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival last month.  Ran well for a long way in that race but was ultimately well beaten and now drops down in class and in to handicap company.  A strong stayer and should appreciate the drying ground.

Recommendations:

MIA’S STORM:  0.5 point win bet at 16/1.

NADAITAK:  0.5 point win bet at 28/1.

Shortlist:

  • Mia’s Storm
  • Nadaitak
  • Aux Ptits Soins
  • Sire Du Berlais
  • Nestor Park

Aintree – 2.25pm

CHOSEN MATE (NB)

  • Has won two of his three starts over hurdles, including a Grade Two contest at Naas last time out.  Has been aimed at this meeting since that victory and should be well-suited by the step up in trip given that he won an Irish Point To Point back in October.  Davy Russell takes the ride once again.

Recommendation:

CHOSEN MATE:  1 point win bet at 9/1.

Shortlist:

  • Chosen Mate
  • Angel’s Breath
  • Umbrigado

Aintree – 3.40pm

APPLE’S JADE (NAP)

  • Unbeaten in her first four starts this season - by a combined distance of 73-lengths - with three of those victories coming at Grade One level.  Her success in the Irish Champion Hurdle came by a hugely impressive 16-lengths and demonstrated her versatility having previously won over longer trips.  Has to bounce back from a disappointing run in the Champion Hurdle (scoped dirty after the race) but will win this with ease if anywhere near back to her best.  Won by 41-lengths on her only previous visit to Aintree!

Recommendation:

APPLE’S JADE:  2 point win bet at 6/4.

Shortlist:

  • Apple’s Jade
  • Sam Spinner
  • Roksana

Aintree – 4.20pm

KILDISART

  • Dual hurdles winner who has improved with each of his four starts over the larger obstacles.  Recorded two victories earlier in the season (at Ascot and Cheltenham) and finished a very respectable fourth in the Grade One JLT Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.  Outpaced in that race before staying on at the finish, suggesting that this step up in trip could bring about more improvement.

Recommendation:

KILDISART:  1 point win bet at 13/2.

Shortlist:

  • Kildisart
  • Mister Malarky
  • Debece

Note:  At the time of publishing, all prices quoted were available with at least two major online bookmakers.

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