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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...

You can follow Chris on Twitter @chrisbaker1984

There are four bets for the final day of the Cheltenham Festival.  Good luck!

Cheltenham – 2.10pm

WE HAVE A DREAM (NB)

  • A dual Grade One winner last season and returned to winning ways with an easy success at Kelso last time out.  Versatile with regard to ground conditions and is 6-8 for jockey Daryl Jacob.

MOHAAYED

  • Will have to defy top-weight, but won this race last year and was also successful in a Grade Three contest at Ascot in December.  Has a decent record under today’s jockey Bridget Andrews.

Recommendations:

WE HAVE A DREAM:  0.5 point win bet at 33/1.

MOHAAYED:  0.5 point win bet at 28/1.

Shortlist:

  • We Have A Dream
  • Mohaayed
  • Mr Adjudicator
  • Crooks Peak
  • Whiskey Sour

Cheltenham – 2.50pm

NADAITAK

  • Decent Flat performer who has improved with each of his four starts over hurdles, culminating in a 22-length victory in a Doncaster Grade Two race at the end of January. 
  • Considered a very strong stayer by connections and should therefore relish this test of stamina.  Also has the assistance of top jockey Nico de Boinville once again.

Recommendation:

NADAITAK:  0.5 point each-way bet at 33/1.

Shortlist:

  • Nadaitak
  • Birchdale
  • Lisnagar Oscar
  • Derrinross
  • Allaho

Cheltenham – 3.30pm

DEFINITLY RED (NAP)

  • Has finished in the first three in 13 of his 18 starts over fences (eight wins).  Four of those victories have come in Grade Two company including a hugely impressive success in the Cotswold Chase at this course last season.
  • Returned in fine form this season with authoritative wins at Wetherby and Aintree before having a prep run at Kelso last month.
  • Finished sixth in this race last season and with this year’s renewal looking a wide-open contest, a chance is taken that this likeable ten-year-old can make the frame at a big price.

Recommendation:

DEFINITLY RED:  0.5 point each-way bet at 50/1.

Shortlist:

  • Definitly Red
  • Native River
  • Might Bite
  • Presenting Percy

Note:  All prices quoted are currently available with at least two major online bookmakers.

Thursday's Cheltenham Festival Tips

There are eight bets for day three of the Cheltenham Festival.  Good luck!

Cheltenham – 1.30pm

DEFI DU SEUIL

  • Multiple Grade One winner over hurdles and added the Grade One Scilly Isles Chase at Sandown last time out on just his fourth start over the larger obstacles.
  • Beat two of today’s key rivals in good style that day and could be even better back at Cheltenham, where he has won on four of his six previous visits including the 2017 Triumph Hurdle.

Recommendation:

DEFI DU SEUIL:  1 point win bet at 3/1.

Shortlist:

  • Defi Du Seuil
  • Vindication
  • Kildisart

Cheltenham – 2.10pm

FIRST ASSIGNMENT (NB)

  • Won over 2m5f at Cheltenham on his seasonal reappearance before putting up a hugely impressive performance in a Listed race back at Prestbury Park in November.  Went clear of a good field by nine-lengths that day and was very well-suited by the return to three-miles having won a Point To Point earlier in his career.
  • Turned out quickly and was far from disgraced behind the high-class Paisley Park (see below) and the subsequent Grade Two winner Shades Of Midnight at Haydock.  Sent off as favourite that day and the form has obviously worked out very well.
  • Third again at Warwick last time out but as a result, has protected his handicap mark for this valuable prize.

BOYHOOD

  • Impressive 7-length winner over this course and distance back in January 2018 and has been placed in both starts since.  Lightly raced and remains open to more improvement.

TOBEFAIR

  • Back to form to finish a good second at Chepstow last time out on his return to hurdling.  Well handicapped on his best form, which saw him win seven consecutive races between 2015 and 2017.

Recommendations:

FIRST ASSIGNMENT:  1 point win bet at 12/1.

BOYHOOD:  0.5 point win bet at 20/1.

TOBEFAIR:  0.25 point win bet at 40/1.

Shortlist:

  • First Assignment
  • Boyhood
  • Tobefair

Cheltenham – 2.50pm

ASO

  • Returned from a long absence to win consecutive races at Newbury (November) and Cheltenham (January) in really good style before being outclassed by the hugely impressive Cyrname at Ascot last time out.
  • Finished third in this race two years ago, set to encounter ideal ground conditions and represents in-form trainer Venetia Williams.

Recommendation:

ASO:  0.5 point each-way bet at 33/1.

Shortlist:

  • Aso
  • Frodon
  • Road To Respect

Cheltenham – 3.30pm

PAISLEY PARK (NAP)

  • Hugely progressive staying hurdler, who is unbeaten in four starts this season including the Grade One JLT Hurdle at Ascot.
  • Shot to favouritism for this race with an authoritative victory in the Cleeve Hurdle over this course and distance in January.  It was hard not to be impressed by the manner of that victory and he sets a clear standard, especially in the absence of Penhill.

Recommendation:

PAISLEY PARK:  2 point win bet at 2/1.

Shortlist:

  • Paisley Park
  • Faugheen
  • Supasundae

Cheltenham – 4.10pm

SIRUH DU LAC

  • Has progressed with each start and was a really impressive winner over this course and distance last time out to land a hat-trick of wins.
  • Has an overall record of 5-7 over fences, jumps extremely well and has demonstrated an excellent attitude.

KAUTO RIKO

  • A clear winner on testing ground at Haydock back in December before finding conditions too quick at Wetherby last time out.  No problem with the step back up in trip and should be much better suited by today’s ground.

Recommendations:

SIRUH DU LAC:  1 point win bet at 7/1.

KAUTO RIKO:  0.5 point win bet at 33/1.

Shortlist:

  • Siruh Du Lac
  • Kauto Riko
  • Janika

Note:  All prices quoted are currently available with at least two major online bookmakers.

Wednesday's Cheltenham Festival Tips

Cheltenham – 1.30pm

CHAMP (NB)

  • Quickened clear of his six rivals in the Grade One Challow Hurdle at Newbury last time out to take his record to 4-5 over hurdles.
  • Proven over this 2m5f trip, has won twice on soft ground and is unbeaten in two for jockey Barry Geraghty.

Recommendation:

CHAMP:  1 point win bet at 10/3.

Shortlist:

  • Champ
  • Easy Game
  • Battleoverdoyen

Cheltenham – 2.10pm

SANTINI (NAP)

  • Ended last season with a third-place finish in the Albert Bartlett Novice Hurdle before winning the Grade One at Aintree on soft ground over an extended three miles.
  • Put in a superb performance to win at Newbury on his chasing debut before finishing third at Kempton on Boxing Day.  Didn’t look to be suited by that track but should relish the return to Cheltenham and this test of stamina.
  • Hasn’t had an ideal preparation for this race, but he is a class act and could be a future Gold Cup contender.

Recommendation:

SANTINI:  1 point win bet at 7/2.

Shortlist:

  • Santini
  • Delta Work
  • Topofthegame

Cheltenham – 2.50pm

ERICK LE ROUGE

  • Comes in to this race in fine form having won all four starts this season.
  • His shown a really good attitude when winning the last twice and has built up an excellent relationship with jockey Chester Williams, who claims a valuable 7lbs.
  • Has long been considered a future three-mile chaser, so he should be well-suited by this test over 2m5f.

CANARDIER

  • Consistent performer who has finished in the first three in six of his seven starts over hurdles (two wins).
  • His latest victory came over this course and distance back in October.  That 138-day absence isn’t a concern as he has gone well fresh on several occasions in the past.
  • Would probably prefer better ground, but the same can be said for a lot of these.  He was far from disgraced on his only previous try on soft ground.

Recommendations:

ERICK LE ROUGE:  0.5 point each-way bet at 22/1.

CANARDIER:  0.5 point win bet at 18/1.

Shortlist:

  • Erick Le Rouge
  • Canardier
  • Brio Conti

Tuesday's Cheltenham Festival Tips

Cheltenham – 1.30pm

AL DANCER (NB) 

  • Unbeaten in four starts over hurdles with his latest success coming in the Grade Three Betfair Hurdle at Ascot last month.
  • Travelled powerfully, jumped well and stayed on strongly that day to draw clear of a good field. 
  • Should have no issues with soft ground and has regular jockey Sam Twiston-Davies in the saddle once again.

Recommendation:

AL DANCER:  1 point win bet at 5/1 

Shortlist:

  • Al Dancer
  • Angels Breath
  • Aramon

Cheltenham – 2.10pm

LALOR

  • Ended last season with a Grade One novice hurdle victory on soft ground at Aintree and made a hugely impressive chase debut at this course back in November, beating some very useful rivals by big margins.
  • Disappointed when turned out quite quickly at Sandown on his only other start this season but can be forgiven that run for a variety of reasons.  Back to a left-handed track today and is expected to have benefitted from a break of 94 days.

Recommendation:

LALOR:  1 point win bet at 6/1 

Shortlist:

  • Lalor
  • Kalashnikov
  • Glen Forsa

Cheltenham – 2.50pm

LAKE VIEW LAD

  • Has been in fine form of late, finishing in the first three in each of his last nine starts.  That run includes four victories – two of which have come in his most recent outings.
  • Won by an impressive four lengths in Grade Three company at Wetherby on Boxing Day despite the ground (good to soft) being quicker than ideal.  He should therefore relish today’s underfoot conditions and is 2-2 under jockey Henry Brooke.

BEWARE THE BEAR

  • A very strong stayer, as demonstrated when winning a handicap at this course by five-lengths on New Year Day.  That came in first time blinkers, which are retained today, and on his second run since undergoing a wind operation.
  • Ran well to finish fourth in this race last year and is rated just 1lb higher today.  He also finished a very respectable fourth in the Ladbrokes Trophy on his seasonal reappearance.

Recommendations:

LAKE VIEW LAD:  0.5 point win bet at 16/1 

BEWARE THE BEAR:  0.5 point win bet at 22/1 

Shortlist:

  • Lake View Lad
  • Beware The Bear
  • Mister Whitaker
  • Give Me A Copper

Cheltenham – 3.30pm

APPLE’S JADE (NAP)

  • I’ve been a long-time supporter of the magnificent Apple’s Jade and am thrilled that connections have decided to go down the Champion Hurdle route with her.  She won at the 2017 Festival (Mares’ Hurdle) and had valid excuses when third in that race last year. 
  • Unbeaten in her four starts this season - by a combined distance of 73-lengths - with three of those victories coming at Grade One level.  Her latest success in the Irish Champion Hurdle came by a hugely impressive 16-lengths and demonstrated her versatility having previously won over longer trips.

Recommendation:

APPLE’S JADE:  1 point win bet at 2/1 

Shortlist:

  • Apple’s Jade
  • Buveur D’Air
  • Laurina

Cheltenham – 5.30pm

OK CORRAL

  • Lightly-raced nine-year-old with a fine strike-rate having won five of his nine career starts, including 2-2 over fences.
  • His latest success in a Listed race at Warwick came in very good style and saw him leap to the front of the betting for this race.
  • Stayed on strongly over three-miles there and was partnered by today’s jockey Mr Derek O’Connor.  Appears to relish soft ground.

Recommendation:

OK CORRAL:  1 point win bet at 4/1 

Shortlist:

  • OK Corral
  • Ballyward
  • Impulsive Star

the 2019 Cheltenham Festival, Chris will be providing his tips exclusively on The Sportsman.  

Already Published

Chris' Antepost Lucky 15 - Read why he likes these picks

Leg 1 - ELIXIR DE NUTZ (Supreme Novices Hurdle) @ 7/1 N/R

Leg 2 - APPLE’S JADE  (Champion Hurdle) @ 2/1 LOST

Leg 3 - FIRST ASSIGNMENT (Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle) @ 10/1

Leg 4 - PAISLEY PARK (Stayers Hurdle) @ 13/8

*Prices correct at the time of publishing, subject to change. 

A successful £1 Lucky 15 on these four selections will return approximately £1500 (excluding bookmaker bonuses) based on the prices quoted.

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