A busy midweek of racing action is in store across Britain and Ireland with four meetings scheduled for Wednesday.

Jumps fare comes solely from Leicester after Hexham failed a 10am inspection, while the all-weather action takes place at Lingfield, Dundalk and Kempton Park.

Our Wednesday fancies include an improving stayer with more to come for trainer Jamie Osborne going for the feature race tonight at Kempton.


  • Kempton 20.00 – Duty Of Care @ 7/1
  • Lingfield 14.00 – Tudor @ 11/10
  • Leicester 15.00 – Golden Taipan @ 9/1

Tip 1

This evening’s feature contest at Kempton is the London Stayers’ Series Final (20.00) over two-miles and there should be some value in siding with DUTY OF CARE (7/1) for the Jamie Osborne team after his recent impressive score over course and distance.

The Kingman gelding was having just his fourth run for Osborne having left Sir Michael Stoute and was tackling this two-mile trip for the first time when he motored home in fine style under Shane Kelly, coming from off the pace to sweep through and win by 3¼-lengths with re-opposing rivals Motazzen, Sashenka and Pons Aelius filling the berths behind him.

That came off a mark of 83 and he’ll carry a 5lb penalty this evening as he bids to pocket the £41k top prize on offer here.

He’s unexposed at the distance and fully expected to offer more and, while this is a tougher race, he’s a very fair price in what is a Betfred Extra Place Race (four places) and it’s no shock to see him feature on the Most Napped table via the Betfred Betfinder given his scope for improvement.

Alan King’s Rainbow Dreamer won here over C&D three weeks ago, taking full advantage of a below-par run from Charlie Appleby’s Bandinelli, though the early betting still finds in favour of the Godolphin horse in their rematch. Duty Of Care can trump them both.

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Tip 2

TUDOR (11/10) can make it two wins in as many starts for new trainer Kevin Philippart De Foy by doubling his Lingfield tally in their 1m4f handicap due off at 14.00.

The Zoffany gelding had shown some hints of ability in his eight turf starts previously for Richard Fahey and Mark Loughnane without winning and he was well found in the market for his stable bow here in November.

He briefly looked under pressure as the field were making the swing for home but, once they straightened, he found his stride and lengthened nicely to win well under John Egan at the line.

On that evidence, this extra two-furlongs promises to suit and a 2lb rise in the ratings doesn’t look prohibitive.

Tip 3

Dan Skelton’s Calico is market leader for this Leicester handicap chase over two-and-a-half-miles but he’s got stamina to prove upped in trip and, while second last time on second chase outing at Chepstow behind an impressive winner, there was just a hint that the petrol light was beginning to flicker late on – so this extra half-mile isn’t certain to suit.

The likes of Bold Endeavour and Scene Not Herd have questions over them to so Fergal O’Brien’s GOLDEN TAIPAN (9/1) might be the value in the market for this seven runner heat.

He won twice over fences at Perth (2m4f/3m, good) in the summer and cannot be harshly judged on his most recent start at Wincanton when down the field behind Grade 1 performer Frodon in a hot handicap.

The handicapper has eased him 3lb on that run and he’s within 1lb now of his previous win-mark. He should give a good account and could take full advantage of some of his rivals being out of sorts.

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