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Wednesday offers punters a jam-packed day with jumping at Newbury, Plumpton and Punchestown whilst Wolverhampton and Southwell have all-weather cards.


Newbury Novice Hurdle (13.15)


I will be at Newbury with one eye on some potential ante post movement.

Currently, Nicky Henderson’s Shishkin is 25/1 for the Supreme Novices at the Cheltenham Festival. For that price to be cut, he will need to win this maiden today in good style.

His debut over hurdles was short-lived when falling at the second here at Newbury last month. He was well supported that day, going off 8/11 favourite and it would be no surprise to see him produce a much-improved effort today at a course where the trainer excels.

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Punchestown Four Year Old Maiden Hurdle (12.30)


Punchestown’s rearranged card opens with a four-year-old maiden hurdle that looks set to give top trainer Gordon Elliott yet another winner.

He has four of the thirteen runners in the race but my interest is drawn to Oak Park.

Davy Russell is booked to ride. He was seen on his debut for Gordon Elliott, finishing third in a much warmer race on New Year’s Eve at this track.

Should he repeat that level of form and have a bit more luck in running, he should be capable of winning a race of this nature.

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Ascot Clarence House Chase – Market Update

Looking ahead to the weekend we have a small but select field set to go to post for the Clarence House at Ascot. The race will have a big shakeup on the Champion Chase ante post market.

As it stands at the time of writing, we are seeing one-way traffic for Defi Du Seuil to win on Saturday.

Currently now 8/11, Philip Hobbs horse is proving very popular to confirm form with Un De Sceaux (6/4) after beating Willie Mullins’ veteran chase star by a neck in the Tingle Creek at Sandown last month.

Odds are correct at the time of posting

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