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Wetherby Racing Tips: Smith improver a standout

Timeform’s Andrew Asquith highlights a NAP, Next Best and Each-Way selection at Wetherby on Boxing Day.

“…left the impression he still has more to offer, particularly in a race of this nature, where you can safely put a line through a few…”

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Kaphumor – 11:52 Wetherby

Kaphumor showed much improved form on his first start for Sue Smith when bolting up at Hexham last month, and that performance was all the more encouraging given the yard hadn’t really got going at that point.

He lost little in defeat when runner-up to another improving sort at Sedgefield last time, too, ridden more patiently than the winner but rallying well between the last two fences. Kaphumor was a well-backed favourite that day and left the impression he still has more to offer, particularly in a race of this nature, where you can safely put a line through a few.

Trainer: Sue Smith
Jockey: Ryan Mania
Age: 5
Weight: 11st 5lbs
OR: 98

NEXT BEST

Well Educated – 13:35 Wetherby

Well Educated showed fair form in three starts in bumpers and has made a promising start over hurdles, hitting the frame in a couple of starts at Kelso and Newcastle.

He shaped particularly well in a race which is working out well on his first start for six months at Newcastle last time, too, going into third place when jumping the second last and keeping on when a mistake at the final flight ruined his chance. Well Educated finished with running left, though, and is entitled to come on for that now, while the step up in trip is sure to suit also. He is on a fair mark for his handicap debut.

Trainer: John Quinn
Jockey: Henry Brooke
Age: 5
Weight: 11st 10lbs
OR: 108

EACH WAY

Debece – 14:10 Wetherby

Debece isn’t getting any younger, but he shaped very well on his first start for Dan Skelton when runner-up in a useful handicap at Sandown last season, and that race has worked out well, with both the winner and third winning next time.

That was Debece’s first start since undergoing wind surgery – and also fitted with cheekpieces – and he travelled and jumped well in the main, but probably just did too much too soon. He has been raised 5lb in the weights for that effort, which looks fair enough given how the race has panned out, and Debece still remains well handicapped on the pick of his form. He will likely have more to offer for this yard and he looks interesting on his return to action.

Trainer: Dan Skelton
Jockey: Harry Skelton
Age: 10
Weight: 10st 11lbs
OR: 135

Sunday 26 December, 11.52am

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Kaphumor

Grey Atlantic Way

Croagh Patrick

Vintage Glen

Heavey

Eveque

Morozov Cocktail

To The Limit

Anightinlambourn

Flaming Glory

Sputnik

Lough Salt

Hidden Cargo

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Sunday 26 December, 1.35pm

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Well Educated

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Lock Down Luke

Doyen La Lutte

Fazayte

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Not What It Seems

High Moon

Cafe Pushkin

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Sunday 26 December, 2.10pm

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Silver Hallmark

Cloudy Glen

Empire Steel

Good Boy Bobby

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Debece

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Top Ville Ben

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