Bets Of The Day: Baywing can claim Wetherby crown

Alan Dudman rates Baywing as a bet for Wetherby's feature ITV race on Boxing Day
Alan Dudman rates Baywing as a bet for Wetherby's feature ITV race on Boxing Day

A feast of Christmas racing awaits on Boxing Day, and Alan Dudman returns with a couple of tasty priced selections for the day's action at Wolverhampton and Wetherby...

"He has been mentioned as a National Hunt Chase or a Welsh National type before, so he stays well. From a mark of 144, this imposing type has plenty more to offer considering his hurdling rating of 135."

Back Baywing @ 6/1 in the 14:10 at Wetherby (Betfair Sportsbook)

13:45 Wolverhampton - Back Mythical Madness @ 11/1

Apologies for still keeping the Flat hat on, but I am a fan of these quality all-weather races over the winter, and this 0-105 handicap looks a good contest, but a very open one.

In fact, a case can be made for most of the field. I wouldn't take the 5/2 on favourite Mount Tahan - but I certainly am taking the 11/1 Sportsbook price on David O'Meara's Mythical Madness. That is far too big for a horse that loves this track.

His course record reads 12102126, and he ran fairly well in last year's Winter Derby Trial against the likes of Decorated Knight, Arab Spring and Grendisar.

Mythical Madness made a return to the track in November over course and distance, and not for the first time didn't quite get the room to attack. That was his first run for three months and he shaped well.

Last time out he met all sorts of problems from a poor position at Chelmsford, and that was a race where it really paid to sit up with the speed - like most at that track!

He needs to be ridden with a fair bit of confidence to wait for a gap, and he's got the perfect confidence rider in Fran Berry taking over today. His mark is reasonable, he loves Wolverhampton, and he is well up to winning at this level.


14:10 Wetherby - Back Baywing @ 6/1

I fancied Baywing for the Welsh Grand National, but Chepstow's loss is Wetherby's gain for Tuesday, and everything is in place for a decent run from the lightly-raced chaser in one of the Boxing Day ITV races.

Soft ground is the order of the afternoon in Yorkshire, and soft ground is exactly what Baywing needs. He would actually love the reading as heavy, but we cannot have everything.

The eight-year-old made his reappearance in the Colin Parker at Carlisle, but the trip was far too short for him there, and he looked as if he badly needed the outing - which has been the case in the past.

Last time out was a blip at Haydock, as he didn't get over the first fence, and there is certainly room for improvement with his jumping.

However, he produced his best performance to date in the Grade 2 Towton as a novice at Wetherby last term, with exactly the same conditions as today; three miles on soft ground.

He has been mentioned as a National Hunt Chase or a Welsh National type before, so he stays well. From a mark of 144, this imposing jumper has plenty more to offer considering his hurdling rating of 135.

Alan's Bets of the Day - P/L

This week so far: -2.50

Previous week: -6.62

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