Timeform UK SmartPlays: Wednesday, December 27

There is racing from Chepstow and Kempton on Wednesday
There is racing from Chepstow and Kempton on Wednesday

Timeform pick out bets from Chepstow and Kempton on Wednesday.

"The handicapper has taken a chance by leaving him on the same mark."

Top Gamble - 13:05 Chepstow

The ground in the Hilly Way Chase at Cork was basically unracable and proved too grueling even for Top Gamble, but he is a multiple winner on soft/heavy and should hopefully find conditions here more suitable (even though it is expected to be very testing). This is the first time he's been in a handicap since finishing third at Cheltenham last New Year's Day from 5 lb higher in the weights, and he could be ready to strike with Richard Johnson - who has won on him before - back on board. O Maonlai didn't fire on his return but is on a good mark if he fancies it.

Brandon Hill - 15:05 Kempton

Tom George has an excellent record in this handicap, winning two of the last three runnings, and his only entrant in this year's race, Brandon Hill, looks a very interesting runner this time. Brandon Hill shaped as if he'd come on for his first run for George/reappearance at Ascot last month, jumping boldly and travelling well before being collared, and the handicapper has taken a chance by leaving him on the same mark. He should get his own way out in front and prove hard to catch.

Chatez - 15:40 Kempton

Chatez shaped really well on his return from a big absence when second on the Flat at Leicester last time and, potentially still well treated on his form in that sphere (rated in the high-90s) now back over hurdles, he makes plenty of appeal, especially with the test of speed that this sort of track should provide (miler on the Flat).

Timeform UK SmartPlays:

Win back Top Gamble in the 13:05 at Chepstow
Win back Brandon Hill in the 15:05 at Kempton
Win back Chatez in the 15:40 at Kempton

Want to know how these tips get on? You can find today's horse racing results on the Timeform website.

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