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Horse Racing betting tips: Somespring Special brewing in Wincanton

There are four meetings on this pre-Christmas Tuesday in Britain and Racing Post tipster Graeme Rodway returns to mark your card.

Graeme Rodway's tips

1.10 Fakenham - Lady Gwen @ 2/1
1.40 Fakenham - Eceparti @ 7/2
1.50 Wincanton - Somespring Special @ 22/1

1.10 Fakenham - Lady Gwen @ 2/1

The 2m mares' novice handicap hurdle (1.10) at Fakenham looks like a match between LADY GWEN and Crem Fresh and marginal preference is for the in-form five-year-old, Lady Gwen.

The Kim Bailey-trained mare has shown improved form this autumn and won back-to-back races at Taunton and Market Rasen in the space of a week in November, recording career-best form.

Both of those wins came under Kai Lenihan, who is on again here claiming 7lb, and the pair nearly completed a hat-trick back at Market Rasen last time. They went to the front between the last two, but couldn't hold off two challengers and lost by two and three-quarter lengths.

That was a much stronger race than the one that Lady Gwen contests here and, while she has topweight to carry now down in class, her rider's allowance means she won't carry 12 stone. She races off the same mark of 103 and looks capable of outclassing this weaker opposition.

Graeme Rodway's tip:

Lady Gwen @ SP - 1pt win

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1.40 Fakenham - Eceparti @ 7/2

The 3m5f handicap chase (1.40) comes up next at Fakenham and ECEPARTI appears to have an outstanding chance of completing a hat-trick for the remarkably in-form Venetia Williams.

Nobody has trained chasers better than Williams this season, with her strike-rate over fences sitting at 31 per cent, and Eceparti has been a contributor following two wins at Chepstow.

The nine-year-old bolted up by 29 lengths on the first occasion and kept on strongly to follow up under a 7lb penalty just eight days later. Eceparti held off the late challenge of King Turgeon, who has since gone on to win himself, and the front two pulled 12 lengths clear.

Eceparti has gone up another 8lb in the weights, but that form has a solid look and he has twice won handicaps off higher marks than this, so remains well treated on his best form.

Graeme Rodway's tip:

Eceparti @ SP - 1pt win

1.50 Wincanton - Somespring Special @ 22/1

There is a bumper eight-race card at Wincanton, which features the Lady Godiva Mares’ Novices’ Chase (1.50) that was rescheduled following Warwick’s cancellation last week. I thought SOMESPRING SPECIAL could spring a surprise in the original race and will stick with her.

The moving of the race might be in Somespring Special's favour as she has loads of form at this track. Three of her six runs under rules have come at Wincanton and she was a good third in a novice hurdle here in March when she was beaten only four lengths behind Outlaw Peter.

She was pulled up on her chase debut over course and distance in October, but not a lot went right that day. Somespring Special was taken on for the lead and stopped quickly once headed, possibly because she had lost her left-hind shoe. Put a line through that effort.

She had previously run out an impressive winner over hurdles at Fontwell in May and is worth another chance to prove herself over fences. She was placed in her sole point-to-point.

Graeme Rodway's tip:

Somespring Special @ SP - 1pt win

Graeme Rodway's tips

1.10 Fakenham - Lady Gwen @ 2/1
1.40 Fakenham - Eceparti @ 7/2
1.50 Wincanton - Somespring Special @ 22/1

Odds displayed were correct at the time of writing and subject to fluctuation.

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