BetVictor’s Charlie McCann takes Tipster Challenge at Wetherby

Charlie McCannThe Tipster Challenge continues at Wetherby today, as Charlie McCann from BetVictor makes his play to rival table-topping Alan Alger, the PR Manager from Betway.

Charlie McCann has worked for BetVictor since 2011, previously as the Director of Online Public Relations, before becoming Head of Communications in May 2015.

McCann will be up against sixth placed Timeform and Stephen Harris from bettingexpert, who is looking to move up the table after a slow start to the revised challenge.

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12:20

bettingexpert: Robbing The Prey

Showed ability on his debut for Jefferson behind Scotchtown (won again on Monday), and should strip a lot fitter for the run here.

Timeform: Lycidas

Sets a high standard even with a penalty and should prove tough to beat.

BetVictor: Robbing The Prey

The Jefferson yard remain in good form, and Robbing The Prey should appreciate dropping back in trip having travelled well over 2m 3f here at the last meeting.

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12:50

bettingexpert: Kalaniti

Made a winning hurdling debut at Kelso and is entitled to improve with that experience behind her.

Timeform: Kalaniti

Made a pleasing start over hurdles when winning at Kelso last month and she looks the solid play with improvement forthcoming.

BetVictor: Catching Shadows

Despite reservations about the form of the James Ewart yard, another dropping back in distance gets the vote in the hope that he is more amenable to restraint with that Carlisle run under his belt.

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1:20

bettingexpert: Flashjack

Comes from a stable in terrific form and can make a winning chase debut with conditions to suit.

Timeform: Zeroshadesofgrey

Jumped boldly when opening his account in this sphere over C&D last month, and he looks up to defying a penalty.

BetVictor: Zeroshadesofgrey

Hard to oppose Zeroshadesofgrey, who should appreciate today’s softer ground having won at the Charlie Hall Chase meeting over C&D last time.

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1:55

bettingexpert: Forth Bridge

Was useful on the flat, and can make a winning hurdling debut in a race where the market will be an excellent guide.

Timeform: Coeur de Lion

Makes appeal on paper ahead of his hurdling bow and was going very much the right way on the level this summer.

BetVictor: Indirocco

It could be hats off for a royal winner courtesy of Forth Bridge, but Indirocco is subject to favourable home reports and this half-brother to Irving gets the vote on his racecourse debut.

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2:25

bettingexpert: Aye Well

Not getting any younger, but clearly needed the run after six months off last time at Kelso and should be spot on for this.

Timeform: Doctor Phoenix

Landed back-to-back small-field handicaps in the mud around this time last year, so he gets a tentative vote.

BetVictor: Doctor Phoenix

David Dennis had a welcome winner at Fakenham last week, and Doctor Phoenix can go well despite the steadier on 11 st 11 lbs in the feature.

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3:00

bettingexpert: Royal Plaza

Won well at Warwick last week. Looks good here without a penalty, and with conditions to suit again.

Timeform: Royal Plaza

Took further strides forward and scored in convincing style at Warwick last week. He escapes a penalty for that success and should prove hard to beat if returning in the same form.

BetVictor: Royal Plaza

A market move for Visandi would be worth noting, but Royal Plaza goes unpenalised for a facile Warwick success under today’s talented conditional.

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3:30

bettingexpert: Petticoat Tails

Hails from a yard with a terrific record in bumpers and can make a winning start.

Timeform: Petticoat Tails

Makes plenty of appeal on debut, and just preferred to Keepin Time.

BetVictor: Petticoat Tails

Won a bumper here on her second start; the stable of Warren Greatrex can certainly get them ready first time out.

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Tipster Challenge 2016/17 Leaderboard

RankTipsterRace WinsPoints
1Alan Alger - Betway311.41
2Phillip Anderson - Before The Off36.17
3Ciaran O'Brien - William Hill35.29
4John Hill - Coral24.25
5Michael Shinners - Sky Bet24.00
6Timeform1.572.61
7John Cruces - Dafabet11.25
8bettingexpert0.570.91
9Ed Nicholson - Unibet10.73

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