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Wednesday 13 February horse racing tips - Pipe's 11/4 chance can strike at Plumpton

Brian Healy 12 Feb 2019
Plumpton race on Wednesday as UK horse racing gets back to normal following its' enforced hiatus.

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets across each of Wednesday's UK and Irish horse racing meetings.

Following the recent equine influenza outbreak, the green light has been given to recommence racing, meaning five scheduled UK horse racing fixtures on Wednesday, with afternoon jumps racing from Plumpton and Musselburgh, as well as from Fairyhouse in Ireland.

Meanwhile, on the all-weather there is an afternoon fixture at Southwell on fibresand, as well as an evening fixture on the polytrack at Kempton.

Fairyhouse (jumps) - 1.35 - 4.35pm (7 races)
Southwell (flat, aw) - 2.00 - 4.30pm (6 races)
Plumpton (jumps) - 2.10 - 4.45pm (6 races)
Musselburgh (jumps) - 2.20 - 4.55pm (6 races)
Kempton (flat, aw) - 5.15 - 8.15pm (7 races)



(2.05) BLACK TEARS (Evens, William Hill) is starting to become frustrating, finding one too good for the fourth successive time when denied by Curious Tmes at Down Royal latest.

However, despite failing to add to his sole win in a Cork bumper, Gordon Elliott’s charge sets a stiff standard for the others to match on his hurdles form to date, and while his finishing has been called into question on more than one occasion he might be able to get the job done on this occasion.

Davy Russell is in the plate this time on board the Jeremy gelding, and the pair ought to go close having been denied by a short-head the last time the pair combined in what appears a less taxing assignment.

(2.35) MISSY TATA (5/4, BetVictor) was hugely progressive over hurdles when last seen, and Gordon Elliott’s Astarabad mare can make a winning return to action from more than two years off the track.

A Down Royal winner on debut, she finished in the frame in back-to-back Grade Three contests which included the Fred Winter Juvenile Hurdle; and subsequently she racked up five straight successes which includes wins in a Grade Three at Naas, and in a Listed contest at Limerick.

She’s not been seen since posting the latter success, but switching to the larger obstacles she could well continue to make hay assuming the lack of a recent run doesn’t prove an inconvenience.

1.35 - Great Vizier
2.05 - Black Tears
2.35 - Missy Tata
3.05 - Nick Lost
3.35 - Cowboy Des Long
4.05 - Mandarin Monarch
4.35 - De Mazzaro

Gordon Elliott can get amongst the winners at Fairyhouse on Wednesday.


(2.30) HIDDEN DEPTHS (9/2, Bet365) bounced back from a couple of lesser efforts to find only Endlessly too strong on his debut for Jamie Osborne, and the Dark Angel gelding can step up on that effort.

A maiden from six starts when under the care of Sir Michael Stoute, he wasn’t beaten far on his first start for this yard when going down by less than one length with the pair clear of the rest. He seemed to relish the step up in trip that day, but he was run down late by the winner.

He turns out here relatively quickly, and a repeat of that effort could see him go one better if taking to this different surface.

(3.30) SCREAMING GEMINI (5/2, Ladbrokes) is chanced to get off the mark having finished third on each of his last two starts, and the Shamardal gelding ought to go close if producing similar efforts.

Tony Carroll’s charge was beaten just over one length behind Tagle at Wolverhampton back in December on his second start for this yard, and he produced another good effort to fill the same sport at Lingfield next time behind Mr Mac.

While he is still a maiden, he has shown enough to suggest he can pick up a small race and he can go close here.

2.00 - Gorgeous General
2.30 - Hidden Depths
3.00 - Amite Waltz
3.30 - Screaming Gemini 
4.00 - Playfull Spirit
4.30 - Point Zero


(3.10) DUC DE BEAUCHENE (11/4, Ladbrokes) could be worth chancing now that the Saddler Maker gelding makes his handicap debut, and David Pipe’s charge can open his account here.

Although he has gone the wrong way since an encouraging fifth on his hurdles debut at Chepstow behind Pym, the Pipe runner could do better switching to this sphere where he features on a handy mark.

Heavy ground proved no issue when getting to within a half-length of Jaunty Warrior at Ffos Las on his racecourse debut, and with this step up in trip likely to suit the six-year old then he can turn in an improved effort.

(4.45) RIVIERE ARGENTEE (2/1, William Hill) was a multiple winner on the flat for Karl Burke, but the Hurricane Cat mare cut little ice in a handful of starts over hurdles for Robin Dickin prior to joining current handler Martin Harris.

A first-time tongue-tie applied on his first start for his new handler delivered a jolt of improvement when finding only Hijran too strong at Kempton last month, and from just 1lb higher he could go one better with a similar effort under Jonjo O’Neill Jr who catches the eye as a jockey booking.

2.10 - Acey Milan
2.40 - Midnight Tune
3.10 - Duc De Beauchene
3.40 - Seaweed
4.10 - Cassivellaunus
4.45 - Riviere Argentee


(2.50) YOUNOSO (6/5, William Hill) is by some way the least exposed of this field, and Tracey Jackson’s Alflora gelding can follow up his latest win at Newcastle here.

The eight-year old has had just nine career starts, and he has already bettered his hurdles form with a pair of bronze medal finishes over different trips at Wetherby prior to scoring latest when running out a three lengths’ winner over Monsieur Bagot.

A change to more forceful tactics appeared to work the oracle, and he already had the measure of Outnumbered when that one crashed out of the race at the last fence to leave the selection clear. A 5lbs rise in the weights for that success appears workable, and there could be more to come from the lightly-raced sort who can win again.

(3.50) QAMAMEES (4/1, Bet365) was a fairly useful sort on the flat for Ed Dunlop; but the Exceed and Excel gelding failed to get off the mark prior to switching to Mick Easterby for whom he has ran twice.

His first attempt over hurdles saw the four-year old finish third behind Lisheen Castle at Wetherby, and he might have found the ground too testing when disappointing on his next start over timber at Newcastle last month.

Eventually finishing fifth and beaten a long way behind Rouge Vif, he could be worth chancing to bounce back on this better ground and equipped with a first-time tongue-tie.

2.20 - Poperinghe Ginger
2.50 - Younoso
3.20 - Field Exhibition
3.50 - Qawamees
4.20 - Cool Valley
4.55 - Midnight Queen


(5.45) MUST BE MAGIC (3/1, Paddy Power) showed some promise in two starts on turf, and Andrew Balding’s charge can get off the mark at the third attempt.

The Camelot filly finished fourth to Stream Song on her debut at Newmarket back in September 2017, and having then been off the track for seven months she posted a creditable fifth behind Crystal Hope at Sandown when stepped up in trip.

That run rpresents some strong form and the race has since thrown up two Group Three winners; it is too soon then to write her off following those two starts, and she has shown enough to suggest that she is capable of picking up a win. 

A further step up in trip could unlock more improvement, and if fit to go at the first time of asking then she may well prove up to the task of opening her win account.

(6.45) SIR OX (7/2, Bet365) arrives here on a hat-trick of wins having already struck at Lingfield and here latterly seven days ago when beating Picture Poet by two lengths.

Robert Cowell’s Oxbow gelding appeared to win a shade cosily on that latest occasion, and quickly turned out under a penalty before his revised mark takes effect then he may be capable of landing the three timer.

The manner of that last win suggested he may have more to offer, and still relatively unexposed he can find another jolt of improvement to strike again.

5.15 - Falls Creek
5.45 - Must Be Magic
6.15 - Rippling Waters
6.45 - Sir Ox
7.15 - Espresso Freddo
7.45 - Moon Of Baroda
8.15 - At Your Service

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