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Wednesday 13 March horse racing tips - Race-by-race selections for Wednesday's UK horse racing meetings

Brian Healy 13 Mar 2019
Delta Work is Brian's NAP of the day on Wednesday.

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets across each of Wednesday's UK and Irish horse racing meeetings, including day two of the Cheltenham Festival.

A further four UK horse racing meetings go to post on Wednesday, again dominated by the Cheltenham Festival where day two of the ‘greatest show on turf’ is spearheaded by Altior and the Champion Chase; can Nicky Henderson’s superstar win a second crown in the day’s main event?

Elsewhere over the sticks, Huntingdon are also racing; while on the all-weather there is racing from Lingfield in the afternoon, and Kempton in the evening.

Cheltenham (jumps) - 1.30 - 5.30pm (7 races)
Huntingdon (jumps) - 1.45 - 5.40pm (7 races)
Lingfield (flat, aw) - 1.55 - 5.15pm (6 races)
Kempton (flat, aw) - 4.40 - 8.15pm (8 races)

WEDNESDAY 13 MARCH NAP SELECTION



CHELTENHAM


(1.30) CITY ISLAND (9/1, Paddy Power) hails from the Martin Brassil camp, and the Court Cave gelding has looked a very high-class individual in racking up two wins from three starts.

In truth, he should be unbeaten over hurdles having beaten Getareason on his debut over timber at Galway in August only to later lose the race in the stewards’ room. However, he then beat a potentially smart performer in Dallas Des Pictons at Leopardstown on Boxing Day, and that rival has since won twice.

That success was followed up with another win, this time at Naas where the Court Cave gelding was good value for his seven lengths’ defeat of The Echo Boy. The third from that race has won since, although Martin Brassil’s charge was entitled to win easily as he did having been sent off at long odds-on.

However, his form with Getareason from his disqualified success at Galway stands up well, and there could be plenty of further improvement to come from him after just three starts. He has shown he can handle both good and soft ground, so underfoot conditions are unlikely to present a problem to the Court Cave gelding, and he could post a big run for his small yard.

Altior is in action at Cheltenham on Wednesday.




(4.50) CHIEF JUSTICE (20/1, Unibet, each way) has some very useful form to his name in Ireland, winning his first two starts over hurdles for Gordon Elliott having shown a good level over timber and on the flat for Richard Fahey previously.

The Acclamation gelding chased home the smart Cracker Factory on his hurdles debut prior to opening his account at Worcester next time; he subsequently joined the Elliott team where he won his first three starts for the Meath handler before twice finishing in the frame in Listed and Graded company, which includes behind Cracker Factory again at Wetherby,

Also a runner-up at Leopardstown behind Rocky Blue in the Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle, he posted a Grade Three success over Coeur Sublime at Fairyhouse; and he lost no caste in defeat when finishing fifth behind Sir Erec back at Leopardstown in the Spring Juvenile Hurdle.

A mark of 139 as he steps into a handicap probably requires that he finds another jolt of improvement; but he has the potential to improve following a wind operation and he could prove equal to the task.

1.30 - City Island
2.10 - Delta Work
2.50 - Brio Conti
3.30 - Altior
4.10 - Auvergnat
4.50 - Chief Justice
5.30 - Sempo

HUNTINGDON

(3.05) SEA FOREVER (4/1, Unibet) has shown some glimmers of ability in his completed starts to date over timber since joining this yard from the point-to-point sphere, and the Stowaway mare could find another jolt of improvement here to get off the mark.

Peter Webber’s charge stepped up on a fair introduction behind the classy Beakstown on her hurdles debut to finish third at Lingfield beind Coded Message; she then was brought down at Fontwell prior to finishing fourth behind Dame du Soir at Leicester when last seen in January.

She has been given a break, but she could have more to offer stepping up in trip on this handicap debut, and she looks on a workable mark ahead of her introduction in this sphere.

(3.45) This race could come down to the last-time winners Shanroe Tic Tac and DERRYNANE (10/3, William Hill) with preference for the latter who returns from a break.

The Oscar gelding can usually be relied upon to run his race, and he was a heavy ground winner at Catterick last January prior to making the frame in subsequent outings back there and Sedgefield.

Possibly amiss when next seen, beating only three horses home behind Rockliffe, he was given seven months off before making a winning return on better ground at Market Rasen; that versatility with regards to the ground, and a decent record when fresh mark him out as one who should go well returning from almost four months off the track.

He is only 4lbs higher in the weights for this return, and having won under this rider when last seen as well as making the frame previously from a higher mark then he ought to go close.

1.45 - Finawn Bawn
2.25 - Vivaccio
3.05 - Sea Forever
3.45 - Derrynane
4.25 - Cardigan Bay
5.05 - Coopers Square
5.40 - Beyond Redemption

LINGFIELD

(4.35) EMIRATES EMPIRE (7/4, Paddy Power) found improvement for his introduction at Newmarket last August when finishing ninth behind Waldstern to post a solid third of eleven runners at Windsor on his second start; Michael Bell’s charge can find another jolt of improvement to get off the mark at the third attempt.

The Authorized colt was beaten around eight lengths in that latter outing, but he still looked green and he wasn’t helped by being hampered mid-race and losing his position before finishing off well for the bronze medal.

Likely to have further progress, he could benefit from this step up in trip and he can go close under Andrea Atzeni.

Andrea Atzeni can ride a Lingfield winner for trainer Michael Bell.


(5.15) ARABIC CULTURE (5/2, Unibet) rounded off his time with Jamie Osborne with a win at Wolverhampton back in January, and the Lonhro gelding has gradually found his feet back in handicaps for current handler Grant Tuer where he opened his account for this yard back at Wolverhampton last time out.

The five-year old saw off Make Good by three lengths, scoring readily and appearing to benefit from the longer trip as he looked strong at the finish.

He has a 6lbs penalty to overcome here, but the manner of that success suggested that there could be more improvement to come, and he can follow up quickly here.

1.55 - Shangai Grace
2.35 - Tavener
3.15 - Beat Le Bon
3.55 - Gallipoli
4.35 - Emirates Empire
5.15 - Arabic Culture

HUNTINGDON


(3.05) SEA FOREVER (4/1, Unibet) has shown some glimmers of ability in his completed starts to date over timber since joining this yard from the point-to-point sphere, and the Stowaway mare could find another jolt of improvement here to get off the mark.

Peter Webber’s charge stepped up on a fair introduction behind the classy Beakstown on her hurdles debut to finish third at Lingfield beind Coded Message; she then was brought down at Fontwell prior to finishing fourth behind Dame du Soir at Leicester when last seen in January.

She has been given a break, but she could have more to offer stepping up in trip on this handicap debut, and she looks on a workable mark ahead of her introduction in this sphere.

(3.45) This race could come down to the last-time winners Shanroe Tic Tac and DERRYNANE (10/3, William Hill) with preference for the latter who returns from a break.

The Oscar gelding can usually be relied upon to run his race, and he was a heavy ground winner at Catterick last January prior to making the frame in subsequent outings back there and Sedgefield.

Possibly amiss when next seen, beating only three horses home behind Rockliffe, he was given seven months off before making a winning return on better ground at Market Rasen; that versatility with regards to the ground, and a decent record when fresh mark him out as one who should go well returning from almost four months off the track.

He is only 4lbs higher in the weights for this return, and having won under this rider when last seen as well as making the frame previously from a higher mark then he ought to go close.

1.45 - Finawn Bawn
2.25 - Vivaccio
3.05 - Sea Forever
3.45 - Derrynane
4.25 - Cardigan Bay
5.05 - Coopers Square
5.40 - Beyond Redemption

Huntingdon are racing on Wednesday.


KEMPTON


(5.45) ULSTER (5/4, William Hill) made one start for Godolphin back in November 2017, finishing fourth to the useful Photographer; the Intello gelding subsequently joined Archie Watson, and following more than one year off the track he has made a highly encourgaging return to action.

A winner of his first two starts at this venue, beating Ramsbury and Miss Crick respectively, the four-year old was touched off only by a head at Wolverhampton latest behind Flaming Marvel.

He was only run down late by the winner having tried to make all the running; but the front pair had pulled well clear of the rest, and he has only been handed a 4lbs rise which looks lenient. He ought to see out this extra quarter-mile trip, and going the right way for his shrewd handler he can quickly bounce back.

(6.45) LEE ROY (7/2, Bet365) has shown improved form since being switched to handicaps by trainer Martin Attwater, finishing a close fourth to Debonair here in December and then going one place better in each of his two subsequent outings.

The Leroidesanimaux colt was denied only by a short-head latest behind My Dear Friend back over course and distance in February, just failing to get up having been slowly away. 

On that evidence it would appear that a 2lbs rise in the weights remains workable, and given his race-by-race improvement he could go one better here.

4.40 - Hanakotoba
5.10 - Stay Forever
5.45 - Ulster
6.15 - Torolight
6.45 - Lee Roy
7.15 - Jai Hanuman
7.45 - Cold Fire
8.15 - Mochalov


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Wednesday 13 March horse racing tips - Race-by-race selections for Wednesday's UK horse racing meetings

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets across each of Wednesday's UK and Irish horse racing meeetings, including day two of the Cheltenham Festival.

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