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Wednesday 24 April horse racing tips - O'Brien's 7/4 chance Hope-ing for Listed success at Epsom

Brian Healy 24 Apr 2019
Epsom's Wednesday racecard is one of six UK and Irish horse racing meetings going to post.

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

Six more UK and Irish horse racing fixtures go to post on Wednesday, and there action over the sticks at Fontwell, Southwell and Taunton, as well as from north of the border at Perth.

Meanwhile, on the level there is a first visit of the season to Epsom, while there is also all-weather racing on the Dundalk polytrack.

Fontwell (jumps) - 1.30 - 4.50pm (7 races)
Perth (jumps) - 1.50 - 5.10pm (7 races)
Epsom (flat) - 2.10 - 5.00pm (6 races)
Southwell (flat, aw) - 4.45 - 7.50pm (7 races)
Taunton (jumps) - 5.30 - 9.00pm (8 races)
Dundalk (flat, aw) - 5.40 - 8.40pm (7 races)



(2.35) LORD CONDI (7/1, William Hill) might have been amiss when last seen at Cheltenham back in October where he failed to beat a rival, but Martin Keighley’s charge is taken to bounce back.

The Papal Bull gelding had won two of his previous three starts over hurdles, scoring at Plumpton and Ludlow, and having been absent since that Cheltenham flop it lends further weight to the theory all was not well in that last run where he failed to beat a rival home behind Storm Rising.

Back in novice company, he could quickly leave the form of that Cheltenham run well behind, and he ran well here on a previous start. While he has to give away weight, he ought to run a big race and it would be no surprise to see him competitive.

(3.45) RISK AND ROLL (11/4, Paddy Power) hasn’t fully convinced over fences this term, but he has posted some creditable form figures and the No Risk At All gelding can get back to winning ways here.

Paul Nicholls’ charge won twice as a hurdler last term, scoring wins at Kempton and Taunton, and he found only one too good on two of his first three starts. He was last seen finishing third behind Delire D’estruval at Sandown in March, beaten almost seven lengths.

He returns to hurdles for this latest run, where his handicap mark looks very workable; while a good amateur rider can claim a valuable 7lbs which further enhances his chances.

1.30 - Polo The Mumm
2.00 - Solar Glory
2.35 - Lord Condi
3.10 - Waikiki Waves
3.45 - Risk And Roll
4.15 - Goring One
4.50 - Milkwood


(2.25) STOP TALKING (15/2, William Hill) ended 2018 on a high, winning three times with successes at Sothwell, Ludlow and Uttoxeter respectively; the Gamut mare might just have needed the run on her return from three months off at Newcastle when last seen out last month, although the heavy ground possibly was also not to her liking.

Last of four runners, she could do better back down to this more suitable trip on better ground, and she can quickly bounce back here from a mark which remains workable.

(3.30) BALLYKAN (5/1, Bet365) turned in a poor effort when last seen out at Fakenham in March, but Nigel Twiston-Davies’ charge is given another chance having shown very useful form prior to that run.

The Presenting gelding had made the frame in each of his previous six starts, finding only one too good on four of them; but he finished last of five runners latest behind Sideways, beaten a long way.

It has been a while since he last tasted success, with his last success coming at Southwell more than two years ago from a higher mark than this; he could be worth chancing then back at a track where he boasts previous winning course form, and he can end his lengthy losing streak.

1.50 - Skiddaw Valleys
2.25 - Stop Talking
3.00 - Eur Gone West
3.30 - Ballykan
4.05 - Load Up Time
4.35 - Soupy Soups
5.10 - Monfass


(2.45) CAPE OF GOOD HOPE (7/4, Bet365) arguably sets the form standard, and Aidan O’Brien’s charge can resume winning ways here.

The Galileo colt showed race by race progress last term, getting off the mark at the third attempt when successful at Tipperary, and he subsequently ran well in defeat in Group Two company on each of his next two outings which included finishing runner-up behind Quarto at Newmarket in the Superlative Stakes.

The Ballydoyle runner could have even more to offer this campaign, and hailing from a very good family he can show further improvement stepping up in distance to make a winning return to action.

(3.55) AASHEQ (16/1, William Hill, each-way) won three times last term, after which the Dubawi gelding largely acquitted himself well in defeat, including when finishing third at York behind the reopposing Aquarium. However, he wasn’t at his best in his last couple of starts, and he might just have gone to the well a couple of times too many.

Given a break after finishing in mid-division in the November Handicap, Tim Easterby’s charge returned from a break to score at Pontefract where he had a half-length in hand over Society Red, and having been nudged up just 2lbs in the ratings following that success, he could still have more to offer from this mark.

2.10 - Boom The Groom
2.45 - Cape Of Good Hope
3.20 - Soto Sizzler
3.55 - Aasheq
4.25 - Current Option
5.00 - Bay Of Naples


(5.20) ANTI COOL (5/2, William Hill) has course and distance winning form to his name, scoring at this venue back in August 2016; the Heron Island gelding had won previously at Stratford, and he followed up to bag his hat-trick when successful at Sedgefield.

Robin Dickin’s ten-year old has been lightly raced since, but he returned to the track following more than two years off looking very rusty indeed, and a wind operation didn’t appear to have the desired effect.

But he did put in an improved effort at Wincanton earlier in the month to get to within a neck of Kandian, and a repeat of that effort might be good enough to see him go one place better here. He had a subsequent winner behind him that day, and he remains well treated on his old form if able to build on that more encouraging outing.

(7.20) SHINE BABY SHINE (10/3, William Hill) has pulled up on three of his last four starts over hurdles, and Philip Kirby’s charge has very much gone the wrong way since scoring at Catterick last March when beating Kaloci.

However, the Aqlaam gelding could be worth chancing to make a resurgence having found only one too good back on the fibresand here late last month on his first start since wind surgery; if he can translate that improved showing on the all-weather back over hurdles then it he could go close.

His last run at Leicester saw him post a poor performance, but he might have been amiss given he was dismounted on the track; he could bounce back however having been eased slightly in the weights and this doesn’t look a particularly strong contest so a better run wouldn’t surprise.

4.45 - Danboru
5.20 - Anti Cool
5.50 - Cervaro Mix
6.20 - Flying Verse
6.50 - Millarville
7.20 - Shine Baby Shine
7.50 - Olly The Brave


(6.00) UMNDENI (5/4, William Hill) was a winner at Fontwell back in January, after which he struggled in a much better race at Ascot behind Brio Conti. However, Philip Hobbs’ charge quickly bounced back when returned to a more suitable contest last time where he found only Captain Tommy too strong at Wincanton earlier in the month.

The Balko gelding remains unexposed over hurdles, and the drop to this less stern test of stamina could prove to be a good move; he can continue his resurgence here and no surprise to see him get back to winning ways with an amateur rider able to take 7lbs off his back in this contest.

(7.00) LAMH AR LAMH (5/1, Paddy Power) has found a sudden jolt of progress in recent starts over timber, going close here in February before running out a five lengths winner over Mr Magil back here in March.

Nigel Hawke’s charge might have found the shorter trip and quick turnaround just seven days later against her when finishing fifth behind Bazarov at Hereford last month; but given more time she could be worth chancing to bounce back here with her rise in the weights offset by a claiming rider now.

Assuming she remains in similar form, she ought to be suited by the return to a longer trip, and she can get back on the scoresheet here.

5.30 - Jaunty Soria
6.00 - Umndeni
6.30 - Lakeside Pearl
7.00 - Lamh Ar Lamh
7.30 - Akkapenko
8.00 - Henry’s Regime


(7.10) TREASURE VALE (6/1, William Hill) posted his best performance to date when finishing third behind Meryems Way at Gowran Park earlier in the month, beaten just over three lengths, and Andrew Slattery’s charge can get off the mark here if continuing his improvement. 

The Vale Of York gelding was perhaps just caught short of pace over the lesser distance, but the return to one mile can only help and racing off the same mark then a repeat of that run with the additional yardage sure to suit could well yield a better outcome.

(8.40) BELLICK (5/1, Bet365) got back on the scoresheet over course and distance back in March, beating Ar Saoirse by a neck; but although the Mayson gelding was unable to back up that run next time when beating only one home it was a better performance than he is given credit for, and he was beaten less than three lengths behind Lily’s Prince.

John McConnell’s charge bounced back from that effort with a near-miss latest, finishing a half-length runner-up behind Tynamite, and a repeat of that effort could see him back in the winners’ enclosure from just 2lbs higher.

He locks horns again with his last time conquerer, but he is better drawn now than that one who has a 6lbs rise to contend with from his outside berth; the form of their last encounter can be reversed as a result, and he ought to go close. 

5.40 - Fort Myers
6.10 - Weekend Offender
6.40 - Dunkirk Harbour
7.10 - Treasure Vale
7.40 - Lethal Endeavour
8.10 - Syrena
8.40 - Bellick

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