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Wednesday 6 February horse racing tips - Richards' 11/10 chance can sparkle at Ayr

Brian Healy 5 Feb 2019
Ayr are racing on Wednesday.

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

Wednesday takes in four UK horse racing meetings with jumps racing action in the afternoon from the fixtures at Ayr and Ludlow, while Kempton are also racing on their all-weather track on Wednesday.

There is further all-weather action meanwhile in the evening at Wolverhampton on their tapeta surface.

Ayr (jumps) - 1.30 - 4.40pm (7 races)
Ludlow (jumps) - 1.40 - 4.50pm (7 races)
Kempton (flat, aw) - 1.50 - 4.30pm (6 races)
Wolverhampton (flat, aw) - 5.10 - 8.15pm (7 races)



(2.35) Including his runs in point-to-points, GLITTERING LOVE (11/10, Ladbrokes) has only once been beaten over fences and Nicky Richards’ charge could take plenty of stopping here as he bids to add another win to his record.

Altough he never quite cut the mustard over hurdles, he is 2-2 under Rules over the larger obstacles, scoring at Hexham in December and following up over course and distance latest when beating Present Flight, finding plenty for pressure.

A further rise in the weights demands more, but clearly progressive over fences he could have more to offer and he can win again here.

(3.35) RAISE A SPARK (10/3, Coral) has taken well to chasing, winning three times which includes at this venue back in November when beating Ontopoftheworld; Donald McCain’s charge can quickly get back on the up having unseated at Haydock latest, and the Multiplex gelding ought to go close here.

His latest run at Haydock behind Brelan D’as was a shade disappointing, and he may not have enjoyed the deep ground; having lost touch with his rivals he refused at the last fence and unshipped jockey Brian Hughes, looking leg weary.

This isn’t as strong a race as that Haydock contest, while the less testing ground should be more to his liking; he can bounce back here from just 2lbs higher than his last course and distance win.

1.30 - Magic Of Milan
2.00 - Galvin
2.35 - Glittering Love
3.05 - Peters Cousin
3.35 - Raise A Spark
4.10 - McGinty’s Dream
4.40 - Arion Sky

Nicky Richards can saddle a winner at Ayr on Wednesday.


(2.10) Style De Garde sets the standard, but he displayed temperament when refusing to race at Hereford and CHARMING ZEN (9/4, Bet365) could make the most of the weight he receives from that rival to get back on the scoresheet.

The Youmzain gelding was a hurdles winner for Dan Skelton prior to joining Nicky Henderson, and while he didn’t cut much ice in two runs for the Seven Barrows trainer, he has looked a potentially useful chaser in the making since his switch to Amy Murphy.

Third at Hereford at the beginning of January where he possibly needed the run, he stepped up on that effort to find only one too strong at Newbury on his next outing behind The Russian Doyen. He showed a tendency to hang left on that occasion, but he remains open to further improvement and his experience thus far can stand him in good stead.

(3.15) Despite having a lengthy absence to overcome it could be worth chancing on the returning BROTHER TEDD (11/2, Paddy Power) to resume winning ways, and with a decent record fresh the Kayf Tara gelding can get back on the scoresheet.

A multiple winner over hurdles, he has only once finished outside the first three home in eight attempts over fences with his sole blip coming when falling at Wincanton back in December 2016. He opened his account over the larger obstacles with a defeat of Beat That at Uttoxeter, and he lost little caste in defeat when finding only Alcala too strong at Newton Abbot when last seen.

He returns here from 600 days off the track, so there is a chance he might need this; but given he has gone well fresh in the past, he is worth a second look dropping in grade ahead of this reappearance.

1.40 - Herecomestheboom
2.10 - Charming Zen 
2.45 - Outofthisworld
3.15 - Brother Tedd
3.45 - Via Delle Volte
4.20 - Road To Rome
4.50 - Morning Vicar


(2.20) MOONLIT SEA (9/4, Bet365) is given another chance to confirm the initial promise he showed on debut at Wolverhampton over the Christmas period, and the Sea The Moon colt can do better than he showed here last month when beating only one home behind Almost Midnight.

That was over twelve furlongs, and James Tate’s charge looked a non-stayer given the way he quickly weakened out of contention; but he had shown enough to suggest that he can pick up a race, and back down in trip to a more suitable distance then he could bounce back.

He is worth siding with in the hope he can leave the form of that latest run behind back over this shorter trip, and he can do better.

Kempton's all-weather track sees some afternoon flat racing action on Wednesday.

(3.25) THAQAFFA (6/1, Coral) can usually be relied upon to run his race, and Amy Murphy’s charge ought to post another solid effort back at this venue.

The Kodiac gelding is 2-2 over course and distance and 3-5 overall at the Sunbury venue, and the six-year old racked up a hat-trick of wins around this time twelve months ago which included his last visit here last February.

Having returned from a break to find only Fearsome too strong by a neck at Lingfield in December, he finished third to the same rival at Wolverhampton next time where he was unsuited by the steady pace. However a return to this venue could see him bounce back to winning form, and he should remain competitive from the same mark.

1.50 - Um Shama
2.20 - Moonlit Sea
2.55 - Magic Mirror
3.25 - Thaqaffa
4.00 - Enthaar
4.30 - Percy Prosecco


(6.15) NOBLE EXPRESSION (6/5, Bet365) is quickly turned out just a few days after posting a career-best effort to score at this venue over Isle Of Avalon, seemingly galvanised by first-time cheekpieces.

The Sir Percy gelding was stepping up in trip, running out an eight lengths’ winner despite being eased down; he could have more to offer despite a 6lbs penalty, and if repeating that performance then he could be potentially well-treated if the headgear works again.

(7.15) ZORAWAR (11/8, Paddy Power) appeared suited by the extra distance when getting off the mark at this venue five days ago, and a repeat of that effort could be enough to see David O’Meara’s charge follow up.

The Shamardal gelding had shown only moderate form beforehand, but he ran out a ready winner over One Liner, scoring by six lengths hard held and taking full advantage of his sliding handicap mark.

There ought to be more to come now he’s opened his win account in such fashion, and a 6lbs penalty for that success might not prove a sufficent anchor to preventing him going in again.

5.10 - Lincoln Spirit
5.45 - Phoenix Star
6.15 - Noble Expression
6.45 - Sha La La La Lee
7.15 - Zorawar
7.45 - Star Of Southwold
8.15 - Toni’s A Star

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