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Wednesday 16 May horse racing tips - Fahy's 11/8 chance can strike Punchestown victory

Brian Healy 15 May 2018
[NAP] 7.45 Punchestown - AWAYINTHEWEST (11/8, William Hill) is consistent and sets the standard on her latest third  in Listed company here last month. Pat Fahy's charge can get off the mark over hurdles now with a repeat.
[NB] 2.10 Yarmouth - NEAREST GREEN (9/4, Ladbrokes) was third last time in a race that is working out well; open to improvement, Kevin Ryan's charge can resume winning ways over a longer trip.
[TRB] 8.35 Perth - MARAWEH (11/2, Coral) goes well at the Scottish track, and his latest runner-up there was a big step back in the right direction. He can build on the run to go one better from a very workable mark.
Punchestown are in action on Wednesday as six UK and Irish horse racing meetings go to post.

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for Wednesday's UK and Irish racecards, including day one of York's Dante meeting.

The opening day of the York Dante Festival takes centre stage on Wednesday, and the Knavesmire action is joined on the flat in the afternoon by Yarmouth; while Newton Abbot race over the sticks in the afternoon.

The evening’s horse racing schedule takes in flat racing from Bath, while both Perth and Punchestown are racing over jumps in the evening.

Newton Abbot (jumps) - 2.00 - 5.15pm (7 races)
Yarmouth (flat) - 2.10 - 6.00pm (8 races)
York (flat) - 2.20 - 5.35pm (7 races)
Bath (flat) - 5.20 - 8.25pm (7 races)
Punchestown (jumps) - 5.45 - 8.45pm (7 races)
Perth (jumps) - 6.05 - 9.05pm (7 races)


(3.10) ROYAL IRISH HUSSAR (9/2, Coral) showed he still retained plenty of ability when finishing runner-up on his latest outing at Kempton last month, and Nicky Henderson’s charge can go one better.

The Galileo gelding was previously useful, winning his first three starts over timber having arrived at Seven Barrows from Aidan O’Brien. One of those wins included the Grade Two Prestbury Hurdle, and he subsequently finished sixth in the 2014 Triumph Hurdle.

Things haven’t gone to plan since, and he has become increasingly lightly races in past seasons; but he went well at Kempton last time, beaten less than three lengths behind Black Mischief. 

Now 3lbs higher, crack conditional James Bowen’s claim negates the additional burden, and if the drop in trip doesn’t prove an inconvenience then he ought to go well if able to build on that latest outing.. 

2.00 - King Calvin
2.35 - Posh Totty
3.10 - Royal Irish Hussar
3.45 - Bestwork
4.15 - Iniesta
4.45 - Vivaldi Collonges
5.15 - Colonel Miller

Royal Irish Hussar can get back on the winning trail at Newton Abbot.


(2.10) NEAREST GREEN (9/4, Ladbrokes) has shaped well on both career starts, winning on debut at Newcastle and then finishing third over the same course behind Corinthia Knight back in February.

Kevin Ryan’s Exceed and Excel gelding has seen the form of that third-placed franked by the winner and second, as well as the fifth horse home; open to improvement over this longer trip, he gets the verdict to get back to winning ways.

(3.20) CALM CHARM (7/1, BetVictor) showed only moderate form in maidens on the all-weather and at Windsor last autumn; but her best peformance of the trio came on better ground when faced with the turf track of the latter-named on her third start.

Soft ground might have caught her out at Yarmouth on her return, where she finished last of six behind Oceanus; but it was also her first run for almost 200 days and she may have needed the outing. Chris Wall’s charge can strip fitter for that run, and the well-bred Teofilo filly could step up on what she has shown thus far faced with better ground here a potential catalyst for improvement.

2.10 - Nearest Green
2.45 - Luna Magic
3.20 - Calm Charm
3.55 - Genuine Approval
4.25 - Salt Whistle Bay
4.55 - Slow To Hand
5.25 - Mossy’s Lodge
6.00 - Edge Of The World


(4.05) HIGHGARDEN (11/4, Paddy Power) spoilt her chance of a winning return to action when running far too keenly for her own good at Sandown last month. But the run ought to have brought her on considerably and John Gosden’s Nathaniel filly can get back on the scoresheet here.

A debut winner, scoring at Newbury in the mud last October with a defeat of Spirit Of Appin, she looked in need of further so it was no surprise to see her stepped up in trip for her return. She ran better than the bare form, racing with exuberance but possibly doing too much and she could only find one pace.

But she may have needed the run, and she could fare a good deal better now with the run under her belt. Entries in the Epsom Oaks, Ribblesdale and Irish Oaks suggest she is well regarded at Clarehaven, and she ought to give a good account of herself.

Sprinting big gun Harry Angel makes his seasonal debut at York on Wednesday.

(5.35) SKY EAGLE (9/1, Ladbrokes) could be worth chancing on his return to turf, having shown progressive form on the all-weather where he struck at Kempton in November, and he made a winning return from a break at Wolverhampton last month with a defeat of Agent Gibbs.

Ed Walker’s Lope De Vega colt showed fair form on turf last term without winning, and softer ground possibly didn’t suit; better ground here could prove a catalyst for improvement, and he showed a willing attitude to double up his win tally on his latest outing. 

This is a tougher contest than the one he won last time, and reverting to turf where he takes on some potential improvers, he will need to find a jolt of improvement himself; but he is going the right way and while he has more to do from 7lbs higher back on turf, he could still have more to offer given he remains relatively unexposed.

2.20 - Hamada
2.55 - Foolaad
3.30 - Harry Angel
4.05 - Highgarden
4.35 - Three Saints Bay
5.05 - Leoube
5.35 - Sky Eagle


(5.55) POWERFUL DREAM (9/4, Paddy Power) has been in good fettle since returning from a break, making the frame in all starts in 2018 which includes a win at Chelmsford in April.

Ron Hodge’s Frozen Power mare was beaten just over one length here earlier in the month behind Peace Dreamer, and a repeat of that effort could be good enough to see him go one better.

(6.25) CRYSTAL DEAUVILLE (5/1, William Hill) struck at Lingfield in a seller back in Decenber, and having looked in need of the run behind Marietta Robusti here in April, Gay Kelleway’s charge showed the benefit of that outing to score a shade cosily at Brighton earlier in May.

The Equiano gelding has been hit with a 5lbs rise in the weights as a consequence, but good claimer William Cox takes the reins and his allowance negates the additional burden that the three-year old has to carry.

Both wins have come when he has set out to make all the running, and while he faces competition for the lead here,   

5.20 - Dreams Of Glory
5.55 - Powerful Dream
6.25 - Crystal Deauville
6.55 - Francophilia
7.25 - See The Sea
7.55 - Attain
8.25 - Choral Music


(6.45) GLENWOOD FOREVER (4/1, BetVictor) shaped well on his return from the better part of two years off when finishing third at Kilbeggan earlier in the month, but Noel Meade’s King’s Theatre gelding was subsequently disqualified and placed last of the finishers following his rider weighing in light.

A dual-winner last term at Kilbeggan, he can make amends here off the same mark assuming the run doesn’t come too soon, and with conditions to suit he ought to prove competitive once more.

Noel Meade can get amongst the winners at Punchestown.

(7.45) The consistent AWAYINTHEWEST (11/8, William Hill) can get just rewards for a string of solid efforts, and Pat Fahy’s charge can get off the mark over hurdles.

The Getaway mare was a bumper winner at Fairyhouse back in Demember 2016, and while she has failed to score over timber, she has run several creditable races in some hot company behind the likes of Let’s Dance, Ashturia and Kate Appleby Shoes.

Placed in each of her last four starts, including a Listed event here last month, she arguably sets the standard on that form and she could prove hard to beat as she pursues a first success over obstacles.

5.45 - Asthuria
6.15 - Robin Des Foret
6.45 - Glenwood Forever
7.15 - Daybreak Boy
7.45 - Awayinthewest
8.15 - Crown Of Thorns
8.45 - City Island


(7.05) SILK RUN (4/1, Paddy Power) struggles in novice company, but the Oscar mare did bump into some useful sorts and she could do better now her sights are turned to handicapping.

Tom Lacey’s charge was last seen finishing last of four runners behind Kaloci at Leicester, but the heavy ground may not have suited and a better surface at the Scone track could suit better. 

She was far from disgraced in a fast-ground bumper previously, and returning from a break she may have been handed a workable opening mark for her first try in this sphere.

(8.35) MARAWEH (11/2, Coral) often goes well at this venue, and Lucinda Russell’s charge could go one better than his latest runner-up effort over course and distance last month where he was beaten a neck by Le Braye.

The Muhtathir gelding steadily lost his way in the wake of his last win over course and distance two years ago, which as a consequence has seen his handicap mark plummet and he turns out here 19lbs below his last winning mark notwithstanding his rider’s 7lbs claim in addition.

Better ground could elicit a return to winning ways for the eight-year old, and given his record over this course he could be worth chancing to build on that latest run.

6.05 - Champ
6.35 - Calivigny
7.05 - Silk Run
7.35 - Orioninverness
8.05 - Border Victor
8.35 - Maraweh
9.05 - Mendip Express

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Wednesday 16 May horse racing tips - Fahy's 11/8 chance can strike Punchestown victory

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