Best bets for Wednesday – Tips for every UK and Irish horse race
Brian Healy gives his best bets for Wednesday across the day’s five scheduled UK and Irish horse racing fixtures as well as selections through the card for every meeting.
All being well with the weather there should be five UK and Irish horse racing meetings going to post throughout Wednesday with afternoon jumps racing action from both Doncaster and Ludlow as well as Punchestown in Ireland where there is Grade Three action on the card with the Quevega Mares’ Hurdle.
There is also all-weather action in the afternoon with a fixture at Newcastle on tapeta; while in the evening Kempton are racing under the floodlights on their polytrack surface.
Punchestown (jumps) – 1.40 – 4.55pm (7 races)
Ludlow (jumps) – 1.55 – 5.10pm (7 races)
Newcastle (flat, aw) – 2.05 – 4.50pm (6 races)
Doncaster (jumps) – 2.18 – 5.02pm (6 races)
Kempton (flat, aw) – 5.30 – 8.30pm (7 races)
Brian Healy assesses all five scheduled UK and Irish racecards and gives his best bets for Wednesday and racing tips in every race.
BEST BETS FOR WEDNESDAY HORSE RACING AT A GLANCE
PUNCHESTOWN RACING TIPS
It might be significant that Paul Townend sides with FILS SPIRITUEL (10/3,BetVictor) over Willie Mullins’ other runners in the race and the Presenting gelding can get back off the mark.
A French bumper winner prior to joining this yard, he has shown useful form to date and finished third at Leopordstown on Boxing Day behind Cedarwood Road where he was let down by his jumping.
He ran better than the bare result when last seen at Navan where he finished fifth behind Mr Hendricks where his jumping again deserted him. However he has cheekpieces applied for this latest outing and the headgear might sharpen him up.
With the potential for further improvement, he’s not one to give up on just yet given connections and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him post a better effort now in the headgear.
GOAHEADWITHTHEPLAN (9/4,BetVictor) could be worth chancing returning from a couple of months off the track and the Stowaway gelding can get off the mark here.
Noel Meade’s charge showed up well on his sole start to date over hurdles at Navan back in December, finishing fourth behind Festival D’ex although beaten around eleven lengths. However he had the reopposing The Broghie Man behind him that day and that rival has run well since.
That race has also thrown up a few winners and thoroughly unexposed he is open to improvement after just one start over hurdles. There could be every chance he can progress to open his account at the second attempt and no surprise to see him firmly in the mix with Denis O’Regan in the saddle.
SOLOMN GRUNDY (10/1, BetVictor) failed to set the heather alight back over fences in his last few starts in that sphere, but the Westerner gelding could bounce back to form reverting to the smaller obstacles.
Henry de Bromhead’s charge has shown a good level of ability over both sets of obstacles earlier in his career, winning on his last attempt at hurdling when successful at Ffos Las when trained by Neil Mulholland.
He’s been chasing since his move to Ireland, and he showed up quite well on his first couple of starts before pulled up in last season’s Close Brothers’ Novice Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. His two runs this term haven’t seen him at his best, but he could restore confidence back over hurdles where he is only 1lb higher in the weights than when last successful.
A good claiming rider can take off a further 7lbs and he might prove well handicapped in this competitive contest so he could make his presence felt.
1.40 – Elfile
2.10 – Fils Spirituel
2.40 – Goaheadwiththeplan
3.15 – Solomn Grundy
3.45 – Miss Pernickety
4.20 – Moll Dote
4.55 – Cool Petra
LUDLOW RACING TIPS
BEAN IN TROUBLE (5/2,BetVictor) won a bumper for Alistair Ralph prior to a move to Jonjo O’Neill and the Sulamani gelding has finished runner-up in two of his last three starts.
The six-year old found only the well-regarded Coconut Splash too strong at Wetherby last month, keeping on well but unable to match the winner’s finishing effort. That was a better effort having disappointed the time before and there could be more to come now he switches attentions to handicaps.
The assessor has given him an initial mark of 122 which might prove lenient and with the potential for improvement he could prove the answer here. It wouldn’t come as a surprise if he were to get competitive and he can open his win account over hurdles.
COPPER WEST (9/1,BetVictor) out to find this grade much more to his liking and Tom George’s charge can get back on the scoresheet here.
The Westerner gelding is no stranger to the winners’ enclosure, paying his last visit there back in October when successful at Market Rasen from Theligny despite racing from out of the handicap.
He has faced stiff tasks in both subsequent outings, not disgraced in finishing fifth to Riders Onthe Storm at Aintree on his next start although his latest run was a shade disappointing when only sixth at Musselburgh.
This is an easier assignment however and he could bounce back to form under his top amateur rider so no surprise if he makes his presence felt here.
1.55 – Night Edition
2.26 – Chilli Filly
3.00 – Bean In Trouble
3.31 – Copper West
4.05 – Fedelta
4.40 – Demopolis
5.10 – Superkalanistic
NEWCASTLE RACING TIPS
ARJU (Evens,BetVictor) shaped well on her debut at Kempton last month when finding only one too strong and Robert Cowell’s charge can go one better here.
The Karakontie filly was beaten only two lengths behind Badrah where he could only find one pace. But he ought to come on for that outing and could do better here with that outing under her belt.
That form wasn’t done any harm by the third going close next time out and with the potential for improvement she could prove the answer here.
Plenty of chances in an open-looking contest but HART STOPPER (16/1,BetVictor, each-way) could prove the answer having got back on the scoresheet latest and the Compton Place gelding can follow up.
Stuart Williams’ charge posted a career-best effort when getting back to winning ways over six furlongs here last month, beating Fuente by a head, and he could be worth chancing stepping back up to seven furlongs on this latest outing.
He won a shade cosily last time and the form has been boosted by both the runner-up and fourth winning since. The handicapper has only pushed him up 3lbs and he has made the frame twice over the longer trip so should be capable of making his presence felt again.
2.05 – Sweet Marmalade
2.35 – Arju
3.10 – Hart Stopper
3.40 – Lord Of The Lodge
4.15 – First Response
4.50 – Canford Bay
DONCASTER RACING TIPS
RATH AN IUIR (9/4,BetVictor) could be worth chancing to find further improvement following his recent win at Newcastle in December where Rose Dobbin’s charge looked a useful recruit.
The Flemensfirth gelding was a winner in the point-to-point sphere for Colin Bowe prior to his move to the Northumberland-based trainer. He shaped well on his first start for his new handler at Ayr back in November following more than two years off, eventually finish fourth behind Victory Echo and he duly built on that performance latest to get off the mark.
He had five lengths to spare over Orrisdale at Newcastle on that occasion, scoring a shade readily and that form looks fair. An opening mark of 121 on his handicap debut might not prove prohibitive given he is open to improvement and every chance he can make his presence felt here.
It might be worth chancing on the fitness of MISSED APPROACH (5/1,BetVictor) who makes his reappearance from more than a year off the track.
The veteran Golan gelding has shown himself to be a classy performer at his best, placing in Graded company and winning the 2018 National Hunt Chase from Mall Dini. Warren Greatrex’s charge has had just two runs since that victory, possibly feeling the run coming too soon in the Bet365 Gold Cup on his next outing.
However he acquitted himself well following eight months off the track in the 2018 Becher Chase when finishing sixth behind Walk In The Mill and he has shown in the past he can go well fresh.
While he hasn’t been seen since that Aintree outing, he returns to action from a very workable mark having been eased 5lbs in the weights and no surprise if he makes his presence felt assuming he’s fully wound up on his return.
2.18 – Sevarano
2.50 – Rath An Iuir
3.23 – Allart
3.55 – Missed Approach
4.30 – Captain Cattistock
5.02 – The Edgar Wallace
KEMPTON RACING TIPS
IRISH ACCLAIM (5/2,BetVictor) could be worth another chance despite thus far failing to land the win in his four starts to date.
Clive Cox’ charge is the most experienced of this field, but the Acclamation colt spurned a decent opportunity to get off the mark last time out at Lingfield behind Gold Brocade where he eventually finished three-parts of a length back in third.
He didn’t help his chance by hanging left and he looked a tricky ride; but the application of cheekpieces now might help sharpen him up and the standard setter can get off the mark here.
TREACHEROUS (7/4,BetVictor) goes well at this venue, winning for the fourth time over course and distance when beating Wiley Post by just over one length earlier in the month.
Ed De Giles’ charge has six wins and five places from 16 start at the Sunbury track and he appeared to win a shade cosily latest in what was a career-best effort. He has a 5lbs penalty to carry here, but the manner of that last success suggests he could be up to defying the additional burden and he ought to remain competitive.
There is a chance this could come too soon just three days on, while this is a stronger race. However given his record at this venue he could be worth chancing to continue in form and he can strike again.
HOME BEFORE DUSK (7/4,BetVictor) wasn’t seen to best effect off the steady pace at this venue earlier in the month, but Keith Dalgleish’s charge can get back on the scoresheet here.
The Medicean gelding had won three of his previous five starts prior to that reversal, latterly scoring over a longer trip at Wolverhampton with a defeat of Big Daddy Kane. He subsequently wasn’t disgraced behind Another Touch at Newcastle prior to his latest neck defeat behind Pinnata.
He just failed to overhaul the winner, taking some time to hit top stride off the sedate pace but finishing strongly and a 4lbs rise is workable given he could still have improvement to come. There ought to be a stronger pace to this contest which will help him here and every chance the consistent performer can make his presence felt again.
5.30 – Es Que Magic
6.00 – Eastern General
6.30 – Irish Acclaim
7.00 – Voi
7.30 – Treacherous
8.00 – Home Before Dusk
8.30 – Venusta