Best Wednesday bets – Tips for Plumpton, Haydock and Ludlow

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Brian Healy gives his best Wednesday bets for all three of the day’s UK horse racing meetings going to post.

The continuing Coronavirus crisis has forced the abandonment of the Aintree Grand National meeting and continues to force the UK horse racing calendar behind closed doors.

But at least horse racing continues unlike most other sports and three fixtures will head to post on Wednesday – all over jumps – where there is racing action from Plumpton, Ludlow and Haydock on the agenda.

Plumpton (jumps) – 2.00 – 4.45pm (6 races)
Ludlow (jumps) – 2.10 – 5.25pm (7 races)
Haydock (jumps) – 2.20 – 5.35pm (7 races)

Brian Healy looks over the day’s horse racing action and gives his best Wednesday bets and tips for every race across all three fixtures going to post.


2.45 Ludlow – LOUGH HAR (SP)
3.35 Plumpton – CHINWAG (SP)
3.50 Ludlow – CHARBEL (SP)
4.00 Haydock – SAO MAXENCE (SP)
4.35 Haydock – DR DES (SP)


(3.05 Plumpton)

A fall at Newbury aside behind subsequent Graded winner Copperhead, BOUGHTBEFORE LUNCH has proven himself a useful and consistent performer, placing in eight of his last ten starts which includes a win at Southwell back in November 2018.

Peter Webber’s charge bounced back from that mishap to finish twently lengths’ third behind Legal Eyes at Kempton in February where he wasn’t seen to best effect. That form though is fair with the runner-up since filling the same position in the Kim Muir Chase at the recent Cheltenham Festival; while the winner was in the process of running well when falling back at Kempton last weekend.

He might need a little more help from the handicapper who has eased him 2lbs in the weights, but he could be worth chancing given his largely consistent profile and he can make his presence felt again.

(3.35 Plumpton)

CHINWAG got off the mark on just his second handicap start, winning at Huntingdon with a defeat of Bard Of Brittany and the Trans Island gelding was arguably unlucky not to follow up next time at Taunton.

Neil Mulholland’s charge was still travelling well and yet to be asked for effort when stumbling upon landing over the second last and he couldn’t recover from that mistake although he held on for second.

He’s due to go up in the handicap in future runs but can contest here from the same mark as that last run and he could make amends to collect this prize if avoiding mistakes in the jumping department.

2.00 – Mister Murchan
2.30 – Little River Bay
3.05 – Boughtbeforelunch
3.35 – Chinwag
4.10 – Lickpenny Larry
4.45 – Windswept Girl


(2.45 Ludlow)

LOUGH HAR shaped with some promise in three starts over hurdles before switching to chasing for his latest run and the Doyen gelding took a forward step faced with the larger obstacles to finish less than two lengths’ runner-up behind Pogue at Doncaster.

Fergal O’Brien’s charge and the winner had pulled clear of the rest and one of those finishing behind has won since to give the form a boost.

He’s 5lbs higher as a result but there is a suspicion he has more to offer and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him take another forward step here where he can go one place better.

(3.50 Ludlow)

CHARBEL’s glory days are likely behind him now judging on recent efforts which suggest the Irffraaj gelding is in decline. However this is the easiest assignment Kim Bailey’s formerly high-class has faced for some time and he could take advantage to get back on the scoresheet in this lower grade.

The 2018 Peterborough Chase winner has disappointed on all three outings this campaign, latterly pulled up behind Top Notch when trying to defend his title in the latest renewal of that race.

He hasn’t been seen since, but his sights are eased now out of Graded company where he can make his presence felt if fully tuned up following his break. Eased 5lbs in the weights he’s handicapped to go close on his best form and he can prove to beat if coming back to something like his best.

2.10 – Temple High
2.45 – Lough Har
3.15 – Presence Of Mind
3.50 – Charbel
4.25 – Hijran
4.55 – Thedellercheckout
5.25 – Chasamax


(4.00 Haydock)

SAO MAXENCE won an Ayr bumper on debut a couple of seasons ago, and following a lengthy absence spanning the best past of two years the Saint Des Saints gelding returned to the Scottish track to finish runner-up on his first start over hurdles.

James Ewart’s charge built on that performance to post a useful effort next time at Carlisle to open his hurdles win account, beating Diodorus by five lengths and he can improve again. That form has been boosted by the runner-up going one place better next time and now switching to a handicap he could prove well-treated off this mark given he is open to plenty of improvement.

This is a step up in class, but he is capable of better and he ought to make his presence felt.

(4.35 Haydock)

DR DES shaped with a bit more promise back over fences at Exeter last month, finishing third to Springfield Fox although he was well-beaten; but the Double Eclipse gelding could be worth siding with to get off the mark in this sphere.

Henry Oliver’s charge won over hurdles in December at Uttoxeter, beating Good And Hardy by almost twenty lengths, but he failed to back up that run next time at this venue when beating only two home behind Silva Eclipse.

His return to the larger obstacles wasn’t a bad effort despite being beaten the thick end of twenty lengths; but he’s been eased in the weights and this isn’t a strong race taking on similarly inconsistent sorts. He can make his presence felt here and he probably wouldn’t need to improve too much on that last outing to go close.

2.20 – Imperial Knight
2.55 – Protek Des Flos
3.25 – Aimee De Sivola
4.00 – Sao Maxence
4.35 – Dr Des
5.05 – Strike West
5.35 – Easy As That