Racing best bets on Wednesday – Tips for the day’s UK racing fixtures
Racing best bets on Wednesday 21 July
We have another round of UK horse racing fixtures going to post on Wednesday on the flat and we’ve looked over the day’s action to pick out our racing best bets on Wednesday.
There’s plenty of horse racing action going to post on Wednesday with a five fixture line-up of meetings on the flat and 33 races in all will unfold over the day’s quintet of meetings.
The afternoon racing action sees action going to post at Bath, Catterick and Lingfield; while in the evening there are further meetings at Leicester and Sandown with all five meetings unfolding on turf.
With plenty of racing action to look forward to we’ve assessed all five racecards to pick out our racing best bets on Wednesday and tips at each fixture.
RACING BEST BETS ON WEDNESDAY – TIPS FOR THE DAY’S UK RACING FIXTURES
1:50 Catterick – Sky Bet Extra Places Every Day Handicap Cl6 (3yo+ 0-60) 6f
It could be worth taking a chance on SFUMATO who has a decent record at this venue and while recent form figures perhaps aren’t the most inspiring Ollie Pears’ charge can run well.
A dual course and distance winner the Bated Breath gelding hasn’t struck gold since going in over this course and distance back in September 2019 from a higher mark than this when trained by Adrian Nicholls.
He’s shaped as if he’s needed his first couple of outings this term, but there were better signs latest at Wolverhampton despite only finishing seventh to Russco where he met with trouble in running and he can do better here.
That form has been boosted with the winner scoring again since and assuming this doesn’t come too soon he can go close off the same rating here.
2:40 Lingfield – whichbookie.co.uk Free Bets Selling Handicap Cl6 (4yo+ 0-60) 1m2f
This field of runners is finding wins hard to come by so it might be worth chancing on RUBY GATES to get back on the scoresheet having gone close last time out and the Avonbridge mare can end her losing run here if stepping up on that better effort.
John Butler’s charge was a winner at this venue on the all-weather back in March last year from a mark of 70 and she’s steadily dropped in the weights with a number of moderate runs since although most have come on the all-weather.
Her latest start on turf didn’t set the heather alight and she’s yet to win when tackling grass; but this is a poor race and the longer trip could suit her now so there would be no surprise in seeing a big run here.
2:50 Catterick – Happy 18th Birthday Zack Hogg Claiming Stakes Cl6 (3-4yo) 7f
VENTURA RASCAL might be worth an interest to bounce back here having ran below par at Musselburgh last month, but the Fountain Of Youth gelding can do better here.
Kevin Ryan’s charge had rounded off last term with a brace of victories at this venue and Beverley and he built on a promising return from eight months off to win at Pontefract in April.
Having finished runner-up at Thirsk he might have did too much in front of his last start but is capable of bouncing back dropping both in class and trip so every chance he can resume winning ways here.
3:30 Bath – Visit attheraces.com/marketmovers Handicap Cl3 (3yo+ 0-90) 5½f
NEWYORKSTATEOFMIND has been a staple of this column for a couple of runs now but it may be worth sticking with the Brazen Beau gelding who continues in decent form and could get back on the winning trail here.
The Muir and Grassick runner struck over this course and distance last month when equipped with cheekpieces for the first time, running out a one length winner over Razor Glass and he went close to a follow up in the headgear when only denied a head at Lingfield nine days ago.
He can turn out here from the same mark but Ray Dawson claims a valuable 3lbs so he can race from an effective rating of 76 and he can continue to give a good account assuming this doesn’t come too soon.
4:10 Lingfield – whichbookie.co.uk Best For Racing Nursery Handicap Cl6 (2yo 0-65) 7f
MAYFAIR STROLL has been going the right way in maiden company and the Gleneagles filly can get off the mark now trying handicaps.
Charlie Hills has improved her finishing position with each start, latterly finding only one too good at Brighton last month and this longer distance could well play to her strengths in a race where there should be a decent pace on.
A mark of 65 is unlikely to prove too prohibitive despite her having to concede weight all round here and she can get off the mark at the fourth attempt.
6:40 Leicester – Kube – The Premier Events Venue In Leicester Fillies’ Handicap Cl5 (3yo+ 0-70) 1m2f
SKY BRIGHT has yet to win in eight attempts but the Dawn Approach filly has shown enough to suggest she’s well up to winning races and Ed Walker’s charge can duly oblige punters here by getting off the mark.
Runner-up on her latest outing at Newmarket last month behind Mark Of Respect where she was beaten just over one length she might find this a touch easier despite being raised 1lb in the handicap and the largely consistent sort should continue to remain competitive.
The return to further ought to suit and every chance she can make her presence felt here.
7:15 Leicester – Leicester Racecourse Ideal Venue For Meetings & Conferences Handicap Cl5 (4yo+ 0-70) 1m4f
GLENCORA can get back on the winning trail here and David Elsworth’s charge could take some beating in this contest if producing her best form.
The Gleneagles filly won back-to-back races earlier in the campaign including over this course and distance in June and she’s twice finished third since in better races at Newmarket and Windsor respectively.
Possibly unsuited by the sharper test last time the four-year old ought to do better returning to a longer trip and the handicapper might be taking a chance leaving her mark untouched. Back up in trip here she can make her presence felt and every chance she can resume winning ways.
7:35 Sandown – Hwfa Williams Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 1m
Lightly-raced COUL KAT won twice last term and following a couple of promising runs this campaign the Coulsty gelding got back to winning ways when successful over course and distance, beating Final Watch by one length.
Rod Millman’s charge subsequently ran better than the bare result despite beating only one home at Chester when upped up trip, possibly not seeing out the longer trip. However the drop back in distance here could prove more to her liking and there’d be little surprise in seeing her bounce back.
While the form of her earlier course and distance win came on softer ground than this the race has thrown up a subsequent winner and if as effective on this quicker surface then she ought to be involved under red-hot Oisin Murphy.