Racing tips for Wednesday – Best bets for the day’s flat and jumps fixtures
Racing tips for Wednesday’s UK fixtures
Another round of UK horse racing meetings goes to post on Wednesday with five more meetings dominated by the second day of Glorious Goodwood. We’ve picked out our racing tips for Wednesday ’s UK fixtures and best bets at each meeting.
There is more classy horse racing action for punters to look forward to on Wednesday as Glorious Goodwood continues into a second day of racing where the Group One Sussex Stakes is the main event of the afternoon.
Away from Goodwood there is further flat racing action with a card at Redcar in the afternoon alongside a second day of racing over the sticks north of the border at Perth. Meanwhile there are also two flat racing meetings in the evening at Leicester and Sandown for punters to unravel and we’ve looked over all five of the day’s fixtures to pick out our racing tips for Wednesday.
RACING TIPS FOR WEDNESDAY 28 JULY – BEST BETS ON THE FLAT AND OVER THE STICKS
2:10 Redcar – Every Race Live On Racing TV Handicap Cl5 (3yo+ 0-75) 1m2f
WE STILL BELIEVE was an winner on the all-weather back in January and Ben Haslam’s charge doubled his tally on just his second start on turf, winning under similar conditions to these at Hamilton in May where the Lawman gelding ran out a comfortable winner from Carrigillihy.
He didn’t do a lot wrong latest at Haydock over ten furlongs, finishing third behind Miramichi and that form has since been boosted with the winner going in again since, while the fourth horse home has bagged a silver medal on his next start.
He turns out here from the same mark as last time and with form on softer ground he could be the way to go in this contest where he can get back to winning ways.
2:35 Perth – Heineken UK Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (3yo+ 0-130) 2m
FOR THREE had shown plenty of useful form in defeat over hurdles prior to a wind operation and the Pour Moi gelding ended a two years’ losing streak when going in over course and distance latest, outbattling Finisk River to score by one length in first-time cheekpieces.
James Ewart’s charge has since been raised 4lbs in the ratings for that win, but he remains well-treated on his past form having won off 112 previously and if the headgear has the same positive effect as last time then there’s every chance he can follow up here with Brian Hughes taking the reins.
The pair have a fair record together with two wins and three placed efforts when combining from their eight starts and while this is a step up in grade he ought to make his presence felt.
3:00 Goodwood – Markel Molecomb Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (2yo) 5f
FEARBY looks a progressive sort, building on a fair debut at Newcastle in May to get off the mark at Wetherby next time and he was an impressive victor of a Listed contest at Sandown latest where he beat a couple of these readily by five lengths.
Ed Bethell’s charge was afforded the luxury of being eased down having tanked through the race from a wide position and once given the office to win his race he did so with aplomb and there’s surely more in the locker to come.
That race has thrown up a subsequent winner and he’s shown that these conditions aren’t an issue so while this is a slightly tougher ask upped in grade he looks the one to beat with further improvement anticipated after just three runs.
3:45 Perth – Autoservices Perth Ltd Handicap Hurdle Cl5 (4yo+ 0-100) 3m
This doesn’t look a strong race and it might be worth chancing on a return to form by VINNIE’S GETAWAY who is well-handicapped on his old form but he has lost his way rather badly since a trio of placed over hurdles following a Stratford bumper win.
Olly Murphy’s charge has largely disappointed since and he failed to beat a rival home when last seen back at Stratford in March, beaten some 80 lengths by the winner and he’ll need to do much better here to feature.
That said, he now has cheekpieces applied which may spark a resurgence in his fortunes and as a point-to-point winner he might appreciate the marked step up in trip for this latest outing where he’s returning from a break.
He had placed off a mark of 111 in the past so a rating of 91 ought to be within his compass while Fergus Gregory can take a further 3lbs off his back so if the headgear sparks a positive reaction he could go well here for his in-form yard.
4:45 Goodwood – British EBF Premier Fillies’ Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 1m2f
ACHELOIS has progressed this term following a fair juvenile campaign, winning twice at Newbury and Ascot and the Zoffany filly could have even more to offer now tackling this longer trip.
Andrew Balding’s charge has also finished a close third this season at Sandown when beaten two lengths by Hoodwinker, maybe finding the quicker ground against her.
She’s been upped 6lbs in the rankings for his latest success over Arafi which could be fair given she won with something to spare and while this is a bit tougher she appears to be going the right way and can improve again faced with this stiffer test of stamina.
6:05 Leicester – Join Racing TV Now Selling Stakes Cl5 (3-5yo) 1m4f
This is a big drop in grade for RED OCTOBER who finds himself in a seller now having contested much stronger races in the past and Hugo Palmer’s charge could prove a tough nut to crack at this level.
The Dawn Approach gelding won twice during the 2020 summer, scoring over this venue and at Chelmsford but he’s largely been out of sorts since and ran no sort of a race when last seen back at Chelmsford last month, failing to beat a rival.
He showed signs of temperament at the start that day, proving troublesome to load and then he ran very wide into the straight where he gave his rider a hard time up the straight by hanging and finding little.
This should be an easier assignment however and while recent runs don’t inspire confidence he could be hard to beat in grade if putting his best foot forward.
6:25 Sandwon – Casumo Horse Racing & Sports Betting Nursery Handicap (Jockey Club Grassroots Nursery Qualifier) Cl5 (2yo 0-75) 5f
WHISTLEDOWN has shown plenty of dash in her races and while there’s a slight worry this may come soon enough just eight days on from a hard race it may be worth chancing the Gregorian filly to get back to winning ways.
Mick Channon’s charge showed ability in a trio of maiden contests and took a step forward when switched to handicaps, scoring at Nottingham earlier in the month before finding only one too good under a penalty at Ffos Las four days later.
He’s only 1lb higher in the weights here following that latest start and if a third run in 12 days doesn’t catch him out then he could prove hard to beg back dropping to the minimum trip.
7:25 Sandwon – Casumo Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap Cl4 (3yo 0-80) 1m6f
VINO VICTRIX seemed to appreciate the step up in trip when going in over course and distance earlier in the month and there could be more to come from the Sir Percy colt who can improve again on the back of that breakthrough success.
Hughie Morrison’s charge had struggled over shorter trips previously despite twice placing over one mile on the all-weather last term; but he showed improved form to readily see off Classic Lord and others here and the form has certainly worked out with the runner-up along with the third and fourth horses home all winning since.
The handicapper has pushed him up 5lbs although Ray Dawson can offset 3lbs of that rise in the weights and with further improvement to come over this longer trip he can defy his new mark to strike again.