Racing tips on Wednesday – Best bets for the day’s UK racing action
Racing tips on Wednesday 18 August
Horse racing fans have some cracking racing action to look forward to on Wednesday on the flat and over the sticks and we’ve looked over all the action to pick out our racing tips on Wednesday and best bets for the day.
Another round of five UK horse racing fixtures head to post on Wednesday where there is action both on the flat and over the sticks and a total of 35 races in all will go to post across the country spearheaded by day one of the York Ebor Festival on the Knavesmire.
Elsewhere there is further racing on the flat in the afternoon from both Carlisle and Bath; while the evening racing comes from the all-weather at Kempton and also Worcester over the jumps.
We’ve looked over all five of the day’s racecards to pick out our best bets at each meeting as we give our racing tips on Wednesday 18 August across all the day’s fixtures.
RACING TIPS ON WEDNESDAY – BEST BETS FOR THE DAY’S UK RACING ACTION
2:25 York – Tattersalls Acomb Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (2yo) 7f
NOBLE TRUTH shaped with plenty of promise on his debut at Newmarket in June, finishing four lengths’ third to Lusail who has since won a Group Two and the Kingman colt improved for that experience to get off the mark at the second attempt when readily beating reopposing Ehraz back at Newmarket next time.
Charlie Appleby’s charge saw that rival win next time out, but given the way he despatched that rival with an impressive performance suggests there’s certainly more to come from him and he can confirm that form with Richard Hannon’s runner.
He looked an exciting prospect in that latest run and surely ought to be capable of much better so he looks worth sticking with here to follow up again and land a second success enroute to better things.
3:50 Carlisle – Join Racing TV Now Handicap Cl5 (3yo 0-70) 6f
SYMBOL OF HOPE produced a chunk of improvement to get off the mark at Beverley latest and now the Dandy Man gelding has got his head in front he might be worth chancing to go in again under a penalty.
Tim Easterby’s charge had been largely consistent before that victory and had made the frame a number of times including at Doncaster and Ayr; but he took a step forward when running out a comfortable winner at Beverley seven days ago, beating Jacattack and a 6lbs penalty may not stop a repeat if turning out in similar mood.
He showed a good turn of foot last time and won easier than the bare margin might suggest given it was a messy contest and he’s surely capable of improvement so can go well here.
4:00 Bath – Sky Sports Racing Sky 415 Handicap (Bath Summer Stayers’ Series Qualifier) Cl5 (3yo+ 0-70) 1m6f
JUSTIFIED doesn’t win often but he did score last time out at Ripon and Mark Johnston’s charge ought to be in the mix again here where he can double up.
The Authorized gelding has just three wins to his name in his career, but he’s proven to be a generally consistent performer who rarely runs a bad race and having won at Chelmsford earlier in the season he turned in a number of solid runs back on turf prior to getting back on the scoresheet latest with a three-parts of a length defeat of Solar Screen.
He’s been pushed back up 2lbs for that winning run but he’s been competitive off this mark and higher in the past and the consistent sort should be in the mix again.
4:10 York – Sky Bet Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 2m½f
There’s a big staying prize to be won with ELYSIAN FLAME who is building up a solid profile on the level and Mick Easterby’s charge could deliver here having run well in defeat in both the Ascot Stakes and a valuable handicap at Goodwood latest.
A winner over hurdles the Champs Elysees gelding won back on the flat at Newbury in April prior to finishing fifth in the Chester Cup where he wasn’t seen to best effect; but he’s ran really well in both starts since and he could be well up to the task of defying another 2lbs rise in the weights which looks very lenient given he remains low-mileage and progressive on the flat.
This shorter trip is unlikely to be an issue as he drops back to two miles and he made the frame on his only other start at this venue so he could be set for a big performance here and every chance he can land this valuable pot.
4:45 York – IRE Incentive, It Pays To Buy Irish Stakes (Fillies’ Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+ 0-100) 5f
EY UP IT’S MAGGIE has been steadily progressive this term, getting off the mark for the season at the third attempt when successful at Carlisle in May; the Equiano filly has since finished third in her subsequent two runs at York and Chester where she wasn’t seen to best effect off a slow pace on the latter occasion.
That form has taken a couple of knocks since and both those outings were over six furlongs; but back at five furlongs here and with there likely to be plenty of pace on she could do much better this time around.
She’s been left alone at the weights and has placed twice from three previous starts at this venue so there’d be no shock in seeing her post a big effort in an open contest.
5:30 Worcester – Cazoo Handicap Chase Cl3 (4yo+ 0-140) 2m½f
LONGHOUSE SALE saw his progress stall over fences last term following a hat-trick of wins but it might be worth chancing Dan Skelton’s charge following a short break.
Unbeaten in his first eight starts in bumpers and over hurdles his progress halted in that latter sphere before switching to chasing where he won his first three in good fashion and he was subsequently quite highly tried behind the likes of Grand Sancy and Shishkin.
He did turn in his best effort for some time when finishing a close third to Bathiva at Uttoxeter latest in June where he was beaten just a neck having been run down late and taking in a slightly easier grade here from the same mark he could get back on the scoresheet under his amateur pilot who can take 7lbs off.
7:00 Worcester – Plumbase Handicap Hurdle Cl5 (3yo+ 0-105) 2m4f
JEWARI OF SAINTS was useful on the flat in France and won over hurdles there prior to joining David Pipe and the Zanzibari filly might be worth chancing on her debut for this yard to get off to a winning start.
She had run out an easy winner of a claimer at Dieppe in July and sets out here for Pipe from a mark that could prove very lenient given her French form so she could make her presence felt.
The application of both a tongue-tie and cheekpieces is a slight concern, but if she responds well to the headgear and continues the progress she had shown in France over timber then there’d be no surprise in seeing her turn in a big effort on her first start for her new yard.
7:45 Kempton – Try Our New Super Boosts At Unibet (London Mile Series Qualifier) Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 1m
COLONEL FAULKNER is still relatively low-mileage and the Wootton Bassett gelding got back to winning ways when scoring at Lingfield in July, beating Baby Steps by a short-head; Archie Watson’s charge can go in again here with further improvement a possibility.
He had won at Deauville last December on just his third start and posted some solid runs in defeat earlier this campaign prior to getting back on the scoresheet latest where he wore cheekpieces, getting up on the line having always raced prominently.
That form looks quite fair with those in behind all running well since and the fourth scored next time out so a 3lbs rise in the weights for that last victory could prove lenient and still with the potential to improve he can strike again here.