Tips for Wednesday’s racing – Best bets at Newmarket, Beverley, Cheltenham and Kempton
Wednesday 14 April racing best bets and tips
More classy horse racing action goes to post on Wednesday including televised racing from two of the day’s fixtures. We’ve picked out our best bets and tips for Wednesday’s racing across the UK.
There is plenty for punters to look forward to on Wednesday with four meetings heading to post across the UK of which two will feature on the day’s ITV Racing broadcast which has six races live for armchair punters to enjoy.
The day’s racing on the flat comes from the cards at Beverley and Newmarket where the second day of the Craven Meeting goes to post with two Group Three contests on the agenda; while over the sticks in the afternoon there is action from Cheltenham and their April Meeting which features Grade Two racing on their card.
Completing the day’s quartet of horse racing fixtures is an evening all-weather racecard at Kempton on their tapeta surface and we’ve looked over all four of the day’s meetings to pick out our best bets and tips for Wednesday’s racing across the UK.
TIPS FOR WEDNESDAY’S RACING – BEST BETS AT NEWMARKET, BEVERLEY, CHELTENHAM & KEMPTON
1:50 Newmarket – bet365 Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-100) 6f
CHIL CHIL ran well on her reappearance last term before getting off the mark for the season at Ascot in August where he beat Equiano Springs by two lengths.
Andrew Balding’s charge had been progressive the previous season where she won three of her four starts which included one over this course and distance and she shaped better than the bare result in her later starts last term despite failing to add to her tally.
The Exceed and Excel mare possibly wasn’t seen to best effect on those losing occasions where she was taking on smaller fields; but with better form in field with greater numbers she could find this scenario suiting her better where the likelihood of a strong pace to aim at will play to her strengths.
She is also reunited with Oisin Murphy who knows her well having partnered the mare to three of her wins and it could be worth chancing the pair to go close given the mare’s good record when fresh.
2:05 Cheltenham – Ballymore Silver Trophy Handicap Chase (Grade 2) (A Limited Handicap) (GBB Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m4½f
COOLE CODY gets the vote to get back on the winning trail and Evan Williams’ charge has shown a real liking for this track in the track over which he’s won twice and also made the frame in beaten starts.
The Dubai Destination gelding has improved since going chasing for this yard following a switch from Michael Blake, winning at Newton Abbot on his stable debut before posting successive runner up finishes – one here – and then beating Spiritofthegames to land the Paddy Power Gold Cup.
Possibly amiss when disappointing in the Caspian Caviar he was given a break before returning to action with a solid third at Kempton in the Pendil Novices’ Chase and ran a cracker back over this course and distance to only be beaten around six lengths by the hugely progressive The Shunter in the Paddy Power Plate at the Cheltenham Festival.
Given how that form is working out with the winner since placing in a Grade One and the runner-up finishing fifth in the Grand National he looks to hold solid claims here racing off the same mark and this doesn’t look as competitive as that Cheltenham assignment last time out so he ought to go close partnered by Tom O’Brien who has a good record on the ten-year old.
2:50 Beverley – Follow Us On Twitter @beverley_races Handicap Cl5 (3yo 0-75) 1m2f
HAPPY makes his return to action and the Galileo colt can get off the mark at the fourth attempt having shown ability as a juvenile.
Mark Johnston’s charge twice finished third in starts last term, the last of which saw him beaten two lengths by Roseabad at Bath last September. That one stepped up to Pattern class for subsequent outings while the fourth has won since so the form looks decent and open to improvement on his reappearance he could open his account here.
The step up in trip looks a good move and he represents a yard which is in good form so now making his handicap debut from a potentially lenient mark he can go close.
3:15 Cheltenham – Arkells Brewery Nicholson Holman (A Novices’ Limited Handicap) Chase (GBB Race) Cl3 (5yo+ 0-135) 3m1½f
ACCORDINGTOGINO has just four starts over fences to his name and Dan Skelton’s charge can get back to winning ways here.
A smart hurdler he struck on his last attempt over the smaller obstacles at Wetherby last March before a break and he’s returned to action this term over fences where he struck at the second attempt when successful at Warwick in November where he beat Antony by ten lengths.
Possibly amiss next time when pulled up at Bangor he returned from three months off to finish a good second at Stratford latest and the Perugino gelding can improve again this discipline where he can compete from the same mark as last time.
He could still be well-treated off this mark and the better ground will hold no fears so a big run wouldn’t come as a surprise with the gelding’s stable continuing in good form.
3:35 Newmarket – Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies) Cl1 (3yo) 7f
LOVE IS YOU looked a very smart prospect in registering back-to-back wins last term, scoring at Ascot and Newbury respectively with the latter coming in Listed company. The Kingman filly can maintain her unbeaten record on her reappearance with further improvement anticipated.
Roger Charlton’s charge made her debut back in September where she got the better of Last Sunset, finishing off the race strongly and that form looks solid. She bettered the run next time though when proving that this trip held no fears in the Radley Stakes, posting a three lengths’ winning margin over Gift List who in turn finished well clear of the third.
That was an impressive performance and she looks sure to improve this term where she holds a Qipco 1000 Guineas entry. The better ground here is unlikely to faze her having won her debut on good ground and she should mount a bold bid to remain unbeaten.
4:00 Beverley – 1st Running Of The Beverley Beaker Handicap Cl3 (4yo+ 0-95) 5f
KING OF STARS was winless in Ireland for Joseph O’Brien despite showing up well on more than one occasion; but since the Starspangledbanner gelding joined Michael Appleby last autumn he has won three times from eight starts including his latest run at Bath.
The four-year old had scored his two previous victories at Southwell on their fibresand surface but he appeared to welcome the return to turf with a ready winner over Able Kane where he made all the running and ran on strongly from two out for a comfortable success.
That run came just eight days ago and he shoulders a 5lbs penalty for that win; but the manner of the success suggests he could be up to defying his additional burden and he’s due to go up a further 2lbs in future so if this doesn’t come too soon he could follow up that success despite not being best drawn.
7:15 Kempton – Wise Betting At racingtv.com Handicap Cl6 (3yo 0-55) 1m
FINAL FANTASY has been steadily progressive this term since being switched to handicaps, stepping up on prior efforts to finish runner-up at Lingfield in February and going one better latest when getting off the mark over course and distance last month.
The Lethal Force filly ran out a half-length victor over Tokyo Chic, digging deep to hold off the runner-up and winning in game fashion. That rival reoppses here on 2lbs better terms but she ran poorly two days ago and Stuart Williams’ charge can confirm the form despite behind raised 4lbs for her win.
Still lightly raced there could be more to come from her and she is taken to strike again here.