Today’s UK horse racing tips – Wednesday horse racing best bets
Wednesday horse racing best bets
While again much of Wednesday’s focus will fall on the Punchestown Festival and the second day of racing there is still UK racing taking place and we’ve picked out our Wednesday horse racing best bets and tips for the action.
There is plenty of horse racing action going to post across the UK on Wednesday to complement the day’s main event in Ireland at the Punchestown Festival and a good quality racecard at Ascot heads up the Wednesday fare where the Group Three Solario Stakes is the feature of the day where Stradivarius makes his seasonal debut.
Elsewhere in the afternoon there is further turf racing on the flat at Pontefract, while all-weather action comes from Wolverhampton. Also racing in the evening is turf action in on the level at Brighton, while Chelmsford goes to post on their all-weather surface.
Across the day’s quintet of racecards 36 races will unfold in all and we’ve looked over the day’s racing to pick out our Wednesday horse racing best bets and tips for the day’s action throughout the UK.
TODAY’S UK HORSE RACING TIPS – WEDNESDAY HORSE RACING BEST BETS
2:10 Ascot – Naas Racecourse Royal Ascot Trials Day British EBF Fillies’ Conditions Stakes (Plus 10/GBB Race) Cl3 (3yo) 1m
READY TO VENTURE shaped with abundant promise on debut last term despite meeting with defeat, but William Haggas’ charge improved markedly for that experience to turn in an impressive defeat of Encounter Order at Yarmouth next time to open her account.
The Kingman filly was slow to leave the stalls but that didn’t hinder her chances as she readily landed the odds and the form has since been well boosted with both the third and fifth horses winning since.
Entries in both the Epsom Oaks and Irish Oaks suggest she’s very well regarded and there’s likely better to come from her this term; with the yard in good form at present she can make a winning reappearance.
2:25 Wolverhampton – EBC Group Fillies’ Handicap Cl5 (4yo+ 0-75) 1m4f
SPRING GLOW placed twice last term, once each in novice and handicap company; but the Mukhadram filly seemed to find improvement for the stiffer test on the latter occasion when finishing two lengths’ third behind French Polish at Kempton.
That form has since been boosted with several of those who finished behind all going on to register subsequent wins and Andrew Balding’s charge could have further improvement to come.
This 66 rating looks workable still and with the yard in good fettle at present she can make a winning reappearance for all she will likely to need a shade more against this field.
3:50 Pontefract – Women In Racing And National Horseracing College Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-80) 6f
HIGHLY SPRUNG won a decent Newmarket handicap on his reappearance twelve months ago before tackling a higher class of contest with very little success; but he largely acquitted himself well in defeat, finishing midfield in both the Ayr Bronze Cup and the Great St Wilfred Stakes.
Les Eyre’s charge wasn’t disgraced when making his recent reappearance at Doncaster in March, finishing seventh to Gunmetal and easing back in grade the Zebedee gelding might be able to get back to winning ways at a venue where he has a good record.
The eight-year old is a multiple course and distance winner, posting his last victory here in September 2019 although his more recent victory came from a higher mark than this. He should strip fitter for his reappearance and if coming back to the sort of form that saw him strike at Newmarket then he can go close.
4:25 Pontefract – Tuffa Boots Supports The National Horseracing College Handicap Cl5 (3yo 0-75) 6f
READMAN was well beaten in two starts last term, collectively beating only one rival home; however Karl Burke’s charge turned in a better effort when beaten just over one length behind Havagomecca at Newcastle on on recent reappearance.
The Showcasing gelding may not have been suited by softer ground in his two turf starts last term but may appreciate this quicker surface as he steps into the handicap ranks from a mark that might underestimate his potential to improve.
A return to six furlongs is also likely to prove positive and if he handles the return to turf and backs up that promising reappearance then it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him going close here.
4:30 Ascot – Great Racing Welfare Cycle Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-85) 5f
REWAAYAT found a jolt of improvement last term to win twice including on his seasonal return to action and the Pivotal gelding can get back to winning ways here.
Charlie Hills’ charge struck wins at Lingfield on the all-weather and Salisbury on turf before running well in fourth in the Stewards’ Sprint Handicap during Glorious Goodwood; he rounded off his campaign with another very good effort in defeat when runner-up back at Salisbury.
There was a lot to like about his recent return at Newmarket where he found only one too good and the fourth from that race has come out and won since. He should be sharper with that under his belt and the handicapper has only pushed him up 1lb so he should remain competitive and ought to go close.
5:45 Brighton – Injured Jockeys Fund Handicap Cl6 (4yo+ 0-55) 6f
TAVRINA wasn’t seen to best effect at Chelmsford at the beginning of the month but Stuart Williams’ charge had been in good form prior to that including registering a win at the same venue; the New Approach mare can bounce back from that latest run and it would be no surprise if she were to make her presence felt.
She hadn’t shown a great deal on turf in Ireland prior to her switch to Shaun Keightley; but her form has improved since joining this yard and she was a ready winner at Chelmsford in March, beating My Footsteps by a half-length.
That form is only ordinary but this doesn’t look a particularly strong race and while open she might find the drop to six furlongs more to her liking having been campaigned over further. She had shown a fair amount of speed in those longer distance races and this lesser trip could be the making of her switching to turf.
6:10 Chelmsford – Ministry Of Sound Classical 21st August Handicap Cl5 (4yo+ 0-70) 1m6f
PAX BRITANNICA might just have been stretched by two miles when last seen at Newcastle back in November, beaten almost three lengths into third behind Ravenscar.
The Zoffany filly had won her two prior starts though over this trip, one of which came here when beating Wildomar by three lengths and David Simcock’s charge can get back to winning ways dropping back to this distance.
Also a winner at Wolverhampton where she had a subsequent dual-scorer behind, the form of her last run has been boosted with the winner going on to register a hat-trick of wins and she could be well-treated making her return to action here where she can race off the same mark.
Back over the course and distance she struck her latest success she can go well if fully wound up ahead of her reappearance and she can make her presence felt here.