Wednesday 15 January horse racing tips – Henderson’s 5/4 chance can land Precious win at Newbury

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for Wednesday's UK and Irish horse racing meetings.

Five UK and Irish horse racing meetings go to post on Wednesday where afternoon jumps racing action comes from the meetings at Plumpton and Newbury, as well as from Punchestown in Ireland.

Meanwhile, there is also afternoon all-weather action from Wolverhampton on their tapeta surface; while in the evening there is a fixture on fibresand under the lights at Southwell.

Punchestown (jumps) – 12.30 – 3.40pm (7 races)
Wolverhampton (flat, aw) – 12.55 – 4.10pm (7 races)
Plumpton (jumps) – 1.05 – 3.50pm (6 races)
Newbury (jumps) – 1.15 – 4.00pm (6 races)
Southwell (flat, aw) – 4.20 – 7.20pm (7 races)

Brian Healy looks through all five racecards across the UK and Ireland and gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for all of Wednesday’s horse racing action.



(1.00) NOBEL JOSHUA (SP) was a winner on the flat for Denis Hogan last July, winning a Fairyhouse claimer, but the Joshua Tree gelding hasn’t shown a great deal in his three hurdles starts to date although his latest sixth behind Wolf Prince at Fairyhouse was a fair effort despite being beaten a long way.

The winner has gone in again since that run, and Gordon Elliott’s charge switches to the handicap ranks now where a mark of 102 could prove workable, and with the potential to improve now in this company then he could be worth chancing to get off the mark in what looks a fairly ordinary contest.

(2.00) Point-to-point winner DOMITIAN (SP) got off the mark at the second attempt having joined Gordon Elliott when successful at Clonmel back in June last year, and the Getaway mare has run well on both of her hurdles starts to date at Wexford and Thurles respectively.

Fourth behind Our Friend at the first-named venue on her hurdles debut back in October, she matched that level of form when going one place better next time out behind Kalli’s Quest where she was beaten seven lengths.

The fifth from that contest has won since, and she remains with scope for further improvement so out to continue to be involved and it would be no surprise to see her open her account over timber now at the third attempt.

12.30 – Oak Park
1.00 – Nobel Joshua
1.30 – Rebellito
2.00 – Domitian
2.35 – Key Commander
3.05 – Tokyo Getaway
3.40 – Dreamingandhoping

Gordon Elliott

Gordon Elliott can get amongst the winners at Punchestown on Wednesday.


(1.45) Nicky Henderson saddles two in this race, and PRECIOUS CARGO (5/4, Bet365) could be the one to side with having made a good impression when romping to a near-twenty lengths’ success over Coole Well on his chase debut at Haydock last month.

The Yeats gelding had won a bumper for Lucinda Russell prior to joining this yard, and he made an instant impact for the Seven Barrows trainer following wind surgery to win back-to-back races at Kempton and Sandown respectively before being tried in a Grade One at Aintree where he beat only one home behind Felix Desjy.

After a further wind surgery, he switched to the larger obstacles on his return from nine months off to run out an easy winner, and sure to progress with that run under his belt he can make it 2-2 over fences switching to a handicap.

(2.50) GLOCKENSPEIL (11/2, William Hill) has finished runner-up on both hurdles starts, but Tom George’s charge might be able to get off the mark at the third attempt.

A winner on the flat in France, the Teofilo gelding found only Alnadam too strong by a head on his first try over timber at Uttoxeter back in November, and he filled the same runner-up although beaten much further behind Cheddleton at Bangor on his next outing.

He has seen that form boosted with that winner going in again last weekend at Kelso, and a mark of 117 looks workable on his handicap debut so every chance he can make his presence felt here and open his account now where he is certainly the least exposed of this field and likely has plenty of scope for improvement.

12.45 – Aimee De Sivola
1.15 – Shishkin
1.45 – Precious Cargo
2.20 – Present From Dubai
2.50 – Glockenspiel
3.25 – Notachance
4.00 – Party Fuzz


(1.25) NICKS NOT WONDER (SP) looked in need of the experience at Lingfield back in September where he beat only four home, but the Siyouni colt stepped up for that outing to find only Sky Lake too strong on his next outing at Newcastle.

Jamie Osborne’s charge could be worth chancing to improve again and get off the mark at the third attempt given he remains open to further progress still, and can make his presence felt.

He was beaten the thick end of five lengths on that occasion, possibly given too much to do but at the same time still looking inexperienced and he should come on again for the run so it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him progress again for that latest effort where he can open his win account.

(1.55) DANA FOREVER (8/1, William Hill) wasn’t seen to best effect on her last start at Ffos Las back in August last year, but the Requinto filly had found only one too good on each of her two previous starts over this course and she could be worth chancing to get off the mark returning here from a break.

Tom Dascombe’s charge stepped up on a promising debut at Nottingham to go down only by one length behind X Force over five furlongs here, and she followed up with narrow defeat behind Melodic Charm next time over six furlongs back at this track.

The third and fifth horses from that outing have both won since; while the winner of her latest outing has since placed in a Group Three. She also split a pair of subsequent winners in that last outing and returning to tapeta for this latest outing she looks handicapped for another big run judging on those efforts, and if fit to go returning from a break then she can open her win account.

12.55 – Adamaris
1.25 – Nicks Not Wonder
1.55 – Dana Forever
2.30 – Chookie Dunedin
3.00 – Billyoakes
3.35 – Fastar
4.10 – Dance To Paris

Wolverhampton are racing on Wednesday.


(1.35) BRIDLE LOANAN (11/8, Coral) got off the mark at the second attempt over fences when scoring at Lingfield in January, and Gary Moore’s Getaway gelding can follow up that success.

He had shown only moderate form over hurdles since joining from the point-to-point ranks in Ireland, failing to beat a rival home in his last outing in that sphere at Fakenham in October; but he ran better than the bare form suggests when trailing home fifth of seven runners at Kempton on his chase debut behind Master Tommytucker and that was a decent contest.

With that run under his belt he showed the benefit run out an eight lengths’ victor over Champion Chase, appearing to appreciate a more forceful ride, and his subsequent penalty is negated by his good amateur riders’ claim so he could post another big run here as he bids to follow up.

(2.40) ANTONY (4/1, Coral) probably needed the run when pulled up on his return from 14 months off the track at Sandown in December, although that outing came over a trip much shorter than his best, and Gary Moore’s charge posted an improved effort over a more suitable test next time out at Newbury last month in the Mandarin Chase.

There, the Walk In The Park gelding finished fourth behind Copperhead, and although beaten some thirty lengths it was a better effort despite a tendency to jump left. This is an easier assignment and he could make his presence felt if finding another jolt of progress for that latest outing.

The handicapper has eased him another 2lbs in the ratings, but he has a good claimer booked and he competes now well below his last winning rating so if he were to recapture his best form then it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him get back on the scoresheet.

1.05 – Cogital
1.35 – Bridle Loanan
2.10 – Dusky Hercules
2.40 – Antony
3.15 – Falco Blitz
3.50 – Made For You

Plumpton are racing on Wednesday.


(4.50) TAGUR (5/1, William Hill) went off too hard last time out, fading into third behind Oblate over this course and distance under an amateur rider, but reunited with Josephine Gordon the Tagula gelding might be able to bounce back with a better run.

Kevin Ryan’s charge had been denied only by a neck the time before over course and distance behind Jazz Hands back at the beginning of December, run down late, with the front pair clear of the rest of the field.

That winner has gone in again since, while the runner-up from his latest run has also scored a subsequent win; but his current mark remains workable, and while his losing streak is mounting up there have been enough signs from recent starts to take some encouragement from that he could get back on the scoresheet before too much longer.

(5.50) Wind surgery has worked the oracle for NATIONAL ANTHEM (6/4, Ladbrokes) who has won both starts at this venue since his procedure, and quickly turned out by trainer David Brown just two days on from his latest success he can land his hat-trick.

The Intikhab entire made a winning return from more than one year off the track when successful over course and distance, scoring by four lengths from Mabre, and he followed up that success two days ago over five furlongs where he saw off Young Tiger by three-parts of a length.

He steps back up in trip for this latest outing which could help him offset a 5lbs penalty, and he ought to go close here as he bids for his three-timer.

4.20 – Sea Of Cool
4.50 – Tagur
5.20 – Global Esteem
5.50 – National Anthem
6.20 – Ladyleys Beluga
6.50 – Eesha Says
7.20- Going Native