Wednesday 20 November horse racing tips – Don’t Forget about Vaughn’s 7/2 chance at Chepstow

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Get Brian Healy's Wednesday horse racing tips and best bets for every race across the day's UK and Irish racing fixtures where five meetings go to post.

A further five UK and Irish horse racing meetings take place throughout Wednesday, and there is afternoon jumps racing from the meetings at Warwick, Chepstow and Hexham; while Dundalk in Ireland are racing on their all-weather polytrack surface.

Completing Wednesday’s fixture list is an evening all-weather fixture at Kempton who race on their polytrack surface under the floodlights where the Listed Hyde Stakes is the feature race on the card.

Warwick (jumps) – 12.30 – 3.40pm (7 races)
Hexham (jumps) – 12.50 – 3.30pm (6 races)
Chepstow (jumps) – 1.15 – 3.50pm (6 races)
Dundalk (flat, aw) – 2.25 – 5.55pm (8 races)
Kempton (flat, aw) – 4.10 – 7.40pm (8 races)

Brian Healy gives his Wednesday horse racing tips and best bets for every race going to post across the UK and Ireland throughout the day.


(1.05) ETAMINE DU COCHET (9/4, Bet365) proved a capable if inconsistent performer last term, failing to complete the course twice in her seven runs but finishing third or better in her completed starts which included a win at Huntingdon back in January.

Dan Skelton’s charge had found only one too good on her reappearance, suggesting that the Martaline mare can go well fresh, and she was last seen finishing a good third behind Miss Delighted at Hexham although proving no match for the front pair to whom she was giving weight.

She has to prove she can handle these testing conditions, and she pulled up in similar last term which is a concern. But she turns out here lower in the weights than when last seen out, and she could go well on her return where connections immediately throw her into the handicap ranks for her chase debut.

Given her solid hurdles form, she is chanced to get back to winning ways despite some reservations over the ground, and if taking to chasing then she ought to go close here.

(2.10) It might be worth chancing MISTER FISHER (5/4, William Hill) to make a winning debut over fences for Nicky Henderson, and the Jeremy gelding could go close if able to reproduce the best of his hurdles form over the larger obstacles.

A dual-winner over hurdles which include the Grade Two Rossington Main Novices’ Hurdle, he wasn’t seen at his best in subsequent outings in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle or the Swinton Handicap Hurdle where he had a big weight and made a couple of jumping errors.

But he could do better in this sphere, and he was a soft ground winner of a bumper, while his two hurdles successes last term also came with some cut in the ground so the conditions ought not to present too much of an issue.

He ran well on his reappearance last term, and the yard are flying at present with a near 40 percent strikerate with its’ runners this past fortnight so he could give a good account.

12.30 – Bran
1.05 – Etamine Du Cochet
1.35 – Madam Deluxe
2.10 – Mister Fisher
2.40 – Flinck
3.10 – King’s Odyssey
3.40 – Nearly Perfection

Nicky Henderson can win the feature race at Warwick

Nicky Henderson can win the feature race at Warwick


(1.25) This contest could revolved around last-time winners Mah Mate Bob and BERING UPSUN (3/1, William Hill) with narrow preference for James Ewart’s charge to follow up his recent success at Kelso where the And Beyond gelding ran out a six lengths’ winner over An Fear Cluin.

That was his first run in 640 days as well as being his chase debut, and he is entitled to build on both having won a shade cosily; while Mah Mate Bob was beaten six lengths and a neck into third although he was giving 7lbs to the winner.

The selection is slightly worse off at the weights with his rival now, but he has the scope to build on his reappearance success having had more time between runs, and he ought to go well here as he bids to follow up.

(3.30) ESPOIR MORIVIERE (4/1, Ladbrokes) has run his two best races at this venue, finishing third both times which includes latest when returning from nine months off the track behind No Trumps.

Rose Dobbin’s charge was only beaten two lengths on that occasion, but the front three had pulled well clear of the rest of the field and a subsequent 2lbs rise may prove exploitable with this drop back in trip a possible source of improvement.

This doesn’t look the strongest of contests, but proven in conditions and having already shown he can go well at this venue then he could be worth chancing to build on that last run to get off the mark now.

12.50 – Duchess Ravenwaves
1.25 – Bering Upsun
2.00 – Kiltealy Briggs
2.30 – For Jim
3.00 – Supremely Lucky
3.30 – Espoir Moriviere


(1.45) GOOD AND HARDY (11/2, Bet365) has shown some promise in a handful of runs over hurdles, twice finishing runner-up last term, and the Westerner gelding made a pleasing return to action when finishing four lengths’ third to Perfect Man at this venue latest earlier in the month.

Fergal O’Brien has his team in good fettle at present, and the six-year old travelled well for a long way in that last contest before perhaps just blowing up and lacking a fitness edge, and he ought to strip much sharper now for that outing.

He can build on the run now where he is likely to prove a good deal better with the outing under his belt, and he can get off the mark now.

(2.50) DE FORGOTTEN ONE (7/2, Bet365) proved fair over hurdles in the first half of the year, but having returned from a break Tim Vaughn’s charge looks set to be a better chaser than hurdler judging on his two starts to date over the larger obstacles.

A point-to-point winner previously, the Malinas gelding stepped up on his chase debut fourth at Fontwell to open his account at Stratford late last month, and open to further improvement he can follow up here.

He was all out to hold on having had his momentum halted by a mistake at the last fence, but he showed a good attitude to knuckle down for the win where the front pair had pulled well clear of the rest.

A 5lbs rise in the weights will demand more from him, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if he pulled out further improvement and he can win again.

1.15 – Love Lane
1.45 – Good And Hardy
2.20 – Getaway Fred
2.50 – De Forgotten One
3.20 – The Big Breakaway
3.50 – Lock’s Corner

Fergal O'Brien can saddle a Chepstow winner on Wednesday

Fergal O’Brien can saddle a Chepstow winner on Wednesday


(3.25) SCREAM (SP) rounded off his time with Ger Lyons by getting back on the winning trail at this venue last month, scoring by two lengths over Dubai Rainbow, and the Vocalised filly may be able to bounce back from a lesser effort over course and distance earlier in the month.

Now with Shane Duffy, he ran no sort of race on his first outing for his new handler, missing the break and perhaps expending more energy than ideal to get into a challenging position before fading.

He could bounce back here dropping back into claiming company where Shane Foley takes over the reins, and he could be worth chancing to do better than was the case last time.

(4.55) STRATEGIC FORTUNE (SP) stepped up on previous efforts when thrust into handicap company at the Curragh latest, and the Power gelding can continue to improve.

Paul Flynn’s charge found only The King Of Kells too strong in that last outing, beaten just over one length and meeting with some interference when trying to challenge before running on late.

That form has since been boosted by the winner going in again, and a subsequent 2lbs rise in the weights looks workable given he remains open to further improvement so a repeat of that last run could be good enough assuming he handles the switch to this surface.

2.25 – Caronda
2.55 – Attack At Dawn
3.25 – Scream
3.55 – Crafty Hugo
4.25 – Suntory Times
4.55 – Strategic Fortune
5.25 – Sceptical
5.55 – Mutadaawel


(4.40) Three runs in novice company weren’t without promise from LEZARDIEUX (11/2, Unibet), and Grant Tuer’s charge stepped up on those runs when switched to a handicap at Newcastle last month where the Due Diligence gelding got off the mark with a defeat of Comeatchoo.

He found plenty for pressure that day, keeping on well to land the win, and a subsequent 6lbs rise in the weights might not be enough of a burden to preventing a follow up success if he can build on that success.

The step up to six furlongs ought not to present too much of a problem, and in a relatively ordinary contest he can go close.

(5.40) CAPLA CUBISTE (11/1, Paddy Power) found only one too good on her second outing at Southwell last month, beaten just over one length behind Finery, and the Archipenko filly can go one better here to get off the mark.

Sir Mark Prescott’s charge had shaped well over seven furlongs on her debut at Brighton earlier in October, and she duly stepped up on that effort latest where the deeper fibresand surface perhaps wasn’t altogether to her liking.

A switch to this faster surface however could help her to find some further progress, and she ought to make her presence felt here.

4.10 – Penmellyn
4.40 – Lezardrieux
5.10 – Lapses Linguae
5.40 – Capla Cubiste
6.10 – Khuzaam
6.40 – Reshoun
7.10 – Sir Prize
7.40 – Topology