Wednesday 23 October horse racing tips – Murphy’s 6/4 chance can land Fontwell success

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

Wednesday’s fixture list sees six UK and Irish horse racing meetings going to post, with afternoon action on the flat from the meetings at both Newmarket and Navan in Ireland’ while over the sticks they race at Worcester and Fontwell.

There is also evening all-weather action on Wednesday with action under the floodlights on the Kempton polytrack, as well as from Wolverhampton on tapeta.

Worcester (jumps) – 12.15 – 3.30pm (7 races)

Navan (flat) – 1.10 – 5.05pm (8 races)

Newmarket (flat) – 1.20 – 5.20pm (8 races)

Fontwell (jumps) – 1.30 – 4.55pm (7 races)

Kempton (flat, aw) – 4.40 – 8.10pm (8 races)

Wolverhampton (flat, aw) – 5.25 – 8.25pm (7 races)



(12.45) TRUCKERS HIGHWAY (5/1, William Hill) won twice over fences last term, scoring at Huntingdon and Uttoxeter before chasing home More Buck’s at Ludlow in January.

Jeremy Groucott’s Rudimentary gelding struggled in a couple of subsequent outings, but he rounded off last campaign with a much better effort that saw him finish ten lengths’ second behind the useful Solar Impulse, and he has returned from six months off the track in good fettle with a win back at Uttoxeter earlier in the month.

He appeared to win a shade cosily on that occasion, and while a 5lbs rise in the weights pushes him into a higher grade, he could prove equal to the task although he is yet to win from a mark this high. Nevertheless, he has ran well from similar ratings earlier in his career, and he could be worth chancing off this mark in what looks a relatively ordinary race for the grade.

(1.15) SUPREMELY LUCKY (9/2, Bet365) reached a fairly useful level of form over hurdles last term, winning twice with successes at Southwell and Uttoxeter, and the Milan gelding acquitted himself well in defeat in between those wins.

Dan Skelton’s charge was last seen beating Mister Tickle by nine lengths back in March, and he switches now to chasing where he could make a winning reappearance given he has form between the flags and might find some improvement switching to this discipline.

The Skelton yard often does well with its’ chasing debutantes, and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see the Milan gelding go close here on his first try over the larger obstacles.

12.15 – The Boola Bee

12.45 – Truckers Highway

1.15 – Supremely Lucky

1.45 – Straw Fan Jack

2.20 – Larkbarrow Lad

2.55 – Fejoada

3.30 – Young Buck


Team Skelton can get amongst the winners at Worcester on Wednesday



(2.15) FACE OFF (5/1, Bet365) was arguably unlucky not to win or at least finish closer than she did behind the reopposing pair of Doonard Prince and Mi Esperanza, but Charle’s O’Brien’s charge could be worth chancing to reverse the form here.

The Mizzen Mast filly was hampered in that contest, conceding valuable ground but finishing off well and only beaten just over two lengths despite having to give weight to both.

With a bit more luck in running this time around reunited with Declan McDonogh, the course and distance winner might be able to finish a lot closer this time around and he is chanced to overturn recent form.

(3.25) YALE (11/10, William Hill) was too green to do himself any justice when finishing in midfield in a big-field maiden at the Curragh on debut, but with that run under his belt the Scat Daddy colt can do better here.

Aidan O’Brien’s charge finished twelfth on that occasion, beaten around six lengths having missed the start before running on well late. However that run will surely have taught him plenty and he can improve for the experience.

Likely to do a good deal better this time around, the expensive purchase could prove tough to beat if progressing on the back of that outing, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him come on a bundle for that first run where he could prove a tough nut to crack here.

1.10 – Nullifier

1.40 – Little Clarinet

2.15 – Face Off

2.50 – Garsman

3.25 – Yale

4.00 – Ardhoomey

4.30 – Aasleagh Fawn

5.05 – Tidal Action


(1.55) EMARATY HERO (9/2, William Hill) shaped quite well on his debut at Newcastle earlier in the month, and open to improvement on the back of that outing then Karl Burke’s charge could get off the mark here.

The Lope De Vega colt was beaten just over one length behind Tsar, unable to sustain his effort; but he showed enough to suggest he’ll be a winner before too long, and with the potential for progress on the back of that initial experience then he could do better.

The form of that Newcastle debut looks strong, and he represents a yard which is in good form so every chance he can find further improvement to feature here and it would be no surprise to see him go close.

(3.05) DAMAGE CONTROL (4/1, Ladbrokes) is improving with each start, bettering his finishing position each time and latterly finding only one too good at Nottingham earlier in the month when beaten two lengths into the runner-up spot behind King Carney.

Andrew Balding’s Zoffany colt has since seen that winner strike again to boost the form, and open to further improvement stepping up to ten furlongs he might be able to open his own win account in this contest.

With the benefit of experience, he should progress further and every chance that he might go very close.

1.20 – Easy Desire

1.55 – Emaraty Hero

2.30 – Al Aasy

3.05 – Damage Control

3.40 – Convict

4.10 – Black Lotus

4.45 – King’s Castle

5.20 -Sir Oliver


Newmarket are racing on Wednesday on the Rowley Mile



(2.40) HIER ENCORE (4/1, Coral) could be worth chancing on his reappearance, and the Kentucky Dynamite gelding has a decent record at this venue with two wins and two placed efforts from eight starts here.

Nigel Dunger’s charge finished off last season in winning form, taking a conditional riders’ contest over course and distance with a nine lengths’ defeat of Special Acceptance, although he hasn’t been seen out since and has a seven months’ absence to overcome now.

Also 7lbs higher in the weights than when last seen, this is a tougher test than he had been taking in last campaign, and while he has fitness to prove he could continue to run well if fully wound up and with Rex Dingle’s 5lbs allowance easing some of his burden at the weights.

(3.50) I K BRUNEL (6/4, Paddy Power) made a winning debut in a Carlisle bumper back in November last year, after which Olly Murphy’s charge was highly tried in starts at Cheltenham and Kempton respectively.

On the first occasion the Midnight Legend chased home Elixir De Nutz, eventually finishing five lengths’ third; after which he failed to land a blow when beating only one home behind Southfield Stone at Kempton in the Grade Two Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle.

Eased back in grade ahead of this return to action, he should find this much more suitable a test and every chance he can bounce back here with a win.

1.30 – Howlongisafoot

2.05 – Flight To Milan

2.40 – Hier Encore

3.15 – Waikiki Waves

3.50 – I K Brunel

4.20 – Love The Leader

4.55 – Don’t Tell Kate


(5.10) END OVER END (4/1, William Hill) has gone with some promise on both starts to date, finishing third at Southwell on her debut although beaten a long way and looking in need of the run, and then finishing ten lengths’ fourth when upped to ten furlongs at Chelmsford latest behind To The Moon.

Archie Watson’s Intello filly was outpaced in that contest, but she kept on well and could improve for an even more severe test of stamina as she steps up to this even longer distance.

While the form of her two runs to date have only been moderate, she could be worth chancing to find some progress as her stamina continues to be drawn out, and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see her find some further improvement where she could collect some place money once again.

(6.10) EVENING SPIRIT (13/8, Coral) was undone by inexperience when finishing fifth on her debut at Newmarket last month, but Ralph Beckett’s charge can improve with that run under her belt and the Invincible Spirit filly can take a big forward step here.

The trainer’s runners are in good heart, and she was only beaten around four lengths on that first outing having missed the break before running on well late.

She ought to have learned plenty from that first outing, and likely to progress for her in-form yard then she could step up to get off the mark at the second attempt.

4.40 – Edged Out

5.10 – End Over End

5.40 – Lady Phyllis

6.10 – Evening Spirit

6.40 – Sorrel

7.10 – Lord Neidin

7.40 – Visionara

8.10 – Billyoakes


Ralph Beckett can saddle a Kempton winner on Wednesday evening



(5.55) ORCHIDIA (15/8, William Hill) has shaped with promise on both starts to date, finishing fourth on debut at Haydock in soft ground behind Search For Light, and then showing improvement for the outing to find only Incredulous too strong by a half-length at this venue in July.

Roger Charlton’s Bated Breath filly hasn’t been seen since, but she could be worth chancing on her reappearance from almost four months off the track to continue to improve for experience, and this could prove to be a decent opportunity for her to get off the mark at the third attempt.

Proven on this surface over course and distance, she could make the most of the lessons learned in her two career outings to date to open her account.

(6.25) TROUBLE SHOOTER (3/1, William Hill) is on a roll at present, winning his last four outings, and Sean Keightley’s charge can continue his hot streak here with another success.

The Delegator gelding was last seen running out a two lengths’ winner over Vibrance at Newcastle over twelve furlongs, and he steps back up in distance for this latest outing where the handicapper has raised him 7lbs.

However, he appeared to win a shade comfortably on that latest occasion and Josephine Gordon is again in the plate having steered the three-year old to all four of those wins. The pair can continue to combine then to strike again, and if he can continue his progressive spell then he ought to go close here.

5.25 – Warning Light

5.55 – Orchidia

6.25 – Trouble Shooter

6.55 – Obsession For Gold

7.25 – Secretfact

7.55 – Eponina

8.25 – Gazton