Wednesday 8 January horse racing tips – Fahey’s 3/1 chance can strike again at Newcastle

Friday racing best bets. Richard Fahey can saddle a winner at Chelmsford.Friday racing best bets. Richard Fahey can saddle a winner at Chelmsford.

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections, best bets and NAP of the day for Wednesday's trio of racecards across the UK.

Another relatively low-key day of UK horse racing action goes to post on Wednesday where there are three more meetings taking place.

Ludlow is the day’s sole jumps racing fixture, while Newcastle race on their tapeta surface in the afternoon. Completing the Wednesday line-up is another evening all-weather fixture on the polytrack at Kempton.

Ludlow (jumps) – 12.45 – 3.45pm (7 races)
Newcastle (flat, aw) – 1.00 – 4.30pm (8 races)
Kempton (flat, aw) – 4.15 – 7.45pm (8 races)

Brian Healy looks through each of the Wednesday racecards going to post and gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for each meeting.



(1.45) DUNDRUM WOOD (SP) has shaped well on both starts to date over hurdles, getting off the mark at the second attempt when returning from wind surgery with a win at Market Rasen back in November and Olly Murphy’s charge can follow up here.

The Flemensfirth gelding ran out a wide margin winner over Levasseur, making most of the running and despite running in snatches for part of the contest he already looked set to score when his closest rival fell at the second last hurdle.

That form perhaps is only ordinary, but he is open to improvement and switching now to a handicap where a mark of 120 might underestimate him then he can follow up that success with the longer trip likely to suit.

(2.45) COME ON TEDDY (SP) doesn’t have many miles on the clock, and there is a suspicion that Tom George’s charge could have a bigger performance in him.

The Fame And Glory gelding has faced some formidable tests in his short career, and the six year old has locked horns with the likes of Umbrigado and Sevarano in his starts to date, finishing third to the first named rival at Exeter last February prior to a break, and he collected a second bronze medal on his next outing at Warwick.

Absent of more than six months following that start, he finished sixth on his return in a decent contest at Chepstow in October behind Sevarano which has worked out quite well with several winners since coming out of that race.

He should strip fitter with that run under his belt, and this looks an easier contest as he goes up in distance so every chance he can improve and make his presence felt.

12.45 – Mick Pastor
1.15 – Rolling Dylan
1.45 – Dundrum Wood
2.15 – Private Malone
2.45 – Come On Teddy
3.15 – Padstow Harbour
3.45 – Catch Me Not

Rolling Dylan (right) could get back on the scoresheet at Ludlow on Wednesday.


(1.30) BRUSHWORK (6/4, William Hill) toughed out a third straight success over course and distance last month, and Charlie Hills’ charge can find further improvement to strike again and stretch his unbeaten record to four.

The Kyllachy gelding was making his handicap debut in that last outing where he beat Fendale by a half-length, finding plenty for pressure to hold off his rivals, and a subsequent 3lbs rise in the weights might underestimate his potential for further improvement.

This is tougher, but he could be suited by this extra furlong and every chance he can post another big effort if the longer trip conjures up some further improvement.

(2.00) WASNTEXPECTINGTHAT (3/1, Ladbrokes) is 2-2 over course and distance, and the Foxwedge gelding can land a hat-trick of wins now.

Richard Fahey’s charge had been struggling on turf over longer trips prior to his switch to this surface, but he has run out a ready winner of both his starts over course and distance, latterly posting an impressive success over Hassaad by just over one length where he was value for more than the official winning margin as he met with trouble in running midway in the contest.

A 6lbs rise in the weights clearly asks more of him, but he’s thriving on this surface and could have further improvement to offer so every chance he can make his presence felt again where he can bag his three-timer.

(3.00) VIA SERENDIPITY (SP) bounced back to winning ways when successful at Kempton on his penultimate start, and Stuart Williams’ charge wasn’t disgraced in Listed company when last seen out finishing around six lengths’ fifth behind Set Piece in the recent Hyde Stakes.

The Invincible Spirit gelding drops back in grade for this latest outing where he eases slightly in the ratings, and he boasts solid claims at the weights given he has 6lbs in hand on official ratings of this field yet contests on level weights.

It wouldn’t come as a surprse then to see him bounce back to form under Hayley Turner if he adapts to tapeta, and he can get back on the winning trail here.

1.00 – Sulafaat
1.30 – Brushwork
2.00 – Wasntexpectingthat
2.30 – Corinthia Knight
3.00 – Via Serendipity
3.30 – Tomorrow’s Dream
4.00 – Etikaal
4.30 – Chosen World

Hayley Turner can ride a winner on the Newcastle card on Wednesday.


(4.45) The application of a visor seemed to have a positive effect on SWEET SERENADE (3/1, William Hill) who posted her best run to date when finding only one too strong over course and distance four days ago, and James Tate’s charge might be able to go one better here turned out quickly.

The Zoffany filly was beaten just over one length behind You Don’t Own Me, unable to match the winner’s effort but finishing clear of the third, and she turns out here from the same mark where a repeat of that effort might be good enough to see her get off the mark despite her wide draw.

Assuming the headgear has the same positive effect as when first worn then every chance she can open her account, and no surprise to see a big run if this doesn’t come too soon.

(6.15) THAI TERRIER (SP) found only one too good on his debut at Lingfield just before the turn of the year, and with that run and experience under his belt then the Kitten’s Joy gelding can go one place better here.

Mark Johnston’s charge was denied only by a short-head behind Exmoor Beast, running on well late and just failing, and the front pair had pulled clear of the rest.

That experience won’t have been lost on him, and likely to improve for his first run – as many from the yard do – then every chance he can get off the mark at the second attempt given he has the potential to do better.

(6.45) Keith Dalgleish won this race in 2016 with Chookie Royale, and SOLDIER’S MINUTE (5/2, William Hill) can take this valuable prize back to Scotland.

The Raven’s Pass gelding has won two of his last three starts over this course and distance, the latest of which came back in October when beating Beyond Equal, and he has finished third on both subsequent outings at Lingfield and Wolverhampton respectively.

The former was in Listed company, and he was only beaten one length on his latest start on the Wolverhampton tapeta where he was perhaps given too much to do; but racing off the same mark and back at this venue he might be able to return to the winners’ enclosure.

4.15 – N Over J
4.45 – Sweet Serenade
5.15 – Sound Mixer
5.45 – Barking Mad
6.15 – Thai Terrier
6.45 – Soldier’s Minute
7.15 – Estrela Star
7.45 – Hassaad

Soldier’s Minute is 2-3 at Kempton and Keith Dalgleish’s charge can win again.