Wednesday best bets and tips – Selections for Newbury, Ludlow, Lingfield and Kempton
Wednesday’s horse racing action across the UK takes in four more meetings over the sticks and also on the all-weather. We’ve scoured the day’s cards and picked out our Wednesday best bets and tips for the day’s racing.
We have four meetings heading to post across the UK on Wednesday where there is action both over the sticks and also on the all-weather throughout the afternoon and into the evening.
Wednesday’s jumps racing action comes from the cards at Newbury and Ludlow, while Lingfield are racing on their all-weather surface in the afternoon. Completing the day’s quartet of racing fixtures is an evening card under the floodlights on the Kempton polytrack.
We’ve looked through each of the day’s racecards to pick out our Wednesday best bets and tips throughout the afternoon and evening’s meeting.
WEDNESDAY BEST BETS AND TIPS – SELECTIONS FOR NEWBURY, LUDLOW, LINGFIELD & KEMPTON
1:10 Newbury – Boscasports Retail tote Displays Worldwide Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl3 (4yo+ 0-135) 2m7½f
ST BARTS was a winner between the flags and showed up well over hurdles last term where he won two of four starts which included a competitive contest at Ascot in heavy ground.
Philip Hobbs’ High Chaparral gelding ran well back from a break and switched to chasing at Exeter last month, finding only Ofalltheginjoints too strong by little over one length where he was unfortunate to meet with some trouble although it is questionable whether he’d have won in any case.
Nevertheless it was a promising effort for which he’s only been raised 3lbs in the ratings and he ought to appreciate this more testing surface so it would come as no surprise to see him progress on the back of that reappearance effort to strike given he has plenty of potential to improve.
1:55 Ludlow – Tanners Champagne Handicap Chase Cl2 (4yo+ 0-145) 2m
Taunton hurdles winner ERITAGE has run with credit on both starts over fences following a break and wind surgery, immediately doubling his win tally with victory here in October and then finding only one too good at Newbury next time.
Paul Nicholls’ charge was beaten four lengths, headed over the last but keeping on well without matching the winner. His previous success was perhaps a fortunate one as he took full advantage of a last-fence fall by the leader, looking held when that one departed; however his subsequent run showed improvement and there’s likely better to come from the Martaline gelding.
Still unexposed over fences he can continue his progression and returning to this venue he can get back on the scoresheet.
2:10 Lingfield – Heed Your Hunch At Betway Handicap Cl6 (3yo+ 0-60) 6f
VALENTINE BLUES will need to improve on what she’s shown thus far, but the Clodovil filly could be worth chancing to get off the mark having looked to find some improvement on earlier efforts when finishing fourth at Kempton last month.
That was just her fifth start and Tom Ward’s charge ran on well late on having been hampered and she wasn’t beaten all that far in the end with a subsequent winner further back.
The handicapper has dropped her 2lbs and she could feature now on a winnable mark in this contest where she’s less exposed than her rivals and still open to improvement she ought to remain competitive if finding a shade more progression.
2:20 Newbury – Every Race Live On Racing TV EBF Stallions ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier) (GBB Race) Cl4 (4-6yo) 2m4½f
FLASH COLLONGES won on his hurdling debut at Exeter despite looking inexperienced, hanging badly left and running green after the last on that occasion but managing to hold on for a half-length victory.
That form has since been boosted and the Saddler Maker gelding was an early casualty on his next start at Doncaster last month, departing at the fourth hurdle where it was far too early to say whether he’d have gone close.
Forgiven that mishap in what might to prove a useful contest in time he could make amends with a clear round and he’s still open to plenty of improvement after just two outings. Paul Nicholls’ charge ought to go well then and no surprise to see him in the mix under Harry Skelton.
2:30 Ludlow – Tanners Claret Handicap Chase Cl3 (4yo+ 0-140) 3m
Dual-chase winner BUSTER THOMAS has been in good fettle since returning from a lengthy absence, making the frame on all four outings this campaign and the Westerner gelding could get back to winning ways.
Emma Lavelle’s charge struck his last win at Wincanton back in November two years ago, but since coming back from almost 600 days off he’s shown he retains all his ability with a trio of runner-up efforts which includes at Wincanton last month.
He was beaten just over two lengths in a conditional riders’ event from which the fourth has won since to boost the form and this step up to three miles might help him to get his head in front racing from the same mark and with Adam Wedge taking over.
2:45 Lingfield – Betway Handicap Cl5 (3yo+ 0-70) 1m2f
LADY PENDRAGON returns here on the back of a breakthrough win over course and distance last month and Martin Smith’s charge can double up.
The Camelot filly appeared suited by the lesser test of stamina on that occasion where she ran out a half-length winner over reopposing Kodiac Harbour, holding on well for the win although the selection now meets that rival on slightly worse terms having been pushed up 3lbs in the ratings.
However, she could continue to progress further given her winning run was just her second following wind surgery and still relatively unexposed she can continue to make her presence felt.
5:35 Kempton – Unibet Extra Place Offers Every Day Nursery Handicap Cl5 (2yo 0-75) 1m
SECRET HAUNT stepped up on her racecourse debut at Newmarket where she might not have been suited by the heavy ground to finish a creditable fourth at Newcastle last month and William Haggas’ charge could progress again to get off the mark at the third attempt.
The Dubawi filly showed plenty of inexperience in that debut run where she finished sixth of nine runners; but there was more substance to her performance latest and she can improve further upped in trip and fitted with cheekpieces for this latest run.
Now trying a handicap where a mark of 72 doesn’t look overly punishing she can continue to progress with experience and no surprise if she were to go close here.
6:35 Kempton – Unibet 3 Uniboosts A Day Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-80) 7f
HIGHER KINGDOM has the worst of the draw to overcome but it might be worth giving the Kingman colt another chance nonetheless having shaped as if amiss at Chelmsford last time.
Archie Watson’s charge was slow to leave the gates but never appeared to travel well at any stage in the race and she wasn’t given a hard time; she’s perhaps better judged though on his earlier win at Newcastle where he beat Desert Palms and he struck over course and distance on debut last October in the manner of a potentially decent prospect.
Whatever ailed him last time he’s been given time to recover and the handicapper has eased him 4lbs so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a big performance from him as he bids to bounce back. The outside berth certainly isn’t ideal, but he remains with potential for better and still unexposed could be worth siding with to leave that last run behind back at this venue.