Wednesday horse racing best bets – Tips for Musselburgh, Wincanton, Lingfield and Kempton
Tips for Wednesday’s UK horse racing
With four meetings going to post across the country we’ve picked out our Wednesday horse racing best bets and tips as the road to Cheltenham enters the final fortnight.
A quartet of horse racing fixtures heads to post throughout the course of the day with racing both over the sticks and on the all-weather.
The day’s meetings over the sticks come from the cards at Wincanton and Musselburgh; while on the all-weather there is an afternoon meeting on the polytrack at Lingfield and in the evening from Kempton.
We’ve looked over all four of the day’s meetings were we’ve picked out our Wednesday horse racing best bets and tips.
WEDNESDAY HORSE RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR MUSSELBURGH, WINCANTON, LINGFIELD & KEMPTON
1:00 Wincanton – Watch Racing TV In Stunning HD Handicap Chase Cl5 (5yo+ 0-100) 2m4f
Point-to-point winner FIVE STAR GETAWAY might be worth chancing to get off the mark over fences and Christian Williams’ charge could go well here if building on the experience of his chase debut.
The Getaway gelding faced a number of tough assignments in his four starts over hurdles last term although he didn’t show a great deal in any of those runs and was well beaten each time with his best run coming when beaten ten lengths by Main Fact at Warwick where he finished sixth of eight runners.
The seven-year old faced an impossible task on his chase debut following nine months off the track, beating only one home at Warwick behind Allmankind although that form has certainly held up with the winner scoring twice since including a Grade One contest; while the runner-up has also won since.
This longer trip over fences might unlock some improvement while he faces a much easier assignment this time around in a Class 5 contest. It is still early days for him over fences but his shrewd yard could yet get more out of him and he can give a good account here taking on rivals who mostly also have a question to answer.
1:15 Musselburgh – William Hill Lengthen Your Odds Handicap Chase (Northern Lights Middle Distance Chase Series Qual’) Cl5 (5yo+ 0-100) 2m4½f
BEGOODTOYOURSELF has got better with each run over fences, finishing third the last twice either side of a short break and with the possibility of further improvement to come the Getaway gelding could be worth siding with to get off the mark.
Christopher Kellett’s charge ran well in defeat latest when beaten around eleven lengths by the reopposing Shallow Run over this course and distance. However he has a 9lbs pull at the weights now while the better ground this time around should be more suitable.
It is still early days for him over fences and he can continue to find improvement so it would come as no surprise to see him competitive again in this contest.
1:50 Musselburgh – William Hill Extra Place Races Daily Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (Northern Lights Mares’ Final Qualifier) Cl5 (4yo+ 0-105) 2m4f
GEMOLOGIST is still a maiden but her consistency can’t be knocked and the Sir Percy mare could finally make the breakthrough here.
Lucinda Russell’s charge has hit the crossbar the last twice latterly beaten ten lengths into the runner-up berth behind Tommy’s Oscar over two miles here where she was 2lbs out of the weights. She might have finished closer but for being badly hampered by the fall of Goobinator at the last hurdle and might have been an unlucky loser on that occasion.
The form of that run has been upheld with the third winning next time, while the winner has since run well in the Scottish Supreme Novices’ Hurdle where he finished runner-up and this represents a drop in class so she could take advantage having been eased 2lbs following that run.
She finished runner-up in this race twelve months ago but might be capable of going one better this time around back up in trip.
2:05 Wincanton – Follow @racingtv On Instagram Handicap Chase (Challenger Middle Distance Chase Series Qualifier) Cl3 (5yo+ 0-135) 2m4f
PADDY’S POEM has been steadily progressive over fences, posting a string of consistent results and winning three times in 2019 before rounding off his campaign in December with a good second to Johnbb.
The Proclamation gelding has returned this term in good heart, finishing runner-up to the useful Ibleo at Sandown on his return in January and then beaten just over one length into third latest back at Sandown behind Moonlighter where he was racing from 5lbs out of the weights.
Nick Gifford’s charge shaped as if he was ready for a stiffer test of stamina and he might be worth chancing upped to this distance while easing back in grade and if seeing out the extra distance then he could go close in this contest.
2:15 Lingfield – Betway Classified Stakes Cl6 (4yo+ 0-50) 1m2f
SOCRU has just once win to his name which came on turf from a mark of 67 and while the Kodiac gelding hasn’t matched that level of form he has been running quite well of late and he’s bagged the bronze medal in three of his last four starts.
The latest of those came when beaten two lengths under this rider at Chelmsford last month behind Hunters Step where he possibly just did too much in front having raced keenly.
He’s been dropped 1lb following that run and he’s now fully 17lbs lower than that winning turf mark although that rating was gained as a sprinter. He goes back up to ten furlongs for this latest run but he ran well over the trip the time before and if continuing in similar form to recent runs he might be able to snap his losing streak.
3:25 Lingfield – Betway Novice Stakes Cl5 (3yo+) 5f
SUGAR DUMPLING stepped up on a very promising debut third at Southwell last month to strike over the same course and distance next time where the Brazen Beau filly ran out a neck winner over Tributo.
Robert Cowell’s charge has since seen that form franked by the runner-up going one place better next time while the fourth horse home subsequently found only one too good on his next outing.
That success came despite being slow into stride and there’s likely more to come from her although she has to prove she can handle this different surface having only raced on fibresand thus far.
Claiming rider Ray Dawson does take off a handy 3lbs however and assuming the switch in surface doesn’t catch her out then it wouldn’t be a surprise to see her in the mix again.
6:50 Kempton – ‘Road To The Kentucky Derby’ Conditions Stakes (Plus 10 Race) Cl2 (3yo) 1m
Highland Avenue looks a potentially smart prospect and could prove a tough nut to crack although the Godolphin runner is taken on with OO DE LALLY who has been progressing well and has the services of the red-hot Ryan Moore who is operating at a 50% strike rate on the all-weather over the past fortnight.
Andrew Balding’s Vadamos colt has won his last three starts which includes here back in October and he returned from 100 days off the track to get the better of Majestic Tejaan by a neck at Newcastle.
All his wins have come at seven furlongs but he shapes as though he’ll be suited by this extra furlong and he appeared to win readily latest despite the narrow margin of victory.
That form looks fair as the third has since won next time out where he overturned form with Majestic Tejaan and there might be further improvement to come from the selection over this additional furlong which might unlock further progress and he can continue his winning run.
5:15 Kempton – Unibet New Instant Roulette Classified Stakes (Div I) Cl6 (4yo+ 0-50) 6f
TOOLMAKER had twice finished runner-up in starts at Wolverhampton and Kempton last month before posting a lesser effort at this venue latest where he beat only two home.
David Flood’s charge might however have been stretched by the extra furlong on that occasion while he also had the worst of the draw and was forced to race wide. That run can be overlooked and back at six furlongs for this latest outing he could bounce back.
The form of his previous runner-up effort at Kempton behind Owhatanight has been boosted by that one winning again since. He again has the outside berth to contend with here which is a concern, but this looks a slightly easier contest and he’ll be better suited returning to sprinting so it would be no surprise to see him doing better this time around with Richard Kingscote back in the saddle.