Wednesday horse racing best bets – Tips for the day’s UK racecards
Wednesday horse racing best bets for the day’s UK racemeetings
Another five UK horse racing fixtures head to post including the second day of the 2021 Royal Ascot Festival; we’ve looked over all five racecards to pick out our Wednesday horse racing best bets.
The focus of Wednesday’s horse racing action will again fall on Royal Ascot and the second day of the top-class Festival where the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes is the feature on day two.
In addition to the second day of the showpiece Royal Ascot meeting there is also flat racing north of the border at Hamilton, while Uttoxeter hosts the day’s sole fixture over the jumps. And for punters looking to hopefully play up Royal Ascot winnings there are two meetings in the evening with flat racing on turf at Ripon and also on the all-weather at Chelmsford.
We’ve looked over all five of the day’s racecards and have picked out our Wednesday horse racing best bets and tips at each meeting.
WEDNESDAY HORSE RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR THE DAY’S UK RACECARDS
2:15 Uttoxeter – Happy Birthday Helen Sharp Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (Div II) Cl5 (4yo+ 0-100) 2m4f
PRETTY STRANGER drops back in trip having run his best race to date over three miles at Ffos Las last month and Evan Williams’ charge can get off the mark if building on that better run despite dropping back in distance here.
The Leading Light gelding was beaten only three lengths by Mosambo in that latest run, challenging over the last but unable to muster another gear in the closing stages.
It may be that this intermediate trip might suit her better than the three miles last time out and she can compete off the same mark in this contest. If she can show some improvement on the back of that better effort last time then she ought to be in the mix again and no surprise if she were to go close.
3:40 Ascot – Duke Of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies & Mares) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m
LADY BOWTHORPE had a few of these behind her when winning the Dahlia Stakes on her seasonal return in May and William Jarvis’ charge found only the top-class Palace Pier too good when posting a excellent runner-up effort in the Lockinge more recently.
Those pieces of form stand out here and the Nathaniel mare can get back to winning ways in this contest having got the better of reopposing Queen Power at Newmarket on her return; that one isn’t sure to relish the drop to one mile having impressed in the Middleton at York latest and could be vulnerable.
The selection is already a course and distance winner having taken the Group Three Valiant Stakes here last July although she wasn’t in quite so good form in subsequent outings at Sandown and Newmarket.
Given her exploits this season however she’s clearly on an upward path and although penalised 3lbs she ought to prove a tough nut to crack if reproducing the sort of performance she delivered at Newbury last time.
3:50 Hamilton – #Cleanstay At Hampton By Hilton Bothwell Castle Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-80) 1m½f
CELTIC EMPRESS has improved for the application of a hood in her last two starts, finding only one too good at Redcar in May when denied by a head behind Lasting Legacy but stepping up on that performance to get off the mark over this course and distance latest.
The Golden Horn filly struck by just over one length on that occasion, meeting some trouble in running and hanging left late; but she was well on top once she got to the front and won readily in the end from Soller Bay.
She’s been hit with a 7lbs rise for that victory but there’s likely more in the locker to come despite her looking a tricky customer on occasion and she could be worth chancing to follow up here with further improvement anticipated.
4:00 Uttoxeter – MansionBet Betstival Fallers Insurance Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 2m4f
BRIEF AMBITION boasts some solid form in bumpers including an appearance at the Cheltenham Festival and Fergal O’Brien’s charge has just three runs over hurdles, winning on his latest start at Worcester last month where he won a shade readily from Sinister Minister.
The Yeats gelding only needed pushed out to score and the tongue-tie she wore for the first time might have been a catalyst for that improved performance although the better ground might also have helped.
He now switches to the handicap ranks where an opening mark of 117 might prove lenient for the lightly-raced gelding and with the potential for further improvement over hurdles he can follow up.
4:25 Hamilton – racinguk.com Handicap Cl6 (3yo+ 0-60) 1m1f
PERFECT SOLDIER has returned from a break in top form, winning back-to-back races at Musselburgh in April but his hat-trick bid was thwarted over this course and distance last month when only seventh behind Hot Team.
That run is forgiven as the Kodiac gelding was badly hampered at a crucial point of the race and he lost his position and any hope he had of a three-timer, eventually beaten around 14 lengths at the line.
He can’t be judged too harshly on that effort given what transpired, while the softer ground possibly wouldn’t have been in his favour and he’ll likely be happer back on this quicker surface.
The fourth from that last run has won since and Wilf Storey puts up a 3lbs claimer for this outing so he could bounce back with a return to winning ways.
5:35 Ascot – Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (2yo) 5f
DIG TWO arrives here on a hat-trick of wins and the Cotai Glory colt can continue his upward curve of improvement to bag the three-timer.
Hugo Palmer’s charge was held back by inexperience on his debut at Windsor in April but he showed considerable improvement for that first run to get off the mark in a decent Newmarket maiden contest, beating Secret Strength who went on to win a valuable conditions event at Musselburgh.
That win was followed up by an impressive all-weather victory at Chelmsford where he won by four lengths from Little Prayer in a novice event, making most and keeping on strongly for the victory. The runner -up from that race has also won since and there could be better to come from him as he drops back to the minimum trip here.
The step up in class demands more, but he looks one who likely has better still to come and every chance he can make his presence felt here from his high draw.
7:00 Ripon – Boroughbridge Fillies’ Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 1m2f
KHEZAANA showed progressive form to get off the mark at Beverley in May, beating Space Kid by three lengths readily and the Muhaarar filly wasn’t seen to best effect at Chester latest when caught further back than ideal and never getting involved in the race won by rival.
Mark Johnston’s charge is worth another chance to build on the earlier promise she had shown in her win the time before and still with some potential she could leave that performance behind with a better run.
The ground was on the slow side at Chester latest which might not have helped and this quicker surface ought to suit; she can bounce back in a weaker race and ought to go close here.
7:53 Chelmsford – Racing With Pride Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-100) 1m2f
GROUP ONE POWER has some solid form in the book, winning on his reappearance at Epsom in April and making the frame on both subsequent outings at Ascot and back at Epsom where softer ground has possibly been against him both times.
Andrew Balding’s Lope De Vega gelding was last seen finishing around five lengths’ third to Midnights Legacy at Epsom on Derby Day and this drop to ten furlongs could show him in a better light as he returns to the all-weather.
He can race here from the same mark as at Epsom last time despite performing better than the bare result and 2-2 on polytrack with wins at Kempton and Lingfield he could prove a tough nut to crack back on this surface.