Wednesday horse racing tips – Best bets at Lingfield, Hexham and Kempton
The loss of Leicester leaves just three meetings to go to post across the UK on Wednesday and we’ve looked over the action to pick out our Wednesday horse racing tips and best bets.
The recent wet weather has claimed another victim with the loss of Leicester’s racecard on Wednesday, but three meetings still go to post across the UK with jumps racing from Hexham while all-weather racing in the afternoon comes from Lingfield on their polytrack surface.
Meanwhile there is also evening all-weather action at Kempton on the polytrack and under floodlights. Racing in Ireland meanwhile takes another day off and we’ve looked over the day’s racing action where we pick out our Wednesday horse racing tips and best bets for each meeting.
WEDNESDAY HORSE RACING TIPS – BEST BETS AT LINGFIELD, HEXHAM & KEMPTON
12:15 Lingfield – Bombardier British-Hopped Amber Beer Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-80) 1m
Assuming a six month layoff doesn’t present an issue then HOVER could be the answer to a tricky looking contest and Martyn Meade’s charge can pick up where he left off when last seen.
The Free Eagle gelding has improved with each run, getting off the mark at the third attempt when successful at Goodwood in June. He’d placed in both previous outings on the all-weather including over course and distance and the step up in trip last time seemed to bring out some improvement.
He struck by a short-head on that occasion, travelling well into the contest and doing just enough to hold off the rallying runner-up. This drop back to one mile is a slight worry then but the form of that Goodwood win has some substance to it and there could be more to come from him from just 5lbs higher.
There should be a decent pace to this contest which could help him overcome the sharper trip and much less exposed than this field of rivals he can go close if fully wound up following his break.
12:55 Hexham – Support The Injured Jockeys Fund Handicap Chase Cl5 (4yo+ 0-100) 3m
MYMILAN started his chasing career off well last term, winning at Carlisle before chasing home Kings Eclipse over this trip at Kelso and the Milan gelding may have been amiss when disappointing at Carlisle in February when pulled up.
Sandy Thompson’s charge wasn’t seen out again for the thick end of nine months prior to returning to action at this venue where he was entitled to need the run in finishing eighth. He stepped up on that effort though when crossing the line in fourth at Carlisle latest where cheekpieces seemed to help.
Only beaten two lengths on that occasion he could be suited by this return to a longer trip, while he’s also been eased 1lb in the weights and is still relatively unexposed over fences so he might be capable of delivering a bold show for a yard that has been among the winners of late.
1:15 Lingfield – Play Ladbrokes 5-A-Side On Football EBF Fillies’ Handicap Cl3 (3yo+ 0-90) 7f
QUEEN’S COURSE has held her form well this term, winning at Doncaster in August and placing in each of her last three outings on the Newcastle tapeta which includes a return to winning ways latest last month with a defeat of Model Guest.
David O’Meara’s Gleneagles filly struck by a neck on that occasion, overcoming being hampered at the start to win a shade comfortably in the end and that form has since been boosted by the runner-up going one place better next time out.
She’s proven she can handle polytrack, twice tackling this surface at Chelmsford where’s she’s shown up well both times without seriously threatening and there could be more to come from her given she’s still relatively lightly-raced and unexposed on this surface.
A 3lbs rise in the weights for that latest success might underestimate her and she can do better with the likely strong pace sure to suit.
1:55 Hexham – Happy 60th Birthday Jane Akerman Handicap Chase Cl5 (4yo+ 0-105) 2m4f
ABSOLUTELY DYLAN turns out here 13lbs below his last winning mark and Sue Smith’s charge can get back to winning ways having shaped better last time out than has been the case in recent months.
The Scorpion gelding posted his last win at Haydock back in December 2018 when rated 109, but he can compete here from just 96 having seen his mark slide following a spell in the doldrums which saw him largely run disappointingly and he failed to complete on three occasions.
Having failed to build on an encouraging seasonal debut over this course he latterly found only one too good at Uttoxeter over this trip when beaten two lengths by Diamond Brig and a repeat of that run ought to put him in the mix.
On historic form he’s handicapped to go close and while not one to rely on that he can back up that last outing he could go well if turning out in similar vein.
2:25 Hexham – Hexham Membership An Ideal Christmas Present Handicap Hurdle (Northern Lights Stayers Series Qual’) Cl5 (4yo+ 0-100) 2m7½f
GOLAN CLOUD’s form since joining this yard has been patchy, but the Golan gelding managed to register a breakthrough success at Kelso back in March when beating Ex S’elance by eight lengths and Jennie Candlish’s charge may be able to get back on the up here.
That was a much better effort where the switch to more aggressive tactics reaped reward and he proved the better performance to be no fluke when bumping into a well-handicapped rival at this venue on his reappearance although he possibly needed that run.
Beaten eleven lengths behind Bushypark he nevertheless was clear of the third and that winner has struck again since to boost the form. He can race here from the same mark however and if turning out in similar mood then he can keep his yard’s good spell going.
4:20 Kempton – Unibet/British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes (Div I) Cl5 (2yo) 7f
MEDWAY shaped encouragingly on his racecourse debut at Wolverhampton last month and David Simcock’s charge can do better with that experience under his belt.
The Dark Angel colt missed the break and wasn’t ideally placed in that contest where he ran green early. But he got better as the race progressed and he kept on well to finish fifth although he never threatened at any point to get seriously involved in the outcome.
The winner has run well since, finishing runner-up back at Wolverhampton and that debut experience won’t have been lost on the Simcock runner who could progress for the outing. Well drawn in the number one box also, he should get a decent pace to aim at here and with improvement anticipated he can make his presence felt.
6:55 Kempton – Try Our New Price Boosts At Unibet Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 1m3f
A wind operation appeared to unlock some improvement in the fortunes of HORN OF PLENTY who opened her win account at Wolverhampton last month and Andrew Balding’s charge could be worth sticking with to follow up here.
The Golden Horn filly had placed three times earlier in the campaign including over this course and distance in July but she was absent for almost three months following a disappointing run at Bath in September.
She ran out a ready winner of her reappearance run, scoring by almost three lengths from Green Planet and a subsequent winner has since come out of that contest from those who finished further back.
That win came in novice company and she returns to the handicap ranks from a mark that might prove workable and with further improvement anticipated she could double her win tally.