Wednesday horse racing tips – Best bets for the day’s UK racecards

Wednesday horse racing tips. Chester features among the day's racecards.Wednesday horse racing tips. Chester features among the day's racecards.

Wednesday horse racing tips and best bets

Another busy day of horse racing action goes to post on Wednesday with five meetings taking place around the UK; we’ve picked out our Wednesday horse racing tips and best bets.

There’s plenty more horse racing action taking place on Wednesday as five meetings go to post across the UK including the first day of the Chester May Festival featuring the Cheshire Oaks and Chester Vase which could both throw up a clue for the Epsom Derby.

In addition to racing on the Roodeye there is jumps racing from Newton Abbot, Kelso and Fontwell throughout the afternoon and into the evening; while Kempton are also racing in the evening on the all-weather.

The ITV Racing cameras will be in attendance at both Chester and Newton Abbot and we’ve looked over all five of the day’s racecards to pick out our Wednesday horse racing tips and best bets.


2:30 Newton Abbot – Racing Partnership TRP Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl2 (5yo+) 2m5f

ERITAGE has shown better form as a chaser than over hurdles and Paul Nicholls’ charge looks worth sticking with to strike again having looked an improved performer when stepped up in trip last time.

The Martaline gelding was a hurdles winner a couple of seasons ago but he has improved for the switch to chasing where he has won twice over the larger obstacles which include here latest last month when running out a five lengths’ victor over Champagne Court.

Paul Nicholls’ charge was stepping up in trip on that occasion and he ran out a comfortable winner having made all the running and surviving a mistake at the last to register an easy win.

He’s been pushed up 7lbs for that victory but he likely has better to come on that evidence where the extra yardage and switch to more forceful tactic seemed to bring about a chunk of improvement and with the yard in form he can repeat the dose back over this course and distance.

Wednesday horse racing tips. Paul Nicholls can saddle a winner on the card at Newton Abbot.

Wednesday horse racing tips. Paul Nicholls can saddle a winner on the card at Newton Abbot.

2:55 Kelso – Bedmax Handicap Chase Cl4 (5yo+ 0-120) 3m4f

Assuming a fourth run in little over one month doesn’t prove an inconvenience then MANCE RAYDER can get back on the scoresheet over fences and the Flemensfirth gelding can go close here.

Henry Hogarth’s charge was a winner at Doncaster back in March when beating Path To Freedom by nine lengths and he’s since finished runner-up twice from three starts including in the Highland National when run down late by Cyclop having looked the winner turning into the straight.

The front two were well clear of the rest of the field and a 5lbs rise may yet prove workable if his busy spell hasn’t taken anything from him with this being his fifth run in seven weeks or so. But if he’s none the worse then he can go well here again and he can make his presence felt.

3:15 Chester – Chester Vase Stakes (Group 3) (Colts & Geldings) Cl1 (3yo) 1m4½f

WIRKO looked a possible Derby type when scoring in good and game fashion at Epsom last month and Charlie Appleby’s charge can take another forward step here where the longer trip ought to bring about further improvement.

A winner on the all-weather last term on his second start the Kingman colt ran on late at Epsom to register a head verdict over Technique in a decent time and there’s surely better to come from him on that evidence.

He steps up in distance here which will suit and he can land his hat-trick here if the sharper nature of this venue doesn’t catch him out.

Wednesday horse racing tips. Wirko (left) can enhance his Derby claims with a win at Chester.

Wednesday horse racing tips. Wirko (left) can enhance his Derby claims with a win at Chester.

3:25 Kelso – Strawmax Straw Pellet Bedding Handicap Chase Cl3 (5yo+ 0-135) 2m1f

CEDAR HILL was still travelling well and close up when departing four out at Ayr last month and if that mishap hasn’t left a mark Sandy Thompson’s charge can bounce back to winning form here.

The Frammassone gelding won twice in the autumn last term, scoring a brace of wins over course and distance before making the frame in subsequent starts. Having finished runner-up back here in December he had wind surgery which made an immediate impact and he got back on the winning trail here in March, beating Eclair D’ainay.

That form has worked out quite well and he can turn out here and compete from the same mark as last time so he could take advantage if none the worse for his tumble latest.

4:15 Chester – Boodles Maiden Stakes (Plus 10 Race) Cl3 (3yo) 1m2½f

ALFAADHEL was an expensive purchase as a yearling and the Night Of Thunder colt shaped really well on debut in an Newbury maiden last month where he finished a creditable third despite looking green and he can build on that experience here.

Roger Varian’s charge was hampered early following a slow start and might not have been seen to best effect there although he ran on well late without ever looking threat given the front two had pulled well clear.

He ought to improve for that run and this extra yardage could unlock another level of improvement so it wouldn’t come as much of a surprise to see him firmly in the mix here.

6:10 Kempton – Handicap Cl5 (3yo 0-70) 7f

ARIEL has progressed with each start, posting his best effort yet when finishing third at Newcastle back in February; Charlie Hills’ charge can improve again to get off the mark here.

The Exceed and Excel gelding was beaten around three lengths into third on that occasion behind Ghost Rider and there could be more to come from him now he tries handicapping for the first time where his mark of 67 might underestimate his potential to improve.

He’s been gelded since his last run and he can make his presence felt here returning from a couple of months off where he can open his win account.

Wednesday horse racing tips. Kempton race on Wednesday evening.

Wednesday horse racing tips. Kempton race on Wednesday evening.

6:20 Fontwell – Get Hugh Taylor’s Tips On Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl4 (4yo+ 0-115) 3m2f

WINDANCE arrives here in search of a hat-trick of wins and Anthony Honeyball’s charge can oblige punters to land his three-timer.

Anthony Honeyball’s charge has won his last two since being switched to handicaps, winning readily at Taunton in March and following up five days later under a penalty at Fontwell. He’s been given time since to recover and that latest form was given a boost when the fourth won next time out.

The handicapper has hit him with another 6lbs rise in the ratings but he could have better yet to come and he’s unexposed as a chaser so it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see go close.