Wednesday 13 November horse racing tips – O’Brien’s 11/4 chance can land Exeter win for in-form yard

Fergal O'Brien can continue his good form at Exeter.Fergal O'Brien can continue his good form at Exeter.

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for all of Wednesday’s UK and Irish race meetings.

A quieter afternoon of UK horse racing fixtures sees just three meetings going to post as racing in Ireland takes a day off.

Wednesday’s fixtures sees jumps racing from Ayr and Exeter, as well as from Bangor where there is Listed action on the card.

Bangor (jumps) – 12.45 – 4.00pm (7 races)
Exeter (jumps) – 12.55 – 4.10pm (7 races)
Ayr (jumps) – 1.05 – 3.50pm (6 races)



(1.50) ARTHURS GIFT (4/1, William Hill) shaped better than the bare result on his seasonal return at Carlisle last month, and the Presenting gelding can step up for that run to get back on the scoresheet here.

Nigel Twiston-Davies’ charge racked up a hat-trick of wins during the 2017/18 season, and he shaped with some promise as a chaser last term in four starts which included a win at Carlisle in soft ground in February prior to perhaps just finding the test of the Midlands Grand National too much on his final outing.

Fifth on his return to action where he was beaten around seven lengths, he probably needed that run on ground likely to have been too quick, and he should strip fitter now while the more testing surface will be more to his liking,

He is 2lbs lower here than was the case last time, and still relatively exposed as a chaser he could have more to offer and is chanced to get back to winning ways on his second outing of the season.

(2.55) BURROWS PARK (7/2, Bet365) won three times over hurdles last term, two of which came in testing ground, and Venetia Williams’ charge can build on his reappearance at Cheltenham last month where he finished sixth of eight runners behind Tobefair.

The Astarabad gelding shaped as if that outing was needed as he trailed home the thick end of 15 lengths behind the winner, Tobefair; but he has been eased 1lb in the weights following that run and ought to be sharper for the outing so there’s every chance that he can show improvement now with an outing under his belt.

Trip and ground are of no consequence, and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see a better effort now for his in-form stable and he ought to go close under Charlie Deutsch who takes the ride.

12.45 – Mr McGo
1.15 – Augusta Gold
1.50 – Arthur’s Gift
2.25 – Dino Boy
2.55 – Burrow’s Park
3.30 – Navajo Pass
4.00 – Timeforaspin

Donald McCain can saddle a winner on the Bangor card on Wednesday

Donald McCain can saddle a winner on the Bangor card on Wednesday

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(2.00) TRACTOR FRED (7/1, William Hill) was rather hit or miss over hurdles last term for Kate Buckett, but the Curtain Time gelding has since joined a shrewd yard and shaped with ability switching to chasing at Southwell last month where he was beaten just over three lengths into third behind Fortescue.

That was his first run in more than eight months and it ought to have knocked off any rustiness so he should strip much fitter here; while the experience of the larger obstacles will have helped his confidence having fallen twice in point to points previously in Ireland.

He can race off the same mark here as on his reappearance, but he’ll be sharper now for his return where a repeat of that effort might well see him in the mix.

(2.35) Fergal O’Brien continues in excellent heart with his runners, and DE NAME EVADES ME (11/4, Bet365) shaped really well on his first run of the campaign following nine months off when finishing third at Chepstow last month and if he can build on that then he could be another winner for his red-hot yard.

A point-to-point winner in Ireland, he was steadily progressive last term over hurdles, finishing fourth or better in each of his six starts which includes a Warwick win in November, and he found only the formerly high-class Aux Ptits Soins too good at Cheltenham on his final hurdles run back on New Years’ Day.

His chase debut has since thrown up a ouple of winners, while the first and second have both run to a decent level in defeat in subsequent runs, so that form looks strong, and if he improves for that run then he ought to post a big effort for a yard that can do little wrong at present.

12.55 – Mrs Miggins
1.25 – Eclair Surf
2.00 – Tractor Fred
2.35 – De Name Evades Me
3.05 – Esprit Du Large
3.40 – Nordic Combined
4.10 – Queens Cave

Exeter are racing on Wednesday

Exeter are racing on Wednesday

Exeter are racing on Wednesday


(2.15) AURORA THUNDER (5/1, Ladbrokes) had looked fairly useful in a handful of bumper contests last term, and Lucinda Russell’s charge has progressed with each start over hurdles where the Malinas mare got off the mark at the third attempt when successful here last month with a defeat of Elle Est Grande.

She ran out a comfortable seven lengths’ winner that day, and the third from that race has run well since to fill the same spot on her next outing although the form perhaps is only ordinary.

Nevertheless, she is open to improvement in this sphere, and now sent handicapping for her latest outing she could well show an opening rating of 112 to be fair and she can exploit her mark to follow up.

(2.45) LORD SPRINGFIELD (2/1, Bet365) won between the flags prior to joining the Donald McCain yard, and while the Well Chosen gelding shaped with some ability over hurdles last term, he hinted that we wouldn’t see the best of him until sent chasing.

He’s had a second wind surgery ahead of this reappearance from almost 300 days off the track, but he switches from hurdles to the larger obstacles and pitched straight into a handicap where a mark of 115 looks workable.

He represents a trainer with a good record at the venue, and having shown some progressive form last term over the smaller obstacles he might be able to carry on the good work switching to chasing so no surprise if he takes another forward step.

1.05 – Calivigny
1.40 – Lossiemouth
2.15 – Aurora Thunder
2.45 – Lord Springfield
3.20 – Polydora
3.50 – Lady Bowes