Wednesday racing best bet – Tips for Chepstow, Newbury, Newcastle & Southwell
Wednesday 20 January horse racing best bets
With four UK meetings heading to post we’ve picked out our Wednesday racing best bets and tips for the day’s fixtures.
Assuming Chepstow passes a morning inspection Wednesday’s fixture list of UK horse racing action will take in four meetings around the country where afternoon jumps racing will come from Chepstow and Newbury; whi9le on the all-weather there is a jumpers’ bumper card on the Newcastle tapeta.
Completing the Wednesday quartet of fixtures is an evening all-weather meeting under the floodlights on the Southwell fibresand and we’ve looked over each of the day’s meetings to pick out our Wednesday racing best bets and tips.
WEDNESDAY RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR CHEPSTOW, NEWBURY, NEWCASTLE & SOUTHWELL
1:15 Newcastle – Sky Sports Racing Sky 415 “Jumpers’ Bumper” National Hunt Flat Race (AW) Cl4 (4yo+) 2m½f
ONTHEFRONTFOOT won a Sedgefield bumper on his debut for Donald McCain having previously won a point-to-point in Ireland; the Shantou gelding then found life tougher in a Grade Two bumper contest at Aintree prior to posting a brace of hurdles wins.
He’s failed to add to his tally since in four starts, two each over hurdles and fences latterly, but he has made the frame on each occasion and back in a bumper he can make his presence felt here under Brian Hughes.
Still likely progressive and open to further improvement he ought to go well and no surprise to see him in the mix at the business end.
1:25 Newbury – MansionBet’s Watch And Bet Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl3 (5yo+) 2m½f
FUNAMBULE SIVOLA has taken really well to chasing with two wins from three starts over the larger obstacles and Venetia Williams’ charge can enhance his fine record over fences here.
The Noroit gelding didn’t show a great deal over hurdles, but having had a wind operation and faced with fences he’s taken his form to new heights and he won a shade comfortably over this course and distance in December despite the narrow margin of victory over Shut The Box.
The pair pulled clear of the rest which included a next-time winner and a 6lbs rise for that win looks workable given he remains capable of further progress in this sphere. He jumped well last time and ground will be no issue so every chance he can follow up.
1:50 Newcastle – Sky Sports Racing “Jumpers’ Bumper” National Hunt Flat Race (Div I) (AW) Cl4 (4yo+) 2m½f
MALYSTIC is unbeaten in three starts at this venue including in a bumper contest on the tapeta back in February 2019 and Peter Niven’s charge arrives here chasing a hat-trick of wins.
The Malinas gelding won two of his four outings in bumpers including that aforementioned contest and he also struck over hurdles last December before collecting three consecutive silver medals over hurdles and fences the latter of which came behind the smart Protektorat at Carlisle on his reappearance.
He’s since registered wins at Wetherby and here latest and he can continue his good spell of form with another win to maintain his unbeaten record at the track.
2:40 Chepstow – Thanks To Craig Jones Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (4yo+ 0-140) 2m3½f
FIRST LORD DU CUET could be worth chancing to get back on the winning trail having made the frame in all four starts this term.
David Pipe’s charge was a point to point winner prior to joining the yard and having won a Plumpton bumper he followed up over timber with a victory at Southwell back in December 2019.
Despite meeting with defeat on all four outings this term his form figures show him to be 3224 with the latest coming at Aintree in December behind Emir Sacree in a conditional riders’ event. Strictly on that form he has a bit to find, but he’s been equipped with blinkers this time around and with the drop in trip a possible good move he’s expected to make his presence felt again and he ought to go well.
3:05 Newbury – MansionBet Hurdle McHurdleface Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 2m½f
PANIC ATTACK won a bumper for Willie Mullins prior to contesting the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival on her first outing for David Pipe; but since switching to hurdles the Canford Cliffs mare has won two of her four outings.
She shaped well on her hurdles debut despite possibly needing the run at Huntingdon in October behind Vegas Blue, but she made no mistake next time with an impressive success over Flat White. Disappointing at Cheltenham on her handicap debut she quickly bounced back with another impressive victory, this time over course and distance and she could follow up here given she remains open to improvement.
This is a stronger race and an 11lbs rise for that success definitely demands more; but all her wins have come on soft ground and she’ll revel in these conditions so ought to go well again despite her hike in the weights given she remains open to further improvement and is still relatively unexposed.
3:15 Chepstow – Thanks To Alan Quinton Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+ 0-110) 2m7½f
MEMPHIS BELL is 4-4 since partnering with Isabel Williams and despite returning from a break and 8lbs higher in the weights since her latest win the Yeats mare can further extend her winning streak here.
Evan Williams’ charge has registered wins at Fontwell, two at Ffos Las and latterly at Newton Abbot where she showed heavy ground to hold no fears as she romped to a four lengths’ victory under a penalty from Get An Oscar and there could yet be better to come.
She travelled well into that contest and found plenty when asked to go and win her race, overcoming a last-hurdle error and freshened up by a break she can pick up where she left off with the conditions no issue.
6:00 Southwell – Heed Your Hunch At Betway Handicap Cl6 (4yo+ 0-65) 1m4f
COLD HARBOUR has won three times on this surface and the North Light gelding rarely runs a bad race at the venue so is chanced to get back to winning ways following a near-miss when last seen.
Robyn Brisland’s charge scored his last victory here twelve months ago and he’s continued to run well in defeat aside from lesser efforts on turf at Newmarket and when down the field on the Kempton polytrack in November.
He latterly found only one too good in Lord Of The Alps over this course and distance earlier this month; but the winner looked ahead of his mark and the third has won since to give the form a boost so having been eased 2lbs he could take advantage of the handicapper’s leniency to get back on the scoresheet with Laura Pearson excellent value for her 5lbs claim.