Wednesday racing best bets – Tips for Haydock, Lingfield, Ludlow and Kempton
We’ve picked out our Wednesday horse racing tips and best bets for the day’s meetings around the UK where four fixtures await punters.
Wednesday’s fixture list of horse racing fixtures sees another quartet of meetings heading to post with jumps and all-weather action again on the agenda.
The day’s jumps racing action takes in fixtures at Haydock and Ludlow, while in the afternoon there is all-weather racing from Lingfield. Completing the Wednesday quartet is an evening all-weather racecard under the floodlights at Kempton with both of the day’s all-weather cards racing on polytrack.
We’ve looked through each of the day’s quartet of racecards and have picked out our best Wednesday horse racing tips and best bets as we try to find a few winners on the day.
WEDNESDAY RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR LINGFIELD, HAYDOCK, LUDLOW & KEMPTON
12:00 Lingfield – Betway Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 1m2f
A couple of progressive sorts square off with narrow preference for Simon Crisford’s runner MAKE IT RAIN who has improved well this term and has won two of her last three starts.
The Night Of Thunder filly is so far unbeaten in three starts on the all-weather, scoring at Kempton last December and adding to her tally at Wolverhampton in September. Subsequently runner-up on turf she resumed winning ways by running out a ready winner over this course and distance last month where she overcame the worst of the draw and there’s likely better still to come from her.
The runner-up in that contest did little harm to the form next time and a 6lbs rise in the ratings for what was a comprehensive victory might underestimate her potential for better so it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see her continue to improve and she can win again at the expense of fellow last-time winner Yes My Boy who carries a penalty.
However the selection earns the vote and can make full use of the 5lbs she receives from that rival and she can win again here.
12:55 Ludlow – Sir Toby Memorial Novices’ Handicap Chase Cl5 (4yo+ 0-105) 2m4f
CASPERS COURT may not have stayed the longer trip when disappointing last time, but the Court Cave gelding could be worth giving another chance back over a more suitable distance.
Kayley Woollacott’s charge made a winning reappearance the time before following wind surgery, running out a half-length victor over Tango du Roy at Exeter where he overcame a late mistake to score a shade comfortably under this rider.
That form was boosted by the third winning next time and his latest run over three miles came in a stronger grade where he shaped like a non-stayer over the distance, weakening from two out and crossing the line some twenty lengths’ adrift.
Dropping back a half-mile and back in a Class 5 contest his amateur rider can take off the full 7lbs which effectively leaves him just 3lbs higher than when winning two starts ago and if the softer ground doesn’t prove a hindrance then he could well bounce back here with a better effort in an easier grade.
1:30 Ludlow – Shropshire Mind Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl2 (3yo+) 2m
MIDNIGHT’S GIFT got back on the scoresheet when running out a comfortable winner from the reopposing A Little Chaos at Fakenham last month and Alan King’s charge can follow up here.
The Midnight Legend mare won twice last term including a Listed contest at December in similar conditions to these and she continued to give a good account in defeat where she even tried at the Cheltenham Festival.
She continued to run well this term, making the frame in all three starts over hurdles prior to getting back on the mark and a 3lbs rise in the ratings leaves her on a workable mark although she might prove vulnerable to less exposed rivals on this occasion.
Nevertheless, she arguably sets the standard on what she’s achieved thus far and she can continue to make her presence felt so every chance she can follow up that win last time out.
1:40 Lingfield – Bombardier “March To Your Own Drum” Handicap Cl3 (3yo+ 0-90) 7f
Four last-time winners line up here and although he’s not the most reliable of performers it might be worthwhile siding with TOTAL COMMITMENT to follow up his recent win at Kempton.
Simon Hodgson’s charge had been largely out of sorts prior to making that return to winning ways where he ran out a head winner over Benny And The Jets to register his first win in more than one year.
He’s only been raised 2lbs for that success which leaves him still feasibly weighted given he’s thrice finished runner-up from marks higher than his current 90 rating – all over course and distance – and with no shortage of pace in this contest he should have the race run to suit.
Earlier inconsistency remains a slight worry, but if he can run to a similar level as last time then it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him in the mix again.
1:50 Haydock – Listen To Weighed-In On Betfair “Introductory” Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 1m7½f
Three of the five runners in this race won last time out; ADRIMEL could prove the answer with four wins from five overall and his experience could stand him in good stead.
Tom Lacey’s charge struck twice in bumpers following his move to the yard from the point-to-point ranks where he was also a winner and he was thought good enough to contest the Champion Bumper during the Cheltenham Festival.
He cut little ice there but having had wind surgery he made a winning reappearance on his hurdles debut at Sandown, beating Lord Of Kerak by just over three lengths, kept up to his work having appeared to idle in front.
There’s likely more to come from him over timber and the form of that win doesn’t look too bad with the third since filling the same position next time. Heavy ground is also no issue having won a bumper on heavy ground and likely to continue to improve he can follow up here to enhance his already-impressive win ratio.
2:20 Haydock – My Odds Boost On Betfair Veterans’ Handicap Chase (Leg 12 Of The Veterans’ Chase Series) Cl2 (10yo+ 0-150) 3m1½f
It isn’t easy to know how much ability THE DUTCHMAN retains having appeared not to fire when last seen returning from an absence over hurdles at Wetherby.
The King’s Theatre gelding won the 2018 Peter Marsh Chase here when trained by Colin Tizzard and he went well for a long way in that season’s Grand National before falling at Foinavon on the second circuit.
He subsequently moved to Tristan Davidson and was absent for more than 30 months before returning to contest the Grade Two West Yorkshire Hurdle, finishing a distant sixth of eight runners behind Roksana.
Of course he was entitled to have needed that run however and he could do much better with that pipe-opener under his belt and returning to chasing from a workable rating although after such a long absence he might still need some time.
However, if building on his reappearance then he could go well with these conditions no issue and historic form gives him every chance if he were to replicate his best.
2:55 Haydock – Read Paul Nicholls On Betting.Betfair Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (3yo+ 0-130) 2m3f
Lightly-raced GOOBINATOR got back on the scoresheet when gaining a narrow verdict over Mcgowan’s Pass at Ayr in October and having been raised only 4lbs for that success it might be worth sticking with Donald McCain’s charge to follow up.
The Noble Mission gelding proved progressive last term, winning twice from four starts over hurdles as well as registering a win on the flat on the all-weather and he’s built on each run this term since returning from a break and wind surgery.
Fourth on the flat at Ayr, he subsequently shaped well back over timber at Chepstow in October before posting that latest success, battling well after the last to overhaul the leader close home with the pair well clear of the rest.
The third horse home has won since and this extra distance could suit judging on the evidence of that last success so every chance he can improve where he ought to remain very competitive following what could prove a lenient rise in the weights.
6:00 Kempton – Unibet 3 Uniboosts A Day Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 6f
PREMIER POWER is much the least exposed of this field and chasing a hat-trick of wins Roger Varian’s charge could prove a tough nut to crack.
The Siyouni colt has raced just three time, building on a promising debut last August at Newmarket to strike a course and distance win; he doubled up subsequently on his reappearance from almost eleven months off at Lingfield following wind surgery in August and he’s likely to continue to progress.
He won cosily on that last occasion, quickly taking up the running and making most before kicking clear turning in and jockey Silvestre De Sousa was able to ease him down for a lengths’ victory. That runner-up won next time out and a mark of 100 on his handicap debut might underestimate his potential for improvement.
That last outing also showed he can run well fresh and although he’s had another three months’ break he has looked a smart prospect and can defy his absence to land the three-timer.
7:30 Kempton – Unibet Casino Deposit £10 Get £40 Bonus Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-80) 1m
MR TYRRELL hasn’t won for a while but the Helmet gelding is taken to end his barren run having run well recently over seven furlongs at Lingfield last month.
Richard Hannon’s charge struck his last success on turf at Bath back in May last year and his form has been patchy since; but he ran one of his better races when last seen finishing two lengths’ third behind Unforgiving Minute and he can build on that effort now.
He can race here from the same mark and he gets this trip despite that recent better effort coming over seven furlongs; nevertheless with Ryan Moore booked for the ride the pair could combine to deliver a winning run and if he reproduces the performance he turned in last time out then he’ll likely not be far away.