Wednesday racing best bets – Tips for Haydock, Market Rasen and Hereford
Jumps racing best bets on Wednesday 24 March
Another trio of jumps racing fixtures goes to post on Wednesday and we’ve picked out our Wednesday racing best bets and tips for the action across the UK.
Wednesday sees three more horse racing fixtures going to post across the UK with each of the trio of meetings taking place over the sticks where there are meetings going ahead at Haydock, Market Rasen and Hereford.
Across the day’s trio of meetings are 21 races in total and we’ve looked over the day’s racecards to pick out our Wednesday racing best bets and tips for the action.
WEDNESDAY RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR HAYDOCK, MARKET RASEN & HEREFORD
1:00 Haydock – Racing TV Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl4 (4yo+) 3m½f
FABLE has shown a fair level of ability in two starts over hurdles this term, finishing a close second to Rose Of Arcadia at Wincanton and then going one better latest at Huntingdon where she ran out a one length victor over Juniper.
The Coastal Path mare won a shade readily that day although she shaped like a stayer and this step up to three miles could suit and elicit some further improvement.
Nicky Henderson hasn’t had the best of seasons but he could have a useful prospect with the six-year old and open to progress she can defy a 6lbs penalty to strike again.
1:30 Haydock – racingtv.com Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl3 (5yo+ 0-135) 2m4½f
BROKEN QUEST has been in good form of late, winning three of his last four starts and Matt Sheppard’s charge can strike again.
The Ask gelding made a winning transition to fences when scoring at Ludlow earlier this month where he beat Adjali by one length; that rival has since contested at the Cheltenham Festival and a subsequent 4lbs rise in the weights looks workable given he is open to improvement as a chaser.
This is a competitive race and a case can be made for each of the runners, but he gave the impression that he had more to offer over the larger obstacles and he can go close to a follow up win.
3:12 Haydock – Tim Molony Handicap Chase Cl3 (5yo+ 0-130) 3m4½f
Useful stayer SEASTON SPIRIT shaped as if amiss when pulled up at Wincanton last time out but Oliver Sherwood’s charge is taken to bounce back after six weeks off the track.
The Kayf Tara gelding had won his three previous starts, winning the Sussex National in January to add to his earlier Taunton success over fences and a win at Ffos Las over hurdles; he jumped poorly when last seen and his jockey pulled him up quickly when it was clear he wasn’t running his race.
He could be worth chancing to do better back from his short break having been eased slightly in the weights, while a useful 10lbs claimer takes further weights off so if he were able to come back to the sort of form that he’d shown at Plumpton previously then it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him run well and he can get back to winning ways.
3:20 Hereford – Central Roofing Juvenile Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl4 (4yo) 2m
STATE CROWN showed some ability on the level when trained by Charlie Appleby, twice finishing third prior to moving to Evan Williams where the New Approach gelding has made the frame in three of four starts over hurdles.
His best run came when getting to within a neck of Son Of Red on similar ground to this at Newcastle back in November and he was last seen fading into sixth behind Pyramid Place at Taunton in January although he perhaps went off too hard in the testing ground.
That race has thrown up a couple of winners however and now eased 2lbs he could be worth chancing to bounce back returned to a better surface while Isabel Williams is decent value for her 5lbs claim and further eases her partner’s burden at the weights so he could post a better effort this time around where he can go close.
3:30 Market Rasen – racingtv.com Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (4yo+ 0-130) 2m4½f
This represents a drop in class for ROSIE AND MILLIE who can get back to winning ways stepped up in trip for the first time since finishing runner-up in a Haydock Listed contest back in December 2019 over a similar distance.
Michael Scudamore’s charge has been kept around the minimum trip since that near-miss but the Flemensfirth mare has made the frame in all four runs this term including when chasing home the smart Buzz at Ascot in November and latterly she was beaten only one length behind Blakeney Point into third at Musselburgh.
The fourth from that race has won a Grade Two since as well as finish a creditable fifth in the Imperial Cup and a wind operation could unlock some improvement as she goes back up in distance where she can make her presence felt.
Dropping into Class 3 company the front-running mare could get an easy lead in front and that might make her hard to peg back so every chance she can go close here.
3:55 Hereford – Central Roofing Mares’ Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 3m1½f
GLOBAL HARMONY probably found Listed company too much last time at Doncaster but the Flemensfirth mare was far from disgraced in finishing around ten lengths’ fifth behind Dragon Bones and Dan Skelton’s charge can quickly bounce back returned to calmer waters on her handicap debut.
A Wincanton winner in December she had finished third to The Glancing Queen and Alpha Carinae in prior runs and backed up her breakthrough success with a good second to Ballycallan Fame at Wetherby.
Subsequently fourth to Allavinia in unsuitably heavy ground at Taunton she turned in that Doncaster run which will put her firmly in the mix with a repeat and a mark of 116 on her handicap debut could prove very fair indeed for her in-form yard so it would be no surprise to see her go close here.
4:05 Market Rasen – Racing TV Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (4yo+ 0-130) 2m7f
FAWSLEY SPIRIT has shown progressive form over hurdles this term, finishing runner-up on his seasonal return at Doncaster in November prior to falling at Ascot the following month when in with every chance over the last in the race won by Morning Spirit.
Ben Pauling’s charge won next time over this course and distance before returning to Ascot where he was only a half-length adrift in second behind J’ai Froid. That form has since been significantly boosted with both the winner and third going in since and the front four had pulled a long way clear of the rest so he could still be well treated of this revised mark on that evidence.
The Stowaway gelding could have further improvement to come while Luca Morgan continues to claim a handy 7lbs and likely to mount another bold bid for success he can go close.