Wednesday racing best bets – Tips for the day’s UK horse racing fixtures
Wednesday horse racing best bets and tips 26 May
With four meetings going to post on Wednesday across the UK over the sticks and on the flat we’ve picked out our Wednesday racing best bets and tips at each fixture.
We might have lost Newton Abbot from the Wednesday fixture list of horse racing action but there are still four meetings going to post across the UK over the sticks and on the flat for punters to take in and try to unravel.
The afternoon flat racing action sees fixtures from Beverley and Hamilton, while there is further flat racing on the all-weather at Wolverhampton on their tapeta surface in the evening.
There is just one jumps racing fixture taking place however following Newton Abbot’s abandonment and Warwick are racing over the sticks in the evening. 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 BEVERLEY, HAMILTON, WARWICK & WOLVERHAMPTON
2:20 Beverley – Happy Birthday Graham Roberts Handicap (Div I) Cl5 (4yo+ 0-75) 7½f
Assuming this start doesn’t come too soon ZUMURUD could be worth chancing to get back to winning ways here and Mark Walford’s charge can go close if keeping up his recent good form since being fitted with cheekpieces.
The Zebedee gelding struck at Catterick earlier this month over this trip when beating Nordic Fire by a half-length and he was far from disgraced latest when denied only by a head by Global Humour where he was run down close home by the winner.
He’s only been pushed up 2lbs for that run which could leave him with some scope to do better and he’ll appreciate the return to a softer surface so ought to go well here and he can get back on the scoresheet for a yard in decent form at present.
2:40 Hamilton – hamilton-park.co.uk Cadzow Castle Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 6f
LADY NECTAR won twice last term on better ground at Catterick and Thirsk, but the Zebedee filly has form on soft ground having placed on subsequent runs which include being beaten less than one length into fourth behind Alminoor at Pontefract.
Ann Duffield’s charge made a winning reappearance from more than six months off when beating Ghathanfar at Thirsk last month and sure to come on for that effort she can follow up here with a 4lbs rise in the weights looking workable.
She appeared to win a shade readily that day despite her absence and while the form has taken a couple of knocks the sixth and eighth horses from the race have won since. While this is a slightly tougher contest she can turn in another solid performance and she looks to hold big claims.
3:10 Hamilton – Book Our On-Site Hotel Handicap Cl5 (4yo+ 0-70) 1m3f
FINALLY MINE was giving reopposing Tricorn weight when finishing runner-up at Musselburgh last month and on better terms Keith Dalgleish’s charge can uphold that form and finish ahead of that rival here.
The Animal Kingdom was beaten two lengths on that occasion with Ian Jardine’s rival back in third; but that one has won since and the selection is 2lbs better off here with that rival who he had almost two lengths in arrears.
The selection has only been raised 1lb in the weights which remains workable and with the longer trip here likely to suit she can make her presence felt here in ground unlikely to faze her given she was twice runner-up in soft ground last autumn.
3:50 Beverley – Dr Eddie Moll Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-80) 1m½f
WIDAAD possibly didn’t quite handle the track at Brighton when only beaten a length by Bonnyrigg eight days ago under a penalty and it might be worth siding with George Boughey’s charge to quickly get back to winning ways.
The Muhaarar filly had been in good form prior to that run, twice making the frame before getting off the mark at Newmarket where she appeared to win a shade cosily from Biggles, driven out.
She is only 2lbs higher here but Mark Crehan’s 5lbs allowance offsets that rise and more so she can effectively compete here from a mark of 68 which is just 2lbs above the mark she won from at Newmarket.
With proven form on testing ground having finished runner-up previously in heavy conditions she ought to be firmly in the mix once more and she can get back on the scoresheet.
5:50 Wolverhampton – EBC Group Handicap Cl5 (4yo+ 0-70) 6f
GOOD EARTH has returned from almost six months off the track to reel off three wins from four starts and Jamie Osborne’s charge is taken to strike again while the iron is hot and he remains in form.
7lbs claimer Saffie Osborne has got a real tune out of the Acclamation gelding who ran out a ready winner at Brighton just two days ago, beating Aquadabra by almost five lengths comfortably and assuming this doesn’t come too soon he can continue his winning spree.
A 5lbs penalty for that success might not be enough to anchor him assuming he turns out here in the same form and the return to tapeta needn’t be a concern given he finished a close runner-up on the surface two starts ago.
He holds obvious claims here of landing another victory if the return to six furlongs doesn’t catch him out and no surprise to see him firmly in the mix again.
6:30 Warwick – South West Syndicate Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl4 (5yo+ 0-120) 3m
AHEADFULLOFDREAMS has taken well to chasing this term, finishing runner-up either side of a win at Plumpton in April and Dan Skelton’s charge can get back to winning ways.
The Sandmason gelding ran out an easy winner over Kaphumor at Plumpton on just his second chase start having finished runner-up the time before and he may just have found the run coming too soon back at that venue six days on where he carried a penalty.
Despite the extra burden he was beaten only a neck by I See You Well and he can go one better here with just a further 3lbs rise to contend with and having had more of a break between runs.
He is open to further improvement as a chaser and with the ground unlikely to present an issue he can post a big run here where he can get back on the winning trail.
7:50 Wolverhampton – EBC Group – Your Workplace Technology Partner Handicap Cl4 (3yo 0-85) 7f
STYLISH PERFORMER won twice here earlier in the campaign, scoring wins over the trip in March and April before disappointing in a much stronger race at Ascot earlier this month on his turf debut.
The Dandy Man gelding wasn’t seen to best effect there, racing keenly and hanging right having been unable to find a change of gear when the pace lifted.
Karl Burke’s charge could be worth another chance returning to this course and distance where he drops back to a more suitable level and while he has to concede weight to these rivals he could prove equal to the task back on tapeta.
Too soon to be writing him off on the back of that turf run he can do better and it wouldn’t be a huge shock to see him bounce back here.