Wednesday racing best bets – Tips for Warwick, Ffos Las, Hexham and Kempton
We pick out our Wednesday racing best bets for the day’s quartet of fixtues over the sticks and on the all-weather as we bid to find a few winners!
Wednesday’s fixture list of horse racing meetings sees four meetings heading to post across the UK with afternoon jumps racing from the cards at Warwick, Ffos Las and Hexham; while on the all-weather in the evening there is a meeting under the floodlights at Kempton which features Listed action with the Hyde Stakes.
In all 29 races go to post throughout the afternoon and our racing expert has looked over all four of the day’s meetings where he has picked out his Wednesday racing best bets and tips at each meeting taking place. Can he find some winners?
WEDNESDAY RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR WARWICK, FFOS LAS, HEXHAM & KEMPTON
12:55 Warwick – Start Your RacingTV Free Trial Now Mares’ Novices’ H’cap Chase (Challenger Series Qual’) (GBB Race) Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 2m4f
PENNY MALLOW looked a useful prospect over timber last term, winning her first two starts at Plumpton and Wetherby respectively having also won a bumper at Fakenham on her racecourse debut back in February last year.
Venetia Williams’ charge might not have seen out three miles in the mud at Fakenham when last seen in February this year, failing to beat a rival; however making her return to action dropping back in distance she could get off the mark for the season now tackling fences.
The Kapgarde mare gives up race-fitness and weight to her rivals, but the yard knows how to get one ready and has been amongst the winners so she could be capable of a big run on her return to action and if taking to the larger obstacles ought to go well if fully tuned up.
2:40 Warwick – Jumps At Home With Free Racing TV Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (3yo+ 0-120) 2m3f
KOZIER is still relatively unexposed over hurdles and might be worth chancing to get off the mark in this discipline at the fifth attempt.
Alan King’s charge was only fair on the flat but he did manage to register a win at Chepstow three years ago prior to posting a good second to Sussex Ranger on his hurdling debut at Fontwell. That run was backed up on his return from more than two years off with another silver medal finish at Exeter although he failed to fire in two subsequent outings.
Back from a further nine months off he most recently finished a fair seventh to Main Fact in a Newbury handicap on the level which should have sharpened him up ahead of his return to hurdling and the Muhtathir gelding could exploit this mark given he remains with potential for better still in this sphere.
2:15 Ffos Las – Walters Handicap Chase Cl3 (4yo+ 0-130) 2m3½f
BEAN IN TROUBLE progressed steadily over hurdles last term, twice finishing runner-up before scoring at Ludlow in February with a defeat of Hijran.
Jonjo O’Neill’s charge was subsequently absent until making an encouraging reappearance at Carlisle last month over fences and although well-beaten into fifth he should come on for that run and experience.
The Sulamani gelding was perhaps unsettled by an early mistake and he showed a tendency to jump left; that won’t be so much of an issue at this venue and he ought to have learned plenty from the outing which has since seen both the winner and runner-up score subsequently.
Switching to the handicap ranks for this latest outing he could make his presence felt if building on that initial experience and no surprise to see him deliver a better performance this time around.
2:30 Hexham – B K Racing Long Distance Handicap Chase Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 4m
BALLYMAGROARTY BOY has had just four runs over fences to date and he’s managed to make the frame in three of those four outings latterly when finding only Wayfinder too strong by one length at Chepstow latest.
Nigel Hawke’s Milan gelding last struck over hurdles back in December 2018, but he’s been fairly lightly raced since and seems to have found a jolt of improvement following wind surgery. He looked all about stamina last time at Chepstow and while this is a considerable step up in trip he could relish the stiffer test.
Testing ground holds no fears and the addition of a visor for this latest outing may well eke out some further progression; still unexposed as a chaser there could be better to come and with a good amateur able to take 7lbs off his back he could post a big run.
4:25 Kempton – Unibet New Instant Roulette Nursery Handicap Cl5 (2yo 0-70) 6f
RUN FORREST RUN got off the mark at the third attempt when successful on turf at Chepstow back in July, beating Eva Icon by one length over this trip and George Baker’s charge might have found his stamina stretched on the deep Southwell fibresand over an extra furlong on his reappearance from almost three months off last month.
However his latest outing came over course and distance and he quickly bounced back from that effort to find only a decent sort too good late last month where he was beaten just over one length behind Arion Fox.
He battled on well there without quite being able to match the winner; but the form looks fair and he may be able to go one better here from only 2lbs higher in the ratings.
6:55 Kempton – British Stallion Studs EBF Hyde Stakes (Listed Race) (All Weather Championships Fast-Track Qual’) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m
Almodovar placed in a Group One in France when last seen but he has a long absence to overcome on his return; it might pay to give KINROSS another chance having shaped as if amiss last time at Newbury when failing to beat a rival home.
Ralph Beckett’s Kingman colt had made a very good impression when successful on debut last term, postin an eight lengths’ winning margin over Raaeb at Newmarket prior to stepping into Group One company to contest the Vertem Futurity Trophy won by Kameko.
Things haven’t gone to plan for his this term and he’s struggled to get competitive in Group company although he wasn’t beaten far into fourth when contesting the Superior Mile at Haydock. Not seen at his best latest having made a slow start and never involved he is forgiven that effort and could yet do better easing again in class following a short break.
With his stable in good heart he might be worth chancing to finally deliver on the promise he showed on debut although this looks a strong renewal of this Listed prize.