Wednesday racing best bets – Tips for Worcester, Newton Abbot, York, Perth and Bath
Wednesday racing best bets
We pick out our Wednesday racing best bets and tips for the day’s UK horse racing.
Five meetings head to post on Wednesday across the UK assuming the wet weather of the past couple of days doesn’t cause any problems and there is some classy racing action from York as the Dante Festival meeting kicks off.
The best of the action on the Knavesmire will be showcased on Wednesday’s ITV Racing broadcast alongside the day’s feature race over the sticks at Newton Abbot.
Also going to post in the afternoon is a jumps racing card at Worcester, while Perth takes place in the evening over the sticks alongside a fixture on the level at Bath. We’ve looked over all five of the day’s racecards to pick out our Wednesday racing best bets.
WEDNESDAY RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR WORCESTER, NEWTON ABBOT, YORK, PERTH & BATH
1:00 Worcester – Racing Welfare Supporting Mental Health Awareness Week Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl4 (5yo+ 0-120) 2m4f
DOG OF WAR has shown improved form following the switch to chasing in the wake of a near-five months’ absence, scoring readily at Exeter on his first start over the larger obstacles and winning with a little bit to spare at Bangor last month.
Dan Skelton’s charge had a fair sort in Armattiekan behind on that occasion, travelling strongly through the contest and largely jumping well to deny rivals with something to spare.
He has another 5lbs rise in the weights to contend with here but the manner of his latest victory suggests he has a bit more still to come and he can continue his improvement over the larger obstacles to land the hat-trick here.
3:10 York – Tattersalls Musidora Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies) Cl1 (3yo) 1m2½f
NOON STAR arrives here on a hat-trick of wins having struck at Nottingham last October on her second career start and making her reappearance at Wetherby last month a winning one with an impressive defeat of Loving Dream.
Sir Michael Stoute’s Galileo filly travelled well in that contest before asserting at the furlong marker to score readily and the fourth horse home from that contest subsequently went on to win the Lingfield Oaks Trial at the weekend.
Her earlier win came on softer ground so she’ll have no issues over the conditions and open to plenty of progress still where she represents a yard that has started the season well she looks sure to make her presence felt and the well-bred filly can cement her place in the Epsom Oaks with victory here.
3:20 Newton Abbot – The Racing Partnership Novices’ Handicap Hurdle Cl5 (4yo+ 0-105) 2m2½f
Things haven’t gone altogether to plan for BLAZING SADDLES who has had two wind surgeries and the High Chaparral gelding showed patchy form in a number of starts over hurdles prior to getting off the mark at Stratford in March.
Jeremy Scott’s charge subsequently found only one too good when upped in trip at Taunton last month, beaten twelve lengths by Mystic Court having perhaps done too much in front although he was also minus his regular tongue-tie.
The headgear returns for this outing where he eases back slightly in trip and if he can continue in the sort of form he’s shown the last twice then he ought to give a good account with the softer ground unlikely to present much of a problem.
4:50 York – Conundrum HR Consulting Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-85) 1m4f
PROPRIETY struggled in a trio of starts for Sir Michael Stoute last term, but the Galileo filly has shown much improved form this term following a switch to David O’Meara and can follow up her recent impressive Musselburgh success.
Switched to handicapping in a first-time visor at Beverley in April when making her first start for her new yard she found only one too good by three-parts of a length where she was just run down late by a race-fit winner.
That was her first run in more than six months and she showed the benefit to readily score at Musselburgh last month, running out a five lengths’ victor over Smart Lass and there could be more to come from her despite a hefty rise in the weights.
That form doesn’t look the strongest and this represents a step up in class; but she showed plenty of improvement in that Musselburgh victory and while 11lbs higher now she can give a good account with further progress not ruled out.
5:40 Perth – Ballathie House Hotel Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl4 (5yo+ 0-120) 2m
AWAY AT DAWN struck his last victory back in July last year when successful at Bangor and Donald McCain’s charge is taken to get back to winning ways after some consistent efforts in defeat.
The Getaway gelding has finished runner-up in four of his last seven starts following that victory, most recently beaten just a short-head behind Sufi at Market Rasen last month. He rallied well after the final obstacle having been headed and looking beaten two from home and switching now to the larger obstacles he could find some improvement.
Twice placed in the point-to-point sphere in Ireland prior to joining this yard he looks worth chancing on his chase debut under his good claimer and he can make his presence felt from a potentially lenient mark.
6:50 Bath – Axel Wolf/EBF Novice Stakes Cl4 (3yo+) 1m3½f
GUSTAV HOLST has shaped with plenty of promise on both starts this term in novice and maiden company, making the frame both times and Richard Hannon’s charge can find another jolt of progress to get off the mark at the third attempt.
The Sea The Stars colt was last seen finishing a good third behind Oman at Salisbury at the beginning of this month, beaten around four lengths where he still looked in need of the experience behind a useful looking rival from the Ralph Beckett yard.
He is entitled to improve again for that outing and he can get off the mark at the third attempt if he does so under Sean Levey.