Wednesday racing selections – Tips for Fontwell, Catterick, Lingfield and Kempton
Horse racing tips on Wednesday 10 March
Another day closer to the Cheltenham Festival and Wednesday’s fixture list of horse racing across the UK takes in four jumps and all-weather meetings. We give our Wednesday racing selections and tips for the day.
We are now less than one week away from the 2021 Cheltenham Festival and the curtain-raising Supreme Novices’ Hurdle; however there’s still plenty of horse racing action still to take place before the ‘greatest show on turf’ gets underway and Wednesday’s fixture list or racemeetings sees four meetings taking place over the sticks and on the all-weather.
The day’s jumps racing comes from the meetings at Fontwell and Catterick on Wednesday afternoon, while on the all-weather there is afternoon action on the Lingfield polytrack. Completing the day’s quartet of fixtures is an evening card on the polytrack at Kempton under the floodlights.
We’ve looked through each of the four cards taking place throughout the day and give our Wednesday racing selections and tips.
WEDNESDAY RACING SELECTIONS – TIPS FOR FONTWELL, CATTERICK, LINGFIELD & KEMPTON
2:00 Fontwell – MansionBet Bet 10 Get 20 Handicap Chase Cl4 (5yo+ 0-120) 2m3½f
DEFINITE DILEMMA won twice in points in Ireland but cut little ice over hurdles prior to moving to this yard and switching to chasing where he’s made the frame both times. Pat Phelan’s charge could be worth chancing to strike now at the third attempt over the larger obstacles.
Runner-up on his debut for this yard following a lengthy absence when beaten just a half-length behind Overworkdunderpaid, the Definite Article gelding might have found the heavy ground too much to handle when next seen racing over this course and distance where he eventually finished third.
Better ground now might shown him in a better light and he remains capable of better from this rating where he gets weight all round and he could bounce back this time around.
2:40 Catterick – Visit racingtv.com Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl4 (4yo+) 1m7½f
GINGER DU VAL was a useful sort in France where she won twice in bumpers prior to joining Nigel Twiston-Davies and the Rail Link mare can get off the mark for this yard here.
She shaped encouragingly on her stable debut following more than a year off the track at Wincanton back in January and she was in the process of running well in the voided race at Plumpton when last seen.
Now equipped with a tongue-tie she could improve for recent experience and can make her presence felt in this contest where where she likely wouldn’t need to find too much improvement to have a big say in the finish.
2:50 Lingfield – Bombardier British-Hopped Amber Beer Handicap Cl6 (4yo+ 0-60) 1m
MERCURIST has won two of his last three starts, scoring at Wolverhampton last month and bouncing back from a lesser effort over ten furlongs here three days later to resume winning ways over course and distance at the end of February.
Rod Millman’s charge carried a penalty to a two lengths’ victory over Act Of Magic on that occasion, appearing to do the job with something to spare.
He has more on his plate now with his new mark kicking in which sees him now having to defy 7lbs more, but he could have more to come and the Muhaarar gelding can make his presence felt again here with proven course and distance form to call upon.
3:02 Fontwell – MansionBet At Fontwell Park Mares’ Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl4 (5yo+ 0-120) 3m2f
KAPGA DE LILY is given another chance having failed to give her running at Leicester recently and Venetia Williams’ charge can bounce back here.
The Kapgarde mare was unsettled by a bad early mistake on that occasion and she never looked like getting into the race following that error; but she had been in good form prior with four successive wins and if coming back to that sort of form then she might prove hard to beat.
She had run out a wide-margin winner at Chepstow the time before and this mark could still prove workable; while she ought to benefit from the return to three miles and better ground where she can leave the bare form of that latest run behind if jumping more fluently here.
3:20 Lingfield – Bombardier “March To Your Own Drum” Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-80) 1m
ACCOMPLICE wasn’t suited by a slow and tactical pace when last seen finishing third of five behind Crackling over this course and distance last month and there is a slight concern that this race might follow a similar pattern.
However Michael Blanshard’s charge is taken to get back on the scoresheet having won two of her previous three starts over C&D and with the in-form Hollie Doyle in the saddle the Sakhee’s Secret mare may be able to get on the scoresheet.
The form of her earlier short-head verdict over Thrill Seeker has been franked with the runner-up going one better next time; while she wasn’t far behind a subsequent winner latest and racing off the same mark here she can give another good account although a stronger pace than was the case last time will suit.
This doesn’t look the strongest of races though and she can continue to run well so no surprise to see her firmly in the mix.
4:15 Catterick – Cheltenham Festival On Racing TV Handicap Hurdle (Northern Lights Stayers Hurdle Series Qual’) Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 3m1½f
AHEADFULLOFDREAMS won well at Ayr on his reappearance from nine months off, beating Espoir Moriviere by a short-head only to lose out in the stewards’ room. That however was his first run at three miles and Dan Skelton’s charge can gain some compensation here.
Last seen finishing fifth at Warwick on New Years’ Eve where he might have found the trip too sharp the Sandmason gelding can bounce back here following ten weeks off the track and stepping back up markedly in distance.
The Skelton gets plenty of weight all round from this field and the yard are in top form at present and continue to churn out winners. He might be worth chancing now stepping back up considerably in trip and he can go close in a race where most of the field have a question to answer.
4:45 Kempton – Unibet Casino Deposit £10 Get £40 Bonus Handicap Cl6 (4yo+ 0-65) 6f
PHOENIX STAR has been running well since joining Jessica Macey out of Stuart Williams’ yard, making the frame in all seven starts since the move and winning twice over course and distance.
Thr Alhebayeb gelding was beaten just one length latest back over C&D behind Madrinho on his return from a couple of months off, but he could be capable of overturning that form here with a 4lbs pull at the weights in his favour.
He’s likely to be sharper with that run under his belt and the consistency he’s found for this yard should see him continue to remain competitive so it wouldn’t be a huge shock to see him firmly in the mix again.
7:45 Kempton – Racing TV Handicap (Div I) Cl6 (4yo+ 0-55) 7f
VIOLA PARK has a decent record here with three course and distance wins and Ron Harris’ charge can follow up his latest Wolverhampton success where the Aqlaam gelding ended a losing run stretching back to October 2019.
The seven-year old has scored his previous victory back in October 2019 when seeing off Brigand by a half-length, but his subsequent form was patchy although there had been some signs of a revival this term before he got back to winning ways last time out when prevailing by a short-head over Gonzaga.
He’s been raised 4lbs for that success but he remains well-treated on historic form and if able to build on that recent return to winning ways then he could be worth sticking with here to follow up.