Wednesday racing tips – Best bets at Southwell, Hexham, Ludlow and Kempton
Horse racing tips and best bets on Wednesday 31 March
We look over another day of horse racing action around the UK and pick out our Wednesday racing tips and best bets for each meeting taking place.
Four more meetings head to post across the UK on Wednesday with more jumps racing and all-weather action on the agenda for punters to take in.
The day’s jumps racing sees action over the sticks at Ludlow, Southwell and Hexham; while the all-weather action in the evening comes from Kempton under the floodlights on their polytrack surface. We’ve taken a look at each of the day’s meetings to pick out our Wednesday racing tips and best bets for the action.
WEDNESDAY RACING TIPS – BEST BETS AT SOUTHWELL, HEXHAM, LUDLOW & KEMPTON
1:00 Ludlow – Weatherbys Hamilton Handicap Chase Cl3 (5yo+ 0-130) 2m4f
MASTER WORK has been largely consistent over fences since making the breakthrough in this sphere at Fontwell back in October 2019 although he failed to add to his tally until resuming the winning thread at Taunton in December when beating Fanzio by a half-length.
Philip Hobbs’ charge might have been a little rusty back from three months off at Doncaster earlier in the month behind Ravehill Road although he beat all bar that rival and he may be able to go one better and resume winning ways here from the same mark.
The Network gelding has twice made the frame at this track and having made the frame from higher marks in the past he is well treated on the balance of his form and he could go close here.
1:15 Southwell – biowavego.co.uk And Wave Goodbye To Pain Handicap Chase Cl5 (5yo+ 0-105) 2m
COSTLY DIAMOND arrives here in search of a hat-trick of wins and Gerard Hamer’s charge can achieve the feat under Harry Skelton.
The Mahler mare has won her last two starts – both at Sedgefield – latterly running out an easy 14 lengths’ victor over Elixer having beaten the same rival the time before and there could be better still to come from her.
She made all the running latest where she barely touched a twig on the way round and only needed pushed out to score so could have further improvement to come despite a further 12lbs rise in the weights.
Although claimer-ridden the last twice title-chasing Dan Skelton takes over and if she can continue in her current spell of form then there’s no reason why she shouldn’t pick up her three-timer.
2:00 Ludlow – Boyne Cup (A Handicap Chase) Cl3 (5yo+ 0-140) 3m
BALLYMOY has proven a consistent and smart operator over the larger obstacles but he’s not managed to match the best of the hurdles form; nevertheless he ran out a comfortable winner when last seen at Catterick although he was sent off at very short odds.
He was entitled to win that contest, but his earlier Newbury third represents very solid form with the winner having contested a Grade One on his previous outing, while the runner-up in the race went on to post a very creditable fourth at the Cheltenham Festival in the Kim Muir.
Nigel Twiston-Davies’ Flemensfirth gelding is still relatively unexposed over fences and the consistent sort could find another chunk of improvement on the back of that last success upped slightly in grade but off the same mark as last time so no surprise if he were to make his presence felt.
3:20 Southwell – Weatherbys nhstallions.co.uk Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 3m½f
SOYOUTHINKSOAGAIN has been steadily improving this term, winning at Stratford in October and making the frame on both subsequent outings at Wincanton and Newbury latterly where the So You Think gelding was beaten less than one length behind Coeur Serein.
Team Skelton continues in very good heart and their charge was only run down late by a similarly progressive sort latest so there could be more to come and he can compete here from the same mark before going up 5lbs in future races.
Assuming this quick turn out just five days on doesn’t catch him out then he ought to go close and he could be the one they all have to beat if turning out at his best.
3:40 Hexham – View Yarridge Heights Static Caravan Site Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 2m4f
SHERIFF GARRETT won over this course and distance back in December 2018 just prior to a lengthy break and Tim Easterby’s charge has slowly been working his way back into form.
The Lawman gelding got back on the scoresheet when running out a four lengths’ winner over Getaway Jewel at Catterick two starts back and backed it up with another solid run at Newcastle latest where only Kauto D’amour proved too strong although he perhaps wasn’t entirely suited by the fast pace on that occasion.
This should be run at a more sedate pace and competing off the same mark he could go one better back at this track where he’s made the frame on all three starts including that win earlier in his career.
4:10 Hexham – attheraces.com Handicap Hurdle Cl5 (4yo+ 0-100) 2m4f
MURVAGH BEACH didn’t show much in a trio of maiden contests in the latter quarter of 2020, beaten 122 lengths collectively; but Nicky Richards’ charge showed much improved form for a wind operation and being stepped up in trip on his handicap debut at Newcastle earlier in the month.
The Doyen gelding found only Princess Avery too strong on that occasion where he was beaten just under two lengths although may not have been suited by the slow pace.
The handicapper saw enough to push him up 5lbs for that run but there could be more to come in handicaps and if he can build on that promising outing then it wouldn’t be a surprise if he were to go one better despite the yard not being in its’ best form currently.
5:10 Kempton – Unibet Casino Deposit £10 Get £40 Bonus Handicap (Div I) Cl6 (3yo 0-65) 7f
POINT LOUISE has made the frame on both starts over course and distance either side of disappointing when tried in Listed company at Newmarket although the Free Eagle filly likely wasn’t suited by either the trip or the ground on that occasion.
Harry Dunlop’s charge was last seen finishing runner-up here behind Sharla where she was beaten just over one length despite meeting plenty of trouble in running before running on late.
She’d have gone into a few notebooks that day and now making her handicap debut from a workable mark she can improve again to get off the mark at the fourth attempt with Luke Morris taking over in the saddle.
6:45 Kempton – Join Racing TV Now Handicap (Div II) Cl6 (3yo 0-55) 1m
FINAL FANTASY has yet to get her head in front after four runs but the Lethal Force went closest to breaking her duck when last seen racing over this trip at Lingfield in Feburary.
Only beaten a head on that occasion from 1lb out of the weights she kept on well once headed and this looks no tougher a race than that last outing.
Still relatively unexposed Stuart Williams’ charge could take a forward step here with that better effort under her belt and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see her getting off the mark now.