Wednesday UK Horse racing tips 22 January – Drake’s 15/8 chance can strike Catterick win
Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for each of Wednesday’s UK racemeetings at Lingfield, Warwick, Catterick and Kempton.
Brian Healy looks through every racecard going to post and gives his Wednesday UK horse racing tips where four meetings are scheduled to go to post. Racing in Ireland takes another day off, leaving the day’s racing action over the sticks to come from the cards at Warwick and Catterick.
Meanwhile on the all-weather there is a fixture at Lingfield on their polytrack surface; while Kempton are racing in the evening under the floodlights. Keep reading to get our race-by-race Wednesday UK horse racing tips for every meeting!
Lingfield (flat, aw) – 12.40 – 3.55pm (7 races)
Warwick (jumps) – 1.00 – 4.15pm (7 races)
Catterick (jumps) – 1.20 – 4.05pm (6 races)
Kempton (flat, aw) – 4.30 – 8.00pm (8 races)
BRIAN HEALY’S NAP OF THE DAY – WEDNESDAY 22 JANUARY
SHAMAMEYA (2/1, William Hill) might have needed the reappearance outing when finding Dubai Elegance too strong at Wolverhampton earlier in the month on his return from almost 14 months off the track, but David Simcock’s charge ought to strip fitter now and can go one better.
The New Approach filly was only beaten a neck, perhaps also unsuited by the slow pace; but she ought to get a stronger pace here, and she races off the same mark as last time so might well be able to build on that encouraging return to action to get off the mark here.
The form of that last run has been franked by the third going in again since, and a repeat of that last effort might well be enough.
BADRI (9/2, Bet365) makes his return from almost four months off the track, and while the Dark Angel colt has yet to trouble the judge in his two starts to date, his latest outing hinted at more to come and Charlie Hills’ charge could deliver here.
He finished five lengths’ fifth behind Smokey Bear in that last outing which came at Kempton, running on late but not given a hard time, and he could find further improvement for that outing following his break.
The form of his debut is fair – the winner has placed in a Group Three – and the fitting of a tongue-strap for this latest outing could coincide with an improved effort so it wouldn’t come as a surprise if he were to take a forward step now to get off the mark.
12.40 – Mont Kiara
1.10 – Shamameya
1.45 – Badri
2.20 – Social City
2.50 – Victory Bond
3.25 – Prince Of Eagles
3.55 – Something Lucky
IT’S PROBABLY ME (6/5, Bet365) got no further than the first hurdle when unseating her rider at Haydock on her debut over timber last month, but given that came in Listed company then Henry Daly’s charge was obviously thought capable of holding her own at that level.
The Great Pretender mare was kept to Listed company for her next outing at Taunton where she completed the course in third, beaten around ten lengths behind Marie’s Rock, and she could get off the mark here where her sights are eased for this latest outing.
This looks a decent race however, but she can improve on her last effort and no surprise to see a big effort now.
(2.10) FROM THE HEART (7/2, William Hill) showed only fair form over hurdles, but the Jeremy gelding has shown up much better in his two starts over the larger obstacles following his hurdles return at Southwell in October.
Philip Hobbs’ charge found only Master Vintage too strong on his first try over fences at Huntingdon in November, but he showed the benefit of the experience to get off the mark at the second attempt with a defeat of Troed Y Melin at Taunton last month when faced with a longer trip.
He showed a tendency to jump left that day, but he found plenty for pressure and could improve again with the further step up in trip unlikely to present an issue raised 7lbs for that last win.
1.00 – Blacko
1.35 – It’s Probably Me
2.10 – From The Heart
2.40 – Terrierman
3.15 – Minella Rocco
3.45 – The Raven’s Return
4.15 – Main Fact
ASK PADDY (15/8, William Hill) bounced back to form in first-time cheekpieces with an assured display over course and distance latest, running out a near-six lengths’ victor over Cudgel and the Ask gelding could follow up here with a repeat.
Sam Drake’s charge scored his first win over fences in that last run which ended a seven-run losing streak since his last over hurdles back in March 2017 where he won from a mark of 94.
On his old form he remains well treated despite a 6lbs rise in the weights having made the frame from higher ratings in the past, and if the headgear has the same positive effect then he ought to remain competitive from this current mark of 95 so every chance he can give another good account back at this venue where he has two wins and a placed effort from his three starts here.
SCHIEHALLION MUNRO (9/4, William Hill) boasts a useful level of form over hurdles, but since being switched to chasing Micky Hammond’s charge has won two of his three starts faced with fences which includes a gutsy defeat of Stradivarius Davis at Newcastle latest.
The Schiapparelli gelding won twice over hurdles last term, and he made a winning switch to chasing with a course and distance defeat of Captain Moirette back in November, after which he lost little caste in defeat when chasing home Knight In Dubai at Doncaster.
He rallied strongly once headed at the last fence over two miles at Newcastle when last seen, scoring by a neck, and racing here from a potentially lenient 131 rating switched to a handicap where he goes back up in trip then he might be capable of following up that success with another win.
1.20 – Evander
1.55 – Ask Paddy
2.30 – Schiehallion Munro
3.00 – Minella Trump
3.35 – Valadom
4.05 – Miss Amelia
ROYAL CASTLE (9/4, Bet365) caught the eye finishing off his race well on his debut at Chelmsford earlier in the month where he ran green early after a slow start; but he got better as the race progressed to eventually finish fourth where he wasn’t given the hardest of times from the saddle and there might be scope for improvement on his second start.
Charlie Appleby’s charge finished one place behind the reopposing To Nathaniel in that contest, but that one had had the benefit of a prior run and the Godolphin runner could improve past that one now faced with a longer trip where he is likely to be straighter now following that debut effort.
He looks sure to improve for the experience and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him post a bold effort in this contest where the Dubawi colt can open his account at the second attempt. He is one of two Godolphin runners in the field, but he could prove to be the pick of the pair and it wouldn’t come as a shock to see a better effort now.
Twice-raced BRUISA (6/1, Paddy Power) could prove to be vulnerable taking on several potentially useful newcomers from top yards, but the Sepoy filly stepped up on her own debut to finish fourth at Lingfield earlier in the month and Richard Hannon’s charge could find some further improvement fitted with a first-time hood.
Too green to do herself any justice on debut at Newbury back in September when beating only a handful home behind Smokey Bear, that latest outing might just have been needed returning from almost four months off the track, although she again looked in need of the experience having been slowly away and looking awkward before running on again.
She is tried now in headgear in the hope that it can elicit some further improvement, and while she may lack the scope of a few of the newcomers her experience might stand her in good enough stead on this occasion to get off the mark at the third attempt.
4.30 – Dukes Meadow
5.00 – Royal Castle
5.30 – Stormy Mountain
6.00 – Bruisa
6.30 – Phuket Power
7.00 – Revolutionise
7.30 – Scofflaw
8.00 – Fantastic Flyer
WEDNESDAY UK HORSE RACING TIPS 22 JANUARY
1.10 Lingfield – SHAMAMEYA (2/1, William Hill)
1.35 Warwick – IT’S PROBABLY ME (6/5, Bet365)
1.45 Lingfield – BADRI (9/2, Bet365)
1.55 Catterick – ASK PADDY (15/8, William Hill)
2.10 Warwick – FROM THE HEART (7/2, William Hill)
2.30 Catterick – SCHIEHALLION MUNRO (9/4, William Hill)
5.00 Kempton – ROYAL CASTLE (9/4, Bet365)
6.00 Kempton – BRUISA (6/1, Paddy Power)