Wednesday’s best jumps racing tips – Picks for Catterick & Clonmel
Brian Healy looks over Wednesday’s horse racing action and gives his best jumps racing tips for the day’s meetings at Catterick and Clonmel in Ireland
Two jumps racing fixtures go to post on Wednesday following the loss of the scheduled Fontwell card. There is still National Hunt action going to post however at Catterick, while Clonmel in Ireland are also racing over the sticks.
Clonmel (jumps) 2.00 – 5.05pm (7 races)
Catterick (jumps) – 2.20 – 5.25pm (7 races)
Brian Healy assesses both Wednesday fixtures over the sticks and gives his best jumps racing tips for both of the day’s surviving fixtures at Clonmel and Catterick.
BRIAN’S BEST JUMPS RACING TIPS AT A GLANCE
CLONMEL RACING TIPS
FARMIX (7/2, Paddy Power) stepped up on a useful debut fourth in a Punchestown bumper back in December to chase home Lord Royal over this course in January.
Elizabeth Doyle’s charge might have been stretched by that longer trip given he was beaten a long way; but he still finished clear of the third and he can improve. The winner has since gone on to finish runner-up in a Grade Three contest.
The Al Namix gelding drops back in trip for this latest outing which ought to suit and with the potential to improve for that first experience of hurdling then he could go one better here.
YEATS MARDY (7/1, BetVictor) remains a maiden after 17 starts over hurdles and fences, latterly ending her time with Elizabeth Doyle on a low note when pulled up at Tramore last August.
The Yeats mare had however shown the odd glimpse of ability during her time with her previous yard and she makes her return here from almost seven months off the track having joined Gavin Cromwell.
Back over hurdles for this return to action, she could be worth chancing under her amateur ride in a poor race and she could post a better effort for her shrewd yard given she placed from higher marks in the past when tackling maiden races for her previous handler.
This mark as a result could give her some scope for better and her rider’s 7lbs claim could make all the difference. This isn’t a strong race so she could be worth taking the chance with that a switch to Cromwell’s Meath base sparks some improvement.
2.00 – Oak Park
2.35 – Farmix
3.05 – Bal De Rio
3.35 – Lorvon Pearl
4.05 – Yeats Mardy
4.35 – Young Dev
5.05 – Misty Adage
CATTERICK RACING TIPS
DJANGO DJANGO (6/4, Paddy Power) showed a useful level of ability over hurdles, scoring at Haydock last April, and Jonjo O’Neill’s charge could make up into a smart chaser judging on his three starts to date over the larger obstacles.
The Voix Du Nord gelding had shaped well on his chase debut at Uttoxeter last August, finishing third, and he might have found the run coming too soon next time at Aintree where he pulled up. That race has worked out well though and he was a ready winner of a Newbury contest when last seen in January.
He beat Notachance on that occasion by five lengths and he can defy his 8lbs rise in the weights to follow up here for his in-form yard given he has scope to improve further as a chaser.
PULL TOGETHER (9/2, Bet365) is still unexposed as a chaser and the Curtain Time gelding ran his best race to date in this sphere when finishing third behind Paddy’s Poem at Fakenham back in November last year.
Stuart Edmunds’ charge was beaten almost 14 lengths on that occasion, but the form has been significantly franked by the runner-up since racking up a hat-trick of wins. That latest run came on the back of eight months off so he might have needed the outing.
He has another three months’ absence to overcome here, but he should be a bit sharper and he ought to appreciate a return to more testing ground having scored his last hurdles win at Plumpton on heavy ground. Dropped 3lbs in the weights he could post a big effort and if he can build on that more promising run last time out then every chance he can strike here.
2.20 – Flanagans Field
2.50 – Django Django
3.20 – Zoutoise
3.50 – Pull Together
4.20 – Fresh New Dawn
4.50 – Wishing And Hoping
5.25 – Anythingforlove