Horse Racing Tips on Wednesday, July 27
There are six meetings spread across Britain and Ireland on Wednesday July 27th, with the action coming from Goodwood, Leicester, Perth, Redcar, Sandown and Galway. Our expert editor has produced their top tips across the cards, which make up our advised Wednesday Lucky 15.
Excessable (4.55 Redcar) 11/2
This is a very modest handicap with several of these struggling for form in their recent outings on track. Despite facing younger rivals on Wednesday afternoon, this can go the way of Tim Easterby’s nine-year-old, EXCESSABLE.
Once rated as high as 94, the Sakhee’s Secret gelding has fallen a long way in the weights since then but has at least returned to form in his latest outings this season. A creditable third at Carlisle earlier this month, Tim Easterby’s veteran ran another solid race in defeat, finishing strongly from off the pace to be fifth at Beverley just fifteen days ago.
Although he remains winless since February 2021, Excessable clearly has what it takes to make his mark despite his advancing years and off a career-low mark of 46, it will be disappointing if Tim Easterby’s nine-year-old fails to land a serious blow in this very winnable contest.
Paddy Brunty (6.30 Leicester) 3/1
Talented 7lb claimer Connor Planas continues to turn heads this season and is operating at a healthy 37.5% (3 from 8) in the last two weeks. The jockey will hope of adding to his recent tally at Leicester on Wednesday evening and appears to have a solid chance as he partners George Boughey’s PADDY BRUNTY in the second race of the night.
The Dandy Man colt has only had three starts so far this term and despite failing to get his head in front in maiden and novice company, George Boughey’s two-year-old has certainly not been devoid of promise in those outings on track. Well supported on his debut over five furlongs at Thirsk in April, Paddy Brunty built on that opening introduction with a creditable effort from a wide draw at Chester in June, finishing strongly inside the closing stages to finish fourth ahead of a subsequent winner.
Fourth again on his latest outing on the Roodee just eighteen days ago, George Booughey’s juvenile will be expected to make his mark on Wednesday now switching to handicaps off a lowly mark of 66 and the two-year-old should be able to open his account at the fourth attempt.
Canterbury Bell (8.00 Sandown) 7/2
The colours of Jon and Julia Aisbitt have been carried to victory by the likes of Group 2 Middleton Fillies’ Stakes winner Lilac Road and progressive Listed winner Tiber Flow. The owners will be confident of cheering on another winner this week as CANTERBURY BELL makes her handicap debut on Wednesday evening.
The daughter of Ribchester appeared three times last season as a juvenile and after finishing down the field at Ascot and Nottingham in novice and maiden company over a mile, she took a major step forward and showed significant improvement when dropped back to seven furlongs at Newmarket back in October. Second past the post on that occasion, Canterbury Bell was ultimately awarded the race in the stewards’ room after she was carried markedly left in the closing stages by Mark Johnston’s runner Silver Kitten.
Returning to an extended mile on her seasonal reappearance at Nottingham back in May, William Haggas’ filly made the most of a golden opportunity when following up in a minor event, cosily scoring by a length at the line and defeating three subsequent winners in the process.
Rated 72, its highly unlikely that William Haggas’ three-year-old has reached her ceiling just yet and with scope for plenty of improvement, Canterbury Bell should be difficult to beat now moving into handicap company for the first time and she can complete her hat-trick before moving onto bigger and better targets down the line.
Rushford (8.30 Sandown) 5/1
Although he returned a beaten favourite on his latest start at Bath last month, it may pay to take a chance on RUSHFORD bouncing back to his best for the red-hot Sir Mark Prescott yard.
Prior to his below-par performance at Bath, the three-year-old had created a taking impression when shedding the maiden tag at Windsor on his penultimate start over the extended 1m3f trip off a mark of 68. Racing freely towards the rear of the six-runner field on that occasion, the lightly-raced three-year-old made smooth headway to mount his challenge inside the closing stages and despite ultimately prevailing by just three-quarters of a length at the line, Rushford was value for much more than the official winning margin suggested.
With the yard operating at a staggering 58% in recent weeks (7 from 12), it would be no surprise to Sir Mark Prescott’s three-year-old return to winning ways on Wednesday evening and while he does have some questions to answer following his latest defeat, he could very well develop into another progressive staying type for this trainer and is certainly worth supporting with the step up in trip set to suit.