Wednesday’s 5,492/1 Lucky 15 – Our UK Racing Best Bets On June 22
Horse Racing Tips on Wednesday, June 22
There are six meetings spread across Britain and Ireland on Wednesday June 22nd with the action coming from Bath, Carlisle, Kempton, Salisbury, Worcester and Naas. Our expert editor has produced their top tips across the cards, which make up our advised Wednesday Lucky 15.
Poet’s Dawn (2:25 Carlisle)
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The most interesting runner in here is most certainly POET’S DAWN, who appears to be extremely well-handicapped on the pick of some of his previous form. Tim Easterby’s charge now finds himself down to a career-low rating of 65, and whilst he has found winning difficult in his recent outings, most of his better performances have come on stiff/undulating tracks.
In fact, four of his six career wins have come at Beverley off significantly higher marks and it’s worth noting that the seven-year-old was far from disgraced at Hamilton on his penultimate start when finishing fourth off a mark of 70 – ultimately beaten three and three-quarter lengths over the 1m1f trip.
Although the majority of his recent form figures are uninspiring, Poet’s Dawn appears to have his optimum conditions on Wednesday afternoon and it would be no surprise to see the seven-year-old bounce back to form in some style and record his seventh victory on his visit to Carlisle.
King Triton (2:55 Carlisle)
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The vote in here goes to KING TRITON, who has shown plenty of promise in his four starts for North Yorkshire trainer Grant Tuer and appears capable of landing a valuable handicap contest at some stage this season.
Formerly in the care of Roger Varian, the four-year-old remains relatively lightly raced and has had just four starts for current connections. Pitched into a valuable Class 2 handicap at York’s Ebor Festival on stable debut last season, King Triton ran an eye-catching race over the mile trip, crossing the winning post with plenty of running left after staying on noticeably well in the closing stages to snatch third place.
Unable to confirm the promise he had shown on the Knavesmire when rounding off his 3yo campaign at Thirsk, Gran Tuer’s charge made an encouraging seasonal reappearance at Ripon back in April. Racing prominently throughout, King Triton ultimately weakened out of contention well inside the final furlong, however, despite shaping in need of the run following a 231-day break, the four-year-old still ran an encouraging race to finish third and wasn’t beaten far behind the three-time course and distance winner Hortzadar.
With his best form coming on a quick surface, it was no surprise to see King Triton struggle on the good to soft ground at Hamilton on his latest start when trailing home in eighth place. Back on fast ground on Wednesday afternoon, Grant Tuer’s charge should be going close off a mark of 82 in this contest and the four-year-old remains one to keep firmly on side as the season unfolds.
Top Secret (3:15 Salisbury)
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William Muir & Chris Grassick have sent out a few winners in recent weeks and will be confident of adding to that tally with TOP SECRET at Salisbury on Wednesday.
The five-year-old was transferred from Clive Cox’s yard at the start of last season, and despite failing to get off the mark in six starts for former connections, Top Secret appeared to be rejuvenated by the change of scenery last term and enjoyed a productive 4yo campaign, which included a smart front-running performance when landing a valuable Class 2 handicap at Ascot in September off a mark of 82.
Lining up off 86 on his seasonal reappearance at Newbury last month, King Triton came agonisingly close to landing his third career victory when narrowly denied by a nose by the much higher-rated Muraad. Despite losing out by the narrowest of margins, the form of that particular contest is working out extremely well, with the fifth subsequently landing a decent prize at Redcar and the third running an eye-catching race in the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot last Wednesday.
Unable to cope with Epsom’s cambers last time out, Top Secret should be seen to much better effect back on a more conventional track on Wednesday afternoon and the five-year-old rates a confident selection.
Rushford (5:00 Bath)
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RUSHFORD could very well develop into another progressive staying type for trainer Sir Mark Prescott. Down the field in his three starts in novice and maiden company last season, the three-year-old gelding was well supported in the market ahead of his seasonal comeback over 1m4f at Brighton back in April. Sent off the 7/2 second-favourite on that occasion, Rushford was unable to reel in his main market rival Hoffman after racing prominently throughout but still finished nicely clear of the remainder.
Fifth on his penultimate start at Windsor, Rushford returned to the Berkshire just two weeks later and clearly benefitted from a change of tactics. Racing freely towards the rear of the six-runner field, 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 and was comfortably on top at the line under jockey Luke Morris.
Connections will be disappointed if Rushford fails to cope with a subsequent 7lb rise following his cosy Windsor success and with the three-year-old promising to be well suited by the step up to 1m5f on Wednesday, Sir Mark Prescott’s charge should be extremely difficult to beat and rates one of the better bets on Bath’s evening card.