Best bets and horse racing tips on Wednesday 3 August 2016 – Carolinae looks a Yarmouth NAP

Pontefract's Wednesday fixture is one of six going to post today.

Pontefract’s Wednesday fixture is one of six going to post today.

Brian Healy gives his best bets and horse racing tips for Wednesday 3 August horse racing meetings.

Wednesday sees six more horse racing fixtures going to post, with afternoon flat racing action from the cards at Brighton, Bath and Pontefract; while evening racing comes from Yarmouth on turf, and from Kempton on the all-weather.

There is also racing in Ireland on Wednesday evening, where Sligo hosts a meeting on the flat.

Brighton (flat) – 1.50 – 4.50pm (7 races)

Bath (flat) – 2.00 – 5.00pm (7 races)

Pontefract (flat) – 2.10 – 5.10pm (7 races)

Yarmouth (flat) – 5.20 – 8.20pm (7 races)

Sligo (flat) – 6.00 – 9.00pm (7 races)

Kempton (flat, aw) – 6.10 – 9.10pm (7 races)


(2.50) LITTLE ORCHID (7/2, BetVictor) is the least exposed of these runners stepping into handicap company for the first time, and Julia Fielden’s charge can get off the mark.

The Observatory filly posted an improved effort when finishing third to Yasir in a Wolverhampton claimer last month, beaten three lengths; but it is feasible to think she may have room to manoeuvre off this mark on her first start in handicap company in a race that probably won’t take a great deal of winning.

1.50 – Miss Rosina

2.20 – Vinnievanbaileys

2.50 – Little Orchid

3.20 – Wimpole Hall

3.50 – Volition

4.20 – Princess Zoffany

4.50 – Tahiti One


(5.00) RIPOLL (7/2, William Hill) was a good winner at Kempton back in November, and almost followed up under a penalty next time when beaten a head by Ritasun at Wolverhampton.

Sylvester Kirk’s charge has returned to action this term in decent form, finding the frame in two of his last three starts including when beaten a neck behind Pacific Salt at Leicester last month, and the Alfred Nobel gelding can go one better off the same mark.

2.00 – Essaka

2.30 – Blue Suede

3.00 – Babyfact

3.30 – Forecaster

4.00 – Patent

4.30 – Mystique Heights

5.00 – Ripoll

Bath are racing on Wednesday.

Bath are racing on Wednesday.


(2.40) FATHER MCKENZIE (6/1, Bet365) has been slowly getting better with racing, bettering the form of each previous run and only succumbed to a potentially smart rival last time at Leicester.

Mick Channon’s team are in decent heart, and the Sixties Icon colt only went down by a half-length behind Senator seven days ago, unlucky not to hold on having rallied inside the final furlong. There could be better to come, and while he faces no easy task in this contest, he can progress again.

(3.10) MIME DANCE (5/2, Betway) could be worth chancing that he can recapture the sort of form that saw him win twice last term at Chepstow, as well as post several creditable efforts in defeat when trained by Andrew Balding.

Now with David O’Meara, the Notnowcato hasn’t fired in a handful of runs for his new handler; however, it is interesting to note that cheekpieces are refitted for the first time since joining O’Meara, and the return of the headgear could coincide with a resurgence in form given his winning form has all come when wearing cheek-pieces.

2.10 – Merchant Of Medici

2.40 – Father McKenzie

3.10 – Mime Dance

3.40 – Stars Over The Sea

4.10 – Burtonwood

4.40 – Ralphy Boy

5.10 – Maureb


(6.20) CAROLINAE (3/1, Bet365) has been getting better with each run, posting her beast effort when running out a comfortable winner at Lingfield last team where she beat Tabla by just over one length, seemingly winning with something in hand.

Charlie Fellowes’ charge has to back up that win from 5lbs higher, but the lightly-raced Makfi filly has the scope to progress and she could well be the one to side with in this contest.

Paul Hanagan can get amongst the winners at Yarmouth on Wednesday.

Paul Hanagan can get amongst the winners at Yarmouth on Wednesday.

(7.20) UPAVON (4/1, Ladbrokes) returned in good heart from a 112-day break in May, registering back-to-back wins in the space of three days at Newmarket and Brighton, and ran respectably in defeat the following month behind the smart Growl at Nottingham the following month.

Not seen to best effect on his last start back at Newmarket, where the longer trip possibly wasn’t ideal, Stuart Williams’ Avonbridge gelding may be able to bounce back over this shorter distance and he can resume winning ways here.

5.20 – The Ducking Stool

5.50 – Hartswell

6.20 – Carolinae

6.50 – Dheyaa

7.20 – Upavon

7.50 – Racing Angel

8.20 – Chip Or Pellet


(6.30) BOUQUET GARNI (4/1, Bet365) has hinted at ability in a trio of maiden starts, and Edward O’Grady’s runner could do better now she is sent handicapping.

The Rip Van Winkle filly looks to have been handed a lenient opening mark of just 62 for this first foray into the handicap ranks, and aa first-time headgear combination of blinkers and a tongue-strap might eke out some improvement. Added to the presence of a good 7lbs claimer on board, she looks to have good claims of getting off the mark here if the switch to this sphere has a positive effect.

(8.00) SEA SWIFT (13/8, Paddy Power) left her debut run well behind when scoring next time at Naas, keeping on well to deny Nuclear Option by just over one length; and Dermot Weld’s charge could have better to come.

The High Chaparral filly gets 5lbs from her rivals in this contest, and she should appreciate this stiffer test given the way she ground out success last time; heavier ground may not be ideal, but she is open to improvement and can follow up her earlier success.

6.00 – Jose Echegaray

6.30 – Bouquet Garni

7.00 – Orangey Red

7.30 – Alishan

8.00 – Sea Swift

8.30 – Ringside Humour

9.00 – Eight And Bob


(7.10) BALLET CONCERTO (11/8, Coral) brings the best form to the table, having had four runs and showing some ability in finishing runner-up twice, including last time at Thirsk when beaten a short-head behind St Mary’s having been caught on the line.

Open to further improvement, Sir Michael Stoute’s charge may not be one of the stable’s leading lights, but the Dansili colt could still have something to offer even though it may be in handicaps before we see the best of him.

Nevertheless, he looks up to winning a race of this nature, and he should go well again. Rated 84, he may be a tough nut to crack if he can run up to that mark here.

6.10 – Zarliman

6.40 – Snow Squaw

7.10 – Ballet Concerto

7.40 – Thaqaffa

8.10 – Moorside

8.40 – Ladurelli

9.10 – Consulting

Sir Michael Stoute can have a winner on Kempton's Wednesday evening racecard.

Sir Michael Stoute can have a winner on Kempton’s Wednesday evening racecard.