Wednesday 17 July horse racing tips – Hannon’s 13/8 chance can open win account at Yarmouth

Wolverhampton are racing on Wednesday evening.

Wolverhampton are racing on Wednesday evening.

Brian Healy looks ahead to Wednesday’s UK and Irish horse racing meetings and gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for every race across seven fixtures.

A busy Wednesday of UK and Irish horse racing action takes in seven meetings with afternoon flat racing from the meetings at Catterick and Lingfield, and also jumps racing from Uttoxeter.

Meanwhile, in the evening there is further flat racing action from the meetings at Yarmouth on turf, and also Wolverhampton on the all-weather; while in Ireland day three of the Killarney Summer Festival sees an all-flat racing card on turf after two days of mixed racing, and there is Listed action on the card with the Cairn Rouge Stakes the feature of the evening.

Completing the Wednesday fixture list is a further flat racing card at Fairyhouse.

Catterick (flat) – 2.00 – 5.00pm (7 races)

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

Uttoxeter (jumps) – 2.20 – 5.20pm (7 races)

Yarmouth (flat) – 5.30 – 8.40pm (7 races)

Fairyhouse (flat) – 5.40 – 8.45pm (7 races)

Wolverhampton (flat, aw) – 5.50 – 8.55pm (7 races)

Killarney (flat) – 5.55 – 9.00pm (7 races)



(2.30) BETSY TROTTER (5/2, Bet365) won twice last term for Dermot Weld, scoring wins at Navan and Leopardstown; but the Camacho filly lost her way subsequently and has moved to David O’Meara’s yard where she has continued in the doldrums with a trio of disappointing efforts.

First-time cheekpieces for her last run here over seven furlongs failed to spark a revival as she trailed home three lengths’ fifth of six runners. However, dropping into a seller here and taking a step back in distance, she perhaps isn’t one to write off just yet from this mark having won from higher in the past in Ireland.

She could go close if recapturing her best form, and the drop in class can only her her to do so, so she gets the vote in a trappy contest.

(4.00) MID ATLANTIC STORM (Evens, Bet365) has run with credit in both starts in Ireland thus far, finishing third on debut at Sligo before possibly finding the longer trip stretching him at Limerick earlier in the month.

The Gale Force Ten gelding still managed to finish fifth where he crossed the line just over four lengths’ adrift, and a drop back to seven furlongs could see Gavin Cromwell’s charge do better.

The yard are in good form, so the presence of the Irish raider in a very winnable contest is worth a second look, and it would be no surprise to see him go close here.

2.00 – Rose Bandit

2.30 – Betsy Trotter

3.00 – Joie De Vivre

3.30 – Dizzy G

4.00 – Mid Atlantic Storm

4.30 – The Defiant

5.00 – Orobas

David O'Meara can get amongst the winners at Catterick on Wednesday

David O’Meara can get amongst the winners at Catterick on Wednesday


(2.40) There was plenty to like about the debut effort of MULTIPLY BY EIGHT (5/2, Paddy Power) who finished third on her debut at Sandown in May, beaten just over one length behind Graceful Magic and shaping as if she’d be better for that experience.

Tom Dascombe’s charge subsequently found the Queen Mary Stakes too much of a test for her, but she nevertheless acquitted herself well in finishing in midfield where she was beaten only around six lengths.

The Muhaarar filly ought to appreciate this drop back into novice company, and likely to still have further progress to come she could go close in the easier grade.

(4.40) RED ARCHANGEL (5/1, William Hill) has found the frame in each of his last four starts over this ten furlongs trip, most recently finding only one too good at Yarmouth late last month behind Elsie Violet.

Richard Spencer’s Dark Angel filly was beaten just under two lengths, keeping on without matching the winner, and she is perhaps paying the price for her consistency with another small rise up the rankings.

Nevertheless, she remains relatively low-mileage and she is still unexposed over this trip so there could well be better still to come, and she is chanced to deliver a first career win in a very winnable race.

2.10 – Alicia Darcy

2.40 – Multiply By Eight

3.10 – Hurricane Alert

3.40 – Fitzwilly

4.10 – The Very Moon

4.40 – Red Archangel

5.10 – Rewaayat


(3.20) NORDICAN BLUE (8/11, Unibet) shaped well in a trio of hurdles starts last term, making the frame on all three occasions, and Dr Richard Newlands’ charge got off the mark having returned from a break at Southwell latest where she ran out a near-five lengths’ winner over Bannixtown Glory.

The Anabaa Blue filly showed the benefit of a wind operation in the interim period, scoring readily and hinting at better to come, and the runner-up has boosted the form with a subsequent win.

There could be more to come from her, and she looks sure to make a bold bid as she attempts to follow up.

(3.50) SUPREME STEEL (7/2, William Hill) is relatively lightly-raced for an eight-year old, and the Craigsteel gelding can get back to winning ways.

A winner in Ireland for Pat Fahy previously in Ireland, he wasted little time in getting off the mark for current handler Dr Richard Newland, scoring at Uttoxeter on just his second start when taking this prize two years ago.

He has been lightly raced since, and was off the track for 18 months before an encouraging return to action at Cartmel last month where he finished sixth. He is entitled to have needed that outing, and the handicapper has eased him further in the weights so he could go close if stepping up on that reappearance effort despite a danger that this could some too soon in the wake of that run.

But, if he is none the worse then it would be no surprise to see him firmly in the mix and he could get back on the winning trail.

2.20 – Primogeniture

2.50 – Court Baloo

3.20 – Nordican Blue

3.50 – Supreme Steel

4.20 – Net De Treve

4.50 – Bridey’s Lettuce

5.20 – Staged Engagement

Uttoxeter race on Wednesday

Uttoxeter race on Wednesday


(6.05) AL NAMIR (13/8, William Hill) has shaped well on both starts to date this term, making the frame on each occasion and bettering his finishing position; the Shamardal colt can continue the trend to get off the mark at the third attempt.

Richard Hannon’s charge was beaten only by a neck latest at Newmarket over six furlongs, unable to match the winner’s finishing effort; but his earlier third on debut over this trip saw him beaten only two lengths and both those runs have yielded subsequent winners.

He remains open to improvement, while the return to seven furlongs ought to suit and he can open his win account now.

(8.10) JOSIEBOND (4/1, Bet365) has posted some creditable efforts in recent starts, making the frame in each of her last three outings, and Rebecca Bastiman’s charge can get off the mark.

The Monsieur Bond filly was beaten just over one length on her penultimate start at this venue in heavy ground, after which she finished a good third to Pinarella latest at Ripon on contrasting ground conditions.

The handicapper has left her alone, and this isn’t a particularly strong race so she may be capable of another bold show, and it would be no surprise to see her going close again here.

5.30 – Hart Stopper

6.05 – Al Namir

6.40 – Edgar Allan Poe

7.10 – Michele Strogoff

7.40 – Five Diamonds

8.10 – Josiebond

8.40 – Invincible Lame


(6.15) NOPE (6/4, Bet365) shaped well despite inexperience when finishing sixth on her debut three weeks ago, and likely to have learnt from that experience Jessica Harrington’s charge could build on that performance to get off the mark at the second attempt.

The No Nay Never filly was beaten around five lengths behind A New Dawn, on that occasion, showing her inexperience at the start when slowly away from the gate and she took some time to warm to her task before finishing well.

The experience won’t have been lost on her, and likely to improve she could go well. She is related to some smart winners, and the Harrington runner could take some stopping if finding anticipated progress.

(7.45) SPLIT DOWN SOUTH (12/1, Paddy Power) has shown race-by-race progress, although that progress has been relatively modest. Ken Condon’s charge could however be worth chancing here to get off the mark at the fourth attempt.

The Dark Angel colt finished fourth at Leopardstown latest behind Memsie, beaten just over two lengths where he wasn’t helped by a poor start. Earlier runs over one mile suggested that his stamina might just be stretched over that trip, but he is worth another chance at this lesser distance and if getting away on terms then he could open his account on his handicap debut where he features from a workable opening mark.

5.40 – But I Like It

6.15 – Nope

6.45 – In The Present

7.15 – Jungle Jim

7.45 – Split Down South

8.15 – Verhoyen

8.45 – Eminence

Jessica Harrington can saddle a Fairyhouse winner on Wednesday

Jessica Harrington can saddle a Fairyhouse winner on Wednesday


(6.55) MON FRERE (Evens, Ladbrokes) could prove to be a typical Sir Mark Prescott handicap blot as he steps up to two miles after a series of unispiring efforts over shorter distances.

The Pour Moi gelding disappointed on all three starts as a juvenile last term, but they came over one mile and he probably found the trip too sharp; and although stepped up to 1m4f next time at Lingfield where he fared better although still only finished fifth, he could find a jolt of improvement for this even stiffer test.

Only beaten around three lengths last time, that race has thrown up a couple of subsequent winners and a mark of 62 looks very workable as a result. Given his pedigree, he is expected to show progress now over this two mile trip, and it would be no surprise to see him in the mix for his crafty stable.

(7.55) DESERT FRIEND (15/8, William Hill) showed some smart form as a juvenile when trained by Mark Johnston last term, winning two of his three starts, and the Universal colt can carry on his progression having since joined David Simcock.

A Leicester winner on debut, he wasn’t disgraced on his next outing when finishing fourth at Pontefract, and he duly bounced back from that defeat to score a shade readily on the Kempton all-weather in OCtober with a defeat of Filles De Fleur.

He’s been off for nine months since, but he makes his return in a winnable contest which sees him make his handicap debut from a potentially workable mark and he could go close if fully wound up on his reappearance.

5.50 – Sfumato

6.25 – Lord Of The Alps

6.55 – Mon Frere

7.25 – Hooflepuff

7.55 – Desert Friend

8.25 – Across The Sea

8.55 – Promote


(8.00) LADY SCATHACH (15/2, Unibet) arrives here in decent heart, having got back to winning ways at Bellewstown latest to take her seasonal tally to three wins from seven starts.

Tom McCourt’s charge had already struck a pair of wins at Gowran Park, and subsequent defeats at the same venue weren’t bad efforts. He latterly got the better of Passing Trade to score by a short-head where he got up on the line, and his subsequent rise in the weights is offset by the allowance of a 5lbs claimer which will effectively leave him 1lb lower in the weights.

The Zoffany filly could still have scope to do better, and she ought to remain competitive here where she looks to hold solid claims of registering another success.

(8.30) DEFINING BATTLE (5/2, William Hill) shaped like a stayer when keeping on well to register his first success at Listowel last month, and the Lope De Vega colt can follow up here with the significiant step up in trip a potential source of improvement.

Mick Halford’s charge kept on stoutly for that win, getting the better of Rhydwyn by a neck; that rival has won since to give the form a boost, and there could be better to come from her now as she steps out of maiden company and into the handicap ranks from a potentially lenient mark.

This longer trip is expected to suit given she looked as if she could go a lot further, and she can progress again to double up on her win tally.

5.55 – Arthur’s Kingdom

6.30 – Time Tunnel

7.00 – Highland Dress

7.30 – Viadera

8.00 – Lady Scathach

8.30 – Defining Battle

9.00 – King Christophe