Wednesday 18 September horse racing tips – Stoute’s 2/1 chance looks Heaven-sent for Sandown success

Sandown are racing on Wednesday as five UK and Irish horse racing meetings go to post.

Sandown are racing on Wednesday as five UK and Irish horse racing meetings go to post.

Wednesday’s fixture list of UK and Irish horse racing fixtures takes in five meetings which sees afternoon flat racing action at Yarmouth, Beverley and Sandown, as well as from Naas in Ireland.

Both Yarmouth and Sandown’s meetings feature Listed action, with the John Musker Fillies’ Stakes at the first-mentioned track, while the Fortune Stakes goes to post at Sandown.

There is also jumps racing action at Kelso which hosts a twilight card over the sticks.

Yarmouth (flat) – 1.40 – 4.50pm (7 races)
Sandown (flat) – 1.50 – 5.35pm (8 races)
Beverley (flat) – 2.00 – 5.40pm (8 races)
Naas (flat) – 2.50 – 6.30pm (8 races)
Kelso (jumps) – 3.40 – 6.45pm (7 races)


(2.10) MAQTAL (6/4, Bet365) shaped with some promise on his debut at Doncaster back in July, and likely to know more this time around with that run under his belt the Distorted Humour colt can open his account at the second attempt.

Roger Varian’s charge was beaten around four lengths on that occasion behind Valdermoro, finishing well having run green early, and the form of that run has been boosted since by the winner going on to win a Group Three contest at York next time.

The runner-up has also made the frame in both his subsequent outings, and he could prove a tough nut to crack here with the potential for significant improvement to come on the back of that promising first outing.

(3.15) LINE OF REASON (5/1, Ladbrokes) isn’t as good as he once was, but the Kheleyf gelding could be worth chancing to get back on the scoresheet and halt a losing run stretching back to Ayr last July where Paul Midgley’s charge beat Golden Steps by almost three lengths.

His losing streak now stands at 20, but his last couple of runs have hinted at a revival which includes finding only Dark Shadow too strong at Doncaster latest where he was beaten just over one length.

He can race off the same mark here, which sees him 9lbs below his last winning mark, while he has dropped 12lbs in total this term so he is clearly well-treated at the weights if able to show his best form and if continuing his current spell of better form then it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him getting back to winning ways for all this is a stronger contest than he’s taken on in his last couple of outings.

1.40 – Victory Rose
2.10 – Maqtal
2.45 – Fanny Logan
3.15 – Line Of Reason
3.45 – Scentasia
4.20 – Rock The Cradle
4.50 – Queen Of Burgandy


Yarmouth are racing on Wednesday


(2.20) HEAVEN FORFEND (2/1, Paddy Power) shaped like a useful prospect on her debut at Newbury back in May, finding only Light Angel too strong, and Sir Michael Stoute’s charge finished ahead of subsequent Group Two Richmond Stakes winner Golden Horde who beat dual-Group Two winner Threat at Goodwood so the form of that debut looks strong.

The Frankel colt subsequent lost no caste in defeat when contesting the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot where he was no match for the imperious Pinatubo, beaten around seven lengths into sixth behind Charlie Appleby’s rising star.

The Chesham form is working out well, and he beat three subsequent winners at Ascot so may well have better still to come back in novice company where he returns from three months off the track. A step up in trip could suit, and likely to improve he ought to go close here.

(4.00) MAGICAL RHYTHMS (3/1, William Hill) showed a fair level of ability in posting successive bronze medal finishes at Newmarket earlier in the campaign, and John Gosden’s charge duly got off the mark at the fourth attempt when successful on the all-weather last month at Kempton.

There, the Pioneerof The Nile filly beat Mayne by three-parts of a length, appearing to do the job readily, and the form has held up with the runner-up, third and fourth all landing subsequent silver medals in their respective next outings.

She makes her handicap debut here from a mark of 83 which might prove to be very workable given her potential for improvement, and every chance she can progress further to follow up here for all this looks a tougher test of her credentials.

1.50 – Union Rose
2.20 – Heaven Forfend
2.55 – Palace Pier
3.25 – Turgenev
4.00 – Magical Rhythms
4.35 – Sucellus
5.05 – Seascape
5.35 – Petite Malle

Sir Michael Stoute

Sir Michael Stoute can saddle a winner at Sandown on Wednesday


(4.40) TAN (15/2, William Hill) could be worth chancing to get off the mark having hit the crossbar the last twice, and the Aqlaam gelding can get back to winning ways in what looks a fairly ordinary contest.

Michael Appleby’s charge hasn’t won since scoring at Lingfield last December, and his form since that success has been largely uninspiring. However, having found only Scuzeme too good at Southwell last month, he stepped up on that effort to finish just over one length adrift of Wiley Post latest at Brighton.

He looks to hold solid claims on those runs, and he is handicapped to go very close with a repeat of that last effort given he is 10lbs below his last all-weather winning mark; while jockey Theodore Ladd can take off a handy 5lbs.

Representing a yard in good form at present, he can get competitive again and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him firmly in the mix.

2.00 – Queen’s Blade
2.30 – Freyja
3.05 – Flylikeaneagle
3.35 – Cape Islay
4.10 – Reassure
4.40 – Tan
5.10 – Dependable
5.40 – Amity Island


(3.50) RECALL THE SHOW (6/1, Paddy Power) has hit the frame in each of his last two outings, finishing runner-up at Down Royal in July behind Royal County Down and then crossing the line in third place behind Lady Jane Wilde at the Curragh latest.

Both those outings came with the aid of cheekpieces, and the Showcasing colt could get off the mark at the fourth attempt if able to run up to level he has shown the last twice. He was only beaten a nose at Down Royal two starts ago, and the winner has gone in again since as well as contest in Pattern company.

Jessica Harrington’s charge also had four subsequent winners behind him in his last start, and he sets the standard on his form to date so could well be up to the task of getting off the mark now.

(6.30) INVINCIBLE DIVA (8/1, Ladbrokes) is the only one in this field which boasts any sort of winning form, and Jessica Harrington’s charge may be able to double her tally in this contest which represents an easier task than those she has been taking in to date.

The Invincible Spirit filly was a winner at Down Royal back in June, building on a promising runner-up effort behind Mount Fuji to go down by less than two lengths behind St George’s Head.

She then faced a couple of stiff tasks in Listed and handicap company in back-to-back runs at Tipperaray, and she is forgiven her last outing at Navan when finishing last of six runners behind Air Force Jet as she completely blew the start and gave up away too much ground.

The handicapper has possibly given her a chance now having dropped her 3lbs in the ratings, and with a better start this time around she could post a big run in what looks a winnable race.

2.50 – Vormir
3.20 – Deidra
3.50 – Recall The Show
4.25 – Myrcella
4.55 – Chasing The Dawn
5.30 – Accessory
6.00 – True Motion
6.30 – Invincible Diva

Jessica Harrington

Jessica Harrington can saddle winners at Naas on Wednesday


(4.15) GLORIOUS LADY (6/5, Paddy Power) is 2-3 in starts under Rules, as well as winning between the flags previously for Gavin Cromwell prior to joining this yard, and the Fame And Glory mare could prove a tough nut to crack here.

Sixth on her debut for Keith Dalgleish where she was returning from a six months’ absence, she has since won a Musselburgh bumper and then returned from a nine-month break at Bangor last month where she beat Carpool by a nose.

She did well to win considering she met with some trouble in running earlier in the race, but she found enough once she got to the front to hold off the runner-up with the pair pulling clear. There could be more to come from her now, and Brian Hughes favours her over the yard’s other runner, Gennady, which could be a tip in itself.

Likely to strip fitter for her reappearance, and with the potential for improvement to come she can extend her unbeaten record here.

(5.15) CANFORD THOMPSON (3/1, Bet365) got back to winning ways here eight days ago when running out a narrow winner over Outcrop in a conditional riders’ event.

Micky Hammond’s charge was winning for the first time since successfully rounding off his time with Neil King at Stratford, and the Canford Cliffs gelding escapes a penalty for that success where he struck by a half-length.

This is a tougher race, and he is due to go up 2lbs in future runs; but his rider can use his full claim this time around which leaves him 2lbs to the good compared to that last-time success, and a repeat of that effort may be good enough here to see him follow up.

3.40 – Nietzsche
4.15 – Glorious Lady
4.45 – Exit To Where
5.15 – Canford Thompson
5.45 – Theflyingportrait
6.15 – One Night In Milan
6.45 – Cast In Grey