Wednesday 2 October horse racing tips – Bell’s 11/10 chance can strike at third attempt with Nottingham success
Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for all of Wednesday’s five UK horse racing meetings.
Wednesday’s fixture list of UK horse racing meetings sees five racecards going to post across the country as racing in Ireland takes a day off, and there is afternoon jumps racing from the cards at Bangor and Huntingdon, while Nottingham are racing on the flat.
Meanwhile, in the evening there is a brace of all-weather racecards going to post with action on the polytrack at Kempton, and also on the Newcastle tapeta.
Bangor (jumps) – 12.15 – 2.45pm (6 races)
Nottingham (flat) – 1.55 – 4.55pm (7 races)
Huntingdon (jumps) – 2.05 – 5.15pm (7 races)
Kempton (flat, aw) – 4.35 – 8.10pm (8 races)
Newcastle (flat, aw) – 5.55 – 8.25pm (6 races)
(1.15) Despite returning from a seven months’ absence, it could be worth chancing on COUSIN OSCAR (9/2 William Hill) to make a winning return to action and Donald McCain’s charge can go well.
A course-and-distance winner, the Oscar gelding hasn’t been seen since finishing runner-up behind Kelpies’ Myth at Musselburgh back in March. However that run came on the back of a four month absence, and he has proven more than once in his career that he can go well fresh.
Beaten four lengths latest in first-time blinkers, he is only 1lb higher in the weights for this reappearance, and he can go well turned out here back at two miles where he is 2-2 over course and distance as well as being proven in the conditions.
He won a novices’ race back in 2017 when rated higher than this, and every chance he can go close if fully wound up ahead of this latest comeback effort.
(2.15) BOLTISSIME (4/6 Unibet) could prove the answer to a tricky puzzle, and the Dawn Approach gelding can step up on a promising introduction at Hexham back in June where he finished third and beaten around ten lengths behind Lord Rococco.
He ran better than the bare result, only let down late by a couple of jumping errors, while the two who had finished ahead of him both had hurdling prior experience.
While he has been absent since, he could build on that experience and do better at the second attempt, while trainer and jockey have a good record when combining so there is reason to suspect that there may be a big performance waiting.
12.15 – Legends Gold
12.45 – Noble Saffron
1.15 – Cousin Oscar
1.45 – Ballyart
2.15 – Boltissime
2.45 – Grand Coureur
(3.10) INVINCIBLE DON (15/2 Coral) rounded off his time in Ireland on a low note, but the veteran Invincible Spirit gelding has found a spark of his old form since switching to Seamus Durack and could be worth chancing to get back on the scoresheet.
A winner at Worcester on his first start for this yard, beating Caveat Emptor by a half-length, he was subsequently far from disgraced on his latest outing at Fontwell last month where he was beaten four lengths under a penalty behind Downloadtheapp although the run may have come too soon.
He never seriously threatened the winner, jumping poorly early and detaching himself; but he consented to run on well late and having had a breather since that last outing then he could do better this time around.
(4.10) AKKAPENKO (15/8 William Hill) had returned from six months off the track in good heart, and the Archipenko gelding has acquitted himself well throughout the season in a handful of runs.
Tim Vaugn’s charge stepped up his form though to finish runner-up at Worcester two runs ago, and he duly went one better next time with a defeat of Never A Word at Sedgefield latest where he ran out a three lengths’ winner.
The third horse home from that race has won since, and a subsequent 5lbs rise in the weights demands a shade more especially as he doesn’t have a claiming rider this time around to ease his burden.
However, he remains unexposed over this longer trip and there could still be better yet to come so he is worth chancing to follow up.
1.35 – Maria Magdalena
2.05 – Anti Cool
2.35 – Get Back Get Back
3.10 – Invincible Don
3.40 – Plenty Of Butty
4.10 – Akkapenko
4.40 – Beautiful People
5.15 – Worldly Approach
(2.25) CRAYLANDS (11/10 William Hill) has finished runner-up on both her career starts to date, but the Golden Horn filly can get off the mark at the third attempt having only been beaten by a short-head latest at Goodwood.
Michael Bell’s charge had bumped into the useful Light Blush on her debut at Newmarket prior to her latest outing where she perhaps wasn’t ideally suited by the undulations of the Sussex venue on the run to the line.
A flatter track and a step up to one mile both look positives, and if the testing ground doesn’t prove a hindrance then there appears no reason why she shouldn’t go close.
(3.25) KENNY THE CAPTAIN (4/1, William Hill) improved on previous efforts to get back on the scoresheet at Redcar seven days ago, and Tim Easterby’s charge could be worth chancing to strike again quickly under a 4lbs penalty.
The Captain Rio gelding was ending a losing streak stretching back two years with that success when beating Ingleby Molly by three lengths, and he remains well-treated under his penalty given that he is due to go up even higher in the weights in future outings.
He has also won and been placed from higher marks than this in the past, and with proven form in the conditions he can add another win to his tally if this outing doesn’t come too soon.
1.55 – Spirit Of The Sky
2.25 – Craylands
2.55 – Danny Ocean
3.25 – Kenny The Captain
3.55 – Deinonychus
4.25 – Sassie
4.55 – Billy Dylan
(5.10) GAVI DI GAVI (9/4 Unibet) won a shade cosily last time out despite having the worst of the draw, and Alan King’s charge could again defy his poor stalls position to follow up.
The Camacho gelding was dropped in after the start to that latest contest before coming through with a smooth effort to win readily, and while 5lbs higher in the weights for this latest outing he could post a repeat if getting similar breaks.
This looks an easier contest on paper than the one he won last time out, and a repeat of that effort could prove good enough to see him strike again.
(6.10) HLAITAN (9/2 Coral) shaped with some promise on his debut at Ascot last month, finishing fourth behind Cherokee Trail, and Hugo Palmer’s charge showed the benefit of that experience to find only one too good behind Ursa Minor at Yarmouth next time out.
The Iffraaj colt was beaten just over one length, perhaps unsuited by the slow pace. However, the potential for a stronger pace to the race this time around is likely to suit, and if he handles the switch to this surface from turf then there’s every chance he can go close here.
4.35 – Savitar
5.10 – Gavi Di Gavi
5.40 – Qaseeda
6.10 – Hlaitan
6.40 – Attainment
7.10 – City Tour
7.40 – Miss Elsa
8.10 – Spring Run
(6.25) BLINDINGLY (9/4 William Hill) was denied a hat-trick of wins when beaten into third behind Penny Pot Lane at Ripon four days ago, but Ben Haslam’s charge could quickly get back to winning ways at this venue where he had won the time before.
The Shamardal gelding had also struck at Thirsk in August, and his latest win saw him beat Al Ozzdi by a neck prior to finishing around four lengths’ adrift of the winner last time out where he wasn’t seen to best effect having been given too much to do over the shorter trip.
A return to seven furlongs is in his favour, and racing off the same mark he could bounce back immediately to resume winning ways.
(7.25) NEW ANGEL (15/8 Unibet) and Perfect Timing renew rivalry from their previous encounter at Chelmsford last month where John Gosden’s charge was beaten into the runner-up berth by the Godolphin runner.
However, the New Approach filly could be worth chancing to find the improvement required to turn the tables, and she can come out on top in this rematch.
Beaten just over one length latest, the pair met off level weights on that occasion; but the selection now gets 7lbs from Saeed bin Suroor’s rival who while open to improvement on the back of that debut win could find the concession just too much this time around with the Gosden runner similarly open to progress.
The stiffer track might help, and the receipt of weight looks a big positive which can only enhance her claims so she gets the vote to level the score and get off the mark with a win.
5.55 – Houlton
6.25 – Blindingly
6.55 – Tsar
7.25 – New Angel
7.55 – Sophia Maria
8.25 – Paco Escostar