Wednesday 24 July horse racing tips – Prescott’s 7/4 charge can Chime in with Lingfield success
Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for all of Wednesday’s scheduled UK and Irish horse racing meetings.
Wednesday’s fixture list of UK and Irish horse racing meetings takes in afternoon flat racing meetings on turf from Bath, Catterick and Lingfield; while in the evening there is further action on the level on turf from Sandown, Leicester and also Naas in Ireland.
Bath (flat) – 2.00 – 5.00pm (7 races)
Catterick (flat) – 2.10 – 5.45pm (8 races)
Lingfield (flat) – 2.20 – 5.20pm (7 races)
Leicester (flat) – 5.40 – 8.50pm (7 races)
Naas (flat) – 5.50 – 9.00pm (7 races)
Sandown (flat) – 6.00 – 8.40pm (6 races)
WEDNESDAY 24 JULY NAP SELECTION
(2.30) FANZONE (4/7, Bet365) is bred to appreciate a stiffer test than this, but the Gutaifan colt showed enough on his debut earlier in the month to suggest he can get off the mark at the second attempt having found only one too good on that first outing.
Archie Watson’s charge finished just one length behind Spartan Fighter at York, starting slowly and then arguably finishing an unlucky loser having been carried across the track and losing ground on the winner when trying to challenge.
That experience won’t have been lost on him, and likely to improve for the outing then he could be the one to side with to go one place better.
(3.30) ROSIE ROYALE (5/2, Ladbrokes) emerged from a spell of lesser efforts over hurdles and on the flat when resuming winning ways at Chepstow earlier in the month, and if arriving in similar form then Roger Teal’s charge can follow up here.
The Verglas mare was ending a losing run in both disciplines stretching back to September 2016 when beating Lafilia by a half-length, and it can be argued that her wind surgery ahead of her reteurn to the flat has been a success.
She is only 4lbs higher in the weights for this latest outing, and she remains well-treated on her old form despite the raise given that she was a winner off 67 previously as well as placing from marks in the 70s, so it would be no surprise to see her going close here.
2.00 – The Game Is On
2.30 – Fanzone
3.00 – Holdenhurst
3.30 – Rosie Royale
4.00 – Storm Melody
4.30 – Canal Rocks
5.00 – Spirit Of Lucerne
(3.10) BREGUET MAN (5/1, William Hill) is improving with every start, making the frame in all three outings since his debut at Carlisle in May; Keith Dalgleish’s charge can get off the mark now if continuing his progress.
The Ivawood colt was last seen finishing just under three lengths’ third behind Know No Limits at Chester earlier in July, not ideally placed but running on well from the back and finishing clear of the third and rest.
He’s been raised 2lbs in the weights for that latest run, but he could yet have more to offer and he probably wouldn’t need to find too much improvement to go close in this contest.
(4.10) TOMILY (2/1, Paddy Power) arrives here in good heard and chasing a hat-trick of wins, having already scored successes at Windsor and Ayr this month.
The Canford Cliffs gelding scored the first of those successes on his final outing for Richard Hannon, after which he moved to David O’Meara and made his debut for his handler a winning one with success over Kolossus.
He found plenty for pressure that day to score a shade readily in the end, and turned out under a 5lbs penalty he could still be well-treated with the potential for better still, and with the services of title-chasing Danny Tudhope in the saddle, he looks sure to mount a bold bid for the three-timer.
2.10 – Incinerator
2.40 – Classy Lady
3.10 – Breguet Man
3.40 – Olivander
4.10 – Tomily
4.40 – B Fifty Two
5.10 – Macs Blessings
5.45 – Calliope
(3.20) DISTANT CHIMES (7/4, Bet365) improved on previous outings to open his account seven days ago at Wolverhampton, scoring by just over one length from Charlie D and appearing suited by the step up in trip.
Sir Mark Prescott’s Campanologist gelding travelled well into the race and ran on strongly for the win on what was his seasonal return to action, and he is sure to strip fitter for the run so there is every chance he’ll improve for the outing.
Quickly turned out under a 5lbs penalty, he looks to hold solid claims of a follow up win, and if handling the switch to polytrack – disappointed on the surface previously – then he could take some beating here.
(3.50) MUTARAFFA (7/2, William Hill) is 2-2 at this venue, both on the turf course, but Charlie Hills’ charge can make his return to this neck of the woods a winning one by landing this prize.
The Acclamation gelding had looked progressive, getting off the mark at the second attempt with a five lengths’ success before following up with a similar three lengths’ win over Baalbek next time.
He was disappointing upped markedly in grade to contest a Class 2 race at Haydock latest, finishing last of seven runners; but he could bounce back dropped in grade and eased 3lbs in the weights so he could be worth giving another chance.
2.20 – Takeonefortheteam
2.50 – Captain Marmalade
3.20 – Distant Chimes
3.50 – Mutaraffa
4.20 – Costanzia
4.50 – Aldrich Bay
5.20 – Betsey Trotter
(6.10) Roger Fell has his string in good fettle, and GLOBAL SPIRIT (11/4, William Hill) already has two wins to his name this terms since joining the yard from Ed Dunlop.
A Hamilton winner in May, the Invincible Spirit gelding got back to winning ways following some fair efforts in defeat when scoring over Esprit De Corps at Ayr latest, landing the spoils by a half-length.
The third from that race has won since, and the pair reoppose with the runner-up now getting 2lbs from the selection.
Nevertheless, Roger Fell’s charge appeared to strike a shade cosily, and he could confirm the form with a repeat of that effort. He remains with handicapping scope, so it would be no surprise to see him going in again here.
(7.15) VOLCANIC SKY (7/4, Paddy Power) won at Chelmsford last term, getting off the mark at the fourth attempt having made the frame in a trio of previous starts on turf.
Saeed bin Suroor’s charge subsequently finished runner-up in two of his next three next starts, and the Street Cry gelding has run well on both outings this term which includes finishing just a half-length third behind Where’s Jeff at Carlisle last month.
He has only been raised 1lb in the weights for that run so he remains with scope for better, and this looks a very winnable race so every chance he can get back on the scoresheet despite giving weight away all round.
5.40 – Chetan
6.10 – Global Spirit
6.40 – Lippy Lady
7.15 – Volcanic Sky
7.45 – Ricochet
8.20 – Perfect Grace
8.50 – Montalvan
(6.20) This is HARPOCRATES‘ (6/4, Bet365) easiest test to date, and Aidan O’Brien’s charge can get off the mark here.
The Invincible Spirit colt found only one too strong on debut, after which he has run with some credit in back-to-back Listed contests at the Curragh and Ascot latterly behind Pinatubo in the Chesham Stakes where he finished fifth.
He appeared to find the seven furlongs on that occasion just stretching his stamina, so it is perhaps no surprise to see him dropped back in distance for this latest run, while he could benefit from the return to maiden company to open his account.
(7.25) BAILLY (20/1, Coral, each-way) won twice last term, and Ger Lyons’ charge has continued her progression this season despite needing the run on her reappearance at Cork in May.
Since that run, the Charm Spirit filly has made the frame in three consecutive runs before getting back on the scoresheet over course and distance latest with a defeat of Zodiacus.
She is now tried in Listed company, and she’ll need to find a jolt of improvement to make the step up to this level; but she is going the right way this season, while the stable continues in decent form and she could well deliver the necessary progress to get involved in the finish and potentially reach the frame.
5.50 – Coffeemeanscoffee
6.20 – Harpocrates
6.55 – Sacchoandvanzetti
7.25 – Bailly
8.00 – Clonville
8.30 – Katiymann
9.00 – I Am Superman
(6.30) The debut of ALLEZ SOPHIA (9/2, William Hill) wasn’t devoid of promise, with Eve Johnson Houghton’s charge eventually finishing fourth amid obvious inexperience. The Kingman filly subsequently improved on that effort to find only one too strong next time out at Bath behind Raheeq.
That run was all the more creditable given she missed the break and wasn’t ideally placed in that contest, but she finished well and can find further improvement for that outing.
She’ll have to find some progress in what looks a pretty decent contest; but she has shown enough to suggest that she can post a big effort, and it wouldn’t come as a huge surprise to see her in the mix.
(7.35) The consistent CALL OUT LOUD (5/1, Paddy Power) has won two of his last six starts as well as making the frame in defeat, and Michael Appleby’s charge can continue hos good spell to get back on the scoresheet here.
The Aqlaam gelding was a winner two starts ago at Leicester, beating Esprit De Corps, after which she was denied only by a nose by Aces at Chester where he just failed to get back up having rallied strongly once headed.
He is only 3lbs higher in the weights for this outing, and while this is a tougher test of his credentials in a stronger race his consistent profile ought to ensure he is on the premises again and he can go close.
6.00 – Grange Walk
6.30 – Allez Sophia
7.05 – Han Solo Berger
7.35 – Call Out Loud
8.10 – Motawaj
8.40 – Emenem