Wednesday 25 September horse racing tips – Simcock’s 13/8 chance set to touchdown with Kempton win
Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for Wednesday’s UK and Irish horse racing meetings.
Six meetings go to post on Wednesday across the UK and Ireland with afternoon action on the flat from the meetings at Redcar and Goodwood where the Listed Foundation Stakes takes centre-stage.
Meanwhile, there is also jumps racing from Perth, and also Sligo in Ireland.
Completing Wednesday’s fixture list is a pair of evening all-weather fixtures with action at both Newcastle and Kempton.
Redcar (flat) – 12.15 – 3.25pm (7 races)
Sligo (jumps) – 1.50 – 5.05pm (7 races)
Goodwood (flat) – 2.00 – 5.20pm (7 races)
Perth (jumps) – 2.10 – 4.55pm (6 races)
Newcastle (flat, aw) – 5.15 – 8.15pm (7 races)
Kempton (flat, aw) – 5.30 – 8.30pm (7 races)
(12.45) William Haggas has a near 30-percent strike rate at this venue with his runners, and BRYN DU (5/1, Paddy Power) can get off the mark here at the fourth attempt.
The Ivawood colt has looked a work in progress in his three runs to date, but his latest effort on the Wolverhampton tapeta was a shade disappointing behind Desert Safari where he beat only four rivals home.
The Haggas camp has been quiet of late with only one winner in the last 19 runners, but they have to turn a corner at some point and their representative here makes his handicap debut from a mark of just 62 in what looks a fairly ordinary contest so it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him pull out more now with the step up in trip a possible source of improvement.
(1.15) BENTLEY WOOD (2/1, Bet365) found only one too good on his debut at Carlisle earlier in the month, but with that performance under his belt Mick Channon’s charge can step up on the experience to go one better.
The Sixties Icon colt was denied by just over one length, running on but no match for the winner; but the front pair had pulled clear, and he is likely to improve for that first run where he can go one better now.
A drop back to seven furlongs perhaps isn’t an obvious move given how he acquitted himself over the stiff mile last time; but if the lesser yardage doesn’t prove an inconvenience then he ought to go close here and it would be no surprise to see him get off the mark.
12.15 – Royal Redemption
12.45 – Bryn Du
1.15 – Bentley Wood
1.45 – Ambient
2.20 – Northern Society
2.50 – Takumi
3.25 – Round The Island
3.55 – Kenny The Captain
(2.25) FATHER JED (4/1, Ladbrokes) has been largely consistent this term, finishing in the bronze medal position on each of his last three outings; however, the Kutub gelding can be considered somewhat unlucky following his latest outing, and John Ryan’s charge can get off the mark over fences here.
His latest third place finish was a creditable effort in the circumstances, having been denied a clear run on the home bend at Listowel earlier in the month before keeping on despite the saddle slipping to finish around eight lengths’ third behind Demi Plie.
A four-time winner over hurdles, he has made the frame in four of his seven outings over fences, and racing from the same mark here he could go well in a contest which looks well within his capabilities to collect the top prize.
(2.55) THECRAICISNINETY (9/2, Bet365) wasn’t seen to best effect over hurdles latest at Listowel, but Padraig Roche’s charge is taken to bounce back here returned to chasing.
His last win over the larger obstacles came at this venue twelve months ago, and although he failed to win in four subsequent efforts over fences he did run well to make the frame each time and he was denied only by three-parts of a length on his latest chase start at Punchestown in June behind Reach Up.
He’s since posted a couple of lesser efforts over timber, but he could do better back chasing and he could prove a tough nut to crack here in spite of his lesser runs recently over the smaller obstacles. A reproduction of any of his recent chase starts could be good enough to see him back on the winning trail for his in-form yard, and every chance he can get back on the scoresheet.
1.50 – Moskovite
2.25 – Father Jed
2.55 – Thecraicisninety
3.30 – Dasmyhoss
4.00 – Allduckornodinner
4.30 – Pont Aven
5.05 – Open To The World
(2.30) Course and distance winner TUKHOOM (4/1, Ladbrokes) has been in good form of late, winning three of his last six starts which includes a defeat of Boy In The Bar latest at Sandown under this rider.
David O’Meara’s charge has also struck wins at Pontefract and Beverley this term, and the Acclamation gelding should continue to give a good account of himself having avoided a penalty for that last success meaning he can compete here from the same mark.
His promising young rider can also take off a valuable 7lbs, and although this is a tougher contest this time around he ought to remain competitive and can go close once more.
(3.05) SWEET PURSUIT (6/1, William Hill) was a winner two starts ago at Bath, after which the Pastoral Pursuits mare was beaten only one length over this course and distance behind Rose Hip earlier this month.
Rod Millman’s mare could be worth chancing to get back on the scoresheet here now returned to a much softer surface, which the five-year old handles well.
A triple-winner last term, she wasn’t helped latest by being denied a clear run; but she could do better this time around reuinited with 3lbs claimer Finley Marsh whose claim could prove invaluable. She has also made the frame twice at the Sussex track, and she could be worth chancing to get back to winning ways here.
2.00 – Herman Hesse
2.30 – Tukhoom
3.05 – Sweet Pursuit
3.40 – Air Pilot
4.10 – Monica Sheriff
4.45 – De Vegas Kid
5.20 – Dream Catching
(2.40) LUCKY ROBIN (11/8, William Hill) arrives here in excellent heart, racking up a three-timer of wins over hurdles and fences, and Brian Ellison’s charge can strike again despite a further hike up the weights.
The Mister Fotis gelding latterly beat Isaac Wonder by a length over fences at Sedgefield earlier in the month; but he had won back-to-back over hurdles previously which include over course and distance, and a 4lbs rise for his latest win over the larger obstacles still leaves him well treated on the pick of his hurdles form.
With the potential for better still to come, and still relatively unexposed as a chaser he could be worth chancing to strike another win here.
(3.15) PUTTING GREEN (13/2, Bet365) arrives here in search of a hat-trick of wins, having won back-to-back here in July, and Neil Mulholland’s charge won’t lack for fitness following a spin on the flat earlier in the month.
Although well-held on that occasion, beating only three home in the Old Borough Cup, the Selkirk gelding could have more to offer as a hurdler following his recent brace of wins, and his latest three-parts of a length victory over Spectator saw him find plenty for pressure.
The third and fourth horses home from that contest have both won since, and while a 5lbs rise in the weights demands more from him as he steps up in grade he could have more to offer still and may be capable of landing the three-timer.
2.10 – Queen’s Magic
2.40 – Lucky Robin
3.15 – Putting Green
3.50 – Soupy Soups
4.20 – Lady London
4.55 – Global Tour
(5.30) DANCE FEVER (10/11, Bet365) has to give away upwards of 7lbs to this field of rivals, but Clive Cox’s charge made a very taking first impression when scoring on his debut at Windsor earlier in the month and with the prospect of improvement to follow on from that run he is fancied to double up.
The SirPrancealot colt blew the start in that first run where he came with a late charge from the rear of the field inside the last quarter-mile to score a shade readily, and he ought to have learned plenty from that experience.
The form has taken a couple of hits, but he gave the impression that there was plenty more in the locker and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him take a big step forward here to strike again.
(6.00) END ZONE (13/8, Bet365) offered plenty to work on when finding only one too good on his debut at Haydock last month, and likely to step up for that experience David Simcock’s charge can get off the mark at the second attempt.
The Dark Angel colt was only beaten a neck behind Atheeb on that occasion, slowly away but running on late, and the lessons of that first run won’t have been lost on him.
Likely to do better with that outing under his belt, he is taken to improve for the experience and every chance he can get off the mark here at the second attempt.
5.00 – Qasbaz
5.30 – Dance Fever
6.00 – End Zone
6.30 – Informed Front
7.00 – Basilisk
7.30 – Faylaq
8.00 – Seaborn
8.30 – Magicingthemaking
(5.45) POETIC LEGACY (9/4, William Hill) took his form up a notch when scoring at Chelmsford latest, seemingly improved by the longer trip as he ran out a convincing four lengths’ winner over Fame N Fortune.
Mark Johnston’s charge had made the frame the time before at Brighton when racing from 1lb out of the weights, only beaten a half-length behind Kennocha where she finished off the race strongly having been outpaced.
The handicapper certainly hasn’t missed her with a 9lbs hike up the ratings, but the Lope De Vega filly may have better still to come and is still unexposed over this distance so could well follow up here if a switch to tapeta doesn’t catch her out.
(6.45) JOVIAL (4/7, Coral) stepped up on a promising debut third to win at the second attempt when successful at Yarmouth latest, although Sir Michael Stoute’s charge still looked rough around the edges in that success.
The Dubawi filly had just over one length to spare from Faakhirah in that success, beating a subsequent winner in the process, and she looks sure to improve further for that run given she is a well-bred sort from the same family as Frankel.
While she may not hit those heady heights, she could prove to be a smart sort in her own right, and likely to have significant progress still to come she can successfully give away weight all round to this field of rivals.
5.15 – Dante’s View
5.45 – Poetic Legacy
6.15 – Crystal Pegasus
6.45 – Jovial
7.15 – Jazz Hands
7.45 – River Of Kings
8.15 – Firsteen