Wednesday 28 August horse racing tips – Hughes’ 7/4 chance More Than Ready to return to Lingfield winners’ enclosure
Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets across all of Wednesday’s UK and Irish racemeetings.
Six meetings head to post throughout Wednesday’s UK and Irish horse racing programme, and there are afternoon flat racing meetings from Lingfield, Musselburgh and Catterick.
Meanwhile, in the evening Kempton are racing on the all-weather, while Bellewstown in Ireland are also racing on the flat.
Completing Wednesday’s fixture-list is an evening racecard over the sticks at Worcester.
Lingfield (flat) – 2.00 – 5.00pm (7 races)
Musselburgh (flat) – 2.10 – 5.10pm (7 races)
Catterick (flat ) – 2.20 – 5.25pm (7 races)
Bellewstown (flat) – 4.05 – 7.35pm (8 races)
Worcester (jumps) – 4.45 – 7.45pm (7 races)
Kempton (flat, aw) – 5.55 – 8.55pm (7 races)
WEDNESDAY 28 AUGUST NAP SELECTION LINGFIELD
(3.30) MORE THAN LIKELY (7/4, Bet365) won three times last term, including running out a five lengths’ winner over With Envy at Chelmsford last September. Richard Hughes’ charge has yet to add to her tally this term, but she has made the frame in four of her five outings this campaign and it may not be too long before she gets back on the scoresheet.
The Coach House filly finished runner-up two starts ago at Bath, beaten around three lengths behind Heritage, and she finished fourth latest at Windsor where she crossed the line a similar distance behind Always A Drama.
Those outings came in Class 4 contests, and she finds herself easing down into a seller where she could prove hard to beat if running up to that level here. She has plenty in hand on official ratings, yet she receives weight all round from this field and so it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see her getting back to winning ways.
(5.00) The losing streak of ROUNDABOUT MAGIC (3/1, Ladbrokes) now stands at fifteen without success, but Simon Dow’s charge could be worth chancing to end his drought and get back on the scoresheet.
The Zebedee entire scored his last success at Brighton last May from a mark of 65, and having returned from a break in June where he needed the run, he has bettered his finishing position with every start since his reappearance.
Last seen finishing just under two lengths’ third behind Requited here earlier in the month, he races off the same mark and a repeat may prove good enough to see him back in the winners’ enclosure in a winnable contest.
2.00 – Iballisticvin
2.30 – Mustadun
3.00 – Danglydontask
3.30 – More Than Likely
4.00 – Restless Endeavour
4.30 – Lets Go Lucky
5.00 -Roundabout Magic
Shane Kelly can ride a winner at Lingfield on Wednesday
(2.40) LATHOM (6/1, William Hill) had returned to form earlier in the campaign, twice finishing runner-up in starts at Hamilton and Thirsk before resuming winning ways at Pontefract in June with a defeat of Shepherd’s Purse.
Paul Midgley’s charge followed up that success with another at Ayr, beating Jabbarockie and others. Four different winners have since come out of that race, and he ran better than the bare result might suggest when finishing seventh latest at York in a decent contest.
The Compton Place gelding turns out here from the same mark, and he could be worth chancing to bounce back to winning form here.
(3.10) MONTALVAN (4/1, Bet365) hasn’t managed to build on a win at Ripon last month, where Roger Fell’s Lope De Vega gelding beat Perfect Swiss by just over one length; but he could be worth chancing to bounce back easing in grade.
He followed up that success by finishing three lengths’ fourth under a penalty behind Alicia Darcy at Leicester, and he might have been undone by his wide draw at Beverley latest where he beat only one home.
Both those runs came in Class 5 handicaps, and he tackles a Class 6 contest here from 1lb lower in the weights so he may be able to take advantage of this lesser grade to resume winning ways.
2.10 – Cognac
3.10 – Montalvan
3.40- Caustic Love
4.10 – Ifton
4.40 – Dizorad
5.10 – Cuba Ruba
Lathom can get back on the winning trail at Musselburgh
(2.50) STORMIN TOM (4/1, Paddy Power) ended a losing stretching back almost one year and ten runs when successful at Ripon earlier in the month, and Tim Easterby’s charge could follow up here with confidence restored.
The Dylan Thomas gelding struck by a nose over War Brigade on that occasion, battling back well to claim the win, and having been raised just 1lb in the weights he remains well treated on his old form – especially now he’s partnered by a 5lbs claimer for this outing.
While he’s not the most reliable given his overall profile, he can remain competitive and it would be no surprise to see him following up here.
(3.20) NARAK (9/4, Coral) improved for her debut eighth at Newbury back in June where the ground may have been too soft, going on to finish third behind Farzeen at Redcar at the end of July where the Dubawi filly was beaten almost six lengths.
George Scott’s charge still looked rough around the edges in that outing, but the form has been boosted since by the winner going in again on their next run.
With the potential to improve again on that last run, she could be worth chancing in an ordinary race to get off the mark at the third attempt.
2.20 – Romantic Vision
2.50 – Stormin Tom
3.20 – Narak
3.50 – Luis Vaz De Torres
4.20 – Dante’s View
4.55 – Spirit Of Zebedee
5.25 – Redrosezorro
(5.05) It has been a long time since TRIBAL PATH (9/2, Bet365) last tasted success, and the Giant’s Causeway gelding’s losing streak stretches back to July 2016 when successful at this venue as part of a four-timer.
Damien English’s charge however hinted at a revival latest when finding only Cracking Name too strong at Tipperary earlier in the month, and if he were to replicate that effort then it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him going close.
A 2lbs rise in the weights is offset by his rider’s claim, and while not one for maximum faith nowadays he could be worth chancing to hold his form in this latest outing and run to a similar level where he could go one better.
(7.05) ROYAL AIDE (13/8, William Hill) stepped up on previous efforts to get off the mark at Killarney earlier in the month, and a repeat of that effort could see Joseph O’Brien’s charge follow up here.
The Galileo colt had shown only moderate form in maidens, but he improved on his second start in a handicap to run out a ready winner over Severus Alexander and a subsequent 6lbs penalty may not be enough of a burden towards preventing a repeat if he finds further improvement for that success.
Still relatively unexposed, he could follow up that last-time success here.
4.05 – Dancing On A Dream
4.35 – Cursu Mina
5.05 – Tribal Path
5.35 – Mimic’s Memory
6.05 – True Motion
6.35 – Associate Rock
7.05 – Royal Aide
7.35 – Malbas
Joseph OBrien can get amongst the winners at Bellewstown on Wednesday
(5.15) FORTUNES HIDING (9/2, William Hill) may have been amiss when pulling up at Southwell back in June; but Peter Bowen’s charge had been in good form previously with chase wins at Uttoxeter and Ffos Las, and the Beat Hollow gelding can back on the scoresheet.
A bumper winner here last June, he cut little ice subsequently over hurdles but he has found improvement for the switch to chasing, and having run out an easy winner over Volt Face on his return from four months off at Uttoxeter, he won a shade easier than the official winning margin might suggest at Ffos Las prior to his disappointing run latest.
He was pulled up immediately after a mid-race blunder, suggesting all was not well; but he could bounce back here, and every chance he can do better.
(5.45) CRYSTAL GAZING (13/8, Paddy Power) has made the frame in both starts in bumpers this term, latterly finding only one too strong at Newton Abbot, and Nicky Henderson’s charge can show improvement switching to hurdles now.
The Sulamani filly was beaten just over one length in that latest outing, but she shaped well and may have more to offer now tackling obstacles where a first-time tongue-tie is applied which could help.
This doesn’t look a particularly strong race, so every chance she can take another forward step here to get off the mark.
4.45 – Alexander The Grey
5.15 – Fortunes Hiding
5.45 – Crystal Gazing
6.15 – Jen’s Boy
6.45 – Maria Magdalena
7.15 – Cotswold Prince
7.45 – Cut And Run
(6.25) MUMS HOPE (15/8, Paddy Power) was a course and distance winner back in November last year, and Hughie Morrison’s charge can get back on the scoresheet here after a couple of solid placed efforts in recent weeks.
Having looked in need of the run on her reappearace at Wolverhampton, the Lethal Force filly failed to handle testing ground at Haydock when next seen. However, she subsequently found only one too good at Ascot behidn Ummalnar, and then was denied by less than two lengths into third behind Gin Palace at Windsor latest.
She didn’t help her chances with a tardy start, slowly away and stumbling leaving the stalls, so to finish as close as she did was a creditable run. She could still have scope to compete from this mark which is unchanged, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see her going close back at the scene of her triumph under title-chasing Oisin Murphy.
(7.25) SWANSDOWN (13/8, Coral) has been running creditably of late since returning from a break, finishing third in each of her last three outings.
William Haggas’ charge has been denied by three-parts of a length and a neck in outings at Yarmouth and Wolverhampton, and she was latterly denied by just over two lengths behinnd Cambric at Newmarket in a decent contest.
The Dubawi filly has seen that form franked by both the winner and fourth striking subsequent successes, and she turns out here from the same mark where the presence of Ryan Moore in the saddle suggests connections are hopeful of a big performance.
She can continue to make her presence felt, and it would be no surprise to see her in the mix again.
5.55 – National Treasure
6.25 – Mums Hope
6.55 – Khabeerah
7.25 – Swansdown
7.55 – Alma Linda
8.25 – Blame It On Sally
8.55 – Stallone