Wednesday 4 September horse racing tips – Haggas’ 11/4 chance can Mak-e light work of Bath rivals

William Haggas can saddle a winner at Bath on Wednesday.

William Haggas can saddle a winner at Bath on Wednesday.

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets across Wednesday’s UK and Irish racemeetings.

The loss of Hamilton’s evening flat fixture leaves five UK and Irish horse racing meetings go to post throughout Wednesday, where the afternoon sees jumps racing action from Southwell and Uttoxeter, as well as flat racing from Bath and also Gowran Park in Ireland.

Meanwhile, the evening racing action sees an all-weather taking place at Chelmsford.

Southwell (jumps) – 1.40 – 4.40pm (7 races)
Uttoxeter (jumps) – 1.50 – 4.20pm (6 races)
Bath (flat) – 2.00 – 5.00pm (7 races)
Gowran Park (flat) – 2.05 – 5.35pm (8 races)
Chelmsford (flat, aw) – 5.45 – 8.45pm (7 races)


(2.10) UTILITY (11/8, Bet365) has been in good form of late, winning his last two starts and David Bridgwater’s charge looks to hold decent claims of landing the hat-trick here.

Those wins have come at Uttoxeter and here latterly where he had two lengths to spare over Landsman, having struck by a wide margin previously over Malangen. The form of that Uttoxeter victory has taken a couple of boosts, and while the handicapper has nailed him with a 10lbs hike up the ratings, he could have more to offer while in this sort of form.

He can make his chasing experience count for plenty here, and while he has to give weight away all round he ought to go close again as he bids for his three-timer.

(3.40) SLAINE (Evens, Coral) might have been fortunate to win at Uttoxeter when last seen in July, getting first run on the field; but the Brian Boru mare can continue her winning run here despite another hike up the handicap.

Neil King’s charge had won previously at this venue and Fontwell prior to that latest success under a penalty where she beat Really Super by one length. That runner-up has won since, and there could still be some scope for better yet from this mark.

With the potential for further improvement, she can continue her good spell to strike again here.

1.40 – Royale Django
2.10 – Utility
2.40 – Patsio
3.10 – Double Court
3.40 – Slaine
4.10 – Smart Getaway
4.40 – Golden Coin


Southwell are racing over the sticks on Wednesday.


(2.50) MISS TYNTE (9/4, Ladbrokes) benefitted from a wind-operation and the application of a tongue-tie for the first time when scoring readily at Worcester last week, and David Pipe’s charge can quickly follow up here.

The Mahler mare won at Ludlow last April, and she possibly failed to see out three miles next time prior to being off the track for eleven months. Having possibly then needed the run on her reappearance at Fontwell in March, she disappointed over this trip at Haydock before another absence which saw her undergo that wind surgery.

He struck by 14 lengths on that last outing, readily coming clear to post a wide-margin victory and a 7lbs penalty may not be enough to prevent her from following up if she arrives in similar mood and assuming this outing doesn’t come too soon.

(3.20) ASOCKASTAR (4/1, Bet365) was a dual winner for his previous handler, scoring wins at Leicester and Fakenham, and having rounded off his time with Daniel Bourne when finishing third behind Wonderful Charm at Stratford he subsequently moved to Milton Bradley’s yard where he won at the first time of asking over this course and distance.

That win came back in July, and he subsequently lost no caste in defeat when beaten just over two lengths behind the reopposing Demi Sang at Cartmel.

Unchanged at the weights, he has a 7lbs pull with his last-time conquerer who won a shade readily. But the Milan gelding is chanced to turn the tables here in receipt of the weight and the pair ought to fight out the finish again.

1.50 – Stonemadforspeed
2.20 – Finalshot
2.50 – Miss Tynte
3.20 – Asockastar
3.50 – Birch Vale
4.20 – Tempuran


(3.00) SACRED SPRITE (7/2, Paddy Power) is relatively lightly-raced, and the Nathaniel filly arrives here in decent heart having hit the crossbar the last twice.

A Wolverhampton winner back in May, she ran her best race since that success when denied only by one length at Chelmsford in August, and her last outing where she finished some 13 lengths adrift of the winner was possibly better than the bare result suggests.

That run came at this venue, and it was contested as a fierce pace; John Berry’s charge was held up on that occasion, and while no match for the easy winner she was in turn well clear of the third and rest. She has a lesser trip to contend with here, while she has the services of a top claimer so every chance she can do better and get back on the scoresheet where she could still have some scope from this mark.

(3.30) MAKTABBA (11/4, Bet365) may have found the ground against her when disappointing at Leicester last month, but William Haggas’ charge could be worth another chance having struck the time before at Lingfield on better ground.

The Dansili filly beat only one home last time out, trailing in almost twelve lengths adrift of the winner on her handicap debut. She remains with scope however from this mark, and it perhaps wasn’t her running in ground that arguably might have been too soft.

Back on a better surface now, the handicapper has eased her 2lbs in the weights following that performance and she’s not one to write off just yet here.

2.00 – Lorna Cole
2.30 – Laikaparty
3.00 – Sacred Sprite
3.30 – Maktabba
4.00 – Frantical
4.30 – City Of Love
5.00 – Lalania


Bath are racing on Wednesday


(2.35) OCEAN AIR (6/1, Ladbrokes) found a jolt of improvement fitted with cheekpieces for the first time at Hamilton back in July, and John McConnell’s charge is taken to follow up.

The Rio de La Plata gelding had a neck to spare over Be Proud on that occasion having been out of sorts previously.

He won a shade cosily, finding enough when challenged despite the runner-up meeting some trouble in running; the form has since been given a boost by the fourth registering a subsequent win, and a 6lbs rise in the weights is largely offset by his rider’s claim here.

If the cheekpieces have the same positive effect as last time out then he could go well and it would be no surprise to see him firmly in the mix.

(3.35) EDWARD HOPPER (3/1, Paddy Power) showed improvement following a solid debut effort at Leopardstown in July to find only one too good latest at the Curragh where Ger Lyons’ charge was beaten less than one length behind Brook On Fifth.

The Excelebration colt in turn pulled clear of the third horse home, and the form was largely upheld by the winner acquitting himself well in defeat in the Group Three Flame Of Tara Stakes last month.

He still looked a little rough in that last outing, but he remains open to further progress and may have better yet still to come. He can find another jolt of improvement to open his account now at the third attempt.

2.05 – The Feathered Nest
2.35 – Ocean Air
3.05 – Mean Fomhair
3.35 – Edward Hopper
4.05 – Galtee Mist
4.35 – Bashiyr
5.05 – Cerberus
5.35 – Party Playboy

Ger Lyons

Ger Lyons can get amongst the winners at Gowran Park


(6.45) It has been a while since FAIR POWER (7/4, William Hill) last tasted victory, but he arrives here having held his form well in recent starts and he may be about to strike.

The Power gelding was denied by less than two lengths latest behind Sandy Steve at Chelmsford last month where he sported first-time cheekpieces, and John Butler’s charge could go one better now turning out from just 1lb higher in the weights as he drops into a seller.

He possibly bumped into an improving sort in that last outing, but a repeat of that effort could be good enough this time around and he can strike here.

(8.15) TADLEEL (15/2, Ladbrokes) won twice as a juvenile, scoring wins at Newmarket and Kempton; but the Dark Angel gelding failed to build on his promise last term, largely disappointing in four starts which include failing to beat a rival on his final outing of the campaign at Newmarket last August.

Ed Dunlop’s charge however ran a more promising race back from a year-long absence at Kempton last month, finishing just over one length adrift of Lethal Lunch and a repeat of that effort could see him get off the mark.

He possibly just too much on that occasion, and he was already beaten when being hampered; but he should strip fitter for that run and could step up now.

5.45 – Cobber Kain
6.15 – Furious
6.45 – Fair Power
7.15 – Dubai Warrior
7.45 – Nazeef
8.15 – Tadleel
8.45 – Barca