Wednesday 7 August horse racing tips – Perrett’s 5/1 chance can come home in Front at Kempton
Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for Wednesday’s UK and Irish racemeetings.
Six UK and Irish fixtures will unfold on Wednesday, and there is afternoon action on the level from Bath and Brighton, as well as from Pontefract.
There is also an afternoon flat racing card in Ireland which comes from Sligo.
In the evening, further flat racing fixtures come on the all-weather from Kempton, and on turf from Yarmouth.
Brighton (flat) – 2.00 – 5.00pm (7 races)
Sligo (flat) – 2.05 – 5.35pm (8 races)
Bath (flat) – 2.10 – 5.10pm (7 races)
Pontefract (flat) – 2.20 – 5.20pm (7 races)
Yarmouth (flat) – 5.15 – 8.15pm (7 races)
Kempton (flat, aw) – 5.30 – 8.30pm (7 races)
(3.30) It could be worth chancing on SANDY STEVE (9/2, Bet365) to find another jolt of improvement, and Stuart Williams’ charge can go close here.
The Aussie Rules gelding showed little in a trio of novice and maiden outings, but he found some small measure of progress to finish fourth at Newmarket on his handicap debut in June where he was beaten around six lengths behind Potenza.
The winner and third from that race have both won since, and he was only beaten one length behind the latter. He has subsequently been eased 2lbs in the weights, while this step up in trip could be a positive move and may unlock some further potential.
The booking of title-chasing Oisin Murphy also catches the eye for this assignment, and he can find another jolt of progress to get off the mark now.
(5.00) IMBUCATO (11/2, Paddy Power) doesn’t arrive here in the best form of his life, but the Paco Boy gelding does go well at this venue, and he is chanced to bounce back here.
Tony Carroll’s charge is a two-time course and distance winner, with his last coming in September last year where be beat Solveig’s Song. He’s been in and out formwise since, but he did go close here in May when touched off into third by less than one length behind Confrerie.
A shade disappointing latest, he remains on his last winning mark and if on a going day may be capable of exploiting this rating again to get back on the scoresheet.
2.00 – Bartat
2.30 – Hariboux
3.00 – Born To Reason
3.30 – Sandy Steve
4.00 – Medieval
4.30 – Warning Fire
5.00 – Imbucato
(2.35) FOR THE TREES (5/4, Bet365) has shown up well on all three career starts to date, posting the best effort of those at Leopardstown in July where the Ivawood filly was beaten only a half-length behind Brunelle when stepped up to six furlongs for the first time.
Jessica Harrington’s charge tried to make all that day, but she was gunned down late by the winner although the front two had drawn clear of the rest.
This extended five furlongs could well provide a catalyst for further improvement, and this may prove to be an ideal opportunity for her to get off the mark at the fourth attempt where a repeat of that last outing could prove good enough to see her opening her account.
(3.35) TRUEBA (4/1, Bet365) has found a jolt of improvement in recent starts, and Johnny Murtagh’s charge has made the frame in each of his last four outings which includes a Naas win in June where he beat Powersville.
The Alhebayeb gelding was last seen finishing third at Gowran Park last month, not helped by a tardy start which saw him give up a few lengths and race further back than ideal. However, it was nevertheless a decent outing, and the winner of that race did the form no harm next time when finishing a close runner-up on their next outing.
Racing off the same mark here, and with the yard in decent form then it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him remaining competitive and he can go close here.
2.05 – Eastern Racer
2.35 – For The Trees
3.05 – Erlking
3.35 – Trueba
4.05 – Mary Salome
4.35 – Echo Park
5.05 – Edification
5.35 – Pearl Warrior
(3.10) PERFECT GRACE (7/2, William Hill) got off the mark when scoring over course and distance last month, beating War Of Succession by almost three lengths, and her latest outing at Leicester can be forgiven as she was badly squeezed up and lost momentum when trying to challenge behind Beguiling Charm.
Not given a hard time subsequently, the Bated Breath filly could be worth chancing to bounce back to winning form here returning to the scene of her sole win to date. She had finished runner-up over course and distance on his run previous to that breakthrough success, and she could still be capable of better.
She had looked progressive prior to that Leicester mishap, and she can regain the winning thread here.
(4.10) LUCKY NUMBER (2/1, Bet365) found some improvement for a switch to handicapping last time out, finishing just under two lengths’ third behind Debbonair at Doncaster in a muddling race.
William Haggas’ Dark Angel gelding may have found that longer trip stretching her stamina, but a drop back to one mile could see her in better light where she can race off the same mark of 64 which remains workable.
Add in Georgia Cox’s claim and he could go well in a weak-looking contest, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if she were to pick up the win here.
2.10 – Three Little Birds
2.40 – Modern British Art
3.10 – Perfect Grace
3.40 – Mubariz
4.10 – Lucky Number
4.40 – Blame It On Sally
5.10 – Case Key
(3.50) JUNIORS FANTASY (7/2, Bet365) remains a maiden after ten starts, but he has gone close on a number of occasions including when touched off by a head two starts back at Hamilton behind Spirit Of Sarwan when equipped with a tongue-tie for the first time.
The War Command gelding subsequently finished third at Musselburgh behind My Ukelele, not helped by a slow start; but that winner has won since, and Tim Easterby’s charge turns out here 1lb lower int eh weights.
This field of runners has found winning difficult in recent starts, so he he could be worth chancing with a repeat of that effort to get off the mark in what appears to be a winnable contest.
(4.50) JOHNNY CAVAGIN (10/3, William Hill) could be worth chancing under a penalty to follow up his most recent success which came over course and distance at the end of July, and the veteran is always worth a second look when turning out here.
The Superior Premium gelding is 2-2 over course and distance, as well as being a five-time winner at Pontefract in his career from ten starts; he latterly had a head to spare over Super Julius, and a 4lbs penalty ought to leave Paul Midgley’s charge still competitive.
The penalty still leaves him 2lbs well in given he is due to go up again in the weights, so connections might be proved right in turning the veteran out again over course and distance where he can strike again.
2.20 – Into The Zone
2.50 – Three Fans
3.20 – Mac Ailey
3.50 – Juniors Fantasy
4.20 – Speed Company
4.50 – Johnny Cavagin
5.20 – Calder Prince
5.50 – Baby Steps
(6.15) KONIGIN (7/2, Paddy Power) had been in decent fettle on the all-weather over the winter following her move to this yard from Luca Cumani, and despite her subsequent absence John Berry’s charge could be worth chancing to go close.
The Shamardal filly was last seen finishing third of nine runners behind Geordielad at Chelmsford, beaten around five lengths, and while her earlier turf record is uninspiring, she could find improvement back on this surface in a very winnable race.
Assuming she is fully wound up on his reappearance, the booking of Jamie Spencer looks a positive to her chances and this looks a decent opportunity for her to get off the mark.
(6.45) STARCZEWSKI (11/4, William Hill) has been in good form this term, collecting a trio of silver medals before getting off the mark over this course last month where he kept on well to deny Starfighter by just over one length.
David Simcock’s Magician gelding appeared suited by the fast pace, and despite hanging late he finished well on top. He could well improve further for this greater step up in trip, although the pace may not be quite as strong as he enjoyed last time.
Nevertheless, a 2lbs rise for that win looks very palatable, and with the potential for better still and assuming he sees out the extra yardage then it would be no surprise to see him going close here.
5.15 – Perfect Charm
5.45 – Sun Cuisine
6.15 – Konigin
6.45 – Starczewski
7.15 – Phoenix Star
7.45 – Dupioni
8.15 – Caen Na Coille
(6.30) OSLO (7/1, William Hill) was very green on his debut at Newbury last month, but the Gleneagles colt wasn’t given a tough introduction to racing and he ought to have learned plenty from the experience.
Like many from the Sir Michael Stoute academy, he is likely to come on for his debut and he did hint at some ability amidst his inexperience where he finished sixth behind Encipher although he was beaten around nine lengths at the line.
Likely to be sharper now with that run under his belt, he is expected to do better here and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him take a big step forward from that debut experience to go close.
(7.30) FRONTISPIECE (5/1, Bet365) proved a useful if frustrating customer for Sir Michael Stoute, and that trend looked set to continue following his move to Amanda Perrett where the Shamardal gelding posted a couple of moderate efforts before getting off the mark for his new yard at Newbury in June.
A short-head winner over Mackaar on that occasion, making most of the running and battling on gamely for the win, he has since seen that form boosted by wins for the third, fourth and fifth horses home; while the runner-up was fancied for a Listed race next time although failed to deliver.
A 3lbs rise in the weights leaves him still fairly treated at the weights having twice finished runner-up from higher, and a repeat of that last winning effort could be enough to see him follow up here where he takes a slight ease in grade back into a Class 4 contest.
5.30 – Mochalov
6.00 – Dubai Warrior
6.30 – Oslo
7.00 – Expressionism
7.30 – Frontispiece
8.00 – Land Of Oz
8.30 – Dubrava