Wednesday 9 October horse racing tips – O’Neill’s 5/4 chance can strike again with Wincanton success

Team Jonjo O'Neill can combine for success at Wincanton

Team Jonjo O’Neill can combine for success at Wincanton

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for Wednesday’s UK and Irish horse racing meetings.

Six meetings will head to post throughout Wednesday, and the afternoon action on the flat comes from the meetings at Nottingham and Navan in Ireland; while over the sticks there is racing on the agenda at both Ludlow and Wincanton.

Completing Wednesday’s fixture list are a brace of all-weather fixtures in the evening with cards on the polytrack at Kempton, and on tapeta at Newcastle.

Ludlow (jumps) – 12.15 – 3.20pm (7 races)
Navan (jumps) – 1.30 – 5.15pm (8 races)
Nottingham (flat) – 1.55 – 5.00pm (7 races)
WIncanton (jumps) – 2.05 – 4.50pm (6 races)
Kempton (flat, aw) – 4.35 – 8.10pm (8 races)
Newcastle (flat, aw) – 5.25 – 8.25pm (7 races)


(12.45) YEAVERING BELLE (5/4, Ladbrokes) beat a fair field when landing a Warwick bumpber back in February, and Kim Bailey’s charge showed useful form in defeat in two subsequent outings in that sphere which include in a Cheltenham bumper in April where the Midnight Legend mare found only Mystic Dreamer too strong.

However, she got back to winning ways when making a successful hurdles debut at Newton Abbot in May and with that experience under her belt she could show improvement to follow up here.

She won a shade readily in that outing despite the narrow margin of victory, and the front two had pulled well clear of the rest. With the potential for progression in this sphere, she can take a forward step on the back of that hurdling debut and every chance she can go in again.

(1.15) GONE PLATINUM (5/2, William Hill) has really been holding his well since the turn of the year, only once finishing out of the first four and racking up five wins over hurdles and fences, the latter of which came at Bangor back in August where the Mountain High gelding beat Diablo De Rouhet.

Dai Rees’ charge has been given a break since those exploits, but he returns here only 2lbs higher in the weights and the veteran ought to remain competitive despite that rise up the ratings.

He may be ten now, but he is still unexposed as a staying chaser and could well thrive over this yardage; assuming he turns up here in the same form prior to his break then it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a bold show and he can strike again.

12.15 – Olympic Honour
12.45 – Yeavering Belle
1.15 – Gone Platinum
1.45 – Aweemint
2.15 – Byron Flyer
2.45 – Petrucci
3.20 – Hello Boo


Ludlow race on Wednesday over the sticks


(2.55) DUKE OF CONDICOTE (11/2, Bet365) has encountered soft ground in two of his three career starts to date, and while Alan King’s charge has yet to trouble in the judge in his outings thus far the No Nay Never colt has shaped with some promise, latterly finishing around four lengths’ behind Khalifa Sat at Goodwood latest when stepped up to ten miles.

Now switching to a handicap from what could prove a lenient mark, he has the services of a good 5lbs claimer to further ease his burden and with experience of these conditions to call upon he could go close here.

He has found steady improvement with each run, bettering his finishing position every time and likely to have further improvement for his top yard then he holds solid claims.

(4.00) CLASSIC CHARM (9/2, Bet365) is 2-3 on deep ground and Dean Ivory’s charge can land further success with the conditions likely to be testing again.

The Rip Van Winkle filly scored her latest win here two starts ago when running out an impressive seven lengths’ winner over Bruyere, and she had also struck here in May. She wasn’t disgraced when finishing ten lengths’ third behind Romola back here latest in what was a better race, and she could take advantage of the lesser grade here.

The winner has gone in again since, and she turns out on the back of a short break following a busy spell so should be fresh; she can get back on the winning trail here off the same mark as last time.

1.25 – Moosmee
1.55 – Maid In Manhattan
2.25 – Too Big To Fail
2.55 – Duke Of Condicote
3.30 – Vive Le Difference
4.00 – Classic Charm
4.30 – Sod’s Law
5.00 – Deinonychus


(3.05) PILLAR (13/2, William Hill) stepped up on a pair of recent bronze medal finishes at Bellewstown and Laytown to get back on the scoresheet at Fairyhouse latest, and Anthony McGuinness’ charge could be worth chancing to follow up here.

The Rock Of Gibraltar gelding had one length to spare over Rag Tatter, keeping on well and taking advantage of his sliding handicap mark.

The Rock Of Gibraltar gelding is an infrequent winner, and that latest success was only the fourth of his career; but a 6lbs rise in the weights leaves him well-treated still on the pick of his best form, and he has won from higher in the past so a repeat of that latest outing could be enough to see him go close once more.

(4.10) ARTHUR’S KINGDOM (2/1, Paddy Power) has hit the crossbar on both starts to date, but the Camelot colt could be worth chancing to get off the mark at the third attempt and Aidan O’Brien’s charge ought to go close here.

Beaten only one length behind Toronto on debut at Leopardstown, he stepped up on that effort to be denied only by a nose behind Baby Zeus at Kilbeggan latest and the pair finished clear of a next-time winner.

Those runs set a decent standard, and with the potential to imrove further then it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him open his account now.

1.30 – Flaming Moon
2.00 – Cobb And Co
2.30 – Son And Sannie
3.05 – Pillar
3.40 – Zodiacus
4.10 – Arthur’s Kingdom
4.40 – Mean Fomhair
5.15 – Watchman


Aidan OBrien can saddle a Navan winner on Wednesday


(2.35) JOLY MAKER (5/4, Bet365) got off the mark and shed his maiden tag when running out a ready winner over fences at Southwell last week, and Jonjo O’Neill’s charge could be worth keeping onside again back over hurdles where a repeat would put him firmly in the mix.

The Saddler Maker gelding only had a half-length to spare over Hurricane Rita, but it was a comfortable success and he turns out here from the same mark as he reverts to timber for this latest outing.

The step back up in trip is a slight negative, as that win and his best form in Ireland for Enda Bolger all came over two miles; but he did make the frame on his only previous outing over this distance and he can continue to remain competitive if the switch back to the smaller obstacles doesn’t catch him out.

(3.10) MAJESTIC TOUCH (11/4, Paddy Power) has proven to be a fairly useful sort over hurdles, and Philip Hobbs’ charge shaped with some promise when sent chasing at Worcester last month where he finished third behind Mellow Ben and will likely be better for that experience.

Although he was beaten a fair distance, he made a decent first fist of life over the larger obstacle where he pulled hard and made some mistakes. However, the winner of that race has won again since, and the experience of fences is unlikely to be lost on him, so there’s every chance that he can improve for that outing.

Switched to handicapping for this next start, he doesn’t look overfazed by a mark of 123 and the Kalanisi gelding could do better now equipped with a first-time tongue-tie.

2.05 – Get The Appeal
2.35 – Joly Maker
3.10 – Majestic Touch
3.45 – Capitaine
4.20 – Butlergrove King
4.50 – Hunting Percival


(5.10) STAR OF WELLS (10/3, William Hill) still looked very inexperienced when last sighted at Wolverhampton in August, but it is likely William Haggas’ charge has further improvement in him and he could be worth chancing to take a forward step and get off the mark at the third attempt.

The Sea The Stars colt finished around 10 lengths’ fourth latest behind Dubai Souq, staying on at one pace although the way the race developed possibly didn’t suit. He possibly just didn’t quite get home over the one mile on that occasion, and this drop to seven furlongs might suit better although he may appreciate a strong pace.

Nevertheless, he looks worth chancing for his yard which is in better fettle now than earlier in the season, and he can continue to find progress to get off the mark here at the third attempt.

(6.10) GERANIUM (7/1, William Hill) is in decent heart at present, winning back-to-back at Sandown and Newmarket respectively in July and August prior to being thwarted under a penalty back at Sandown at the end of August behind Geetanjali.

Hughie Morrison’s charge was last seen finishing runner-up again back at Newmarket last month, beaten four lengths behind Long Call where the sharper trip might not have played to his strengths.

However, the Sakhee’s Secret filly steps back up in in distance here which will be more to his liking, and a mark of 74 certainly doesn’t seem to be beyond him so every chance he can get back on the winning trail here.

4.35 – Desert Peace
5.10 – Star Of Wells
5.40 – Maximum Effect
6.10 – Geranium
6.40 – Marnie James
7.10 – Jaleel
7.40 – Molivaliente
8.10 – Garth Rockett


Kempton are racing on their all weather surface on Wednesday


(6.25) TULIP FIELDS (11/4, Bet365) has met with defeat on all three starts to date, but Mark Johnston’s Golden Horn filly remains with promise and could get off the mark here at the fourth attempt.

She has made the frame in each of those outings, latterly finishing just over one length third behind Heart Reef at Haydock last month, only giving way late having made most of the running.

With the potential for further improvement to come over this longer trip, she could prove a tough nut to crack with the benefit of experience to call upon and no surprise if she were to open her account.

(7.55) ALNADIR (7/2, Ladbrokes) was hampered and fell at Chelmsford latest, but Simon Crisford’s charge was still in the argument, and if the Noble Mission gelding is none the worse then he could could get back on the scoresheet here.

A Nottingham winner on his final juvenile startm he had finished runner-up in three of his previous four starts prior to that mishap which included twice being beaten only one length in outings at Bath and Brighton respectively.

He can run off the same mark here, and given a break following his spill he could resume winning ways on his return if feeling no ill effects.

5.25 – Chica Buena
5.55 – Good Tidings
6.25 – Tulip Fields
6.55 – Idoapologise
7.25 -Sonja Henie
7.55 – Alnadir
8.25 – Sharp Talk