Wednesday 29 June horse racing tips – Top race-by-race selections for every fixture across the UK and Ireland
Brian Healy gives his best bets and race-by-race selections for every UK and Irish racecard.
Wednesday’s fixture list of horse racing meetings sees six racecards going to post across the UK and Ireland, and there is afternoon action taking place on the flat from the cards at Catterick; while there is also jumps racing action from both Perth and Worcester.
In the evening the focus is very much on the flat with cards from Bath and Kempton, and also from Fairyhouse in Ireland.
- Catterick (flat) – 2.00 – 5.30pm (8 races)
- Perth (jumps) – 2.10 – 5.10pm (7 races)
- Worcester (jumps) – 2.20 – 5.55pm (8 races)
- Fairyhouse (flat) – 5.15 – 8.50pm (8 races)
- Bath (flat) – 6.00 – 9.00 (7 races)
- Kempton (flat, aw) – 6.10 – 9.10pm (7 races)
(2.00) This looks a good opportunity for RUSUMAAT (13/8, Paddy Power) to resume winning ways, having won two starts ago at Redcar prior to finding the step up in class in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot too much.
Mark Johnston’s Arcano colt looked a good prospect when trouncing Tawny Port by seven lengths at Redcar, and he should find this company more to his level. He should appreciate having his sights lowered, and he can get back on the scoresheet.
(3.00) SAN CASSIANO (6/1, Bet365) hasn’t won for over one year, with his last success coming at Redcar last June; but Ruth Carr’s charge has posted some solid efforts in defeat, finding the frame in three of his last four starts and running better than the bare result last time at Ripon when fifth behind Pertuis.
The front-running Bertolini gelding perhaps resented being harried for the lead last time, but he could enjoy an uncontested lead this time around and should give another good account.
- 2.00 – Rusumaat
- 2.30 – Noah Amor
- 3.00 – San Cassiano
- 3.30 – Quick N Quirky
- 4.00 – Danish Duke
- 4.30 – Jess
- 5.00 – Scarpeta
- 5.30 – See Vermont
(3.10) MISS JOEKING (11/2, William Hill) looks the most solid option to prevail in a race where most have a question to answer.
Lucinda Russell’s charge has been holding her form well since scoring at Hexham in November, finishing third in all three subsequent starts which include at back at that venue in May when beaten six lengths behind Desert Island Dusk.
That trip on the faster ground was possibly too sharp for the Alkaadhem mare, who had shaped well over further on a softer surface, and these conditions and trip should prove more suitable for her chances.
- 2.10 – John Monash
- 2.40 – Amilliontimes
- 3.10 – Miss Joeking
- 3.40 – Russian Regent
- 4.10 – Maraweh
- 4.40 – Vision De La Vie
- 5.10 – Astaroland
(2.50) BOBBLE BORU (8/1, Bet365) has the ability to beat this field convincingly if at her best, but Venetia Williams’ charge has often been let down by her jumping and so isn’t one to trust implicitly that he’ll deliver her best.
The Brian Boru mare hasn’t won since scoring at Ffos Las last November, failing to complete in six of her subsequent starts. She did post a couple of creditable efforts at Warwick and Perth back in April, but jumping frailties have resurfaced in more recent starts, including when fifth at Towcester last time.
Stepping back up in trip, she is well-handicapped on the pick of her form if her jumping stands up; and if it does she can go close.
Aidan Coleman can get amongst the Worcester winners aboard Clubs Are Trumps.
(3.50) BALLINURE (5/2, Ladbrokes) bounced back from a poor effort at Fakenham on New Year’s Day to score at Uttoxeter at the end of May when returning from a break, and Nicky Henderson’s charge can follow up.
The Alkaadhem gelding is a lightly raced sort, having had just a handful of runs since switching away from the point-to-point sphere, and given connections it is feasible to think there may be more to come from him despite being 5lbs higher in the weights this time around.
- 2.20 – Clubs Are Trumps
- 2.50 – Bobble Boru
- 3.20 – Libby T Valance
- 3.50 – Ballinure
- 4.20 – Preseli Rock
- 4.50 – Sporting Milan
- 5.20 – Dragoon Guard
- 5.55 – Act Of Supremacy
(5.50) TIME TO REASON (3/1, Bet365) has produced a trio of solid efforts, bettering the result of each previous run, culminating in a runner-up effort at Leopardstown earlier in June when beaten seven lengths behind a promising sort from Ed Lynam’s charge.
Johnny Murtagh’s Kyllachy gelding may in time prove better in handicaps, but for now a similar effort to the one he produced last time could suffice to see him get off the mark in what looks an ordinary maiden.
- 5.15 – Touch Of Frost
- 5.50 – Time To Reason
- 6.20 – Butterfly Kisses
- 6.50 – Shinyhappyjohn
- 7.20 – Usain
- 7.50 – An Duine Uasal
- 8.20 – Spader
- 8.50 – Along The Shore
(6.30) Mark Johnston’s runners rarely want for fitness, and GOLD MERLION (9/2, William Hill) could be the one to side with on her seasonal return.
The Alhaarth filly was a winner at Thirsk on her debut, beating Ribbing by a neck back in July last term; and she followed up with a solid third of five to Carrington at Goodwood the following month.
Never involved in a valuable sales rare at the Curragh on her final start, she is bred to appreciate this stiffer test and could have more to offer if fit to go on her return.
(8.00) THE INVISIBLE DOG (5/1, Betbright) stepped up on his debut effort to run a solid fourth at Salisbury earlier in the month, looking strong at the finish and suggesting that this step up in trip might eke out further improvement.
Richard Hannon’s Canford Cliffs colt was beaten just over two lengths behind Open ‘n Shut on that occasion, and with two of those who finished behind him having won since to give the form a boost then it wouldn’t be a surprise to see improvement from him now his stamina is being drawn out.
- 6.00 – Final Choice
- 6.30 – Gold Merlion
- 7.00 – Cosette
- 7.30 – St Michel
- 8.00 – The Invisible Dog
- 8.30 – Kody Ridge
- 9.00 – Showmethewayavrilo
(6.40) TAQAAREED (6/4, Bet365) made a strong impression despite showing signs of definite inexperience when fifth on debut at Sandown, finishing to good effect and with running left once the penny dropped.
John Gosden’s Sea The Stars filly is a very well-bred sort, and there should be plenty of improvement to come on the back of that first run now that she will likely know a good deal more about what is required.
Assuming she progresses as expected, she could well prove to be the one they all have to beat in this contest, and she can get off the mark.
(7.10) MISS SUGARS (9/2, William Hill) is open to improvement having won on debut despite looking in need of the experience when gaining a short-head verdict over Princeofthequeen at Thirsk earlier in the month.
David Simcock’s Harbour Watch filly ran on well once the penny dropped to get up on the post, and open to further improvement with that outing under her belt, she can follow up in this contest for a stable who has been amongst the winners of late.
- 6.10 – Desert Strike
- 6.40 – Taqaareed
- 7.10 – Miss Sugars
- 7.40 – Exalted
- 8.10 – King Calypso
- 8.40 – Pecking Order
- 9.10 – Geoff Potts