Wednesday’s racing tips and best bets – Mount Moriah can scale Nottingham heights

Five UK and Irish horse racing fixtures go to post on Wednesday, including Bangor.

Five UK and Irish horse racing fixtures go to post on Wednesday, including Bangor.

Brian Healy has Wednesday horse racing tips and best bets for 27 September 2016 racecards across the UK and Ireland where five fixtures go to post.

Wednesday sees a further five-fixture schedule of horse racing fixtures, and the day’s flat racing action comes from Salisbury and Nottingham; while there are jumps racing fixtures from Bangor, and from Sligo in Ireland.

In the evening, there is racing on the all-weather with a fixture at Kempton.

Salisbury (flat) – 1.50 – 5.00pm (7 races)

Nottingham (flat) – 2.00 – 5.10pm (7 races)

Sligo (jumps) – 2.05 – 5.15pm (7 races)

Bangor (jumps) – 2.10 – 4.50pm (6 races)

Kempton (flat, aw) – 5.40 – 8.40pm (7 races)


(2.20) KOEMAN (5/1, bet365) stepped up on a low-key debut run at Ascot earlier in the month to finish a solid fourth of eleven runners behind a couple of potentially smart types, and likely to progress again from that outing the Dutch Art colt can get off the mark.

Mick Channon’s charge was beaten just over three lengths behind Swiss Storm and City Of Joy, and with the stable in good form and the services of Champion Jockey-elect Jim Crowley in the saddle, it wouldn’t come as a big surprise to see him getting competitive in an interesting maiden contest.

Pettochside (2nd left, noseband) can resume winning ways at Salisbury.

Pettochside (2nd left, noseband) can resume winning ways at Salisbury.

(3.20) PETTOCHSIDE (11/2, bet365) seems to save his best for Goodwood, so there is a possibility he’ll be well-suited by this track, and John Bridger’s charge can get back to winning ways.

The Refuse To Bend gelding has won three times at the Sussex venue, including back in May when running out a comfortable winner over Joe Packet. He’s been placed in all five starts since, and was beaten just over one length behind Symposium back at Goodwood last time off this mark.

He is due to go up 2lbs in future runs, so he is obvious interest racing off his current rating and he should give another good account.

1.50 – Make Time

2.20 – Koeman

2.50 – Eqtiraan

3.20 – Pettochside

3.55 – Beach Bar

4.30 – Knight Commander

5.00 – Wynford


(3.00) MOUNT MORIAH (2/1, bet365) looked a potentially decent sort when stepping up on his debut fifth to register a win at Kempton last month, running out a comfortable three-lengths winner over Emenem.

Ralph Beckett’s Mount Nelson gelding wasn’t disgraced when making his nursery debut behind Khalidi next time at Doncaster, finishing fourth and beaten around three lengths; but back down in grade here and upped to a trip that could well unlock further improvement he should go close from a mark that looks well within his compass.

Ralph Beckett can saddle a winner on Nottingham's Wednesday racecard.

Ralph Beckett can saddle a winner on Nottingham’s Wednesday racecard.

(4.40) It could be worth chancing CURIOUS FOX (8/1, bet365) to land a hat-trick of wins after earlier successes on the all-weather at Kempton leading up to this crack at a three-timer.

Anthony Carson’s Bertolini filly takes a step up in class here, having posted her last success in a Class 5 contest; this is a Class 3 race, and despite going up 3lbs for her latest success, she still finds herself 1lb wrong at the weights.

However, she has been making good progress this term, having also won at Brighton back in June, so the return to turf won’t trouble her and she has a good 3lbs claimer in Noel Garbutt taking the reins.

All things considered, she could be well-treated despite taking a jump in class, and if continuing her upward curve she could be a danger to all given she still has scope to improve further.

2.00 – Her Terms

2.30 – Whispering Bell

3.00 – Mount Moriah

3.30 – Bedrock

4.05 – Master Gunner

4.40 – Curious Fox

5.10 – Noble Act


(3.35) DRAYCOTT PLACE (7/4, bet365) was in the process of running another solid race when unshipping his rider at Listowel earlier in the month, yet to be asked for his effort and still travelling well when making a bad mistake two out.

John Ryan’s charge would surely have gone close, having looked to have the measure of the winner and where the reopposing Pumbaa looked a well-held third prior to the departure of the Oscar gelding.

Without a win since his last success over Urano at Tramore in April last year, he has been set some stiff tasks since, and he has run well in defeat in recent starts over both hurdles and fences, including when beaten just over one length over timber behind Hidden Cyclone at Listowel earlier in September.

Assuming he is none the worse for that last mishap, he can make amends here and he could be hard to beat with a clear round of jumping back over fences.

(4.45) GETOUTWHENYOUCAN (9/1, bet365) was a fairly progressive and useful hurdler for Charlie Swan a couple of seasons back, but the Beneficial gelding seemed to lose his way over fences towards the end of 2014, although he did face some stiff tasks against the likes of Mr Fiftyone and Smashing.

Having moved yards to Anthony Leahy, he has been brought back steadily and he showed he retained plenty of ability when scoring at Wexford in March, beating Prickly. Not seen to best effect next time, he has been given a break and makes his seasonal debut back over fences here.

With a chase mark significantly below his hurdles rating, he could be well-treated if able to translate his winning form over timber back to the larger obstacles, and he could be capable of better in this sphere, and he could represent value against the standard-setting Sizing Coal.

2.05 – Retour En France

2.35 – Vinnie Luck

3.05 – Riviera Sun

3.35 – Draycott Place

4.10 – Havana Dancer

4.45 – Getoutwhenyoucan

5.15 – Willow Grange


(3.10) JOHNS SPIRIT (2/1, bet365) doesn’t seem to be quite the force of old, while he has often saved his best form for Cheltenham. However, Jonjo O’Neill’s charge can get back to winning ways in this contest.

A former winner of the Paddy Power Gold Cup, the Gold Well gelding wasn’t seen at his best in a handful of starts last term, and it is now approaching two years since he last tasted success. However, his run behind Voix D’eau back in April suggested he still retains plenty of ability when finishing runner-up to that horse in a competitive handicap contest, and he went well again behind Sir Valentino at Market Rasen in May.

He has fallen considerably down the weights since his last win off a mark of 147, and he races here from just 136 – 3lbs below the rating he won the 2013 Paddy Power Gold Cup from – so clearly boasts solid claims at the weights despite having to concede weight all round dropped further in class. Assuming he arrives fit to do himself justice following a five-month break, he could prove hard to beat if running anywhere near his best.

2.10 – Bumble Bay

2.40 – Aqalim

3.10 – Johns Spirit

3.45 – Whatsthatallabout

4.20 – Kalaskadesemilly

4.50 – Court King

John's Spirit can win at Bangor on Wednesday.

John’s Spirit can win at Bangor on Wednesday.


(6.10) CONSIDERED OPTION (4/5, bet365) should prove hard to beat if building on her promising debut run at Newbury last month, where Ralph Beckett’s charge was beaten just a neck behind another potentially smart sort in Partitia.

That form is strong with the winner since scoring in a competitive contest at Chester prior to finishing fifth in the Group Three Firth Of Clyde Stakes at Ayr; while the third has since been beaten just a neck behind Kilmah in the Group Three Prestige Stakes.

Having belied long odds in that debut run, the Redoute’s Choice filly should progress for the experience, and she boasts solid chances if producing a similar effort.

(6.40) Dubai One sets the standard on her narrow defeat over course and distance on debut, but PANOVA (5/2, bet365) is offered against the Godolphin runner on account of a hugely promising debut of her own at Chelmsford earlier in the month when finishing fifth behind Salamah despite looking very much in need of the experience.

Sir Michael Stoute’s Invincible Spirit filly caught the eye with a late charge, having missed the start and looking awkward early; but she made plenty of late ground once the penny dropped, and sure to progress with the run under her belt she can do better.

5.40 – Nidnod

6.10 – Considered Option

6.40 – Panova

7.10 – Total Star

7.40 – Timeless Flight

8.10 – Ladurelli

8.40 – Gracesome

9.10 – Capolavoro