Wednesday 1 February horse racing tips

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race Wednesday selections for all of the day’s UK racecards. Four meetings again go to post on Wednesday with jumps racing action from Leicester and Hereford; while all-weather action goes to post at Kempton on polytrack in the afternoon, and Newcastle on tapeta in the early evening. Hereford (jumps) – 1.30 – 4.30pm (7 races)

Leicester (jumps) – 2.10 – 4.40pm (6 races) Kempton (flat, aw) – 2.20 – 5.20pm (7 races) Newcastle (flat, aw) – 4.25 – 7.00pm (6 races)

HEREFORD

(2.00) DIG DEEPER (10/3, Bet365[1]) has shown plenty of ability over fences in his three starts to date, having won between the flags previously.

The Overbury gelding stepped up on his debut for Caroline Bailey at Wetherby when runner-up over an inadequate trip to chase home Aubusson next time at Uttoxeter; and he found only Charmix too strong at Hereford last time, going down by less than one length.

That trip was again short of his best, and proven in this ground he can get off the mark under Rules with the step up in trip very much in his favour and likely progression on the back of that run, so it wouldn’t come as a surprise if he didn’t have much more to give in this sphere.


Truckers Glory can follow up his recent Bangor win with success at Hereford.(3.00) Colin’s Brother is on a hat-trick, but TRUCKERS GLORY (7/2, Bet365[2]) may be the one to side with in this contest and the Mahler gelding can follow-up his last time win.

Rebecca Curtis’ charge has been in good form for this yard since joining from the point-to-point sphere, posting good placed efforts over timber at Ludlow and Worcester in the summer; and he returned from a break to get off the mark at Ffos Las in October. A winner on his chase debut at Bangor last time, beating a subsequent winner, he could have more to come despite a 9lbs rise in the weights and he can go well in his follow-up bid.

1.30 – Miracle Cure

2.00 – Dig Deeper

2.30 – Ice Cool Champs

3.00 – Truckers Glory

3.30 – Mountainous

4.00 – Simply Wings

4.30 – Born For War

LEICESTER

(2.40) PADDOCKS LOUNGE (6/5, Bet365[3]) returned from a long absence of more than one year to finish runner-up in a conditionals’ hurdle behind a decent sort in Verygoodverygood on his terutn to action at Chepstow back in November, and he was still travelling well at Towcester over fences the following month when taking a tumble.

Sophie Leech’s charge has quickly bounced back returned to the smaller obstacles, again bagging the silver medal at Market Rasen on Boxing Day before getting off the mark and shedding his maiden tag at this venue earlier in the month where he beat Smart Catch. The Oscar gelding won with something to spare, having made all the running and surviving a last-hurdle mistake; and kept to this level he looks to hold solid claims of following up.


Laser Light can bounce back to winning form at Leicester.(3.10) Lady Buttons is on a hat-trick having scored at Southwell under a penalty on Tuesday, but she could prove vulnerable under a double-penalty if turned out just 24 hours later.

It could then pay to side with OZZY THOMAS (8/1, Bet365[4]) who hasn’t won for almost two years, but he has shown some good form over late and can win again.

Henry Oliver’s charge kept decent company over fences last term, and having shaped as if in need of the run on his return at Chepstow in November, he might have gone close at Ludlow on his next outing behind Gino Trail. Given a confidence-booster here last time following that mishap, he wasn’t beaten far behind Sleepy Haven over hurdles at the end of December; while he’s been raised 2lbs for that effort, he could well be up to the task of defying his new mark over this longer trip, and the Gold Well gelding can go close.

2.10 – Sonny The One

2.40 – Paddocks Lounge

3.10 – Ozzy Thomas

3.40 – Some Are Lucky

4.10 – Laser Light

4.40 – Seven Summits

KEMPTON

(3.20) BOIS DE BOULOGNE (7/4, Bet365[5]) shaped well on his debut at Wolverhampton back in December when beaten just a half-length behind Hochfeld; but he wasn’t seen to best effect next time when failing to build on the run behind Naseem at Chelmsford later that month.

John Gosden’s charge didn’t help his chances by missing the break and being forced to race wide into the straight, and he could well prove better than he showed in that run. First-time blinkers may help to sharpen him up, and given another chance to build on his debut promise he can go close.


Bois De Boulogne can give trainer John Gosden a winner at Kempton.(4.50) ALCATRAZ (9/4, Bet365[6]) hasn’t won since May 2015 at Chepstow, but he has been relatively lightly raced and is a consistent sort who should again give his running.

George Baker’s charge gave notice last time here that his turn may not be too far away when finding only Sennockian Star just over one length too good, possibly just being given too much to do by his amateur rider.

The winner of that race last time has gone in again since, and Adam Kirby takes over here; racing off the same mark as he did last time, the Camacho gelding can resume winning ways if able to build on that run.

2.20 – Beauchamp Opal

2.50 – Excel Again

3.20 – Bois De Boulogne

3.50 – Garter

4.20 – Lexington Times

4.50 – Alcatraz

5.20 – Thomas Blossom

NEWCASTLE

(5.00) VOI (11/10, Bet365[7]) probably won’t need to be anything out of the ordinary to get off the mark at the first time of asking, and Hugo Palmer’s debutant could be the one to side with in a what looks a winnable contest for the Holy Roman Emperor filly.

Those who have run previously haven’t set the heather alight, and with the yard boasting a 1 in 3 strike-rate with runners here she could well be hard to beat for a yard that knows how to ready a newcomer.

With Josephine Gordon in the saddle, market support would be significant, and this looks very much a winning debut opportunity so no surprise if she were to go close given her pedigree.


Josephine Gordon can notch up another winner with success at Newcastle.(6.00) VATICAN HILL (9/4, Bet365[8]) is on a four-timer, and the manner of his last success at Wolverhampton over the reopposing Tailor’s Row suggests the handicapper is struggling to keep up with the improvement in the Canford Cliffs colt.

Jamie Osborne’s well-bred sort has also won at Thirsk and Lingfield, with his Lingfield win and his success last time both coming under this rider; he doesn’t win by far, but he looked value for more than the official margin last time and a further 4lbs rise in the weights may not be enough to prevent a repeat.

4.25 – Go George Go

5.00 – Voi

5.30 – Royal Celebration

6.00 – Vatican Hill

6.30 – Rock Warbler

7.00 – Dodgy Bob

References

  1. ^ 10/3, Bet365 (www.caledonianmedia.com)
  2. ^ 7/2, Bet365 (www.caledonianmedia.com)
  3. ^ 6/5, Bet365 (www.caledonianmedia.com)
  4. ^ 8/1, Bet365 (www.caledonianmedia.com)
  5. ^ 7/4, Bet365 (www.caledonianmedia.com)
  6. ^ 9/4, Bet365 (www.caledonianmedia.com)
  7. ^ 11/10, Bet365 (www.caledonianmedia.com)
  8. ^ 9/4, Bet365 (www.caledonianmedia.com)

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