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Skelton's 3/1 chance to strike at Exeter? Get Tuesday April 16 horse racing tips

Brian Healy 16 Apr 2019
Dan Skelton can get amongst the winners at Exeter. (credit:David Davies/PA Archive/PA Images)

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets across all of Tuesday's UK horse racing meetings.

Three fixtures head to post on Tuesday, and there is flat racing action on turf at Newmarket where day one of the Craven meeting sees Group Three action with the Nell Gwyn Stakes the feature of the afternoon.

Meanwhile, over the sticks there is a fixture at Exeter; while on the all-weather in the evening, racing goes to post at Wolverhampton on their tapeta surface.

Newmarket (flat) - 1.15 - 5.20pm (8 races)
Exeter (jumps) - 2.05 - 5.35pm (7 races)
Wolverhampton (flat, aw) - 5.45 - 8.15pm (6 races)



(3.00) WESTERN AUSTRALIA (7/4, William Hill) showed plenty of useful form last campaign, winning at Gowran Park on his third career start prior to making the step up to Group company.

He largely acquitted himself well without winning in a trio of starts at Pattern level, including when finishing just one length third behind Magna Grecia at Doncaster in October when contesting the Futurity Stakes, and he shaped well again on his return in March when beaten a half-length behind Playa Del Puente at Dundalk.

That outing will have sharpened him up, and Aidan O’Brien’s Australia colt can show improvement on the back of that effort to get back on the scoresheet in a decent renewal of this Listed prize. 

He boasts a host of big-race entries, and he should stay this extra furlong so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a bold show from the three-year old here given that he remains open to further progress.

(5.20) The day one finale should prove a very informative contest despite the small field, and narrow preference to land the spoils goes to Richard Fahey’s WAR TIGER (9/2, William Hill) who makes his turf debut having posted back-to-back wins on the all-weather earlier.

The War Front colt has shown steadily progressive form, getting off the mark on tapeta at Wolverhampton back in January and then following up back there the following month with a defeat of Gantier where he appeared to win easier than the official winning margin might suggest.

The form might not prove the strongest, but he turned in a decent effort nonetheless and the War Front gelding shouldn’t be inconvenienced switching to turf from the all-weather. Likely to have further improvement to come, he can land the three-timer here at the expense of some similarly progressive rivals.

1.15 - Twist ‘n’ Shake
1.50 - Blackheath 
2.25 - Azano
3.00 - Western Australia
3.35 - Main Edition
4.10 - Chasing Dreams
4.45 - Maamora
5.20 - War Tiger


(2.40) RENWICK (3/1, Bet365) has won two of his last three outings, and Dan Skelton’s charge could prove up to the task of winning again.

The low-mileage Milan gelding built on a promising hurdles debut at Towcester last May where he finished runner-up behind the useful Doux Pretender to score next time out at Hereford, beating Shamilan by six lengths although he disappointed at Market Rasen next time when failing to beat a rival home behind Jam Session.

Having subsequently undergone wind surgery, he returned from almost four months off to gain a narrow verdict over Starjac at Uttoxeter, battling back gamely after the last having been headed to regain the lead on the line. 

A 5lbs rise in the weights demands more, but still lightly raced and unexposed, he could have more to offer; and open to another jolt of progress, he can build on that outing to score again.

(3.50) ONE OF US (9/2, Paddy Power) was a winner over hurdles at Ascot back in December 2017, and Nick Williams’ charge has shaped well on several occasions over fences since, where he has managed to land a trio of silver medal finishes which includes at Wincanton last month.

The Presenting gelding was beaten around six lengths on that occasion behind Barbrook Star, losing any chance with a bad mistake at the second last fence. Despite the blunder, he kept on well to hold onto the runner-up prize, and he shaped as if he might benefit from an even longer trip.

This marked step up in distance could unlock further improvement, and he is still relatively unexposed over the larger obstacles so it wouldn’t be a surprise if he were to find further progress as a result and he can collect this prize.

2.05 - Blackjack Kentucky
2.40 - Renwick
3.15 - Melekhov
3.50 - One Of Us
4.25 - Co me On Charlie
5.00 - Theatre Territory
5.35 - Grumpy Charley


(6.45) NOOSHIN (2/1, Bet365) showed plenty of promise on her debut outing at Kempton back in November last year, finding only a couple too good behind Ardiente; the Declaration of War filly subsequently went one place better back there latest late last month when denied only by a head behind Madame Tantzy.

Charlie Hills’ charge may just have paid the price for racing keenly early, but she stuck to her task to go down fighting and pulling clear of the rest.

Open to further improvement, she can go one better here to open her win account at the third attempt.

(7.45) LOPES DANCER (11/4, William Hill) has been in good form of late, making the frame in all four recent starts at Newcastle which includes winning back in January with a defeat of Champagne Rules.

Harriet Bethell’scharge subsequently ran well in defeat following that win where she finished just over four lengths’ adrift of Desert Ruler where he was unable to match the finishing effort of the front pair.

He did have a subsequent dual-winner behind him, and the Lope De Vega gelding could get back on the scoresheet off this mark with the longer trip a potential source of improvement and with Joe Fanning booked again to ride.  

5.45 - Amor Fati
6.15 - Mystical Moon
6.45 - Nooshin
7.15 - Kyllang Rock
7.45 - Lopes Dancer
8.15 - First Call

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