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Justice to be served at Fontwell? Get Wednesday 12 June horse racing tips

Brian Healy 12 Jun 2019
Hamilton is one of six UK and Irish horse racing meetings going to post on Wednesday. (credit:Lynne Cameron/PA Archive/PA Images)

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

Six UK and Irish horse racing meetings make up Wednesday’s fixture list, and there is afternoon action on the flat from the meetings at Yarmouth and Haydock, while Fontwell are racing over jumps.

In the evening, Hamilton race on the level on turf, while Kempton are racing on their all-weather surface; and completing the line-up for Wednesday is an evening jumps fixture from Punchestown.

Yarmouth (flat) - 2.00 - 5.00pm (7 races)
Fontwell (jumps) - 2.10 - 5.10pm (7 races)
Haydock (flat) - 2.20 - 5.20pm (7 races)
Hamilton (flat) - 5.30 - 9.00pm (8 races)
Punchestown (flat) - 5.40 - 8.40pm (7 races)
Kempton (flat, aw) - 5.50 - 8.50pm (7 races)



(2.30) OTAGO (6/4, Bet365) wasn’t given a hard time on debut at Leicester last month, finishing around eight lengths’ adrift of Platinum Star, and Michael Bell’s charge can improve for the experience.

The Cable Bay colt was green early before running on late, and he ought to have learnt plenty for that experience so he can do better here.

The runner-up from that debut effort has won since to give the form a boost, and the selection did well to finish where he did given he didn’t enjoy the best of the draw. He is sure to improve as a consequence of that debut effort, and every chance he can get off the mark now with that run under his belt.

(3.30) SWANSDOWN (11/8, William Hill) ran better than the bare result on her reappearance at Haydock last month, eventually finishing just over four lengths’ fourth behind Highwaygrey but losing a shoe during the race.

The Dubawi filly had cut little ice in a trio of starts for Luca Cumani last term, although she rounded off her time with the now-retired trainer with a runner-up effort at Wolverhampton in November where she was beaten less than one length behind Fitwood Star on her handicap debut.

Now with William Haggas, she ought to strip fitter for her reappearance and with a little more luck this time around she can build on that effort to open her win account now.

2.00 - Viking Way
2.30 - Otago
3.00 - Sir Fred
3.30 - Swansdown 
4.00 - Camachess
4.30 - Oud Metha Bridge
5.00 - Lunar Deity


(3.40) BERMEO (3/1, Bet365) won three times last term following wind surgery, scoring wins at Newton Abbot, Worcester and here, but the Definite Article gelding’s season ended on a low note with a fall and a pulled up effort on his final two runs of the campaign.

Johnny Farrelly’s charge shaped well on his return to action over hurdles at Exeter last month, finishing just over four lengths’ third behind Blue N Yellow, and the eight-year old can build on that effort to get back on the scoresheet.

A return to chasing and a significant step back up in trip are both positives, and he could get back to winning ways here for all this mark is no gimmie given that both his below par efforts last term came from this rating.

(4.40) OUT FOR JUSTICE (5/2, William Hill) found only one too good on his chase debut at Bangor in April, returning from almost six months off the track to finish six lengths’ runner-up behind Change Ur Tune, and Katy Prices’ charge subsequent bounced back from a lesser effort over hurdles Perth to win back at Bangor last time out.

The Beneficial gelding had seven lengths’ to spare over Cruising Bye on that occasion, scoring readily; the handicapper however has taken a dim view of that success with a 12lbs rise in the weights and so making this tougher.

He also drops in trip which may not be ideal; but he remains thoroughly unexposed as a chaser and he could have further improvement to offer, so it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him go close here.

2.10 - Ormskirk
2.40 - Dancing In The Sky
3.10 - Cassis De Reine
3.40 - Bermeo
4.10 - Gold Man
4.40 - Out For Justice
5.10 - Max The Brave


(3.20) HERCULEAN (4/1, William Hill) makes his seasonal return to action here, and Roger Charlton’s charge could be up to the task of making a winning reappearance.

The has been gelded since he was last seen finishing third behind Coolongolook at Doncaster back in October; and the lightly raced four-year old has won two of his four career starts. 

A soft-ground winner at Ascot on his racecourse debut and sole juvenile start, he finished runner-up on his reappearance last term prior to getting back on the scoresheet at Pontefract when stepped up in trip. Not seen out again since until that Doncaster run, he could have more to offer this season and he may be worth chancing despite conceding race-fitness.

Proven in the mud, conditions here shouldn’t present too much of an issue and he could be leniently treated from a mark of 91 here. Assuming he is fit to go at the first time of asking this campaign then he ought to go close. 
(4.20) OASIS PRINCE (7/4, Coral) stepped up on a promising debut fifth on the all-weather back in March to reel off a hat-trick of wins on turf, which included here in May when he beat Loch Ness Monster by a head.

Mark Johnston’s Oasis Dream colt had excuses when last seen in a stronger grade back here latest behind Beatboxer, and easing back down slightly in grade could coincide with a bounce back to winning form.

He is only 3lbs higher here than when posting that last win, and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him bouncing back here where he remains with potential.

2.20 - Swift Wing
2.50 - Heavens Open
3.20 - Herculean
3.50 - Tempus
4.20 - Oasis Prince
4.50 - Dorah
5.20 - Captain Peaky


(6.00) BIRDIE BOWERS (10/3, Ladbrokes) didn’t appear to be suited by the way the race developed at Thirsk latest, finishing down the field and eventually crossing the line in ninth.

However, Michael Dods’ charge could be worth giving another chance to on the back of a promising debut third at Beverley where he was only denied by a head, and that run sets the standard.

The Bungle Inthejungle colt remains with potential, and it is too soon to write him off just yet. This doesn’t look a particularly strong contest in which to bounce back in, and he could be capable of better still.

(7.30) REBEL STATE (5/1, William Hill) hasn’t won for a while, but Jedd O’Keeffe’s charge could be worth siding with to end his drought having shaped as if his turn might be near at Ayr latest.

The Zoffany gelding was beaten three lengths behind Jackhammer on that occasion, and that form has been boosted with the winner and sixth horses home both winning races since. 

He remains capable of scoring from this mark given that he has made the frame from higher ratings in the past, and every chance he can go one better here. 

5.30 - Space War
6.00 - Birdie Bowers
6.30 - Hillgrove Angel
7.00 - Inspired Thought
7.30 - Rebel State
8.00 - Monsieur Piquer
8.30 - Final Go
9.00 - Racquet


(6.10) JETT (6/4, William Hill) finished only a nose behind the reopposing Peregrine Run at Killarney last month, but with an 8lbs pull at the weights it could be Jessica Harrington’s charge who comes out on top on this occasion.

The Flemensfirth gelding has kept good company over fences, and he got some just reward for some solid efforts in defeat when winning a Grade Two contest at Fairyhouse in April. He lost no caste in defeat subsequently when finishing sixth in the Guinness Handicap Chase under a 9lbs penalty, and his jumping late on might have cost him last time out.

Peregrine Run went on to win again next time, but in the hope that the pull at the weights allied with arriving a bit fresher than his rival can tip the scales, Jessica Harrington’s charge is chanced to come out the better in this latest clash.

(8.10) MACGILONEY (8/1, Paddy Power) won twice last term in bumpers, and Denis Hogan’s charge rounded off last campaign with a pair of runner-up efforts over hurdles at Listowel and Gowran Park which included going down only by a neck behind Percy Veer.

The Milan gelding didn’t pull up any trees in three starts over hurdles earlier in the year, but he appeared well suited by the step up to three miles when scoring over Foxy Jacks at Cork last month, and he can follow up here as he makes his handicap debut.

An initial mark of 118 could prove to be a workable rating, and he can post a big effort here. 

5.40 - Minella Times
6.10 - Jett
6.40 - Thecraicisninety
7.10 - Penny Out
7.40 - Argent Et Or
8.10 - Macgiloney
8.40 - Famous Escape


(6.20) CRACKING SPEED (15/2, William Hill) finished third on his only previous start on the all-weather, and Richard Hannon’s charge got off the mark when scoring readily at Brighton latest with a two lengths’ defeat of Soaring Spirits earlier in the month.

The Alhebayeb colt carries a penalty for that success which makes life a shade tougher and forces him up a grade. However, that last success suggested that he could have more to offer now he has got his head in front, and he remains open to further improvement.

He could be worth chancing to follow up here despite his penalty and taking on stronger opposition, and he still an unexposed sort on the all-weather so it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him posting another solid run here.

(7.20) DREAMWEAVER (11/4, Paddy Power) showed improved form switching to the handicap ranks upped in trip on his reappearance at Goodwood last month, and Ed Walker’s charge is taken to strike again having ran out a two lengths’ winner last time.

The Mastercraftsman gelding readily saw off London Eye and others, and the handicapper may have taken a chance in only pushing him up 4lbs for that success. This longer trip clearly suited and he looks the type who could progress further now he has a win on the board.

He will have to prove he can be as effective back on an artificial surface, but he could well find improvement in the wake of that success and he can follow up that last-time success. 

5.50 - Tamerlane
6.20 - Cracking Speed
6.50 - Fly Lightly
7.20 - Dreamweaver
7.50 - First Link
8.20 - Chai Chai
8.50 - Vlannon

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Justice to be served at Fontwell? Get Wednesday 12 June horse racing tips

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