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Archer's Dream win at Yarmouth? Get Wednesday 15 May horse racing tips

Brian Healy 15 May 2019
Yarmouth are racing on Wednesday as six UK and Irish racemeetings go to post. (credit:Simon Cooper/PA Archive/PA Images)

Brian Healy looks at Wednesday's scheduled UK and Irish horse racing meetings, and he has race-by-race selections for all the day's action.

Six UK and Irish horse racing meetings go to post on Wednesday, where day one of the York Dante Festival meeting heads to post featuring the Group Two Duke Of York Clipper Logistics Stakes as the day’s main event on a card which also includes the Tattersalls Musidora Stakes.

Yarmouth also race on the level on Wednesday, while the is evening action on the flat from Bath.

Meanwhile, Wednesday’s jumps racing action is catered for by fixtures at Perth and also Punchestown in Ireland.

York (flat) - 1.50 - 5.05pm (7 races)
Yarmouth (flat) - 2.00 - 5.15pm (7 races)
Newton Abbot (jumps) - 2.10 - 5.30pm (7 races)
Bath (flat) - 5.25 - 8.25pm (7 races)
Punchestown (jumps) - 5.45 - 8.45pm (7 races)
Perth (jumps) - 6.05 - 9.05pm (7 races)



(3.00) BRANDO (5/1, William Hill) was possibly just undone by a lack of sharpness when finishing a close third in the recent Abernant Stakes at Newmarket during the Craven meeting, where he was bidding to win the race for a third successive year.

Despite his failure to land the spoils, Kevin Ryan’s charge can get back on the mark here and go one place better than he did in this race twelve months ago.

The Pivotal gelding developed into a very high class sprinter last term in the wake of that success, twice finishing runner-up in Group One company, which included a near miss in the Haydock Sprint Cup behind The Tin Man before finishing fourth to Sands Of Mali in the Champion Sprint at Ascot.

That reappearance at Newmarket last month should have him spot on now, and while he does appear at his best when he’s had a bit of time between races, he held his form better last term than had been the case previously following wind surgery.

Quicker ground is no problem, and while he might have preferred some rain he is fully effective on this surface. He sets the standard on form from last season, and he could prove a tough nut to crack if building on his reappearance for all he has yet to win on the Knavesmire.

(3.35) SAND SHARE (9/2, William Hill) was a debut winner last term, scoring on the all-weather at Kempton, and Ralph Beckett’s charge can get back to winning ways here on her return to action.

The Oasis Dream filly stepped up on that debut effort to finish third behind Fleeting in the Group Two May Hill Stakes after which she posted a solid fourth to Cala Tarida when taking in a French Group Two contest at Deauville.

Those efforts set the standard, and she could have improvement to come this year as she steps up in trip. She hinted in that French foray that a stiffer test might suit, and with an extra quarter mile to travel here a potential source of improvement then she could go well for a yard which has a very good record in developing fillies.

The winner from that French encounter subsequently wasn’t beaten far herself behind a subsequent Group One winner when finishing fourth in the Prix de la Grotte, and the Beckett runner can post a big effort here on her reappearance. 

1.50 - Stealth Fighter
2.25 - Staxton
3.00 - Brando
3.35 - Sand Share
4.05 - James Street
4.35 - Dazzling Des
5.05 - Lord Of The Rock


(2.35) ARCHER’S DREAM (6/4, Bet365) made a decent first impression when beating Tapisserie at Doncaster on her debut at Doncaster last month, and James Fanshawe’s charge can follow up given that she ought to improve for the experience.

The Dream Ahead filly struck by just over one length, running on well and looking potentially smart in the process; she is open to further improvement, and she ought not to have too much trouble with the slightly softer ground.

With the potential for better, she can strike again here and she could be a young sprinter to keep onside this term.

(3.45) COSMIC RAY (4/1, Paddy Power) emerged from a spell in the doldrums to get back on the scoresheet upped in trip at Nottingham last Month, and the Phoenix Reach gelding lost little caste in defeat in his follow-up bid at Musselburgh earlier in May.

Les Eyre’s charge was beaten just a half-length behind La Sioux on that occasion, unable to match the winner’s finishing effort. However, the shorter trip might have been against her, and she is fancied to bounce back over this longer trip from just 2lbs higher in the weights if able to continue in similar vein.

2.00 - Valley Belle
2.35 - Archer’s Dream
3.10 - Lady Alavesa
3.45 - Cosmic Ray
4.15 - Harbour Vision
4.45 - Bidding War
5.15 - Showdance Kid


(2.45) Winning doesn’t come naturally to any of these runners, but INAMINNA (4/1, Paddy Power) was a recent scorer at Chepstow back in March, and the Oscar gelding could get back on the scoresheet here.

Neil Mulholland’s charge also won over hurdles at the Welsh venue last April, but he pulled up few trees in a trio of starts over fences last winter prior to wind surgery; he showed the benefit by posting a better effort to finish just over ten lengths’ third to Orchardstown Cross at Taunton prior to posting his three lengths’ defeat of Keep Moving to open his chase win account.

He wasn’t able to back up that win next time at Bangor, where he finished a well-beaten fifth; but that form has largely stood up to scrutiny, and the third horse home has won since. The handicapper has also eased him 1lb in the weights, and he has the services of Tom Scudamore for this outing so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him post a big run here, and he can get competitive.

(4.25) HOLD ME TIGHT (13/2, Paddy Power) remains a maiden on the flat and over hurdles, but Polly Gundry’s charge could be worth chancing to get off the mark now following a career-best effort and a near-miss at this venue earlier in the month.

The Zoffany gelding was beaten just a head behind Pardon Me, challenging the winner all the way up the run-in without quite getting past him; but the pair had pulled nine lengths clear of the rest, and he is quickly turned out again from the same mark before his revised rating comes into effect.

Assuming those exertions haven’t left a mark on the five-year old, he could be capable of going one better with a repeat of that effort.

2.10 - Wells De Lune
2.45 - Inaminna
3.20 - Taaffes Castle
3.55 - Dolphin Square
4.25 - Hold Me Tight
4.55 - Southfield Vic
5.30 - Carys’ Commodity


(6.25) SWISS PRIDE (3/1, Bet365) showed patchy form on turf last term, but he did manage to make the frame on more than one occasion and Richard Hughes’ charge could prove the answer to this puzzle returning to turf from the all-weather where he has been in good form.

The Swiss Spirit gelding opened his win account with a five lengths’ defeat of Antonia Clara at Lingfield back in March, and he was subsequently denied only two lengths on his next outing behind Fizzy Feet back there the following month.

That was a creditable run given he missed the break, and he could still be feasibly treated off this mark if getting away on terms in reapplied blinkers.

(6.55) GREAT BEAR (Evens, William Hill) won on his debut at Wolverhampton last November, scoring by a half-length from Copal, and Roger Charlton’s charge can get back to winning ways here.

The Dansili colt may have needed his return to action behind Severance at Haydock last month, although he was trying to give 6lbs to his rivals and the softer ground may just have counted against him. 

He is worth another chance however, and the better ground here allied with that reappearance might coincide with a better performance now. He is worth sticking with having looked potentially useful on his debut outing, and he could bounce back from that defeat last time to strike here.

5.25 - Dalness Express
5.55 - Kath’s Lustre
6.25 - Swiss Pride
6.55 - Great Bear
7.25 - Francophilia
7.55 - Top Rock Talula
8.25 - Lippy Lady


(6.45) TOP OF THE CHARTS (15/2, Paddy Power) stepped up on previous efforts for Warren Greatrex and current handler Gavin Cromwell when finding only one too good at Ayr earlier in the month, and a repeat of that effort may prove good enough for the Great Pretender gelding to open his win account.

He was beaten three lengths on that occasion, handed the runner-up spot by the last-hurdle fall of the likely winner Wild Sam but proving no match for the eventual winner who kept on well for the win although he had looked held when the leader came to grief.

He finished clear of the third horse home however, and he looks well treated back on his proper mark here. The application of a first-time tongue-tie could help him find further improvement, and he can go close if posting a similar effort over the longer trip.

5.45 - Batts Rock
6.15 - Run For Mary
6.45 - Top Of The Charts
7.15 - Kildorrery
7.45 - Farclas
8.15 - Hoke Colburn
8.45 - Dlauro


(7.05) LADY SAMBACK (15/8, Paddy Power) broke her duck at Carlisle last month, forging clear to score readily, and Maurice Barnes’ charge is chanced to follow up here.

The Black Sam Bellamy mare had proven a largely consistent sort previous to that success, finding a jolt of improvement following wind surgery to finish runner-up in two of her four subsequent outings prior to beating Court In Matera by four lengths under this rider.

That form may only prove ordinary, and thus she has more to do to defy a 7lbs rise in the weights in a slightly stronger contest. But unlike most of her rivals, she arrives in form and she could prove equal to the task of following up.

(8.35) MR MERCURIAL (Evens, Bet365) rounded off his time with his former yard by scoring a hat-trick of wins, and Bill Ramsay’s Westerner veteran could prove a tough nut to crack.

Having made the frame in starts at Kelso and Sandown behind Shantou Flyer and Le Reve respectively, he possibly failed to handle the Aintree Grand National fences in April; but he bounced back faced with a more realistic assignment to score here last month, beating Double Whammy, and a repeat of that could prove good enough to see him strike again.

This looks a slightly less taxing affair than that recent assignment in any case, and he should take plenty of beating if able to run to a similar level.

6.05 - Skiddaw Valleys
6.35 - Little Stevie
7.05 - Lady Samback
7.35 - Petite Ganache
8.05 - Amberose
8.35 - Mr Mercurial
9.05 - Skyhill

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