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Mulholland's 9/4 chance to strike at Uttoxeter? Get Wednesday 19 June horse racing tips

Brian Healy 19 Jun 2019
Uttoxeter is one of six UK and Irish horse racing meetings going to post on Wednesday. (credit:Clint Hughes/PA Wire/PA Images)

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

A further six UK and Irish horse racing meetings go to post on Wednesday, and Royal Ascot again dominates with the second day of top class flat racing action which features the Group One Prince Of Wales’s Stakes, while a trio of Group Two contests provide classy support to the day’s main event.

Elsewhere, there is further action on the flat from Hamilton, while Uttoxeter are racing over the sticks in the afternoon.

In the evening, there is flat racing action on turf from the meeting at Ripon, while Chelmsford are racing on their all-weather track. There is also jumps racing in Ireland with a fixture from Wexford.

Hamilton (flat) - 1.50 - 5.55pm (8 races)
Uttoxeter (jumps) - 2.10 - 5.45pm (7 races)
Ascot (flat) - 2.30 - 5.35pm (6 races)
Wexford (jumps) - 5.30 - 9.00pm (7 races)
Chelmsford (flat, aw) - 5.40 - 9.10pm (8 races)
Ripon (flat) - 6.50 - 9.20pm (6 races)



(4.45) THREE CASTLES (9/4, Totesport) has found a jolt of improvement since returning from a short break and going handicapping, finishing fourth at Musselburgh last month behind Jazz Hands and then running out a half-length winner over Juniors Fantasy at Carlisle eight days ago.

Keith Dalgleish’s runners are in cracking form at present, and the Zoffany gelding overcame a slow start with a strong late run to get up close home; the front pair had pulled nicely clear of the remainder, and there could be better to come from him back up in trip and despite carrying a penalty for this latest outing.

(5.55) COLD HARBOUR (7/4, Coral) arrives in decent heart having won two of his last three starts which includes his latest outing where the North Light gelding struck at Southwell with a defeat of King Christophe last month.

Robyn Brisland’s charge had just over two lengths to spare on that occasion, making most and drawing clear for a ready success, and a 5lbs rise in the weights might not stop a repeat if he can post a similar effort back on turf.

His sole turf start to date came at Doncaster earlier in May, where he eventually finished third but beaten eight lengths, and he could have more to offer back on grass given that he could have more improvement to come and he is unexposed on this surface.

1.50 - Probable Cause
2.20 - The New Marwan
2.55 - Highly Focussed
3.30 - Ivory Charm
4.05 - Wild Hope
4.45 - Three Castles
5.20 - Blue Whisper
5.55 - Cold Harbour


(2.45) This probably won’t take a great deal of winning, and ZOUTOISE (4/1, Totesport) can make a successful transition to hurdles following a four-month break.

Tom George’s Enrique filly made a good impression when scoring in a junior bumper at Wetherby back in January, beating Fourshoes; but she failed to back that up next time at the same venue where she raced too freely and failed to get home behind Seaton Carew.

She is forgiven that run, and she can do better now faced with obstacles. She is bred for this game so may improve, and given another chance to build on the promise she showed on her debut, she could get off the mark here.

(3.20) VANCOUVER (9/4, Totesport) is a previous course and distance winner, and Neil Mulholland’s charge could get back on the scoresheet here returning to hurdles having failed to set the heather alight over fences last time.

The Generous gelding has won three times over timber, the latter of which came at Taunton in February where he ran out a four lengths’ victor over Bazooka. He atoned for a poor effort at Stratford in March with a near miss at Fakenham last month, but he struggled switched to chasing at Fontwell last time out and he is quickly returned to timber for this outing.

He ought to take plenty of beating at the weights, and he can get back to winning ways at this venue.

2.10 - Theatre Act
2.45 - Zoutoise
3.20 - Vancouver
3.55 - Court Duty
4.35 - Darling Miss
5.10 - Very First Time
5.45 - Impressive Duke


(3.05) JALMOUD (11/2, Totesport) arrives in search of a hat-trick of wins, and the New Approach colt looks the pick of the Godolphin pair with James Doyle on board.

Charlie Appleby’s charge found only one too good on debut at Newcastle back in November, but following a break he stepped up to post a first success with a defeat of the useful Cape Cavalli at Newmarket in April.

He looked all stamina next time when running out a Listed winner in France last month, keeping on well to get up late and win the De L’avre Stakes at Longchamp, and a further step up in trip could well unlock further improvement.

The runner-up and third horses home from that French assignment subsequently filled the same positions in the Group Two Prix Hocquart next time, and for this is a tougher test of his own credentials he may well find further progress to land the three-timer.

(4.20) I CAN FLY (5/1, Coral) won twice last term from seven starts, which included the Group Two Boomerang Stakes, and Aidan O’Brien’s charge lost nothing in defeat in the Sun Chariot Stakes back in October when fourth behind Laurens, and then getting to within a neck of Roaring Lion in the QEII Stakes over course and distance two weeks later.

Forgiven her Breeders’ Cup run where she beat only two home, those exertions might have come too soon after her run in the mud here, and she bounced back to winning form following a break at Dundalk in March.

The Fastnet Rock filly wasn’t seen to best effect at Meydan in March, but she ran well behind Mustashry in the Lockinge - finishing four lengths’ sixth - and then was given too much ground to make up on Beshaayir at the Curragh last month in the Lanwades Stud Stakes.

Despite her defeats, her form is arguably the best on offer in this field, and if she were to recapture the level which saw her go close on her last visit here then she could get back on the scoresheet in an open renewal of this Group Two prize.

2.30 - Divine Spirit (EW)
3.05 - Jalmoud
3.40 - Magical
4.20 - I Can Fly
5.00 - Chief Ironside (EW)
5.35 - Platinum Star (EW)


(6.30) BACHELOR (13/8, Coral) produced a career-best effort when finding only one too good at Kilbeggan last time out when returning from a break, and the Holy Roman Emperor gelding can go one better here.

He was denied by less than one length on that occasion, run down late by the winner with the front two pulling clear of the rest; that race has since thrown up a subsequent winner, and Noel Kelly’s charge sets a decent standard on that performance.

He has to back it up here, but this doesn’t look a particularly strong contest and every chance he can get off the mark with a repeat of that last run.

(7.30) BAY HILL (9/1, Totesport) won twice over hurdles last term, and the Verglas gelding has been knocking on the door since returning from a break with a pair of bronze medal finishes in competitive handicap contests at Punchestown and Tipperary in May.

Padraig Roche’s charge could find a jolt of improvement switching to chasing now, having possibly just been anchored by his mark over the smaller obstacles. 

If he takes to this game then he could go close, and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see him posting a big effort on his debut over fences with a good 7lbs claimer booked for this outing.

5.30 - Villa Moura
6.00 - Cash Me Outside
6.30 - Bachelor
7.00 - Song Of Namibia
7.30 - Bay Hill
8.00 - Mega Mindy
8.30 - Blue Templar
9.00 - Robaddan


(6.10) GLORY MAKER (7/2, Coral) shaped as if he needed the experience on his debut, eventually finishing third at Hamilton earlier in the month, and that form has since been boosted with the winner acquitting himself well in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot while the runner-up won next time up.

Karl Burke’s charge got outpaced at the Scottish venue before running on again late, and he ought to have learnt from that experience; he can show the benefit of that outing to do better this time, and no surprise if he finds enough improvement to get off the mark at the second attempt.

(7.10) HIGHBROW (9/1, Totesport) scored his only win to date at Kempton back in December 2017, beating Returning Glory, and while the Intello gelding has yet to add to his tally since, he has posted a number of creditable efforts in defeat.

Fourth on his reappearance behind Star Of Bengal here last month, he ought to strip fitter for that return to action and he can do better here. 

That winner was thought good enough to contest the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot, and having been dropped 1lb in the weights following that run then he can post a big run this time around.

5.40 - Captain Dion
6.10 - Glory Maker
6.40 - Laieth
7.10 - Highbrow
7.40 - Lord Riddiford
8.10 - Victory Wave
8.40 - Eden Rose
9.10 - Tarseekh


(7.50) EXISTENTIAL (5/2, Coral) got off the mark at the third attempt, scoring at Nottingham back in August last year after which the Lethal Force filly wasn’t disgraced in some warm handicaps at Ascot and Nottingham respectively.

Clive Cox’s charge cut little ice in a pair of starts earlier in the campaign in decent company; but she almost took advantage of a reduced mark and a drop in class to find only Victory Chime too strong by a half-length, and she could go one better here.

Beaten just over one length, the handicapper has pushed her up 2lbs for that effort which may not prove to be too much of a burden given she remains open to improvement still and so it wouldn’t come as a huge surprise to see her going close here.

(8.50) FRANCOPHILIA (6/4, Coral) finally got off the mark when scoring at Lingfield last month, beating Seaborn by just over two lengths, and Mark Johnston’s charge went close to doubling up on his tally at Thirsk earlier in June but was denied by less than one length behind Ingleby Hollow.

That form is fair and the handicapper has elected to push him up just 1lb which is far from harsh. This doesn’t appear the strongest of races either, and this softer ground shouldn’t pose too much of an issue having placed on similar in the past.

He appears to be going the right way, and with the potential to do better still he could get back on the scoresheet here.

6.50 - Ventura Bay
7.20 - Pink Sands
7.50 - Existential
8.20 - Moss Gill
8.50 - Francophilia
9.20 - Molaaheth

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