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Great White Shark to take bite out of Wexford rivals? Get Wednesday 22 May horse racing tips

Brian Healy 22 May 2019
Warwick is one of seven UK and Irish horse racing meetings going to post on Wednesday. (credit:David Davies/PA Wire/PA Images)

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

Wednesday’s fixture list of horse racing action takes in seven meetings across the UK and Ireland, and the day’s action on the flat comes from the cards at Ayr and Yarmouth; while over the sticks there are meetings from Warwick and Wexford in Ireland.

The evening racing programme takes in further jumps racing action from Southwell, while on the flat they race on the Kempton all-weather, as well as on turf in Ireland at Cork.

Ayr (flat) - 2.00 - 5.05pm (7 races)
Wexford (jumps) - 2.05 - 5.10pm (7 races)
Yarmouth (flat) - 2.10 - 5.15pm (7 races)
Warwick (jumps) - 2.20 - 5.25pm (7 races)
Cork (flat) - 5.35 - 8.35pm (7 races)
Southwell (jumps) - 5.45 - 8.45pm (7 races)
Kempton (flat, aw) - 5.55 - 8.55pm (7 races)

WEDNESDAY 22 MAY NAP SELECTION


AYR


(3.05) NAJASHEE (8/1, Paddy Power) was a Haydock winner on quick ground for Owen Burrows back in June 2017, and the Invincible Spirit gelding could be worth chancing on his first run for new handler Roger Fell.

While he largely failed to back up that success in a handful of subsequent starts, he patently struggled to see out the longer trip on the soft ground on his penultimate start at Pontefract in September, and he is perhaps better judged on his two lengths’ third behind Bobby K at Chelmsford when last seen.

Eased 1lb in the weights, he is a lightly-raced sort who could still have more to offer, and this doesn’t look a particularly strong race in which to make his reappearance. He could go well on his first run for an in-form yard, and he looks fairly treated off this mark so it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see a better effort here.

(3.35) YOLO AGAIN (5/2, Bet365) had plenty go against her at Chester last time behind the impressive Leiodis Dream, but Roger Fell’s charge can bounce back from that effort to go close.

A winner at Wolverhampton on her third start for this yard, the Toronado filly was also a dual-winner in Ireland for Johnny Murtagh previously, and she ran better than the bare result in unsuitably soft ground last time out in a stronger race than this.

The handicapper has dropped her 2lbs which leaves her below her last winning rating, and with the better ground here more in her favour then she is expected to do better this time around easing in grade.

2.00 - Fred
2.30 - Mr Shelby
3.05 - Najashee
3.35 - Yolo Again
4.05 - Shenanigans
4.35 - Maulesden May
5.05 - War Advocate
5.40 - My Valentino

WEXFORD


(3.10) GREAT WHITE SHARK (Evens, William Hill) was a dual-winner on the flat for James Fanshawe prior to joining forces with Willie Mullins, and the Le Havre mare has shown herself to be a useful sort over hurdles with a pair of runner-up efforts at Thurles and Navan prior to getting off the mark with a narrow defeat of Rhythm Divine at Fairyhouse.

The pair had pulled clear of the rest, which included a subsequent winner, and she is likely to have further improvement to come for her in-form yard which has won the last two renewals of this contest.

She looked a potentially useful prospect when gaining that narrow breakthrough success, and she could prove a tough nut to crack here.

(4.10) WESTLAND ROW (11/8, Bet365) won three times over hurdles prior to switching to chasing following a lengthy absence, and the Oscar gelding has finished runner-up in two of his three starts over the larger obstacles with a fall inbetween those efforts at Navan where he held every chance before coming to grief.

That race has thrown up a couple of winners since, and Gordon Elliott’s charge can get off the mark here at the fourth attempt with a clear round, and he looks to have further improvement to come so he should prove hard to beat under Davy Russell.
 
2.05 - Black Market
2.35 - Euro So Brave
3.10 - Great White Shark
3.40 - Well Tom
4.10 - Westland Row
4.40 - Commandant
5.10 - Jakoby

YARMOUTH


(3.45) NASEE (7/4, William Hill) stepped up on previous efforts for Sir Michael Stoute to almost get off the mark at Yarmouth on his first outing for Ed Vaughn, and a repeat of that effort might be enough to see the Intello gelding go one place better.

First-time cheekpieces and a step up in trip seemed to work well, and he was only beaten around two lengths behind Gas Monkey. He is only 1lb higher here, and a further step up in yardage could produce another jolt of improvement so it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him in the mix again over this longer trip.

(5.15) OUD METHA BRIDGE (7/2, Bet365) is better on the all-weather than he is on grass, as his rating dictates; but Julia Feilden’s Helmet gelding struck on turf at this venue in April, and he could be up to the task of following up.

The five-year old was ending a losing streak stretching back to February 2018 when beating Buckland Beau by a neck, and the handicapper has only pushed him up 3lbs for that success which leaves him very well treated still on his all-weather form.

Ground should be no issue, and he could go close here with a repeat of that last run.

2.10 - King Oswald
2.45 - Path Of Thunder
3.15 - Top Rock Talula
3.45 - Nasee
4.15 - Local History
4.45 - Mubhij
5.15 - Oud Metha Bridge

WARWICK


(2.55) ATLANTIC STORM (6/1, Bet365) has run decent efforts in defeat the last twice over this course and distance, finishing third to Larch Hill in January and then possibly just needing the run behind Passing Dream following wind surgery and a four-month break.

Rob Summers’ September Storm gelding turns out here from the same mark, and he should strip fitter for that reappearance where he was beaten around seven lengths. He finished clear of the rest, while the fourth horse home has made the frame again since in a subsequent outing so he could possibly eke out some further progress equipped again with a tongue-tie.

(3.25) Sam Twiston-Davies and Dr Richard Newland often combine well together, so DESERT SENSATION (7/2, Paddy Power) could be the one to side with here having shaped well in a handful of starts following an absence.

The Authorized gelding has finished third on two of his last three starts which includes over fences latest, and having been dropped 2lbs in the weights following that run then he could prove well-treated here.

A three-time winner over hurdles, including off higher marks than this, he remains with some scope and no surprise to see him go well.

2.20 - Story Of Friends
2.55 - Atlantic Storm
3.25 - Desert Sensation
3.55 - Magic Dancer
4.25 - Vosnee Romanee
4.55 - Marcle Ridge
5.25 - Olly The Brave

CORK


(6.05) NATIONAL GUARD (6/4, William Hill) posted a series of solid in-the-frame efforts last term without winning, including when finishing runner-up at Leopardstown last June and also later filling the same spot at Dundalk in October.

Aidan O’Brien’s charge made a pleasing return to action following a break to finish third at Naas back in March, after which he broke his duck at Dundalk with a defeat of These Days prior to going close at Gowran Park where he was denied by less than one length from following up, eventually finishing third.

A repeat of that effort ought to be good enough to see him quickly get back on the scoreboard for his in-form yard, and he ought to take plenty of beating here with the drop in trip unlikely to hold any fears. 

(7.05) MORPHO BLUE (13/8, William Hill) stepped up on a promising debut at Naas behind Magna Grecia, finishing sixth, to go close at the second attempt at Leopardstown where she found only Happen to be too strong by a short-head.

Jessica Harrington’s Mastercraftsman filly returns from seven months off the track, but the form of her two runs to date sets the standard, and she can improve to get off the mark at the third attempt.

She only gave way late behind the subsequent Group Three scorer last time, and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see her progress this season so there is every chance she can win this on her return to action.

5.35 - South Saqqara
6.05 - National Guard
6.35 - Arabeska
7.05 - Morpho Blue
7.35 - Esprit De Lumiere
8.05 - Deauville Society
8.35 - Heliac

SOUTHWELL


(6.15) Dual-chase winner SUMKINDOFKING (10/3, William Hill) posted some solid runs in defeat following his last success at Ludlow last October, and Tom George’s charge can get back on the mark here.

The King’s Theatre gelding found the test of the Kim Muir Chase at the Cheltenham Festival too much, but he ran well in defeat behind the reopposing Mahlermade at Haydock latest, although he was beaten almost 15 lengths.

He was possibly given too much to do on that occasion, and he isn’t much better off at the weights with Alan King’s charge here. However, first-time cheekpieces could deliver a jolt of progression, while he won on his only previous start here and a return to this venue could reap dividends.

(7.15) Dual-bumper winner GIVING BACK (7/4, Bet365) looked in need of the experience over hurdles when beating only one home behind Bossiney Bay at Exeter on her debut over timber; but that outing should have taught her plenty, and Alan King’s charge can improve.

The Midnight Legend mare made several mistakes when finishing ten lengths’ third of four runners, but she could be capable of better and she was thought capable of having a crack at a Grade Two bumper prior to her hurdling debut so there’s every chance she could have better still to come.

Entitled to improve for that first attempt over obstacles, she could prove a different proposition now and she is taken to step up on that hurdling debut to go close here.

5.45 - Jaboticaba
6.15 - Sumkindofking
6.45 - Apres Le Deluge
7.15 - Giving Back
7.45 - Global Tour
8.15 - Taras Day
8.45 - Amelia’s Dance

KEMPTON


(6.25) NAHHAM (8/1, William Hill) is 2-2 in his career, winning over course and distance on debut back in March, and the Dawn Approach gelding followed up with a defeat of Aengus at Bath earlier in the month where he scored by one length.

Richard Hannon’s charge won a shade readily that day, and there could be more to come from him now he switches his attentions to handicapping where he lurks on a potentially lenient opening mark.

Likely to have further improvement to come, he could step up again on past successes to land a hat-trick of wins here and he holds obvious claims.

(7.25) BRAZEN SAFA (9/2, Paddy Power) stepped up on her debut fifth to score at the second attempt, and Michael Bell’s charge could follow up here.

The Brazen Beau filly had Rose Of Kildare a neck behind her when getting off the mark at Brighton back in April, and that runner-up franked the form by winning at Redcar recently. The third and fourth horses home have both also made the frame subsequently, and there could be more to come from her.

She has to give 3lbs to a field of potentially useful rivals, but likely to have further improvement to come in her own right, she is taken to find another jolt of progress to land a second win.

5.55 - Capofaro
6.25 - Nahham
6.55 - Hotsy Totsy
7.25 - Brazen Safa
7.55 - Sleeping Lion
8.25 - Croeso Cymraeg
8.55 - Soar Above


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