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Atmospheric set for Salisbury success? Get Wednesday 26 June horse racing tips

Brian Healy 26 Jun 2019
Salisbury's Wednesday horse racing fixture is one of six going to post across the UK and Ireland. (credit:Adam Davy/PA Archive/PA Images)

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets across each of Wednesday's UK and Irish racemeetings.

Wednesday sees six UK and Irish horse racing meetings going to post, and the day’s flat racing action comes from the meetings at Salisbury and Carlisle, while Ffos Las goes jumping.

Meanwhile, in the evening there is further flat racing action on turf from Bath, and also Naas in Ireland; while Kempton are racing on the all-weather.

Carlisle (flat) - 2.00 - 5.00pm (7 races)
Ffos Las (jumps) - 2.10 - 5.10pm (7 races)
Salisbury (flat) - 2.20 - 5.20pm (7 races)
Kempton (flat, aw) - 5.50 - 8.50pm (7 races)
Naas (flat) - 6.00 - 9.00pm (7 races)
Bath (flat) - 6.10 - 9.10pm (7 races)



(2.30) KEEP BUSY (2/1, Coral) has shaped with ability on both starts to date, finishing third at Newcastle on her debut back in April behind Strive For Glory, and then going one place better to find only Fashion Advice too strong at Catterick earlier this month.

Beaten around two lengths, she may not have been suited by the soft ground on that occasion; but she looked as if a stiffer test might suit, so it is little surprise to see John Quinn step the Night Of Thunder filly up in trip for this latest outing.

She has quicker ground to contend with this time, which might suit her better, and open still to further improvement she could get off the mark now.

(3.00) STORM AHEAD (6/1, Paddy Power) ended a lengthy losing run when scoring at Doncaster earlier in the month, and if arriving here in similar form then the Iffraaj gelding could strike again while the iron is hot.

Tim Easterby’s charge was ending a winless streak stretching back to June 2016 when trained by Marcus Tregoning with his latest defeat of Dubai Acclaim, scoring comfortably by two lengths and a 5lbs penalty for that win still leaves him 1lb well in at the weights given his future mark goes up to 77.

His overall strike-rate tempers enthusiasm slightly, and given his patchy profile he’s not certain to back up that performance. If he can hold his form though and produce a similar effort to his latest one then he could well follow up.

2.00 - Asmund
2.30 - Keep Busy
3.00 - Storm Ahead
3.30 - Club Wexford
4.00 - Groveman
4.30 - Viadera
5.00 - Supaulette


(3.10) POTTERMAN (11/8, Paddy Power) has proven himself to be a useful hurdler, winning three times over timber, and Alan King’s charge threatens to make up into at least a good a chaser judging on his easy ten lengths’ victory over Notwhatiam on his chase debut at Worcester recently.

The Sulamani gelding jumped and travelled well throughout that contest, drawing readily clear from some fairly decent sorts, and he has plenty of scope to progress further.

He has to give upwards of 6lbs to this field, but he looked a potentially smart recruit to chasing when landing that first success over fences and he could take some beating here if improving for the experience.

(4.10) GONE PLATINUM (3/1, Totesport) arrives here in search of a hat-trick of wins having already struck wins over this course and distance over hurdles, and at Market Rasen latest over fences; Dai Rees’ charge ought to post a bold bid for the three-timer, and the Mountain High gelding can collect.

He was a four lengths’ winner last time out over Darcy Ward, finishing well having looked beaten some way out before rallying strongly, and he eventually won a shade cosily. He had looked set to score the time before even before the departure from the race of Curious Carlos who pulled up, and he ahd the reopposing Uno Mas behind.

He is back over hurdles from the same mark as when posting that latest chase success, and he could take advantage with good 5lbs conditional Lorcan Williams in the saddle.

2.10 - King Cnut
2.40 - Longhouse Sale
3.10 - Potterman
3.40 - Nonesuch
4.10 - Gone Platinum
4.40 - Bally Longford
5.10 - Loughfair


(2.50) FOXY FOREVER (4/1, William Hill) snapped a lengthy losing run stretching back to October 2017 when scoring at Bath earlier in the month, beating Enchanted Linda by a neck.

Michael Wigham’s Kodiac gelding overcame some trouble in running to score, running on strongly for the win, and a 3lbs rise for that outing may not prevent a follow-up assuming he can produce a similar level this time around.

That last-time win came in arguably a better race than this, and he is due to go up a further 1lb in the weights so he could well be the one to side with here. 

(3.20) ATMOSPHERIC (9/4, Totesport) shaped well despite inexperience when finishing third of five runners at Goodwood last month behind Silent Wave; but Clive Cox’s charge is expected to find improvement for that debut effort, and the Night Of Thunder filly can get off the mark at the second attempt.

The winner of that race looked useful, and she has subsequently ran with credit in the Albany Stakes although the overall form has taken a couple of knocks. Nevertheless, she is open to considerable improvement with that run under her belt, and she could show the benefit of the experience now to do better.

This is no easy assignment with several similarly progressive sorts in opposition alongside some interesting debutantes; but if she can show improvement on the back of that first run then she ought to go well under Hollie Doyle who takes the reins.

2.20 - Wightman
2.50 - Foxy Forever
3.20 - Atmospheric
3.50 - Nicklaus
4.20 - Desert Icon
4.50 - Master Grey
5.20 - Scentasia


(5.50) This contest features a trio of very interesting debutantes, but it could pay to side with experience on this occasion and TOPKAPI STAR (11/4, Bet365) is taken to get off the mark at the second attempt.

Roger Varian’s Golden Horn filly showed up well on her debut at Doncaster ten days ago, eventually finishing just over two lengths’ third behind Sacred Dance in soft ground. Betrayed by inexperience on that occasion, he hinted that he would be much better for the run, and so he is expected to take a forward step now with the run under his belt.

Likely to improve on the back of that first run then he can go one better this time around, and no surprise to see him open his account.

(6.50) MET BY MOONLIGHT (4/1, Totesport) got back on the winning trail at Lingfield in April, beating Diamond Lady by three parts of a length. Ron Hodges’ charge subsequently bounced back from a lesser effort next time to finish a good third over course and distance, and the Sakhee’s Secret mare ought to go close again.

The five-year old most was most recently beaten around two lengths behind Quick Breath when sporting first-time blinkers, unable to sustain his effort to the line and being run down late by the front pair. 

That was arguably a stronger race than the one he finds himself in now, and a repeat of that effort from the same handicap rating could be good enough to see him get back to winning ways,

5.15 - The Big House
5.50 - Topkapi Star
6.20 - Red Sun
6.50 - Met By Moonlight
7.20 - Kodiac Lass
7.50 - Kingston Kurrajong
8.20 - Petrastar
8.50 - Double Legend


(7.00) RITA LEVI (7/2, Paddy Power) remains a maiden after eight career starts, but Ger Lyons’ charge boasts some fair juvenile form and could be worth chancing to get off the mark now.

The Kodiac filly faced some stiff tasks last term, including when tried against Ten Sovereigns at the Curragh in August, eventually finishing fourth; and she went closest to breaking her duck when denied only by a head on her next start behind Rockview Spirit at Down Royal.

Having turned in a disappointing run at Leopardstown on her reappearance, possibly failing to stay the longer trip, she bounced back to finish four lengths’ fourth behind Sonaiyla back at the Curragh. That form has since been boosted by the runner-up winning next time, while the third horse home subsequently also went one place better on his next start.

The drop to the minimum trip could well prove a good move given she has shown plenty of speed in her runs, and she can shed her maiden tag here.

(8.00) HAMARIYNA (4/1, Coral) arrives here chasing a hat-trick of wins, and Dermot Weld’s charge could prove hard to beat with the potential for further improvement still to come.

The Sea The Moon filly has to give weight away to this field, but her last outing saw her run out a comfortable winner over the reopposing Dean Street Doll when successful in the 1000 Guineas Trial at the Curragh last month.

The runner-up has run well in defeat since, beaten into fifth behind Hermosa in the Irish fillies’ Classic, and the Weld runner could well find further improvement for this step up in trip which ought to suit given her breeding.

Back in a Listed contest, she has 5lbs to give away to this field, but she has looked a Pattern-class prospect in her two runs to date, and she can successfully concede the weight to make it three wins on the bounce. 

6.00 - A New Dawn
6.30 - Handsome Maverick
7.00 - Rita Levi
7.30 - Angels
8.00 - Hamariyna
8.30 - Phoenix Open
9.00 - Kalanoura


(6.40) ENHANCED (2/1, Coral) took a forward step when finishing a good third on his handicap debut when last seen out, and with the potential to improve further Hughie Morrison’s charge gets the vote to get off the mark now.

The New Approach colt was beaten less than one length on that occasion, finishing well off a slow pace which appeared not to suit, and this step up in trip allied with a more generous pace ought to see him in better light.

A mark of 72 looks workable on his second handicap start, and no surprise if he were to find further improvement to get off the mark here.

(7.10) WINDSORLOT (9/1, Ladbrokes) could be worth chancing to bounce back to form having not been suited by the way the race developed when last seen at Wolverhampton.

Tony Carroll’s charge is a previous course and distance winner, scoring here twelve months ago when beating Loving Your Work from a mark of 59. His form since has been patchy however, and his two runs this term have been disappointing.

The Windsor Knot gelding steps back up in trip for this latest outing, and the handicapper has given him a good chance following another 3lbs drop in the ratings which leaves him dangerously well-handicapped if he can recapture his best form.

He could be worth chancing reunited with George Downing, and he could post a big run at decent odds.

6.10 - Storm Melody
6.40 - Enhanced
7.10 - Windsorlot
7.40 - Love Love
8.10 - Shrewdness
8.40 - Espresso Freddo
9.10 - Helvetian

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