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Nicholls' 7/4 chance to strike at Wincanton? Get Wednesday horse racing tips

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

A busy Wednesday of horse racing action across the UK and Ireland with five meetings going to post, and there is afternoon jumps racing from Market Rasen and Wincanton; while Southwell are racing on their fibresand surface.

There is also further all-weather action at Kempton in the evening, while Leopardstown in Ireland hosts a twilight fixture on the flat on turf.

Market Rasen (jumps) - 2.00 - 5.05pm (7 races)
Wincanton (jumps) - 2.10 - 5.15pm (7 races)
Southwell (flat, aw) - 2.20 - 5.25pm (7 races)
Leopardstown (flat) - 3.30 - 6.30pm (7 races)
Kempton (flat, aw) - 4.40 - 8.15pm (8 races)



(2.30) I’M WISER NOW (7/2, William Hill) has filled the bronze medal position on all three starts to date in bumpers, latterly beaten less than two lengths behind Floating Rock. Fergal O’Brien’s charge can get off the mark now switching to obstacles, and the Presenting gelding should give a good account here.

That last run came at Catterick over a trip that might have proven too sharp for him; but given he is bred for stamina, he could find some improvement for this longer trip. 

He has shown enough to suggest that he can win races, and this looks a fair test of his abilities on his hurdles debut. 

(3.05) DARTFORD WARBLER (4/1, William Hill) struck twice in the winter, winning at Sedgefield in January and then followiing up under a penalty nine days later at this venue. 

Sue Smith’s charge has made the frame in both subsequent outings, latterly finishing a creditable third behind Knockanrawley at Haydock although given too much to do. 

He has been eased another 1lb in the weights, but the veteran remains capable of of posting another solid run and he should be in the shake-up again.

(3.35) WISHFULL DREAMING (5/2, William Hill) had won two of his previous three starts prior to disappointing at Musselburgh last time, and Sam Drake’s charge is given another chance.

The Alflora gelding rather saw his jumping fall apart on that occasion, and he didn’t appear to go through with his finishing effort under a penalty for his earlier win at the same venue.

He’s 1lb better off here under his new mark, and the addition of cheekpieces to his usual tongue-tie could help deliver a jolt of improvement. Treated as still in form, he is perhaps worth forgiving that last outing, and he can do better here.

2.00 - Bolister
2.30 - I’m Wiser Now
3.05 - Dartford Warbler
3.35 - Wishfull Dreaming
4.05 - Earlofthecotswolds
4.35 - Carrolls Milan
5.05 - Royal Reel


(3.15) SAINTEMILLION (7/4, William Hill) has already looked a much better chaser than hurdler, finding only one too good on his debut over the larger obstacles at Hereford and then stepping up on that outing to beat Diable De Sivola at Exeter last month.

Paul Nicholls’ Diamond Green gelding jumped well in front and pulled out enough when challenged to hold on for the win; he gave the impression that there was more in the locker, and despite carrying a 7lbs penalty for that success turned out ten days later he could follow up with the potential for better still to come in this sphere.

(4.15) The handicapper may have his measure at the moment, but CHIVERS (3/1, William Hill) ought to give another good account, and Gary Moore’s charge is taken to get back on the scoresheet.

The Duke Of Marmalade gelding ran out an easy winner over Sky Full Of Stars at Fontwell on Boxing Day, and he has largely acquitted himself well in defeat on all three subsequent outing which include being beaten by eight lengths at Tauton last month.

He still remains relatively unexposed over fences having had just a handful of runs, and he arrives in better form than most in a relatively weak contest. 

2.10 - That’s A Given
2.45 - Umndeni
3.15 - Saintemillion
3.45 - River Of Intrigue
4.15 - Chivers
4.45 - Duchess Ravenwaves
5.15 - The Flying Sofa


(2.55) MR STRUTTER (3/1, William Hill) was a winner here two starts ago, beating First Excel, after which he ran a solid race behind The Golden Cue when last seen in action back at the beginning of January.

Ronald Thompson’s charge has been absent since, but the Sir Prancealot gelding can go well on his return to action. He had an excuse for that last defeat, missing the break before running on late, and he had two subsequent multiple winners behind despite being hampered late on.

Assuming he gets away on terms this time around, it isn’t difficult to see him posting a better run, and he could go close here with Tom Eaves taking over. 

(3.55) The reapplication of a first-time visor appeared to do the trick for ADDICTED TO YOU (9/2, William Hill) who posted a much better effort than had been the case in several runs previous to finish third at Kempton latest.

Mark Johnston’s Medicean gelding was a Chelmsford winner back in May last year; but he was a no-show on his only previous attempt on this surface back in February where he failed to beat a rival and trailed home a long way behind the winner.

He was very slowly away from the stalls on that occasion, and despite reminders he looked reticent to get involved early; he may have used up too much energy trying to get into a competitive position, and he dropped out tamely where he was allowed to come home in his own time.

Despite that flop here, he could be worth siding with to build on his more encouraging recent outing, and if the visor has a positive effect again then he could get back on the scoresheet.

2.20 - Honey Gg
2.55 - Mr Strutter
3.25 - Lofty
3.55 - Addicted To You
4.25 - Royal Cosmic
4.55 - Long Socks
5.25 - Limerick Lord


(4.30) CAPTAIN DAN (9/2, William Hill) looked a useful sort last term in his three outings, scoring at Wolverhampton, and John Feane’s charge can get back to winning ways.

That win aside, the Henrythenavigator gelding has finished fourth or better on all other starts which include finding only Manfadh too strong latest at Wolverhampton back in January. He had two subsequent winners behind him that day, and he could find a jolt of improvement for the switch to turf.

He races from the same mark here, but the booking of a good 5lbs claimer adds further credence to his chances, and he can go close here on his return from a break.

(5.30) SONAIYLA (7/2, William Hill) stepped up on a promising debut run back in October where she finished fifth to find only Western Dawn too strong ten days ago.

Both those runs came at Naas, and Mick Halford’s Dark Angel filly hinted that a stiffer test might be beneficial in that last outing where she went down battling by just over one length.

An extra furlong here could unlock further improvement, and she may be able to go one better here.

3.30 - Tarnawa
4.00 - Grandmaster Flash
4.30 - Captain Dan
5.00 - Verbal Dexterity
5.30 - Sonaiyla
6.00 - I Am Superman
6.30 - My Mystique


(5.40) NEFYN BEACH (7/2, William Hill) has shown only moderate ability in a trio of starts in maiden company, two of which came here; but Jo Hughes’ charge could find a jolt of improvement now her attentions are switched to handicapping.

The Big Bad Bob filly was latterly beaten almost ten lengths behind Nahham over seven furlongs here last month, crossing the line in eighth place; that race has thrown up a winner since, and she now switches to a handicap from a mark which could prove workable.

This isn’t a strong race, and despite her uninspiring form figures, she possibly has better to come and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a better effort.

(6.45) OCALA (7/4, William Hill) looked a useful performer as a juvenile, making the frame on both stats at Nottingham and here prior to five months off the track; Andrew Balding’s charge subsequently posted another solid run when finding only the smart Sheikha Reika too strong at Newmarket on her sole outing last campaign.

The Nathaniel filly has evidently been difficult to train, but she has shown she can go well fresh, and that form from her last outing has stacked up well.

She could have more to offer, and she sets the form standard in this contest; and assuming she is fully wound up ahead of her return from eleven months off then she can get off the mark.

4.40 - Lady Kermit
5.10 - Pentland Lad
5.40 - Nefyn Beach
6.15 - Adelante
6.45 - Ocala
7.15 - Magic Mirror
7.45 - Harry Callahan
8.15 - Optima Petamus

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