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Nicholls' 9/4 chance to Lodge another win? Get Wednesday 8 May horse racing tips

Fontwell is one of six UK and Irish horse racing meetings going to post on Wednesday. (credit:John Walton/PA Archive/PA Images)

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

A six-fixture schedule of UK and Irish horse racing meetings go to post on Wednesday, and there is flat racing action in the afternoon where day one of Chester’s May Festival meeting goes to post with the feature race of the afternoon being the Group Three Chester Vase.

Meanwhile, there is also jumps racing action from Newton Abbot, Kelso and Fontwell, as well as flat racing action from Gowran Park in Ireland.

Completing Wednesday’s fixture list is a meeting on the all-weather at Southwell where there is a twilight fixture on the fibresand.

Chester (flat) - 1.50 - 5.05pm (7 races)
Newton Abbot (jumps) - 2.00 - 5.20pm (7 races)
Kelso (jumps) - 2.10 - 5.30pm (7 races)
Gowran Park (flat) - 4.50 - 8.25pm (8 races)
Fontwell (jumps) - 5.10 - 8.15pm (7 races)
Southwell (flat, aw) - 6.05 - 8.35pm (6 races)



(2.25) SECOND THOUGHTS (7/2, Coral) boasts some classy form, and Aidan O’Brien’s War Front filly can get back on the mark here following a solid four lengths’ fifth behind Lady Kaya in the recent 1000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown.

The Ballydoyle runner had shown progressive form in her three runs last term, building on a promising debut at Leopardstown behind Moravia to win at the second attempt when beating Rita Levi at Naas.

That win was followed by with a three lengths’ third behind Skitter Scatter in the Group Three Silver Flash Stakes, after which she was absent until making her recent return to action.

This is a marked step up in trip for the War Front filly who has yet to race beyond seven furlongs; but she gave a strong hint on her return that she may be suited by a stiffer test, and there is plenty of stamina on her dam’s side which offers hope that she’ll be better for this longer trip.

She ought to go close if seeing out this extra yardage, and back on better ground with some high-class form to her name already she is worth chancing to get back in front here.

(4.05) ARTISTIC STREAK (15/2, Paddy Power) looked very much in need of the debut experience when finishing sixth at Newmarket back in November behind Feliciana De Vega; but Tom Dascombe’s charge showed the benefit of the run when finishing third next time back at that venue last month behind Maqsad.

Although beaten nine lengths, he might have needed the run, while he didn’t aid his chances when stumbling leaving the stalls. Nevertheless, he ran on well late to take the bronze medal although the front pair had gone clear and he had little chance of threatening the judge.

Despite his mishap, he finished over one length clear of the fourth and the winner of that race boosted the form with a Listed win at Newmarket on 1000 Guineas Day. She could be worth siding with then on that form to find a jolt of improvement, and the New Approach filly can get off the mark here at the third attempt.

1.50 - Great Dame
2.25 - Second Thoughts
3.00 - Top Breeze
3.35 - Technician
4.05 - Artistic Streak
4.35 - Quiet Endeavour
5.05 - Elerfaan


(2.35) TRUCKERS LODGE (9/4, Bet365) was a winner over hurdles for Tom George prior to joining forces with Paul Nicholls, and the Westerner gelding has found further improvement since switching to Ditcheat with a win at Chepstow prior to back-to-back silver medal finishes which include at Doncaster in the Grade Two River Don Hurdle.

The Nicholls runner subsequently got back on the scoresheet when running out a three-parts of a length winner over Unwin Vic at Exeter latest, finding plenty having made most of the running. The third in that race has since finished fourth in the Grand National behind Tiger Roll, and switching to the larger obstacles he could go well here.

A winner between the flags in Ireland for Batt O’Connell, he could find some improvement switching to chasing and if able to translate his best hurdles form to this discipline then he ought to go close.

(3.45) Grade One winner Tea For Two is dangerous to dismiss if recapturing his best, but he has looked a shadow of his old self in recent outings and ROMAIN DE SENAM (5/1, Bet365) can get back to winning ways.

Paul Nicholls’ Saint Des Saints gelding has won two of his last four starts, scoring wins at Taunton and Fontwell with the latter coming on his penultimate start when beating Not Another Muddle. He has since found only Mercian Prince too strong at Plumpton, but he remains capable of a big run.

He ought to make his presence felt again in this contest, and it wouldn’t come as a surprise if he were to get back on the scoresheet under a good 5lbs claimer.

2.00 - Quick Wave
2.35 - Truckers Lodge
3.10 - Kauto The King
3.45 - Romain De Senam
4.15 - Crooks Peak
4.45 - Chic Name
5.20 - Global Thrill


(3.20) BUCKLED (8/1, Bet365) hasn’t won since scoring at Musselburgh back in December 2017 when the Midnight Legend gelding ran out a twelve lengths’ victor over Nathans Pride.

Things haven’t gone to plan since for Sandy Thompson’s charge whose form has been rather hit and miss; but he did manage back-to-back bronze medal finishes at this venue over hurdles as well as over fences at Musselburgh towards the end of last year, and he went one better behind Always Lion at Musselburgh when last seen in February.

A course and distance winner from earlier in his career, he has won from higher marks than this in the past and if he can build on that last outing returning from another break then he could go close here.

(3.55) RIVER OF INTRIGUE (4/1, Ladbrokes) was a winner at Plumpton on his penultimate start for Fergal O’Brien, but the Indian River gelding wasn’t down for long following a disappointing run at Market Rasen after which he moved to John O’Shea’s yard.

He has seemingly been rejuvenated by the move to this yard, finishing fifth at Leicester in January on his first start for this yard and then going close at Wincanton on his next outing behind Findusatgorcombe. He stepped up again to get back on the scoresheet latest back at the Somerset track when beating Cucklington by a neck latest, and a repeat could see him firmly in the mix here.

Given the distance back to the third that day, a 4lbs rise in the weights could prove lenient and he can continue his resurgence for his new yard with another solid run.

2.10 - Floki
2.45 - Sleep Easy
3.20 - Buckled
3.55 - River Of Intrigue
4.25 - McGroarty
4.55 - Greensalt
5.30 - Tortuga Bay


(6.25) MASTERMIND (13/2, Paddy Power) remains a maiden on the flat, but he did win a decent contest over hurdles at Naas last February, and the Nathaniel gelding can break his duck on the level with a win here.

Charles O’Brien’s charge has finished fourth or better in each of his last five starts in this discipline, and he most recently found only Conron too strong at Clonmel last month over two miles. Beaten almost five lengths there, he has had a spin back over hurdles since, but he returns to the flat here from a mark which remains workable.

The drop back in trip is unlikely to faze him, and while a 5lbs rise in the weights does demand a shade more it could be that he proves equal to the task in an ordinary contest.

(7.25) Mick Halford’s SHENNAN (6/4, Coral) found only one too strong on debut at Cork last month, and sure to improve for that experience the Rip Van Winkle colt can go one better here.

Beaten just over two lengths on that occasion behind Georgeville, he should be much sharper now with that run under his belt and with the potential to improve on the back of that initial run he looks sure to make his mark in this contest where he can open his account at the second attempt.

4.50 - Time Tunnel
5.25 - Carefully
5.55 - True Self
6.25 - Mastermind
6.55 - Magic Fountain
7.25 - Shennan
7.55 - Meryems Way
8.25 - Fast On


(6.15) STORMY MILAN (5/2, Bet365) has posted two good efforts over fences since switching to this sphere, and Charlie Longsdon’s charge can win again.

The Milan gelding showed only fair form in a pair of hurdles starts last term, but having looked in need of the run at Leicester on his reappearance in February he stepped up on that effort to win at Huntingdon in March.

He had a length to spare at the line over Lady Master, having made all and kept on strongly to the line, and the application of a first-time tongue-tie could help to deliver further improvement here. He has 5lbs rise in the weights to contend with, but possible he has more to offer and he can follow up.

(6.45) BUSTER EDWARDS (7/2, Paddy Power) posted a better effort over hurdles when switched to the handicap ranks, finishing ten lengths’ fourth behind Solo Saxophone at Wetherby latest, and David Pipe’s Kalanisi gelding could build on that performance to get off the mark here.

Placed in a point-to-point in Ireland prior to joining this yard, he went close on his debut for Pipe when denied only by a head behind Mister Mister at Worcester. Subsequently absent for almost 18 months, he might have needed his first couple of outings, and his latest run was a step in the right direction.

He could have more to offer over timber, and this mark could yet prove workable especially if the application of a tongue-tie and cheekpieces have a positive effect.

5.10 - Itsaboutime
5.45 - Some Day Soon
6.15 - Stormy Milan
6.45 - Buster Edwards
7.15 - Magical Thomas
7.45 - Barton Rose
8.15 - Strike The Flint


(6.35) The lightly raced APHAEA (5/6, Coral) thumped the reopposing High Command by ten lengths here six days ago, and the Farhh filly can strike again while the iron is hot.

Mick Easterby’s charge showed improved form switching to a handicap when beating Haabis by a nose at Wolverhampton on her return from eight months off last July, after which she acquitted herself with some credit in defeat on turf.

However, it was a career-best effort on her latest success, readily putting the race in safe-keeping turning into the straight and keeping on strongly for a wide margin success. That run came on her fibresand debut on the back of another eight months’ absence, and she might be best fresh.

However, such was the authority in which she won she could be worth keeping onside from the same mark and prior to her revised rating kicking in. Assuming she arrives in similar form, she ought to be hard to beat, and she can follow up here.

(7.05) Unlike a few of these runners MOVEONUP (3/1, Bet365) is untried on fibresand, but that shouldn’t stop the Zebedee gelding from posting a big run here.

Gay Kelleway’s charge has had just four starts to date and remains an unexposed sort; but he has already shown fair form in his past outings and he arrives here fresh on the back of a near-miss at Wolverhampton back in March behind Havana Ooh Na Na where he was beaten less than one length.

That was his first run over seven furlongs, and he appeared to show improvement for the stiffer test; he can build on that return, and if handling this surface then he could get off the mark with a repeat of that last run.

6.05 - Red Invader
6.35 - Aphaea
7.05 - Moveonup
7.35 - Bonneville
8.05 - Treasured Company
8.35 - Jazz Legend

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