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Wednesday horse racing betting tips: Mr Scaramanga can strike Newcastle gold

Brian Healy in Horse Racing 11 Jan 2017
Taunton is one of four meetings on Wednesday. (credit: GettyImages)

Wednesday horse racing tips and best bets for 11 January racecards across the UK as four meetings go to post.

Wednesday’s fixture list takes on an additional meeting, taking the number of meetings going to post up to four.

The day’s jumps racing action takes place at Taunton and Hereford; while all-weather action is on the agenda from Newcastle in the afternoon and Kempton in the evening.

Taunton (jumps) – 1.05 – 3.40pm (6 races)
Hereford (jumps) – 1.20 – 3.50pm (6 races)
Newcastle (flat, aw) – 2.00 – 4.30pm (6 races)
Kempton (flat, aw) – 4.45 – 7.45pm (7 races)


(2.10) CALETT MAD (7/4, Bet365) was placed in a French Listed hurdle prior to joining Nigel Twiston-Davies’ yard, and the Axxos gelding has shown plenty for the switch to chasing for his new trainer with a win at Newcastle prior to finishing runner-up at Ludlow last time behind Fox Appeal, beaten five lengths.

That rival was well-treated at the weights and was entitled to win, but the Twiston-Davies runner can build further on the promise he showed in that contest, and likely to continue to progress he should go close taking on rivals who have something to prove.

Mon Parrain is in action on Taunton's Wednesday racecard.

(2.40) VOLPONE JELOIS (4/1, Bet365) was a fair sort on the flat in France prior to joining Paul Nicholls’ yard, and the Vol De Nuit gelding made a promising introduction when runner-up on debut at Fontwell behind Rainbow Dreamer.

Possibly just given too much to do there, the winner has since boosted the form by going in again back at Fontwell, and the Ditcheat runner also won next time out when beating Casper King at this venue in December.

This longer trip should be within range, and in receipt of weight all round he can continue to progress to follow up that last-time win.

1.05 – Stay Out Of Court
1.35 – Bags Groove
2.10 – Calett Mad
2.40 – Volpone Jelois
3.10 – Mon Parrain
3.40 – Tobacco Road


(2.20) ZAMDY MAN (9/4, Bet365) was a pretty smart hurdler at best, winning Listed and Grade Two contests at Haydock back in November 2013, and locking horms with The New One in subsequent outings prior to making the switch to chasing last term.

Venetia Williams’ charge didn’t take to fences initially, switching back to timber for the second half of the season; but he signed off with a win back over the larger obstacles at Uttoxeter in April, and he ran better than the bare result when runner-up to Kilcrea Vale at Ludlow on his return from an eight-month absence in December.

He possibly just failed to see out that longer trip, but he drops in distance here and should strip much fitter now with that outing under his belt so it wouldn’t come as a shock to see the Authorized gelding going close.

Zamdy Man can win over fences at Hereford.

(3.20) MONEY MAID (4/1, Bet365) has been rejuvenated by the switch to George McPherson’s yard, finding the frame in four of his five starts for the handler over both hurdles and fences; and the Blueprint mare was beaten only a neck by Two Smokin Barrels at Wetherby last month.

That was a career-best effort from the former winning pointer, and a repeat of that effort could be good enough to see her notch up a first win racing from the same handicap mark here as she did in that contest.

1.20 – New Republic
1.50 – Buckle Street
2.20 – Zamdy Man
2.50 – Sir Will
3.20 – Money Maid
3.50 – Lady Karina


(3.00) THATSTHEWAYTODOIT (9/2, Bet365) is only modest, but she has posted some fair efforts on this surface for Kevin Frost and David Mark Loughnane.

Her best finish came here in November when beaten less than one length behind Pensax Lady into the silver medal berth, and the Lord Shanakill filly can be forgiven her subsequent run at Southwell where she failed to handle the surface.

Back on tapeta and dropped 2lbs in the weights, she can race her off the same mark she went close from two starts ago and in a desperately poor contest she could be the answer to a race where winning form is very thin on the ground.

(3.30) MR SCARAMANGA (5/2, Bet365) could be hard to beat if able to translate the pick of his form to this surface, and Simon Dow’s charge can follow up his last-time win at Lingfield in December.

Formerly with Richard Hannon, the Sir Percy gelding brings the strongest form into the race, albeit on turf, making the frame in Group Two and Listed company last summer; and he won with something to spare on his return to action for his new handler last month with a head defeat of Ocean Promise.

While his progress last term seemed to stall, he looks well up to winning a conditions event such as this; and if handling this surface he should go close.

2.00 – Genres
2.30 – Bowban
3.00 – Thatsthewaytodoit
3.30 – Mr Scaramanga
4.00 – Golden Opportunity
4.30 – Royal Celebration


(5.15) ARYEH (9/1, Bet365, each-way) has been absent since making a promising debut at this venue back in July where the Exceed and Excel filly finished sixth in a race that has worked out well with several decent types coming out of the contest, including the winner Rajar and third Queensbrydge.

Hugo Palmer’s charge was green early in that contest, but she was doing her best work at the finish once the penny dropped and although absent since, she should have learnt plenty from the experience and can take a significant stride forward here.

This additional furlong could help her unlock some improvement, and while her number ten stall isn’t ideal, she could be capable of better and can make the frame if fit to go on her reappearance.

Hugo Palmer can get amongst the winners at Kempton on Wednesday evening.

(5.45) RAHMAH (10/1, Bet365, each-way) was beaten only two lengths into third here two starts ago behind Ride The Lightning, and Geoffrey Deacon’s Vale Of York gelding could be the answer to a tricky contest.

That race was arguably tougher than the one he contests here, and he can be forgiven his poor run at Southwell last time where he looked ill at ease on the deeper surface; back on this quicker surface and dropped both 1lb in the weights and a furlong in trip, he should be competitive and can go close if bouncing back from that run last time out.

4.45 – Ershaad
5.15 – Aryeh
5.45 – Rahmah
6.15 – Pretend
6.45 – Born To Finish
7.15 – Monsieur Paddy
7.45 – Take Two

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