Wednesday Horse Racing Preview

There’s a wide spread of action right across the UK on Wednesday at Bath, Brighton, Kempton, Pontefract and Yarmouth and we have highlighted races from all of them here.

3.20 Brighton Mile – 1m Handicap

Lord Clenaghcastle

Knows this place well and won over Epsom’s undulations last time too.  Not ground dependant and still improving, every chance

Helfire

Generally still progressing but mainly on all-weather surfaces.  Did well on the turf at Ascot last time though and is a danger.

Exceeding Power

Despite winning over 10f at Lingfield in February he was all the better for the step down to a mile recently on turf and rarely runs a bad race.

Cricklewood Green

Last year’s winner, higher in the weights but comes into this in even better form.

Admirable Art

Not as consistent as some in the race but did win here last autumn.  His heavy handicap hit for winning a soft ground race at Chepstow could be too big a burden.

Wasm

Took a big step forward last time at Doncaster but that was on soft ground.

83 Lord Glenaghcastle

81 Cricklewood Green

81 Helfire

79 Exceeding Power

78 Wasm

77 Admirable Art

Summary

LORD GLENAGHCASTLE is the one with more to give and handles this type of track well.  Cricklewood Green and Helfire look good for places.

3.30 Bath – Kelston Cup, 1m2f Handicap

Dowayla

A winner here over 1m last time but not one who handles rain softened ground and that may be what is encountered on the day.

Anythingtoday

Improving nicely and can handle easier conditions.  Trained superbly and ready for another step forward here, huge run expected.

Argenterie

Arguably didn’t handle either the step up in trip or the easier ground last time, one to chalk off perhaps.

Nayel

Likes this trip and has well here before, however is another who appears to much prefer faster ground.

Cosmeapolitan

In and out on the flat but may handle conditions better than some.

100 Anythingtoday

88 Cosmeapolitan

85 Dowayla

85 Nayel

80 Argenterie

Summary

If the rain arrives in buckets (forecast at the time of writing) then plenty will be inconvenienced here but ANYTHINGTODAY should not be one of them.  Hugo Palmer’s gelding is progressing nicely and could be well clear of this field.  Cosmeapolitan could be best of the rest.

3.40 Pontefract – 1m4f Handicap

Hot Beat

Been running over further but last won over this trip in the winter.  Half a shout if back to form.

Mutadaffeq

Generally progressive but perhaps not on softer ground.

Sennockian Star

Consistent sort from a top yard, last three wins have have come on the AW though.

Icefall

Will be all the better for his season opener at Ripon, handles most conditions and could represent good value.

Kasperenko

Best form is on top-of-the-ground so the potential rain won’t help, still getting better though and can take a hand.

93 Icefall

92 Hot Beat

89 Kasperenko

88 Sennockian Star

80 Mutadaffeq

Summary

Although narrowly, the ratings show a potential win for Tim Easterby’s ICEFALL at hopefully a big price.  Hot Beat could also go well.

4.40 Pontefract – 1m Handicap

Buckland Beau

0-16 on the turf but the handicapper hasn’t really ever done him any favours.  He’s now 7lbs lower than his last win but maybe needs more of a hand.

Stanley

Still progressing when the ground isn’t fast and can do so again here, big shout.

Chiswick Bey

Good record but probably wants it faster than this.

Rockwood

Consistent and not particularly ground dependant, does have limitations though.

Echo Of Lightning

Has plenty to recommend him but is perhaps not one who likes the rain too much.

Rousayan

Conditions should be ideal and so he’s not one to dismiss lightly.

84 Stanley

83 Buckland Beau

79 Rousayan

78 Echo Of Lightning

77 Rockwood

75 Chiswick Bey

Summary

Jonjo O’Neill’s STANLEY will love conditions here and can grab the win. Buckland Beau may do better than some think and has place chances.

6.45 Yarmouth – 5f Handicap

Arzaak

Still improving overall but like most handicap sprinters is hard to catch right.

Discreet Hero

Yard in form, handles most ground and is on the upgrade.

Just Us Two

Last time out winner who could be peaking now, definitely one to watch.

Madame Bounty

May have been harshly treated for her Newbury win but can still show up well.

Olivia Fallow

Hard to know exactly what sort of run she’ll put in but she’s certainly capable.  Paul Midgley brings just the two down from Yorkshire.

90 Just Us Two

88 Discreet Hero

88 Olivia Fallow

82 Madame Bounty

81 Arzaak

Summary

It’s always difficult to try and second guess these sprint handicappers but JUST US TWO could be worth a punt.  Discreet Hero may also go well.

8.35 Kempton – 1m4f Handicap

Whinging Willie

Strangely given that he won last time he was here, he hasn’t run here since last January.  Still getting better despite his age and must go well again.

Distant

Won her maiden at Chelmsford but has done just as well here.  Looked the winner 3 from home last time and will be better for the experience.

Arab Moon

Best form on the all-weather, especially here, and another step forward may be taken.

Artful Rogue

Does OK on this surface and may put in another useful display.

Panko

Ran reasonably well here last October and in fact seems to run similarly on most surfaces.  A bit below par last time but want expected to win.

Voski

Just the four runs (two on the AW) and in small fields.  We haven’t got near the bottom of this one yet and there’s plenty to come.  A better start would mean a much better showing.

Rubensian

Not enjoying the turf so much recently but does well here.  If back to his best he’ll be right up there.

93 Distant

93 Voski

91 Rubensian

89 Arab Moon

89 Artful Rogue

89 Whinging Willie

85 Panko

Summary

It’s close on paper, but improved runs are possible rather than probable for Voski and Rubensian whereas DISTANT looks just about certain to put in a career best.

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