Neil Morrice shares all of his best bets and tips for Wednesday’s racing coming your way AYR, Yarmouth, Warwick, Southwell and Kempton Park.
Race 5 No1 ACHELOIS (Nap)
Trainer: Andrew Balding – Jockey: PJ McDonald
ACHELOIS travelled best for most of the way before having to give way to Soto Sizzler in an identical race at Epsom. The progressive filly – a three times winner in handicaps last year – can now overpower My Astra on the way to better things.
Race 7 No2 FIREBOMB
Trainer: Bryan Smart – Jockey: Gianluca Sanna
FIREBOMB is making up into a useful dual purpose sprinter. After opening his account at Southwell he showed when 8n Hong home in a Class 4 at Ripon that he handles turf just as well. His rider’s 7lb claim could make a big difference in this clash with hat-trick seeker Lullaby Bay.
Race 3 No2 AL QAASIM (Nap)
Trainer: David O’Meara – Jockey: Jason Watson
The strong travelling AL QAASIM has shown a penchant for Pontefract, but after a solid earning run at Beverley last time can adapt to this course and make his trademark turn of foot count at the business end of the contest.
Race 8 No7 CENTS IN THE CITY (Each Way)
Trainer: Michael Scudamore – Jockey: Saffie Osborne
The value play in an open nightcap is CENTS IN THE CITY who makes just a second career appearance on grass for a jockey that is getting to know him. The Cityscape gelding has shown enough in a couple of his races on sand this year to suggest he can now raise his game.
Race 2 No2 GALAHAD THREEPWOOD
Trainer: Ben apauling – Jockey: Kielan Woods
GALAHAD THREEWOOD had to be withdrawn from a race at Kempton after sustaining a minor bleed on the way to the start. He’s fully recovered from that minor setback, and can endorse with a win the promise of his first run over jumps when third at Newcastle.
Race 7 No5 HILLVIEW (Nap)
Trainer: Gary Hanmer – Jockey: Brian Hughes
HILLVIEW completed a hurdling treble earlier in the spring, looking better in each of those races and coming to this course with his tail up. The six-year-old defied a penalty with ridiculous ease at Stratford, and can continue on an upward curve off his revised mark.
Race 1 No1 VIA DOLOROSA (Nap)
Trainer: David Pipe – Jockey: Phillip Armson
But for his rider dropping his whip and the horse shutting his eyes at the final fence, VIA DOLOROSA might have won at Market Rasen two weeks ago. The top weight would make short work of his foes if near to his best, and can defy top weight.
Race 5 No8 ULTIMATE FAME
Trainer: Fergal O’Brien – Jockey: Paddy Brennan
The interesting one in this mares’ maiden hurdle is ULTIMATE FAME, who was in need of the race when pulled up on debut over jumps at Warwick, but would have sound claims of taking this if transferring her good bumper form from last year to this discipline.
Race 2 No5 BEARAWAY
Trainer: Hughie Morrison – Jockey: David Probert
After near misses on consecutive races at Southwell, BEARAWAY can strike on his handicap debut which entails a switch to the Polytrack surface. The selection is a well bred individual representing a trainer that does well with this type of individual.
Race 3 No11 TICKETS (Nap)
Trainer: Ivan Furtado – Jockey: Sean Levey
TICKETS and Prophet’s Dream are the two that catch my eye in this novice, with preference for the former whose form is slightly stronger. The Aclaim gelding has earned in both visits to this course, knows the track and can make it third time lucky.
Race 5 No4 THUNDERCLAP
Trainer: Hughie Morrison – Jockey: Jim Crowley
THUNDERCLAP is a horse that should prove well worth following this season. He improved from opening his account at Class6 level here to landing a Class4 in the soft at Pontefract. With a winter and spring under his belt he is a more mature and better individual now.
Place Accumulater Perm (Races 1-7)
1, 2 x 5, 11, 8 x 11, 8 x 1 x 4, 8, 9 x 4, 9 x 9, 8, 2