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UK Racing Best Bets – Wednesday 7 August 2019

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Neil Morrice brings us all of his best bets and tips for Wednesday’s racing at Bath, Brighton, Kempton and Pontefract. 

Bath Best Bets 

Trainer: Malcolm Saunders 
Jockey: Tom Queally 

Locally based Saunders must always be respected with his sprinters here, and though CORONATION COTTAGE hasn’t shown much for a while, an improved performance is envisaged at a working man’s price. The 5-year-old is hard to peg back when on song and pleased connections when blowing out for this.

Trainer: Sir Mark Prescott 
Jockey: Luke Morris 

With Prescott’s Heath House team operating in its customary efficient fashion at the smaller courses, BLAME IT ON SALLY looks set to get back in the winning groove. With a win and a second to her name in as many starts this season she should have more to offer in a race that has cut up favourably.

Brighton Best Bets 

Race 3: SUSSEX GIRL (6)
Trainer: John Berry 
Jockey: Tom Marquand 

Dropping into playing company, SUSSEX GIRL can raise her game to post a first win of the season and confirm her liking for this switchback course. She’s been lightly-raced and wasn’t far off the money on her latest start, getting going when the birds had flown. She should greatly enjoy this step up to a mile and a half.

Race 6: WARNING FIRE (2)
Trainer: Mark Johnston 
Jockey: Franny Norton 

Having run a cracker when third in a Class 2 handicap at the big Goodwood fixture last week, WARNING FIRE should find this drop in grade an open invitation to get back to winning ways. He’s been a model of consistency in a busy season and shown he can stand plenty of racing, so this reappearance just four days after the Goodwood run shouldn’t put you off.

Kempton Best Bets 

Trainer: John Gosden 
Jockey: Jim Crowley 

A belated return to the track shouldn’t stop DUBAI WARRIOR from preserving his unbeaten record. The beautifully-bred colt sticks to Polytrack after scorching home on his Chelmsford introduction last November and he’s one to follow. The high standard of his homework suggests he can get the better of market rival Muhaarar’s Nephew.

Race 5: LAND OF OZ (7)
Trainer: Sir Mark Prescott 
Jockey: Luke Morris

LAND OF OZ is progressing at a rate faster than the handicapper likes and makes a swift reappearance under a 6lb penalty for his smooth Ayr success last week. He’s typical of the staying types his trainer excels with and could still be very well in getting plenty of weight from his foes. It will be a shock if his winning sequence is halted.

Pontefract Best Bets 

Race 3: BE BOLD (8)
Trainer: Rebecca Bastiman 
Jockey: Rowan Scott

BE BOLD enjoys a stiff uphill finish as he demonstrated when second to My Valentino on his latest start at Hamilton, beaten a neck after failing to get a clear run. The blinkered 7yo faces mainly out of form opponents in this, and has a good draw from which to attain a good position from which to attack on the climb to the finish.

Trainer: Ian Williams 
Jockey: Ben Curtis

The strong travelling SPEED COMPANY could benefit from the searching gallop likely to be set by Volcanic Sky and this most consistent operator deserves a change of luck after three near misses. His best efforts have happened in small fields like this, and when coming off the bridle he finds for pressure, always an asset at the finish here.

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