Horse Racing in Britain on Wednesday afternoon comes from the two jump meetings at Sedgefield and Ludlow, while the sole Flat turf card is that of Colwick Park in Nottingham.
We will provide Horse Racing tips, previews and predictions for two races from the Co Durham track, a stamina-sapping 3m 3f handicap chase at 2.48pm and at 3.58pm an extended 2m 3f handicap chase. Our each-way longshot of the day runs at Nottingham in the 13-runner 1m 2f handicap at 4.50pm.
Our Tip for the 2.48pm at Sedgefield:
Trainer Christian Williams is responsible for the two horses at the head of the handicap for this 3m 3f stamina test, Cage Of Fear and Joey Steel. The latter came out well on top when the pair met each other at Newton Abbot last month, although the mount of Jack Tudor now enjoys a 9lb pull in the weights.
That is unlikely to be enough for the form to be reversed at the Co Durham track however, with Nick Scholfield’s mount expected to carry on his excellent run of form over the last few months with a third victory of the season.
The Craigsteel gelding may well have landed the hat-trick had he jumped better when finishing second at Fontwell back in June. The eight-year-old was more fluent at Newton Abbot on his most recent start and a similar performance should be good enough to take this modest Class 5 handicap.
Our Tip for the 3.58pm at Sedgefield:
This looks a great opportunity for Irish raider Turbo to record a second victory over fences, the first coming at Kilbeggan last July when the gelding ran out an impressive winner of a 12-runner beginners chase.
Starting this season over the smaller obstacles, the mount of Sean Bowen ran out a surprise 33/1 winner at Tramore in August with a smooth display, before beating all bar Presenting Bonnie at Kilbeggan a week later.
Back over fences at Sligo last month, the eight-year-old finished a respectable fifth, despite being badly hampered by a faller at the final fence. Connections are unlikely to leave the County Durham track empty handed, with bottom weight Northern Bound expected to follow the Irish challenger home.
Our Tip for the 4.50pm at Nottingham:
While the recent form figures of the Mick Channon-trained Kaleidoscopic are hardly inspiring (6-8-8-5-5-4), the four-year-old has been running in much better races than this and is now beginning to look seriously well handicapped off a mark just 1lb higher than when running away with a Doncaster handicap (subsequent Royal Hunt Cup runner-up Astro King back in third) 12 months ago.
Today’s pilot Silvestre De Sousa gets on well with the filly, as along with that success has finished runner-up twice on the daughter of Le Havre who ran well to finish fourth at Chester on her most recent start. Over her ideal trip and with some cut in the ground, Kaleidoscopic can prove the value bet of the race.
With only 15lb covering all 13 runners this is a tight handicap, with the unexposed Purple Ribbon and Moktasaab just two others to consider in an open contest.
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