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Alan Kelly's Horse Racing Tips for Perth & Salisbury on Wednesday

Perth’s popular three-day festival gets underway on Wednesday afternoon, the highlight of which is a couple of Listed races. Despite ground forecast to be on the soft side of good, the opening day has attracted five single-figure fields.

We will provide Horse Racing tips, previews and predictions for two of the races on the card together with an each-way longshot selection for Salisbury’s evening meeting which commences at 4.25pm.

“Tip of the Day” – Casa Tall – 3.00pm Perth

Tom George’s charge did not enjoy the best of luck last month, falling when strongly fancied at Newbury before being brought down at Warwick, but granted a trouble-free round looks handicapped to beat his four rivals.

Casa Tall (NAP) – 3.00pm Perth

Irish raider Coach Carter ran well to beat all bar Beakstown at Ayr’s Scottish Grand National meeting earlier in the month. But Sean Bowen’s mount does not look particularly well-treated on a mark of 135 and is worth opposing at a short price. The Rebecca Menzies-trained Sao has plenty of ability and would have a big chance if settling better than is usually the case. But in receipt of 13lb or more from his four rivals, bottom weight Casa Tall makes most appeal.

The No Risk At All gelding has won three of his 12 starters over fences but things have not gone according to plan for Tom George’s charge of late when failing to complete the course on both of his runs last month. Ciaran Gething’s mount was fancied to win a Newbury handicap at the beginning of March only to fall at the ninth fence when still going well.

The eight-year-old was unlucky to be brought down on his most recent outing in a four-horse affair at Warwick. Granted a trouble-free round on this occasion, Casa Tall should prove hard to beat with conditions to suit.

Galia Des Liteaux (Next Best) – 3.35pm Perth

Only six runners for this Listed novices’ hurdle but with rating between 126 and 141 a competitive race is in prospect. John McConnell’s Irish challenger Mahler Mission heads the field on a mark of 141 following the six-year-old’s victory in a Grade 2 contest at Doncaster in January.

The Mahler gelding could only finish a 23 length seventh of 16 in the Albert Bartlett at the Cheltenham Festival last time however and is worth taking on with one of the less exposed contenders. The other Irish raider, The Goffer could do no better than 15th place in the Martin Pipe at the festival, leaving Famous Bridge, Complete Unknown and Galia Des Liteaux as the three to concentrate on.

Nicky Richards’ charge has plenty of potential and looks the type to make up into a decent chaser. But the key to the outcome of the race may be a novices’ hurdle run at Ascot back in January. Complete Unknown finished second in that extended 2m 5f contest, half a length in front of Galia Des Liteaux, who was in receipt of only 1lb.

The Dan Skelton-trained mare is no less than 9lb better off on this occasion and with the daughter of Saddler Maker, a 30 length winner at Wetherby on her hurdling debut, open to plenty more improvement is the one most favoured by race conditions.

Wrought Iron (Longshot) – 5.00pm Salisbury

Plenty with claims in this three-year-old six furlong handicap including Nikki’s Girl, Makarova and Eternal Glory who all boast decent recent all-weather form.

At a big price however it could pay to take a chance on the fitness of the Jamie Osborne-trained Wrought Iron, the mount of 3lb claimer Saffie Osborne.

The grey gelding, with the same draw of stall 1, made most of the running over course and distance last June, eventually finishing a respectable third behind a couple of horses who are rated 78 and 79. The son of Dark Angel ran even better next time when third again, this time in a competitive Newbury nursery.

Wrought Iron may have found the extra furlong against him when unplaced on his final run of the season, also at the Berkshire track. Providing fitness is not an issue on his first start for eight months, the each-way selection could outrun his odds by some way.

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