The meeting at Wetherby in West Yorkshire stages a competitive seven-race jumps card on Wednesday afternoon. We will provide Horse Racing tips, previews and predictions for three races taking place, starting with an extended 2m 5f novices’ chase at 1.30pm.
Our second Horse Racing tip runs in the following Class 2 handicap hurdle at 2.05pm, with our final selection of the day coming in the fifth race at 3.15pm, a 3m handicap chase featuring today’s each-way longshot.
“Tip of the Day” – Uncle Alastair – 1.30pm Wetherby
The Nicky Richards-trained 10-year-old, following a long spell on the sidelines, is fancied to get his chasing career back on track with a victory over his main rival Erne River in this novices’ chase.
Uncle Alastair (NAP) – 1.30pm Wetherby
Following victories in both of his starts over hurdles last year, the Nick Kent-trained Erne River made a perfect debut over the bigger obstacles with a comfortable win in a novices’ limited handicap chase at Doncaster last month.
The mount of Charlie Hammond will be fancied by many to follow-up in this novices’ chase. But in receipt of 6lb, the Califet gelding may have to settle for second place behind the 10-year-old Uncle Alastair from the Nicky Richards stable.
The son of Midnight Legend looked an exciting chasing prospect after winning three of his six starts over hurdles in 2017/18 before making a hugely promising debut over fences at Carlisle when beating all bar the high-class Vinndication off level weights in November 2018.
Unfortunately, an injury meant that the promising gelding was not seen on a racecourse again for almost two and a half years prior to finishing third at Ayr almost 12 months ago. The mount of Brian Hughes improved significantly for that run, going down by just half a length to the talented Papa Tango Charly on his most recent start at Carlisle in December.
With conditions to suit and in receipt of weight from his main rival, Uncle Alastair is fancied to record his first victory in almost four years.
Findthetime (Next Best) – 2.05pm Wetherby
This Class 2 handicap hurdle could provide champion jockey elect Brian Hughes with yet another winner, courtesy of the unexposed Findthetime and off what could prove a very attractive handicap mark of 116.
The Nicky Richards-trained six-year-old opened his account over hurdles at the third attempt in a Sedgefield novices’ hurdle last November before following up on his handicap debut at Catterick just after Christmas.
The son of Shantou won both of those races by narrow margins and runs off a 5lb higher mark here. But the lightly-raced gelding can only improve, especially over this kind of trip and in receipt of weight from his seven rivals, makes plenty of appeal.
On his best form of last season, Arrivederci from the Jonjo O’Neill stable looks the main danger along with Lanzarote Hurdle sixth Up For Parol.
Deep Charm (Longshot) – 3.15pm Wetherby
Brian Hughes’ mount Dhowin should appreciate dropping back to this three mile trip after failing to get home over an extra furlong and a half last time when looking all over the winner.
It is a couple of unexposed chasers further down the weights who make most appeal however, Camp Belan, and in particular the Stuart Coltherd-trained Deep Charm.
The former has performed well in both starts over fences to date and is open to plenty more improvement. But following an easy win at Hexham in December, Deep Charm went close off a 9lb higher mark at Kelso last month and racing with the same rating of 109 here, the mount of Sam Coltherd looks sure to run another big race.
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