Betting Tips

Charlie McCann's Horse Racing Tips for Wincanton, Musselburgh & Kempton on Wednesday

Valleres to break chase duck for Alan King 

There is a valuable handicap chase at Wincanton over an extended two-and-a-half miles on ground that was described as a mix of good to soft and soft on Tuesday morning. 

Only five go to post and you could argue all have been frustrating so far this term. Between them Champagne Court, Flagrant Delitiep and Ubetya have finished runner up in their last five starts although the latter did little wrong on his first start for Paul Nicholls following a long lay-off at Plumpton last month.

Flagrant Delitiep, who has won over higher marks in the past, has been put in as market leader but he passed up what looked a gilt-edged opportunity from a 2lbs lower mark last time and the vote goes to Valleres (2.30pm) who put behind a disappointing effort at Newcastle on his penultimate start when third in first time cheekpieces at Newbury in a decent contest last time from a 3lbs higher mark.

Alan King’s 7-y-old looked a sure-fire future chase winner when third also at Newbury on his chase debut and stays further than 2m 4f, but the hope is that the favourite will ensure a decent test and that James Bowen can pick up the pieces late on. 

Recommendation: Valleres (2.30pm Wincanton) @ 15/4 with Betfair 

Millarville to appreciate step back up in trip

Over to Musselburgh and Millarville (2.55pm) has a bit to find with Cancan on Newcastle form from four weeks ago but that run was over the minimum trip and I do feel this additional half-a-mile will suit the 9-y-old more than Nick Alexander’s mare who heads the market.

The selection is trained by Harriet Graham and Gary Rutherford who have made such a good start to their new partnership, and I hope to see Ryan Mania ride the mare with more constraint than was the case at Gosforth Park when she was readily picked off over a trip that was short of her best.

There is a cracking card at Kempton this evening and the lengthy 14-month suspension rightly meted out to champion jockey Oisin Murphy will give David Probert some wonderful opportunities this summer. Probert is in the plate aboard Andrew Balding’s Harrow this evening and he heads the market for the “Road To The Kentucky Derby” Conditions Stakes over the mile. 

Harrow was last seen finishing third in the Gp 3 Tattersalls Stakes at Newmarket over 7f and he is fitted with a hood for the first time for his first start over a mile. His dam was a sprinter, but I don’t envisage any problems with the additional furlong, 

Recommendation: Millarville (2.55pm Musselburgh) @ 6/1 with bet365 (Each-Way)

Blue Trail to score for Boys In Blue 

He lacks a recent run and all-weather experience, however, and I have been impressed by both starts of Blue Trail (7.00pm) and he gets the vote for Charlie Appleby although I appreciate that the form of his Southwell maiden success in January does not compare with the juvenile turf form of Find, Grenoble or Harrow. 

David Probert rode the selection last time, but James Doyle takes over in the saddle this evening. It is possible that a mile around these tight turns will not be a sufficient test for this son of Teofilo, but he is race fit and I hope to see Doyle have his mount close to the pace which is likely to be set by Wyvern who made all last time.

Recommendation: Blue Trail (7.00pm Kempton) @ 9/4 with William Hill