Good, good to soft ground is expected for the two jumps meetings on Wednesday afternoon, at Market Rasen and Wincanton. Both racecourses have attracted decent fields, in particular the former which has attracted a total of 53 runners.
Today’s Horse Racing tips, previews and predictions feature two races from the Lincolnshire racecourse and one from the Somerset track.
“Tip of the Day” – Alberic – 4.40pm Market Rasen
A comfortable winner on his chasing debut at Wincanton earlier this month, the Philip Hobbs-trained five-year-old should take plenty of beating once again in this extended 2m 5f handicap off a 7lb higher mark.
Salley Gardens (Next Best) – 2.10pm Wincanton
With top amateur Mr James King aboard, the hat-trick-seeking Salley Gardens should get punters off to a good start with a victory in Wincanton’s opening race.
The Olly Murphy-trained six-year-old has suffered only one defeat in four starts this season when failing to make any late impression on all-the-way 66/1 winner Soul Icon at Huntingdon. Salley Gardens was attempting to give that surprise winner over two stones, a creditable effort considering the fact that the lightly-raced gelding followed-up at Exeter two weeks later and now runs off a 14lb higher mark.
After that minor reverse, the son of Yeats has gone on to record comfortable victories at Huntingdon and Fakenham. Despite having to race off a revised mark of 111, the selection may still be one step ahead of the handicapper, and with the services of his talented rider should prove too good for main rivals The Raven’s Return and top weight Get The Appeal.
Mackelduff (Longshot) – 3.30pm Market Rasen
It must be said that the last couple of runs posted by the Olly Murphy-trained Mackelduff have to be regarded as disappointing, in particular when finishing a 20 length fifth of eight at Uttoxeter on the gelding’s most recent start.
Hopefully, a wind op last month brings about a revival in the fortunes of the previously promising six-year-old who would take plenty of beating off a mark of 120 if in the same kind of form as when winning at Aintree in October, prior to finishing a creditable third at Cheltenham’s november meeting.
The first two horses home in that Prestbury Park contest were Gowel Road and Unexpected Party, both of which have gone on to run well in top handicap company, earning marks in the 140’s. Aidan Coleman’s mount is clearly a talented hurdler and is definitely worth another chance.
Guernesey, from the Philip Hobbs stable, certainly deserves to get his head in front following five narrow defeats on the bounce. But the consistent grey may have to settle for minor honours once again.
Alberic (NAP) – 4.40pm Market Rasen
The Philip Hobbs-trained Alberic has struck form with a vengeance this year. Narrowly beaten in a 14-runner handicap hurdle at Hereford in January, Tom O’Brien’s mount went one better at Huntingdon 10 days later, always looking to be in control of a similar contest and value for more than the half length that separated him from runner-up Smoking Pigeon at the line with the rest of the field well beaten off.
Connections decided to send the five-year-old over fences for his next start earlier this month in a Wincanton handicap. The Poliglote gelding was not hard pressed to make a winning debut as a chaser and a 7lb rise looks more than fair for a horse who can only get better.
Last month’s course winner Edmond Dantes would probably have followed-up at Newcastle just over two weeks ago but for falling 3 out when going like the winner and rates the main danger along with Go All The Way who is having his first run for trainer Dr Richard Newland since leaving Francis Flood in Ireland.
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