Wednesday Race Meetings: Previews and Predictions

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The latest betting tips and previews for horse racing from across the UK and Ireland.

Horses racing at Kempton race track

There are four racing meetings in Britain this Wednesday with afternoon cards at Pontefract and Wolverhampton (all-weather) before Yarmouth and Kempton (all-weather) take over in the evening. There’s also a turf card at Navan in Ireland in the afternoon.

Remember you can live stream all UK races when logged into Mansion Bet, with a whopping 35 today from 12.45-21.00. We’ve got expert tips and analysis to help steer you through today’s cards.

Yarmouth Racing Tips

Trainer Roger Teal is fancied to get on the board with Lucky Louie (Yarmouth 7.15) this evening, with Rossa Ryan’s mount trading at 9/2*.

The yard enjoyed a Group 3 success at Newmarket last week and Lucky Louie has a habit of going well on his first start of the season. He was agonisingly denied at Doncaster in the previous two years, being denied a clear run 12 months ago up at Town Moor.

The trip and ground look ideal for him this evening at Yarmouth and he’s rated just 2lb higher than when scoring at Ffos Las in August. Given he has gone well off breaks of 223 days and 309 days respectively in the last two years, this could be a good time to catch him.

Also on the Yarmouth card, look out for Robert Cowell’s 9/2 chance Gmasha (Yarmouth 8.15) as she makes just her second start in handicap company.

She travelled well on the heels of the leaders at Wolverhampton in March but found herself denied room to make a challenge when they turned for home, losing vital momentum. Luke Morris takes over this evening and from an unchanged mark of 53, it will be a surprise if Gmasha isn’t off the mark soon.

Pontefract Betting Preview

Up at Pontefract, the Mark Johnston-trained Lion Tower is favourite in the Stay Smart With Handicap (2.50).

He enjoyed back-to-back successes on the Fibresand at Southwell earlier in the year and represents a red-hot stable now on handicap debut. However, an opening mark of 80 is no gimme and he may find Richard Fahey’s Exceptional hard to hold at odds of 9/2.

A winning debutante last year at Carlisle, Exceptional was pitched into the Albany at Royal Ascot three weeks later and came up well short. Still, that spoke volumes of what the Fahey team feel she can achieve and the form of her debut success worked out very nicely.

She’s expected to go very well returning to action in the colours of Cheveley Park Stud with Barry McHugh on board and may turn over the hat-trick seeking Lion Tower, from whom she gets 6lb.

Critique the Horse to Beat at Kempton

Another man in form since racing resumed is champion jockey Oisin Murphy. He enjoyed a maiden British Classic winner on Saturday when Kameko took the 2,000 Guineas and has already hit double figures in terms of winners.

He may ride his first winner for the Ed Walker team when he partners 7/2 chance Critique in the Kempton finale over a mile-and-a-half at 21.00.

The gelding improved last time at Lingfield in what was just his second start in a handicap as he sported first-time blinkers (retained now) and tackled this trip for the first time.

He ran a little wide on the turn in and despite getting the lead late on, was run out of it by a slender margin, just failing to land the gamble that saw him go off favourite.

He’s 2lb higher now but should have plenty more to offer over this trip and the longer run-in on the outer course should really play into his hands. With the champ on board, he can give compensation to those that backed him before the break.

*All odds correct at time of writing

Enda is a journalist who specialises in horse racing, especially the action in the UK and Ireland, and has shared his racing betting tips on a number of well-known publications and websites over the last 10 years.
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