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Horse racing tips for today - The best bets to place on Wednesday, January 24th

Ludlow is one of five UK and Irish horse racing fixtures taking place on Wednesday.

After a couple of relatively quiet days’ horse racing action across Monday and Tuesday, the action on Wednesday cranks up a notch or two with five scheduled meetings going to post with jumps racing action from the cards at Catterick and Ludlow, as well as Fairyhouse in Ireland.

Meanwhile, on the all-weather there are fixtures taking place at Lingfield in the afternoon and Newcastle in the evening, and Brian Healy of has his best bets for the day...

Fairyhouse (jumps) – 12.15 – 4.05pm (8 races)
Lingfield (flat, aw) – 1.05 – 4.20pm (7 races)
Catterick (jumps) – 1.25 – 4.10pm (6 races)
Ludlow (jumps) – 1.45 – 4.30pm (6 races)
Newcastle (flat, aw) – 4.15 – 6.45pm (6 races)


(1.15) MIGHTY STOWAWAY has bagged the silver medal in all three starts to date in bumpers and over hurdles, and John ‘Shark’ Hanlon’s charge wasn’t beaten far on his last outing at Limerick when beaten just over one length by the smart Pylonthepressure.

The Stowaway gelding has shown enough in his starts to think that it won’t be long until he picks up a race or two, and this significantly longer trip could well elicit some further improvement that could see him get off the mark at the fourth attempt.

Davy Russell can steer Simple Steps to success at Fairyhouse on Wednesday (Photo by Getty Images)
(3.30) SIMPLE STEPS wasn’t seen to best effect last time at Limerick, but that was over hurdles and Robert Tyner’s charge had previously in good heart over fences with in-the-frame efforts at Naas and Clonmel.

A dual-winner between the flags, she had shown only moderate form in the first half of 2016 prior to a break over both fences and hurdles; but she has returned in better form, and reverting to fences she could still be feasibly treated off this mark to run well with Davy Russell an eye-catching booking for the Tikkanen mare.

12.15 – Dakota Moirette
12.45 – Chambord Du Lys
1.15 – Mighty Stowaway
1.50 – Rapid Fritz
2.20 – Forjoethepainter
2.55 – Call Vinnie
3.30 – Simple Steps
4.05 – Mystic Theatre


(2.05) There is a chance SIMPLY ME  may just need this after three months off, but the New Approach filly arguably sets the standard on the pick of her form, and she comes into the race in good order following a win at Wolverhampton in October and her subsequent narrow runner-up effort back there next time.

Tom Dascombe’s charge was only beaten a neck on that occasion, but it was her fourth straight in-the-frame effort and a 3lbs rise doesn’t look harsh judged on that last run behind Encore Moi. That form has largely stood up well, and with improvement anticipated she can go close.

1.05 – Sky Ballerina
1.35 – Circulate
2.05 – Simply Me
2.40 – Night Generation
3.15 – Coillte Cailin
3.50 – Edged In Blue
4.20 – Cuban Queen


(1.55) BANKHALL didn’t pull up any trees in the point-to-point sphere for Stuart Crawford, but the Trans Island gelding was a steadily progressive sort over hurdles , and he made a taking chase debut at Wetherby on Boxing Day when readily drawing clear of Inchcolm to score nicely under this rider.

Tim Walford’s runner has more on his plate to defy a stiff-looking mark with the handicapper taking no chances raising him 11lbs following that win; but open to improvement over fences, he can go well again and he should be involved. 

Thyne For Gold can give in-form Donald McCain a winner at Catterick (Photo by Getty Images)
(2.30) THYNE FOR GOLD possibly found the run coming too soon last time at Doncaster, but he had won well over course and distance just nine days previously, and given a breather he can resume winning ways despite needing to improve again in stronger company.

Also a winner back in October at Uttoxeter when running out a five lengths winner, a further 6lbs rise makes life tougher for the Robin Des Pres gelding who is upped in grade; but he is progressing well, and freshened up by a short break he can resume his improvement to get back on the scoresheet here.

1.25 – Idder
1.55 – Bankhall
2.30 – Thyne For Gold
3.05 – Two Taffs
3.40 – Herons Heir
4.10 – Galactic Power


(3.25) UN PROPHETE was a triple winner on the level in France, but he fell on his sole chase start there prior to joining Venetia Williams.

The Carlotamix gelding has achieved a fair form level over hurdles, but is yet to get off the mark in the UK; however, he has gone close on two of his first three starts this term with silver medal finishes at both Kempton and Ludlow.

Although a shade disappointing last time at Leicester when beaten into fourth behind Political Quiz, he goes back over fences for the first time since that tumble. With the potential to do better in this sphere, he is worth chancing that the switch to the larger obstacles could unlock more.

1.45 – Oxwich Bay
2.15 – Winged Crusader
2.50 – Greyed A
3.25 – Un Prophete 
4.00 – Toberdowney
4.30 - Castafiore


(5.45) Expensive purchase SHAMROKH wasn’t disgraced on debut at Chelmsford where he finished mid-division behind Naseem, missing the break and running green; but the Invincible Spirit colt should be much more forward now and can do better.

Newcastle's all-weather meeting closes out Wednesday's fixture list (Photo by Getty Images)
John Gosden’s charge boasts a good pedigree and is related to plenty winners, and that Chelmsford contest was a stronger race than the one he finds himself pitched into this time around. Likely to improve for the experience last time, he could be hard to beat and is taken to get off the mark with improvement anticipated.

(6.45) MAGDALENE FOX may be able to keep her good recent run going, having improved considerably from earlier efforts to get off the mark at Wolverhampton earlier in the month and following up with a narrow defeat behind Cappananty Con back there next time where she arguably did too much too soon.

The switch to tapeta seemed to coincide with those better efforts, and due to go up 4lbs in future races Ed Dunlop’s charge can exploit being able to run off the same mark as when just caught last time to resume winning ways. 

4.15 – Spiritoftomintoul
4.45 – Afkar
5.15 – Hotfill
5.45 – Shamrokh
6.15 – Dark Side Dream
6.45 – Magdalene Fox

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