There are five meetings in the UK and Ireland on Wednesday. The first three are National Hunt cards
at Warwick (12.20-3.50pm), Ffos Las (12.30-4.00) and Hexham (12.45-3.40), which are followed by Flat meetings on the Polytrack at Dundalk (1.50-5.40) and Kempton (4.25-8.30).
Our nap runs in the first race of the afternoon at Warwick and is fancied to build on an impressive winning hurdles debut last month at Fakenham.
Horse racing tips today from Ffos Las, Hexham and Warwick
Enda McElhinney’s Wednesday winners in waiting are below. Scroll down to read the expert analysis behind his choices.
Odds correct at time of publishing and may be subject to change.
Horse racing tips: Warwick 12.20
The 2m opener at Warwick appears a decent opportunity for TWOMINUTES TURKISH to follow up last month’s decisive winning hurdles debut at Fakenham (2m, good) for trainer Chris Gordon.
The Mahler gelding had shown only glimpses of ability in two bumpers last season but clearly there were positive signs in his homework as he went off second favourite in the betting for his first jumping test.
He had been held up in those bumper appearances but it was a different story at Fakenham, with Josh Moore setting out in front and making every yard of the running.
Twominutes Turkish ran his five rivals ragged from the front that afternoon, one after another coming under increasing pressure, while the impressive pacesetter galloped fairly relentlessly to the winning post. His hurdling technique wasn’t perfect but that will improve with experience and the way in which he ran from the last to the line hinted there is a good engine underneath.
He carries a 7lb penalty for his success but, with more to come, can probably deal with that. The Dan Skelton-trained Cadzand, second on his hurdles bow at Ayr last month, and Colin Tizzard's newcomer Guy De Guye are potential rivals of note, but Twominutes Turkish is fancied to make it two from two over timber for a yard in cracking form right now.
Tip: Twominutes Turkish @ 15/8 with bet365
Horse racing tips: Ffos Las 2.15
Jonjo O’Neill and son Jonjo Jr have a decent shout in this 2m 3½f handicap chase with BEAN IN TROUBLE if the horse can build on last month’s reappearance at Carlisle.
A Huntingdon bumper winner on his debut in December 2018, he made solid enough progress last season in four starts over hurdles, getting on the board under O’Neill at Ludlow (2m, soft) on his final start in February.
He wasn’t unfancied in the betting at Carlisle (11/2) for his return and chasing bow, though his case was hardly helped with a mistake at the first.
Jumping well enough afterwards, although he tended to go to the left at his fences (he will be aided here going left-handed on that evidence), he couldn’t really get into the race as Protektorat dominated from the front and runner-up Malystic also raced prominently throughout.
That beginners’ chase also appears to have been a hot contest, the winner impressing at Cheltenham last Friday for the Skelton brothers and the runner-up easily winning at Wetherby on Saturday.
Hill Sixteen is a viable danger on his first start for Nigel Twiston-Davies but he lacks a run and has toiled before on heavy ground, giving Bean In Trouble an edge here.
Tip: Bean In Trouble @ 4/1 with bet365
Horse racing tips: Hexham 2.30
BALLYMAGROARTY BOY is 0-4 over fences but has shaped with plenty purpose in recent starts at Ffos Las (3m, good to soft) and Chepstow (3m 2f, soft) since returning from his summer recess.
The step up in trip last time helped him get close to Wayfinder, Rebecca Curtis’ charge having finished second previously at Ffos Last when Ballymagroarty Boy was back in fourth.
Wayfinder put the challenge down some way from home in that contest, leaving the eventual runner-up under the pump from the third last.
It was a good contest and after the jumping was completed, Ballymagroarty Boy ran strongly to the line and, had they been racing over today’s marathon distance of four miles he would have rated the more likely winner.
A first-time visor is applied here by trainer Nigel Hawke and with Kieren Buckley taking 7lb off, Ballymagroarty Boy looks the likeliest winner in this stamina sapper as course specialist McGinty's Dream heads into the unknown distance-wise.
Tip: Ballymagroarty Boy @ 11/4 with bet365
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