There’s plenty of horse racing on Wednesday with five meetings in Britain and Ireland. The action starts across the Irish Sea at Cork (1.00-4.55pm), with further Flat meetings at Beverley (1.15-5.05), Yarmouth (2.00-5.20) and Sandown (2.15-5.30), plus National Hunt racing from Kelso (3.40-7.10).
Our nap is the progressive Gay Kellaway-trained runner Global Esteem, who looks capable of adding to a recent course-and-distance success over a mile at Yarmouth.
Horse racing tips today from Yarmouth and Sandown
Enda McElhinney presents his trio of Wednesday winners-in-waiting for you. Scroll down to read the expert analysis that led him to his picks.
Odds correct at time of publishing and may be subject to change.
Horse racing tips today: Yarmouth, 4.50 – Marquand in high Esteem
Tom Marquand enjoyed the most memorable weekend of his career to date with a thrilling St Leger success on Galileo Chrome for Joseph O’Brien. A twist of fate gave him the chance to partner the horse and he grabbed the opportunity in style.
It was the latest landmark in what has been a memorable summer for Marquand, 22, and he is firmly establishing himself as one of the principal Flat riders on these shores now. It’s unlikely to be his last taste of Classic success as the future looks bright.
More immediately, there’s good reason to forecast a Yarmouth winner for Marquand on board Gay Kellaway’s GLOBAL ESTEEM this evening.
The Kodiac gelding showed some promise in three starts as a novice last term and immediately stepped up on those on his handicap bow and seasonal reappearance at Sandown (7f, good to firm; 33-1) in July. He finished second behind Gypsy Whisper and that form has worked out nicely.
The David Menuisier-trained winner went in again from 7lb higher on his next start while both the fourth and sixth-placed finishers were also first past the post next time out.
Global Esteem showed that run was no fluke when he came here 17 days ago to win over course and distance under Hollie Doyle. Upped in distance, they had the race in safe keeping for most of the final furlong and won by two lengths in a style that hinted further progress is likely. As such, a 5lb rise in the ratings and the jump into Class 4 company may not be enough to prevent a follow-up success.
Tip: Global Esteem @ 3/1 with bet365
Horse racing tips today: Sandown, 5.00 – Pharoah worth second chance
Roger Varian’s DUBLIN PHAROAH can leave behind a somewhat disappointing seasonal bow late last month, when he was fourth of six at Newmarket (1m 2f, soft; 11-2), with an improved showing here.
The American Pharoah colt showed promise on all three starts on the all-weather last season as a novice. He had already gone close at Newcastle in December before justifying odds-on favouritism at Lingfield in February over a mile.
He looked to be in a spot of bother on the home bend with Behind The Wall and Kieran Shoemark pinching a couple of lengths on the field. Andrea Atzeni’s mount took his time but, once he got into full stride, he really powered home and ultimately won with plenty in hand.
That strongly suggested this mile-and-a-quarter trip would be up his street. He tackled it at Newmarket last month but the combination of soft ground and a break of 196 days between starts may have led to his undoing on that occasion.
With that run behind him, a better surface to race on now, and William Buick taking over in the saddle, it will be a shock if Dublin Pharoah can’t defy a mark of 81 before long.
Tip: Dublin Pharoah @ 4/1 with bet365
Horse racing tips today: Sandown, 3.30 – Montatham ready for Listed challenge
The feature at Sandown on Wednesday is the Chasemore Farm Fortune Stakes over a mile and MONTATHAM looks ready for a step into this grade.
With Motakhayyel, Zaaki and Epic Hero all in the field it’s not going to be straightforward but the William Haggas-trained four-year-old should be in the mix under Jim Crowley amid a really strong run of form this season.
His only defeat came in the Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot when he finished second behind Dark Vision, though he avenged that setback over this course and distance the following month.
He has since taken out a 17-runner York handicap and that form makes for good reading. Runner-up Sir Busker was second in a Goodwood Group 2 next time out while Top Rank, who was unbeaten before York, came out and won the Group 3 Superior Mile at Haydock on Sprint Cup Day.
That should enhance Montatham’s claims here and Jim Crowley prefers him to the Richard Hannon-trained Motakhayyel, who also runs in the colours of Hamdan Al Maktoum.
Tip: Montatham @ 11/4 with bet365