Hello racing fans – welcome back! I have 6 selections for you to get stuck into for Wednesday’s racing. Just to mention firstly that there is now a weekly recap show where I will review all of my selections from the previous week so head over to my YouTube channel to check that out.
Here are the selections for Wednesday’s racing and I advise backing these in a win Lucky63 and also having a single on my NAP selection. Thank you for all of your support so far, and don’t forget to check out my socials @gingerjoeracing on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube & Facebook for daily updates!
J: Sam Twiston-Davies / T: Dr Richard Newland
LAWTOP LEGEND is the one that I think will get our Lucky 63 off to a flyer and I think he is really good value for his price even if he is the 5/2 favourite. He could get back to winning ways here in a very winnable event. I love the combination of jockey and trainer, they tend to do very well together and have a solid strike rate as a partnership. LAWTOP LEGEND is a 9y-o now and had only joined the Newland stable this year but has done really well since joining. This stable does tend to find some hidden extra improvement from these types and it has been quite apparent with this one. Ran really well on debut at Fontwell, he went clear and was caught close home by a nice type however they were clear of the remainder.
He backed up this encouraging debut with a win over at Plumpton before getting soundly beaten on his next run but you can put a line through that as I don’t think he appreciated the soft ground that day at Hexham. He was much better last time out back on a sounder surface and even though he made a really bad mistake 4 out and lost his position, he stayed on all the way like a real good horse to finish third at the line. A repeat of that performance ought to see him go really close in this event and the 5/2 on offer looks good.
J: Tom Midgley / T: Matt Sheppard
It’s possible that I’ve found a sneaky one here against the popular profiled horses of the field in the name of NEETSIDE and I’m quite sweet on his chances. He contests in this 2m 7 ½ furlong hurdle race here and I think it’s the extra half furlong which will make all of the difference here. Generally he does his running between 2miles and 2 ½ miles throughout the season and runs well without often getting his head in front. However he has run on four occasions over this trip and his form figures read 2111. I don’t think this is any fluke with him but I think it is all part of the plan with him to have him ready for a race over this trip.
He is way overpriced on the form he has over this distance and may not be the most popular in the market purely down to the small stable he’s from and also the fact you have to look quite deep into his form figures to find these valuable pieces of form. I am willing to take a chance that he turns up in peak form ready to go for this and think he could actually take quite a bit of beating if he does. The 7/1 on offer looks very good at this stage and I’m all over that. I think his season revolves around this race and I could see him running a really big race here. Could be a very smart move.
J: Isabel Williams / T: Evan Williams
OLYMPIC HONOUR is another today I’m quite sweet on and has shown some lovely progression as a 5y-o so far. Runner up on seasonal appearance and backed that up by winning at Fontwell next time out and winning going away in what was a visually impressive performance. The clock also backs this up and he went into my tracker that day. I really like his attitude he shows towards racing and he has been really strong through the line even on his latest run where he was an ever closing 3rd having left the run too late to make a winning challenge.
Isabel Williams won’t let that happen again this time and I think there is another big run on the cards following that effort. Crossing the line he got to within half a length of the winner and would have won with a few more strides for sure. I’m expecting another big step forward this time and think he could be hard to beat. PILLAR OF STEEL was impressive last time but I think OLYMPIC HONOUR has a touch of class about him and could take all the beating here.
Side note: The prices aren’t available at the time of writing/recording, but I wanted him in the lucky 63 squad for Wednesday’s card.
J: Marco Ghiani / T: Stuart Williams
PRETTY SHIFTWELL doesn’t run until the final race of the evening at Yarmouth – however he could be the one that tops off a great day for us. He has shown some really good improvement in his three runs so far and comes here as the least exposed horse on form. There could be plenty more to come from him as he steps into handicap company for the first time. He was third on debut and backed that up with a decent fourth at Windsor next time out. He was then quite well supported at 13/2 behind an odds-on shot last time but made all and won gamely at the finish.
This was a smart performance and I’m expecting another big step forward here. He showed a real professional attitude for such inexperience but I really like the way he went about getting the job done last time. Steps into handicap company for the first time and could be very well treated with improvement quite likely to be on the cards so there is potential that he could be slightly classier than these. He offers a lot on paper and a few of these could be vulnerable to such an improvement.
J: Robert Havlin / T: John & Thady Gosden
MISSILE was really well fancied and went off favourite for both of his 2y-o starts but showed absolutely nothing on both occasions, first on soft ground and then second time out on the All Weather. Came out for his 3-yo debut in May and yet again disappointed, that was at the Chester meeting where he was well backed again. He finished last that day after being extremely keen and hanging badly left nearly the whole way giving Dettori a right handful!
Frankie also said after the race that the horse had lost his action and even after the examination there were no abnormalities showing any reason for the poor performance. The ground was good to soft that day and to be honest I don’t think we’ll see him running on the soft ground anytime soon after that. We saw a much better version of this colt last time out where he finished second at Leicester on firm ground just getting headed by Epidemic on the line. He settled better that day and looked like a real force to be reckoned with.
He’s been held in high regard even when he flopped on his first three starts and the switch to firm ground last time certainly showed us this colt in better light. Firm ground is forecast this time and I think this will again bring out more improvement from MISSILE. I am expecting another improved run and it is fair to assume that more improvement will come on only his second attempt on this ground and I’m really sweet on his chances here.
J: Jim Crowley / T: Charles Hills
MEJTHAAM is my NAP for Wednesday’s racing and I think he holds all the aces to this event. On paper this is a tricky small field handicap but I think MEJTHAAM is going to be the clear cut winner here with more improvement to come after this race. He does come here off the back of a disappointing effort last time but you can definitely put a line through that performance and I’m expecting a really big run here. He was really good on his seasonal reappearance at Wolverhampton where he finished second by half a length after being backed from 25/1 all the way into 7s before being edged out in a fighting finish.
He was clear of DESERT GULF who opposes similar terms. He came back to Wolverhampton just four weeks later and bolted up over 6 furlongs beating some really nice horses in the process. The way he ran when he won that day made me think he’d really enjoy firm ground. He got these conditions next time out but sweated up in the stalls pulled hard throughout and effectively ruined his chances. This being said he was still only 3 lengths off the eventual winner and only 2 lengths behind NOORBAN that day as well who also reopposes here. NOORBAN ran well that day so I think with a proper run race and a more relaxed MEJTHAAM, we should have the beating of both those that repose here.
That run needs a line putting through it however it was encouraging enough to suggest this animal has a big engine and I think this time we will see that in full capacity. Sure to resume his progress this time and trainer Charlie Hills is brilliant with 3y-os and really knows how to progressively train these. I think the others especially at these weights will fall vulnerable to the improvement I think MEJTHAAM will show this time round. I am expecting a big run and backing him as a single as well as having him in my Lucky 63. Get stuck in – especially at 9/2!