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Horse Racing Tips of the Day – Wednesday May 18

The jumpers are in action at Southwell this evening

Southwell

Our racing expert has four midweek fancies for potential profit.

There are five British meetings to bet on today and while it’s pretty moderate stuff the following four horses, all at working man’s prices, should give us a good run for our money.

Richard Hannon can’t stop training winners and his BIGGER AND BETTER is interesting on his handicap debut in the Bath opener off a lowly mark of 65. He wasn’t sighted when running in a couple of well contested Newmarket maidens last season and finished a well beaten seventh on his reappearance at Windsor earlier this month, when proving easy to back. However, the switch to handicap company and a step up in trip – he’s bred to appreciate this far being a son of Fastnet Rock – could see him leave his previous form well behind. The stable does well with its three-year-old runners here with an 18% (6-33) strike rate since 2012.

Peter Bowen looks a trainer to follow in the coming weeks now he has hit top form with three winners from his last six runners. He has a couple of runners at Warwick this afternoon, both ridden by his son Sean, and DEADLY MOVE looks to be his best chance of a winner in the 2m4f novices’ limited handicap chase. The seven-year-old is making his his over fences this afternoon but he is bred to be a chaser being a son of Scorpion (he’s appropriately named then) and came over from Ireland after finishing second (of 17) in his sole point-to-point start. He looked in need of the run after a two-month break when finishing sixth in a Kempton handicap earlier this month and should be spot on for this assignment. Coral’s 12/1 looks real value with bet365 as short as 13/2 – nip in quick!

According to one betting forecast, High Ron will go off favourite for the 2m4f handicap chase at Southwell this evening, but I’m keen to take him on given he’s returning from a 297-day break and besides has shown all his best from at Uttoxeter. He should still give a good account but I can’t see him giving 6lb to Kim Bailey’s SUCH A LEGEND, who ran his best race yet in six chase starts when a staying-on second behind Gone Too Far in a more competitive race over slightly shorter at Exeter last time. On that evidence, he can definitely win a race or two in the coming weeks starting off from his current mark and this looks as good an opportunity as any.

Last season was a bit of struggle for Jamie Snowden and he sadly lost stable star Present View to injury not so long ago. However, this season has started brightly enough with a couple of winners from just seven runners (29%) already on the board, and he ought to be able to find an opportunity for DENBOY now he has qualified for a mark. The six-year-old has shown precious little in three starts in maiden company, but this well-bred sort – he’s by King’s Theatre out of a Presenting mare – is surely capable of much better and today’s step up in trip against some decidedly modest rivals could be just what he needs.

SELECTIONS

Bath 1.50, Bigger And Better @ 6/1 bet365
Warwick 2.45, Deadly Move @ 12/1 Coral
Southwell 6.15, Such A Legend @ 5/2 bet365
Southwell 8.15, Denboy @ 5/1 bet365

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