There are five race meetings across the UK and Ireland on Wednesday, a three-strong National Hunt offering preceding two all-weather Flat cards.
They jump at Warwick (12.25-3.50pm), Ffos Las (12.35-4.00) and Hexham (12.45-3.40), before the stalls open at Dundalk (1.45-5.45) and Wolverhampton (4.30-8.30).
Our selections all come from the card at Warwick, and include a talented mare who is taken to enhance Dan Skelton’s excellent record in non-handicap hurdles at the venue.
Horse racing tips today – Warwick
Clive Gildon’s picks for Wednesday are below. Scroll down to read the expert analysis behind them.
Odds correct at time of publishing and may be subject to change.
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Horse racing tips: Warwick 2.05
Seven go to post in this Class 4 novices hurdle over 2m 5f, with the form standard set by Push The Button, for Nigel Twiston-Davies. The four-year-old drops in class under a penalty after improving on his win in a 2m 4f maiden hurdle at Worcester when fourth in a Class 2 novice hurdle at Cheltenham.
While a reproduction of that form may suffice and the slightly longer trip may also suit, the expected testing ground may not be ideal and so preference goes to CHERIE D’AM, representing Dan Skelton, who has a 23 per cent strike-rate in non-handicap hurdles here with 41 winners from 176 runners.
Cherie D’Am has a 3-3 record, winning a 2m 4f point-to-point maiden, a 2m bumper at Uttoxeter and a 2m 3½f Class 3 novice hurdle at Wetherby by margins of 20, eight and five lengths respectively. She is entitled to improve on her last run and the slightly longer trip on similar ground is of little concern.
Big Fish, representing Emma Lavelle, merits consideration under a penalty for his likeable success on his hurdles debut at Exeter in October, but he is tackling a slightly longer trip on contrasting going.
Selection: Cherie D’Am @ SP with Paddy Power
Horse racing tips: Warwick 3.15
There is a fascinating Class 2 veterans’ handicap chase over three miles, featuring three 10-year-olds, two 11-year-olds and a 12-year-old. Four of the past five winners were aged 10, and we are throwing two darts at this prize with one of that age from the top of the handicap and one from the bottom.
AYE RIGHT brings the best recent form to the table and is the main selection. He was beaten a neck on his reappearance in a similar contest at Chepstow and has gone up 2lb for that, but he is 3-10 on soft ground and over this trip, 7-29 on left-handed tracks and 2-5 at this time of year.
The son of Yeats is just the type to get into a good rhythm on his first visit to this stiff jumping course and the gut feeling is that he will build an unassailable lead down the back the final time.
The saver is due to a slight concern that Aye Right overdoes the forcing tactics, in which case Jimmy The Digger is the right horse to pick up the pieces. He acts on testing ground, stays 3m and more, and was running well at Aintree in October when unseating his jockey Alice Stevens, who claims 5lb. He should be staying on well off his handy racing weight when a few of the others have cried enough.
Selections: Aye Right and Jimmy The Digger @ SP with Paddy Power
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