I’m retaining Hope with High

Steve Hughes has two flat race selections for Wednesday

There is usually a decent race or two on a Wednesday, but they are sadly lacking amongst the five meetings in Britain today. However a couple of decent sized fields form the basis of today’s two tips. We landed a third consecutive winning nap via Akavit on Tuesday (advised 2/1).

Yarmouth 2.40: Hope is High

Although a losing selection for us at Lingfield on her last run, I am going to keep the faith another time with Hope is High who remains a horse surely on a winning mark.

She showed nothing in three runs for David Simcock to end up with the lowest possible handicap mark of 45. At this point she joined the John Berry yard and in six runs since has yet to finish outside the first four. That included a win at Bath last autumn over a horse in Fast and Hot who has won twice recently.

Although beaten in four races since, she has not been beaten far in any of them, confirming she stays this 12f trip well. Things rather went against her at Lingfield last time as she got held in a pocket just as the race developed on the turn for home. Whilst I don’t think she was in any way unlucky there as Party Royal was much the best on the day, I do think her current rating of 52 can be exploited and she continues to improve under her current handler.

Kempton 8.40: Multitask

Another horse to have improved dramatically for a change in stables last season, Multitask ought to improve hugely for his seasonal return here and can improve on his already impressive 25% strike rate on sand.

Formerly a horse who had to race off a virtually breakneck gallop to win, he proved much more adaptable once joining Gary Moore last season. Having finished absolute last on his debut for the stable here over 6f last season, he then won four on the trot, including All Weather wins at Wolverhampton and Lingfield.

He does though have two course and distance wins in the past, so there are no issues with Kempton. He is only a pound higher for his last win on the All Weather at Lingfield and has won from the front in the past, although his default tactic remains coming from off the pace. He was ridden with far too much force on his return here last time and tired quickly as a result, however at least that would have given him a fitness boost and a return to more patient tactics can pay dividends here.

Recommended bets:

1pt win – Hope is High – 2.40 Yarmouth – 9/4 general

1pt each-way – Multitask – 8.40 Kempton – 10/1 Bet365

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