Neil provides us with his best bets and tips for Wednesday’s race meetings at Bath, Carlisle, Salisbury and Kempton Park on 22/06/2022.
BATH – 22/06/2022
Race 4 No6 CORONATION COTTAGE (Nap)
Trainer: Malcolm Saunders – Jockey: Gina Mangan
Saunders can never be counted out with his sprinters at his local track and in CORONATION COTTAGE has a mare on the cusp of a return to winning ways. She put in a sterling effort when chasing home Colombe over course and distance on a first outing for seven months, will be sharper for the run and can give him a second winner in the past three racing days following Diamond Cottage at Chepstow.
Race 7 No2 DEFILADE
Trainer: Sophie Leech – Jockey: Trevor Whelan
DEFILADE rarely attracts interest in the betting market and has started at double figure prices in five consecutive races. However, his very good effort when returning to race on grass here earlier in the month indicates he’s on the cusp of a return to the winner’s circle.
CARLISLE – 22/06/2022
Race 1 No6 WASHINGTON HEIGHTS
Trainer: Kevin Ryan – Jockey: Kevin Stott
The draw has been kind to WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, who showed signs of greenness when taking home a minor cheque on his introduction at Wetherby. Ryan likes to bring his better juveniles to this course, and the gelding can put that previous experience to good use.
Race 2 No9 NOVAPORTION (Nap)
Trainer: Hugo Palmer – Jockey: Tom Eaves
Respect is afforded to Hoy, who was an eye catcher on his debut and will progress, but he could find NOVAPORTION too hot to handle. The latter, a son up No Nay Never, ran equally well when easy to back on his own introduction at Haydock. As long as he can handle the contrasting ground in Cumbria he should open his account.
Race 5 No9 HIGHWAYGREY (Each Way)
Trainer: Tim Easterby – Jockey: James Sullivan
Few horses caught the eye as much as HIGHWAYGREY at Pontefract on Sunday where the six-year-old came from off the pace to finish with a flourish. It was a step up on his previous efforts, while his trainer surely had one eye on this historic race, the Cumberland Plate. He is well worth a market check and can earn on a first visit here since his debut in 2018.
SALISBURY – 22/06/2022
Race 4 No8 MORGHOM (Nap)
Trainer: Marcus Tregoning – Jockey: Jim Crowley
Dubawi colt MORGHOM and course winner Windseeker should dominate this fascinating Class2 handicap. Windseeker’s form ties in with Jimi Hendrix, who ran a blinder to narrowly fail to make all the running in the Britannia at Royal Ascot last week. From his position in the weights he needs supporting, but for the win I just prefer MORGHOM, a commanding scorer on debut at Newbury who ran well in defeat on his return to that course and who could have been let in lightly for this first handicap assignment.
Race 7 No2 CELTIC ART
Trainer: Jeremy Scott – Jockey: Jim Crowley
Scott has done well with CELTIC CHIEF since purchasing him at the Sales. The chestnut has scored twice and been placed in five all-weather runs for his trainer and can show equal enthusiasm on this witch to turf.
KEMPTON PARK – 22/06/2022
Race 3 No2 BETWEENTHESTICKS (Nap)
Trainer: Mick Channon – Jockey: Silvestre De Sousa
Nothing came out of his underwhelming run when odds-on at Brighton to exonerate BETWEENTHESTICKS, but the Captain Gerrard colt has worked well since, and is strongly fancied to regain the level of form that saw him trouble the judge in each of his previous four outings.
Race 6 No2 JASMINE JOY
Trainer: James Fanshawe – Jockey: Benoit De La Sayette
Najeeba has been raised 7lb since her latest of three wins on the bounce but is likely to be all the rage to stretch her impressive sequence. She will take some stopping, though at much longer odds JASMINE JOY can ruffle her feathers. The selection ran well in all but one of her starts in 2021 and wasn’t beaten far on her reappearance over this course and distance. As that was her first outing on Polytrack she can find improvement.
Race 7 No1 RIGGSBY
Trainer: Julie Camacho – Jockey: William Buick
RIGGSBY looks a horse worth waiting for in the nightcap. He loves Newcastle, but what’s interesting about him on this return from a break is that he’s travelled all the way from North Yorkshire for this first visit to Kempton, while Buick’s booking for the ride must also be seen as significant.