Horse Racing tips: Frank Hickey’s 6 picks to get your kicks on Wednesday

Five tracks. Six tips. One Frank Hickey.


Bangor 13.40 – Wynn House

Wynn House was a £60,000 purchase at the sales and being by Presenting she was always going to appreciate a bit of decent ground. Decent ground is what she got for her bumper debut at Uttoxeter in March 2019 and despite not being that strong in the market, she still got the job done in fine style, finishing off her race very strongly. The 2nd, 3rd, 4th,  7th & 9th all won races subsequently to give that form a solid look.

Wynn House then just failed to win under a penalty at Warwick and stepped up on that form when second in a Listed bumper at Huntingdon last December. Again, that form looks solid with a number of subsequent winners in behind.

She now goes hurdling on the decent ground she will appreciate and the step up in trip to just shy of 2m 4f looks ideal for her. She has a little absence to overcome but if she is fit, she should run well and could develop into a nice novice hurdler for those mares only races this season.

Huntingdon 14.00 – Ajero

Leroy Leroy sets a very solid standard on the back of his win at Southwell over Pink Sheets who has won easily subsequently but he might just struggle to concede a penalty to Ajero.

Ajero is a half brother to Charbel and like Charbel, Ajero started his career with Thomas Mullins before leaving for Kim Bailey. Ajero has only had one start, a bumper in Thurles where he ran a lovely race in third.

Run For Oscar is a decent horse and he was second, just five lengths ahead of Ajero. It was noticeable how well Ajero travelled that day and he is going to improve for another summer on his back. If that proves to be the case, he could take a bit of beating here.

Bangor 15.20 – Chuvelo

Chuvelo makes his hurdles debut here and brings some very solid bumper form to the table. Well backed at massive prices on his debut in the valuable sales bumper at Fairyhouse, he was just run out of it near the line by Uhtred, but it still was a debut full of serious potential.

The winner was a Listed bumper winner subsequently and is likely to make up into a nice novice hurdler this season. Chuvelo was then sold for £100,000 to Tim Leslie with Donald McCain and bolted up on his first two starts in bumpers for new connections before failing to concede a double penalty to Good Time Jonny at Musselburgh.

Good Time Jonny finished ninth in the Champion Bumper to give some context at to what Chuvelo was trying to achieve in Musselburgh. Chuvelo has the potential to make up in to a lovely novice hurdler this season and perhaps he might be the new Peddlers Cross or Overturn for connections.

Nottingham 15.30 – Dubai Instinct

Dubai Instinct has been very poor in three runs this season, but is very interesting on his form here last year when beating First In Line and Aktau in a maiden. First In Line finished the season rated 108, while Aktau finished the season rated 92. Dubai Instinct won on his last start of last season at Sandown off a mark of 85 but his three poor runs this season have seen him drop 6lbs to a mark of 82. Admittedly he might just have fallen out of love with the game but were the return to Nottingham to perk him up again, he is very dangerously well treated and is likely to be a big price on the back of those poor runs. His trainer Brian Meehan has had 3 winners from 12 runners the past two weeks which is another positive.

Punchestown 16.45 – Latoyah Of North

Latoyah Of North returns to hurdles for the first time since January 2019 off what looks a very favourable mark of 99. When last season over hurdles, she placed in two handicaps off marks of 97 & 100 but in the interim, she has been running on the Flat and is now rated 84 in that sphere.

Her peak performance was probably at last year’s Galway festival where she was third in a premier handicap over 1m 4f off a mark of 85. She is fit from the Flat and if she can translate that ability to jumps, she should really take a bit of beating now.

Kempton 19.30 – Island Nation

Island Nation and Sittenham Wood are likely to be clear at the head of the market here, as both come  well treated under a 6lb penalty. Sittingham Wood won at Newcastle last time over 10 furlongs by over six lengths, while Island Nation won here over 12 furlongs by five lengths.

Island Nation did it a bit easier to my eye and looks to be the one that is further ahead of the handicapper. He absolutely cruised through the race and was hard on the bridle at the two-furlong pole and quickened away to win very easily. He is 4lbs well in and looks well up to winning again, with his trainer Heather Main in form after three winners in the last two weeks.

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