Horse racing tips: Dave Nevison's best bets for Wednesday

By Dave Nevison@nevisondave
Wed 22 Jun 2022

The Carlisle Bell meeting is right up my street in that it always provides at least a couple of really competitive handicaps for older horses.

I went agonisingly close with my fancy in the Cumberland Plate last year and am hoping for an even better run from the same horse.

2.55 Carlisle: Makeen at 11-2 with Wiliam Hill

Should probably be on a Carlisle hat-trick and a four-timer in all races but for not quite getting home on soft ground here on his penultimate start.

He made amends last time out over a furlong shorter here last time, travelling well throughout and winning comfortably. He had previously won over Wednesday’s trip at Musselburgh and clearly stays a mile well.

Makeen has gone up 8lb for his latest win, so this will be tougher, but he does look to be on a steep upward curve for Julie Camacho. The course clearly suits him well and, with a guaranteed pace to run at, he may well defy the hike in his mark.

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3.25 Carlisle: Croeso Cymraeg ay 8-1 with William Hill

This horse caused a bit of heartbreak in this race last year when he was dropped out and couldn’t get through before switching around the field and ultimately not quite getting up.

He came here on the back of a win off a mark of 80 last season and this term arrives here having won at Ripon last time out and is off a mark of 81.

He has hit form at the right time once again and is much better drawn on this occasion, so if Dougie Costello can get him out of the stalls quickly he may hold a better position to challenge.

There will certainly be a strong pace, which definitely suits him well. Likely favourite My Little Queens is considerably up in grade and trip.

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3.55 Carlisle: Oscula at 13-8 with William Hill

In form George Boughey, fresh from two Royal Ascot handicap triumphs and with a winner already this week, looks to have found a good opportunity for this filly, who won at Group Three last season (escapes a penalty here) and was placed at Group two level.

Oscula didn’t handle dirt when last on her return in February but back in Britain ran really well in a Listed race at Epsom’s Derby meeting.

She should be able to be settled well by Ben Curtis in a race that will be run at a likely strong pace and can hopefully show herself a class above some rivals seeking to secure some black-type.

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