International Racing Trader’s Tips: Wednesday 22nd April
Our trader Tim Smith looks over Wednesday’s racing action
Horse racing action comes thick and fast from across the globe on Wednesday, with Australian and Japanese racing throughout the morning.
We’ll have a fantastic nine-race card from the Happy Valley course in Hong Kong starting at 11:45, before we head over to Scandinavia and America where there’s afternoon and evening action.
Before it all gets underway, our trader Tim Smith has cast his eye on the cards and given his top picks.
Australia & Japan
Much of the Australasian action takes place during the lockdown lie-in, but there are twilight meetings from Sonoda and Mombetsu which take place throughout the mid to late morning.
Undoubtably the best meeting of the day is the nine-race jamboree at Happy Valley, which gets started at 11:45 and runs through to 15:50.
All eyes will be on star jockey Chad Schofield who has a full book of rides. Schofield has nailed 11 wins from his last eight meetings and needs only four more winners to equal his personal best for a season.
We’ve got Schofield priced up at 12/1 to ride four or more winners at Happy Valley on Wednesday, or you can find 3/1 on him riding three winners, with even money on at least two wins.
He starts the day on the quietly-fancied Aurora Steed in the sprint at 11:45, but we think it’s the mount he has in the 12:45 feature 1m 3f handicap that he’ll be most looking forward to, as he rides the John Moore-trained Above.
Championship leading jockey Joao Moreira would usually take the ride, but after his misdemeanours he’s out through suspension for careless riding. Schofield will look to take advantage with a victory here.
The New Zealand-bred gelding took a little while to come to form, winning his first race after 11 starts, but he’s really hitting his straps now and took a six-length win last time out. He’s previously won over course and distance before too, so will surely take plenty of stopping in Wednesday’s showpiece.
One Hong King-based rider who’ll need no introduction is Irishman Neil Callan, and the Group 1 winning rider is back with another seven mounts at Happy Valley.
Speedy Luck is one of his rides which catches the eye, running in the 6f handicap at 12:15. He’s a five-year-old who went into a few notebooks when claiming fifth as an unfancied 33/1 shot at Sha Tin earlier in the month.
If he can build on that run, then he could reward an each-way wager especially given he has the right jockey to guide him. We’ve got Callan at 2/1 to claim at least one winner at Happy Valley on Wednesday, with 10/1 on two or more winners.
Will Rodgers Downs
The pick of the evening action comes from across the pond at the Will Rodgers Downs track. Bling Springsteen could be an interesting pick in the opener at 19:15.
Martin Lozano’s four-year-old certainly looked Born To Run when finishing second here two starts back, but he could prove Tougher That The Rest in this race now that he steps up in trip.
All odds and markets are correct as of date of publication.