Wednesday racing tips for Southwell and Wolverhampton

The cold snap is starting to bite and the Planet Sport tipsters are running out of places to find some winners on Wednesday, January 18.

Newbury was the first of Wednesday's meetings to be abandoned. Conditions at the racecourse were already testing after over 60 millimetres of rain in the past week.

However, it was frost that put the nail in the coffin, with a -4C on Monday night and another hard frost forecast for Tuesday, with -5C possible.

Plumpton will stage a second inspection at 8.30am ahead of their meeting on Wednesday.

Frost covers are down but it reached minus 6C on Monday night. However, Tuesday evening was not set to be as cold with -2C forecast and officials are hopeful of racing.

But we still have some racing so let's start with some detail on our top tips for Wednesday's action, you can find a full list of selections for every race across all the tracks at the bottom of the page.

Don't forget to check out the racecards, results and live odds in the Planet Sport racing live centre.

17:12 (Southwell) Ramensky

William Haggas' Ramensky can get off the mark in the BetUK Over 40,000 Live Streamed Races Restricted Novice Stakes at Southwell.

The Cracksman gelding has been steadily improving with each run and looks primed to strike at the fourth attempt.

Haggas could have sent Ramensky handicapping and while a mark of 78 looks pretty steep, the excellent Newmarket handler obviously thinks he has a better chance of breaking his duck in novice company.

He only beat one home on his debut at Goodwood in August but took a big step forward at Yarmouth next time out when dead-heating for fourth of eight, beaten just over a length.

On his most recent outing in September he was a fair second to the now 83-rated Rathgar back at Goodwood.

His last two runs were over nine furlongs and Haggas steps him up to the intermediate trip of a mile and three furlongs, which looks sure to be in his favour.

17:45 (Southwell) Ray of Colours

Charlie Johnston's Ray Of Colours almost slipped the field at Lingfield recently when sent off at 33/1.

That was a big career best, with the winner going close to following up at the weekend and giving strength to the form.

Ray Of Colours now goes handicapping off a mark of 70 and in a small field in the talkSPORT Powered By Fans Handicap, Franny Norton will be hoping he is allowed to dictate once again.

Two places in front of Ray Of Colours at Lingfield was Sir Mark Prescott's Bravura, who can go one better in the talkSPORT Download The App Maiden Stakes at Wolverhampton.

The Saxon Warrior gelding was having just his second outing but ran really well, just headed inside the final furlong by Mohatu.

He is a half-brother to Irish Derby and St Leger runner-up Midas Touch and Coronet, a top class filly for John Gosden, so he is bred to come into his own over middle distances.

19:45 (Southwell) Geralt of Rivia

Another with serious claims in the talkSPORT Download The App Handicap is Charlie Hills' Geralt Of Rivia.

Hills does not have that many runners at this time of year, but those that do run are always worth close consideration.

Second twice in six starts, he caught a tartar last time out when beaten by the rapidly-improving Huberts Dream.

That was his second run back from a wind operation and a mark of 68 looks fair.

14:10 (Wolverhampton) Bravura

Two places in front of Ray Of Colours at Lingfield was Sir Mark Prescott's Bravura, who can go one better in the talkSPORT Download The App Maiden Stakes at Wolverhampton.

The Saxon Warrior gelding was having just his second outing but ran really well, just headed inside the final furlong by Mohatu.

He is a half-brother to Irish Derby and St Leger runner-up Midas Touch and Coronet, a top class filly for John Gosden, so he is bred to come into his own over middle distances.

14:40 (Wolverhampton) Broughtons Flare

The excellent Billy Loughnane continues to look a steal when he can use his 7lb claim.

He rides Broughtons Flare for his father, Mark, in the Spreadex Sports Best Premier League Odds Handicap and can follow up a recent win at the track.

He needs to defy a 4lb penalty and as young Loughnane was on board last time he does not offset that, but he should be there or thereabouts again.

15:15 (Wolverhampton) Fast Style

If Mick Appleby's Fast Style avoids the bounce factor, he should win the Spreadex Sports Get £40 In Bonuses Handicap.

He returned from 186 days off the track to win on his debut for Appleby after an unsuccessful spell hurdling for Sam Allwood, but won with a bit in hand.

SELECTIONS:

DUNDALK: 1.35 Mr Escobar, 2.05 Two Two Time, 2.35 Knocknakilla, 3.10 Iva Feeling, 3.45 Firstman, 4.20 The Cola Brasil, 4.50 Zig Zag Zyggy, 5.25 Miami Thunder.

SOUTHWELL: 4.37 Master Grey, 5.12 Ramensky, 5.45 RAY OF COLOURS (NAP), 6.15 Kraken Florida, 6.45 Finery, 7.15 Debydinks, 7.45 Geralt Of Rivia.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 1.40 Victoria Falls, 2.10 Bravura, 2.40 Broughtons Flare, 3.15 Fast Style, 3.50 Momaer, 4.25 Jupiter Express.

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