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Tuesday’s Racing Tip: A shot of Vodka Wells is just the tonic at Carlisle

The screams went up at Cheltenham Talk HQ yesterday when Lewis Jones’ selection hit the front with two furlongs to run at Wolverhampton yesterday but unfortunately the horse just couldn’t quite see the trip out and finished third. Lewis is back in the tipping saddle today and is lumping on a favourite with very strong claims at Carlisle…

No luck yesterday with the Mark Johnston three-year-old at Wolves. He ran well but not quite good enough to land a blow for our win bet. It was only a small stakes bet though, so nothing too drastic on the P+L front.

Today’s tip comes from Carlisle and we’re getting involved, like many people, with the chances of Vodka Wells in the ApolloBet Online Games & Casino Handicap. Brian Ellison’s charge has only ever won over jumps but his time is soon on the flat if his recent runs are anything to go by.


Vodka Wells finished second in a 1m4f maiden at Catterick two starts ago and, while no match for the easy winner Rocket Ship, he kept on well that day to finish nine lengths clear of the third.

A drop back in trip next time out at Sandown was a wrong move by Ellison as the horse never looked to be going the early gallop and struggled to get into a rhythm. However, the way he finished the race was eye catching as he powered home into fourth and would have troubled the winner with an extra furlong.

That suggests Vodka Wells has more to offer now upped in trip and punters should be lumping on with three point win stakes at 2/1.

Meanwhile on the racing news front, Derby runner-up Kingston Hill has been entered in this Saturday’s TV Geoffrey Freer Stakes despite apparently being aimed at the Ebor Festival.

Kingston Hill holds entries in the Group 1 Juddmonte International and Group 2 Neptune Investment Management Great Voltigeur and has the St Leger at Doncaster in the sights, but trainer Roger Varian is keeping an open mind regarding the weather and could also run the horse this weekend at Newbury.

“The plan since Sandown [fourth in Eclipse] has been to head to York,” Varian said. “If we looked like getting a soft-ground Juddmonte International, he could go there. If the ground is good, we would more likely head to the Great Voltigeur over a mile and a half.

“He also has an entry this weekend at Newbury in the Geoffrey Freer and it is a case of watching the weather and taking a look at all the options.”

P+L Record: +94.77


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