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Thursday 10 January horse racing tips - Murphy's 11/10 chance can regain winning thread at Leicester

Brian Healy 9 Jan 2019
Catterick are racing on Wednesday where the North Yorkshire Grand National takes centre stage.

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets across all of Thursday's UK and Irish horse racing meetings.

As we head towards the weekend, the action steps up a gear on Thursday where a five-fixture schedule of horse racing meetings awaits punters, and the day’s afternoon racing action comes from the cards at Leicester and Catterick, where the North Yorkshire Grand National heads to post.

There is also jumps racing from Clonmel in Ireland, whilst on the all-weather there is a fixture on the fibresand at Southwell.

Completing Thursday’s fixture-list is an evening all-weather racecard from Chelmsford on polytrack.

Clonmel (jumps) - 12.15 - 3.45pm (7 races)
Catterick (jumps) - 12.25 - 3.50pm (7 races)
Leicester (jumps) - 12.35 - 3.25pm (6 races)
Southwell (flat, aw) - 12.45 - 3.35pm (6 races)
Chelmsford (flat, aw) - 4.15 - 7.55pm (8 races)



(12.50) LORD BORU (4/1, Paddy Power) has returned from a lengthy absence in good heart, hitting the crossbar in starts at Tramore in December and New Years’ Day, and John Joseph Murphy’s charge can get off the mark here.

The Brian Boru gelding returned from almost four years off the track to finish just over one length behind Western Sea back in November, after which he filled the same position behind Secret Cargo and those runs give hope that he can strike on this occasion.

He travelled strongly throughout the latter outing, finding less than looked likely under pressure; but he may just still have needed the run after such a long spell off the track, and likely to be even sharper now with those runs under his belt then he can open his account here.

Henry de Bromhead can get amongst the winners at Clonmel.

(1.25) DAYBREAK BOY (13/8, Ladbrokes) found only one too good at Perth over hurdles back in May, after which he had a couple of starts on the flat.

Henry de Bromhead’s charge got off the mark over hurdles when successful over Hyperdrive at Navan, and the Kingsalsa gelding wasn’t beaten all that far despite having only one behind when tried in a Grade  Three back there in November behind Aramon.

This is a less taxing assignment, and he could be worth chancing to bounce back in this easier grade.

12.15 - Edene D’arc
12.50 - Lord Boru
1.25 - Daybreak Boy
2.00 - Cappucimix
2.35 - Seskin Flyer
3.10 - All The Chimneys
3.45 - Sidetracked


(1.00) COME ON CHARLIE (6/4, Bet365) arrives here in search of a hat-trick of wins, and while he was a shade fortunate to collect latest at Musselburgh, Philip Hobbs’ gelding can land the three-timer.

The Anzillero gelding looked held when gifted the lead by the fall of Nendrum to register his second win, but he was clear of the rest and turned out here from the same mark he could take advantage with the step up in trip a possible source of improvement.

An earlier win at Stratford has been working out fairly well, and he could have more to offer over this longer trip so is worth chancing to find a jolt of progress.

(3.15) BARATINEUR (13/8, Coral) was unlucky not to collect at Sedgefield latest when finding one too good behind The Herds Garden, beaten just over one length, and failing to land a gamble.

That was his first start for new handler Sam Drake, having lost his way previously for Ken Bishop; but the Vendangeur gelding can go one better on this latest outing.

He had finished clear of the third, and turned out here from the same mark he could take advantage. 

12.25 - Gemologist
1.00 - Come On Charlie
1.35 - Mistress Massini
2.10 - The Some Dance Kid
2.45 - Same Circus
3.15 - Baratineur
3.50 - Jimmy Rabbitte


(1.10) AMERICAN TOM (11/10, Paddy Power) showed plenty of ability when trained by Willie Mullins, winning at Punchestown on his chase debut for the County Carlow trainer and making the frame in Graded company.

However, the American Post gelding never managed to add to his tally or reach the potential he had promised and he subsequently joined Olly Murphy for a relatively modest sum. He makes his first start for his new handler in a seller, and the yard are adept with these sorts so there could be more in the locker yet to be exploited.

This looks a good opportunity for him to add to his winning tally, and he could prove hard to beat if running somewhere close to the pick of his Irish form on his hurdles debut for his new yard.

Leicester are racing on Thursday.

(2.20) MASTER WORK (3/1, Coral) possiby found the penalty he had to carry at Cheltenham latest too much of a burden, but Philip Hobbs’ charge could be worth giving another chance to.

The Network gelding was a winner at Warwick and here previously, but he could only finish fifth of nine runners last time behind Al Dancer where a combination of a 7lbs penalty and a relatively quick twelve-day turnaround may just have caught him out.

He’s been given some time to get over that effort, and this looks a relatively weak race for the grade; he could bounce back despite being reassessed and his new mark demanding he find a jolt of improvement.a

12.35 - Early Du Lemo
1.10 - American Tom
1.45 - Desirable Court
2.20 - Master Work
2.55 - Brecon Hill
3.25 - Market Road


(1.20) Recent runs have suggested that SAMOVAR’s (11/2, Ladbrokes) return to the winners’ circle might not be too far off, and Scott Dixon’s charge can get back on the scoresheet here.

The Finjaan gelding was a winner here back in March, following up with a win on turf at Nottingham; and although he went off the boil subsequently on that surface, his return to the all-weather has coincided with better efforts.

He has made the frame on all three outings back on fibresand, latterly going down only by a neck behind Classic Pursuit when run down near the line by the eventual winner.

Only 1lb higher in the weights here, he can continue to give a good account and he ought to go close if continuing in similar form.

(2.25) BLACK SALT (7/4, Coral) is 2-2 at this venue, scoring here latest when running out a ready winner over Angel Palanas in December.

David Barron’s Equiano gelding had three lengths to spare at the line, and he was value for more than the official winning margin. 

The handicapper has taken a dim view of that success, hitting him with an 8lbs rise in the weights; but he has the potential to improve further, and he has shown a real liking to this surface. He can continue in good form kept to these conditions and no surprise if he were to strike again.

12.45 - Princess Harley
1.20 - Samovar
1.55 - Three Weeks
2.25 - Black Salt
3.00 - Jazz Legend
3.35 - Piazon

Southwell are racing on their all-weather surface on Thursday.


(4.45) ERTIDAAD (13/2, Bet365) isn’t the most consistent of performers, but he is a dual-winner here, and Emma Owen’s charge can follow up his recent win at this venue when running out a half-length victor over Malaysian Boleh.

The Kodiac gelding showed signs of temperament in that contest, ridden early and receiving reminders; but he warmed to the task, and once in front he battled gamely to the line under this rider.

Only 3lbs higher here, he has solid claims of striking again with a repeat, although his overall profile advises some caution that he may not be in the same form this time around. But, he is worth chancing to remain in similar heart, and he can go close here assuming he continues in the same form.

(5.45) CLAIRE UNDERWOOD (11/4, Paddy Power) is 2-4 since joining Richard Fahey, scoring her most recent success at Wolverhampton just after Christmas when beating the reopposing Star Of Southwold by a head, all out.

The Declaration Of War filly was receiving 6lbs from the runner-up, but she rates a progressive and lightly-raced sort who could have better to come; a solitary 1lbs swing in the weights in favour of the runner-up may not be enough to turn the tables given the winner is arguably less exposed, and she can confirm the form here.

4.15 - Channel Packet
4.45 - Ertidaad
5.15 - Kinver Edge
5.45 - Claire Underwood
6.25 - Enthaar
6.55 - Daring Guest
7.25 - Your Band
7.55 - Black Truffle

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