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Thursday 6 December horse racing tips - Skelton's 11/10 chance can strike at Market Rasen

Brian Healy 6 Dec 2018
Wincanton is one of five UK and Irish meetings going to post on Thursday.

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

Five meetings head to post across the UK and Ireland on Thursday with afternoon jumps racing action from Leicester, Market Rasen and Wincanton as well as Clonmel in Ireland all going over the sticks.

Meanwhile, Chelmsford are racing on their all-weather surface under the floodlights on Thursday evening.

Clonmel (jumps) - 12.05 - 3.25pm (7 races)
Market Rasen (jumps) - 12.15 - 3.30pm (7 races)
Wincanton (jumps) - 12.25 - 3.40pm (7 races)
Leicester (jumps) - 12.35 - 3.20pm (6 races)
Chelmsford (flat, aw) - 6.00 - 9.00pm (7 races)



(1.15) Each of these seven runners have something to prove, but VAL DE FERBET (8/1, William Hill) could be worth chancing having posted a couple of fair efforts prior to falling last time out.

The Voix Du Nord gelding has some decent form in Graded company to his name from seasons past, and having returned from three months off Andrew McNamara’s charge finished a distant fourth behind Don’t Touch It at Listowel in September.

That run was over fences, but he found only one too good back over hurdles at Galway in October prior to falling when beaten in the Cork Grand National. This is an easier assignment, and he returns to hurdles from the same mark as when posting that latest runner-up effort.

He has won from higher marks in the past, and if none the worse for his mishap last time out then he can go close. 

Davy Russell can get among the winners at Clonmel.

(1.45) SHE’S MADE IT (7/4, William Hill) has hit the frame in each of her last four outings, and the Flemensfirth mare can register her first win here.

Padraig Roche’s charge has found only one too good on each of her last two starts, latterly getting to within a neck of Bitsandpieces at Cork. 

She has been pushed up 3lbs in the weights as a result, but she gave the impression that a stiffer test might suit and upped in trip she can go one better.

12.05 - A Dos No Bueno
12.40 - Mag Brady
1.15 - Val De Ferbet
1.45 - She’s Made It
2.20 - Monatomic
2.50 - Peacocks Secret
3.25 - Western Honour


(12.50) SOLDIER OF LOVE (9/4, Ladbrokes) hinted at ability when finding only Jersey Bean too strong on his debut at Ascot last November when trained by Mark Pitman; the Yeats gelding then built on a disappointing return in a Kempton bumper in March to finish third on his first try over obstacles at Bangor in October.

That experience was probably needed after a seven-month absence, and he was well beaten in that contest having trailed home some thirty lengths behind the winner although he wasn’t given a hard time and may have more to offer with the run under his belt. 

That form was boosted when both the winner and runner-up posted subsequent wins, and he could find a jolt of improvement for that outing; he can go close in this contest.

(2.25) Lightly-raced RENWICK (11/10, Coral) is improving with every run, finding only one too strong on his hurdles debut at Towcester in May and then returning from six months off to improve on that result with a win at Hereford last month.

Dan Skelton’s Milan gelding had six lengths to spare over Shamilan, making most of the running and looking to win a shade cosily; he could have even more to offer now stepping into handicap company, and racing from a potentially lenient mark he can follow up here for his in-form yard.

12.15 - King D’argent
12.50 - Soldier Of Love
1.20 - Hope For Glory
1.55 - Mahlerdramatic
2.25 - Renwick
3.00 - The Manuscript
3.30 - First Quest


(1.00) DANSE IDOL (2/1, Ladbrokes) was a winner between the flags in Ireland last November, afater which the Dansant mare chased home subsequent Champion Bumper winner Relegate at Punchestown.

Following a move to Paul Nicholls, she shaped well on her first outing for the Ditcheat handler when finishing sixth in a Listed Cheltenham bumper last month behind The Glancing Queen, shaping as if a stiffer test would suit.

She goes up markedly in trip for this latest outing, and she can make a winning debut over hurdles here.

Paul Nicholls can saddle a winner at Wincanton on Thursday.

(1.30) COBOLOBO (3/1, William Hill) went off the boil over hurdles after winning on his return from nine months off the track at Uttoxeter last November, failing to beat a rival on his next outing and then posting a pair of pulled up efforts.

Jonjo O’Neill’s charge underwent wind surgery following the latter of those disappointments at Leicester, and he ran a big race back from another absence to finish only a short-head behind Kilbricken Storm on his chase debut at Ffos Las last month.

He has to back up that effort now he steps out of handicap company, but he could well prove ahead of his mark with the potential to improve; while his last hurdles win came from just 2lbs lower.

He perhaps needs to be kept fresh between runs, so there is a slight concern given his hurdles form that he went backwards from his first run; but he’s given some time and if he turns up here in similar mood then it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him going close.

12.25 - Rhythm Is A Dancer
1.00 - Danse Idol
1.30 - Cobolobo
2.05 - Darling Maltaix
2.35 - Kovera
3.10 - Boy In A Bentley
3.40 - Dimmesdale


(1.10) OSCAR HOOF (7/4, Ladbrokes) has a few letters to his name, but the Oscar gelding is relatively lightly-raced for a ten-year old and he has proven he is capable of some smart form when everything clicks.

A multiple winner for Nicky Henderson in his younger days, he hasn’t been the easiest to train given his career is punctuated with lengthy absences; but he shaped as if he retains plenty of ability still when finding only Mizen Master too good on his return to action at Worcester in August where he only went down by one length.

He was making his first start for new handler Ian Williams and coming back from 480 days off the track on that occasion, and he could still have something to offer despite his years given he remains a low-mileage sort. While he has to back up that reappearance, he looks the most solid option in a race where most of his rivals have something to prove.

(2.15) ST JOHNS (9/4, Coral) has proven to only be a moderate sort, but the Aqlaam gelding has been consistent in his runs and he has shown enough to suggest he can pick up a small race.

Evan William’s charge has been contesting stronger races than this, and he has only once finished outside the first four horses home in his starts since May, although he hasn’t got within ten lengths of the winner in any of his last four starts.

Nevertheless, he could register a welcome win here now he drops both in class and in the weights, and it would be no surprise to see him posting a big effort here. 

12.35 - Ekayburg
1.10 - Oscar Hoof
1.40 - Reve
2.15 - St John’s
2.45 - Kloud Gate
3.20 - Chilli Romance


(6.30) CUTTIN’ EDGE (11/2, William Hill) is a lightly-raced performer, and the Leicester winner has been slowly working his way back to form following a long absence.

William Muir’s Rip Van Winkle gelding struggled on the back of a 565-day break, where he failed to trouble the judge in two starts; but he has built on a further reappearance back at Leicester following another four months off the track to shape well on both stats on the all-weather at Lingfield, winning on the latter occasion last month.

He had Lady Marigold just over one length in arrears, winning cosily, and there could be more to come from him despite being handed a 4lbs rise in the weights. 

(7.00) It could be worth chancing ABLE JACK (16/1, Paddy Power) to bounce back having shaped as if amiss last time out and he was subsequently off the track for five months prior to this return.

Stuart Williams’ charge is 2-3 at this venue, and the Iffraaj gelding has also won at Wolverhampton since joining this yard from Andrew Balding. His last win saw him beat Qaffaal by one length over course and distance in March, after which he was given a break before finishing last of nine in soft ground at Epsom.

He beat only one home last time, but his absence since suggests all may not have been well, and he can get back on track here for all he probably needs a shade more from this mark.

6.00 - Deep Intrigue
6.30 - Cuttin’ Edge
7.00 - Able Jack
7.30 - Crossing The Line
8.00 - Whatwouldyouknow
8.30 - Saaheq
9.00 - Captain Ryan

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Thursday 6 December horse racing tips - Skelton's 11/10 chance can strike at Market Rasen

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

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