Best bets for Thursday racing – Tips at Carlisle, Ludlow, Lingfield, Wolverhampton and Chelmsford
A busy Thursday is in store for UK horse racing fans with five meetings going to post; we’ve picked out our best bets for Thursday across each of the fixtures taking place.
There’s plenty of horse racing action taking place on Thursday for punters to get stuck into with afternoon jumps racing from Carlisle, Ludlow and Lingfield; while the day’s flat racing action sees a pair of evening all-weather fixtures at Wolverhampton and Chelmsford under the floodlights.
Across the five scheduled fixtures there will be 41 races in all going to post and we’ve looked over each of the day’s meetings to pick out our daily racing tips and best bets for Thursday as we go in search of a few winners.
BEST BETS FOR THURSDAY RACING – RACING TIPS AT CARLISLE, LUDLOW, LINGFIELD, WOLVERHAMPTON & CHELMSFORD
1:08 Carlisle – Every Race Live On Racing TV Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race) (Div II) Cl4 (4yo+) 2m4f
ECLAIR D’AINAY could be worth chancing on his return from a lengthy absence having shown ability in his only previous runs and Dan Skelton’s charge can go close if fully wound up.
Runner-up in a French hurdle prior to joining this yard the Network gelding ran well on his first start for Skelton when finishing fourth at Newbury behind Kateson. Subsequently fast-tracked into a Grade Two where he struggled in the Kennel Gate Hurdle, eventually fading to finish a well-beaten last of nine runners but this is a much more suitable assignment on his reappearance.
He’s clearly had issues to be off the track since, but he returns here with his yard in form and this is more realistic a test so he can make his presence felt assuming his fitness is up to scratch.
2:50 Carlisle – racingtv.com Handicap Hurdle (Challenger Two Mile Hurdle Series Qualifier) Cl3 (3yo+ 0-125) 2m1f
NO REGRETS has shown improved and progressive form since switching to the handicap ranks following his return to action, finishing third on his seasonal bow at Perth and then scoring back-to-back wins at Southwell and Stratford.
The latter came under a penalty with the Presenting gelding running out a wide margin winner from Coby Nine and while this is tougher upped in class and with an 11lbs rise in the weights to contend with the manner of that success suggests there is better still to come.
Nicky Richards’ charge is open to further improvement and the quicker ground here won’t present an issue having won on similar previously. He can take this rise in grade in his stride and with Brian Hughes in the saddle he can post a big effort despite the handicapper’s attempts to stop him.
2:57 Lingfield – Free Jumps Stable Tours On attheraces.com/jumps Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 2m7½f
HOLD THAT TAUGHT could be an early winner for Venetia Williams and the Kayf Tara gelding can get back to winning ways here now tackling fences.
Successful in heavy ground here on his debut he hasn’t managed to build on that victory in two subsequent outings, latterly finishing fourth over two and a half miles at Carlisle in February.
This step up in trip on his chase debut might bring about improvement and as a previous point-to-point winner he could do better in this sphere. Assuming the quicker ground doesn’t inconvenience he could post a big run back at this venue for a yard which can ready one after an absence.
3:10 Ludlow – Quality Horse Racing Tipsters At tipstersempire.co.uk Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl3 (4yo+ 0-135) 2m
GOA LIL looks worth chancing on his chase debut having shaped well under a forceful ride over hurdles two weeks ago at Chepstow.
Nigel Twiston-Davies’ Samum gelding wasn’t always convincing over the smaller obstacles last term, but he did register a win at Kempton in January before contesting the Fred Winter Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival although he was never a factor and finished well beaten.
Third on his recent reapperarance he’ll strip fitter for the outing having cut out most of the running at the Welsh venue and he could improve now tackling fences for the first time where he gets a handy allowance at the weights and features on a potentially workable mark for his handicap debut.
6:45 Wolverhampton – Get Your Ladbrokes Daily Odds Boost Nursery Handicap Cl4 (2yo 0-80) 1m½f
SURPRISE PICTURE got off the mark at Kempton last month, scoring readily in a first-time visor with a four lengths’ defeat of Tricolore and Hugo Palmer’s charge is given another chance having probably found the run coming too soon two days later at Ripon under a penalty.
The softer ground on that occasion possibly didn’t help the Kodiac gelding either as he beat only one home and was some way adrift of the winner. But given more of a break and returning to an artificial surface he can do better this time around.
A further rise in the handicap makes life a bit more difficult, but he remains with scope and can do better switching to tapeta.
7:00 Chelmsford – Racing Welfare Supporting Racing’s Workforce Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-80) 1m
TORONADO QUEEN is thriving at present and arrives on a hat-trick having struck wins at Leicester and latterly on the tapeta at Wolverhampton where the Toronado filly beat Sir Hamilton by one length, readily.
Richard Fahey’s charge was scoring under a penalty and there could be more to come from her while she continues in her current vein of good form.
Third on her only previous visit to this venue she has been reassessed 3lbs higher than when scoring that latest win which could likely leave her with further scope to improve and she can make her presence felt again here as she chases her three-timer.
7:45 Wolverhampton – Heed Your Hunch At Betway Handicap (Div I) Cl5 (3yo+ 0-70) 1m1½f
TANGRAMM ended last campaign out of sorts and the Sakhee’s Secret probably needed his return to action at Chelmsford in September when finishing tenth behind Bayston Hill; Dean Ivory’s charge can get back to winning ways for the first time for more than one year by taking this prize.
Usual cheekpieces were dispensed with and replaced with blinkers for his last run over this course and distance and the switch in headgear seemed to work the oracle as he powered to victory over Puckle and that form has been boosted since with a couple of winners coming out of that race.
A 4lbs rise is workable and while not the force he once was it is worth remembering he was an 80-rated winner in his prime and his win prior to his latest came off 68 so he remains well treated on the pick of his old exploits. Assuming the headgear has the same positive effect then he should remain competitive and he can go close here.