Horse racing best bets – Racing tips for Thursday’s meetings across the UK
Racing tips for Thursday’s meetings
We look over another busy schedule of horse racing meetings going to post around the UK and pick out our racing tips for Thursday’s meetings and best bets throughout the day.
Another round of UK horse racing fixtures goes to post across the county on Thursday where five more meetings take place on the flat and over the sticks.
A total of 34 races will go to post across the day’s quintet of racing fixtures on the flat and over the sticks and we’ve looked over the day’s action to pick out our racing tips for Thursday’s meetings and best bets throughout the day.
HORSE RACING BEST BETS – RACING TIPS FOR THURDAY’S MEETINGS
3:30 Chelmsford – Texo Scaffolding And Construction Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-80) 6f
ALPHONSE KARR has proven to be better on an artificial surface and the Dandy Man gelding has yet to run a bad race on the all-weather, winning at Wolverhampton in May and bouncing back from some lesser runs on turf with a close third over course and distance latest.
Tom Ward’s charge was only beaten one length on that occasion behind Crimson Sand, lacking a change of gear having raced up with the pace and that form doesn’t look too bad.
The handicapper has dropped him 1lb in the weights following that last performance and he ought to go close with a repeat effort here.
3:40 Ffos Las – Weatherbys Stallion Book Handicap Cl5 (4yo+ 0-75) 1m2f
ROYAL PARTNERSHIP stepped up his form switching to handicaps last time out to get off the mark at Yarmouth and Saeed bin Suroor’s charge can follow up here.
The Shamardal gelding struck by a head from Patroclus on that occasion, making all and finding plenty in front to hold off the runner-up with the pair pulling clear. He’s only up 1lb for that but he is well in now under his claiming rider and effectively competes from 4lbs lower when his jockey’s claim is counted.
First-time headgear in the shape of a tongue-tie/visor combination could also prove a catalyst for improvement and he ought be in the mix again here.
3:50 Carlisle – Racing TV Nursery Handicap (Jockey Club Grassroots Nursery Qualifier) Cl5 (2yo 0-75) 7f
MATTY TOO took a step forward switching to handicaps for the first time at Hamilton last month where he ran out a narrow winner to get off the mark and it may be worth chancing the Mattmu colt to repeat the dose here.
Tim Easterby’s charge had shaped with promise in maiden and novice company prior to that breakthrough success where he struck by a half-length from Eternal Glory. That form looks fair while the form of his earlier Chester fourth has been boosted and there could be more to come from him.
Proven in handicaps he could make light of a 5lbs rise in the weights with further improvement anticipated and this longer trip ought to suit so no surprise to see him going close again.
5:00 Carlisle – Join Racing TV Now Handicap (JC Grassroots Middle Distance Series Qualifier) Cl4 (3yo 0-80) 1m1f
KENTUCKY KITTEN has found some improvement of late, twice finishing third earlier in the campaign before stepping up to ten furlongs to score at Redcar in June and the Bobby’s Kitten gelding can get back to winning ways here.
Tim Easterby’s charge ran out a head winner over Mr Coco Bean on that winning occasion but wasn’t able to back it up next time at Doncaster although he may have gone off too hard and eventually finished just over one length third to Buford.
The drop in trip here shouldn’t prove a concern and indeed the trailblazer may benefit from the lesser yardage while he can compete from the same mark here as last time and ought to make his presence felt again.
5:40 Lingfield – William Hill Pick Your Places Racing League R26 (Handicap) (For horses registered to Racing League) Cl3 (3yo+ 0-90) 6f
NATURAL PATH was a multiple winner on the flat in France prior to joining forces with Michael Bell and the Toronado gelding has shown enough to suggest it won’t be long before he’s back winning.
Fifth on his debut for this yard at Doncaster earlier in the month he stepped up on that performance to go close at Windsor latest, showing good speed but possibly just being given too much to do behind Quickstep Lady.
He was only beaten a half-length there and he can compete here from the same mark before going up in the weights in future so another big run wouldn’t come as a surprise if he can back up that last run although his winning form in France came over further.
Unexposed though as a sprinter he could be worth chancing to go one better than last time and there should be enough pace on in the contest to give him a decent tow in so he can make his presence felt.
6:50 Sedgefield – Cavellos Italian Steakhouse Gin & Cocktail Bar Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 2m4f
SOCKS OFF could well be the outsider of this field but the Society Rock gelding can’t be ruled out with any confidence and indeed could run a big race for Adrian Keatley.
A Lingfield bumper winner back in February he cut little ice on the level on turf over the spring and early summer but has shaped well switched to hurdles where he’s unexposed after just three starts and he’s made the frame each time.
Most recently fourth at Market Rasen where he probably failed to see out the longer trip he drops back to a more suitable distance and the handicapper may have taken him a chance by easing him 4lbs, while Kevin Brogan can take off another 5lbs so he could be well-weighted as a result.
There could be more to come from him after just three outings over timber and while he likely needs a shade more on balance of his form he ought to be competitive here and can go well.