Horse racing best bets – Racing tips for Thursday’s UK meetings
Racing tips for Thursday’s meetings across the UK
We have another round of UK horse racing meetings to get stuck into on Thursday with five more meetings heading to post; find out our racing tips for Thursday’s meetings across the UK below.
There’s plenty more horse racing action for punters to take in on Thursday with another round of five UK racemeetings over the sticks and on the flat.
Thursday’s afternoon flat racing action comes from the cards at Haydock and Yarmouth, while there is also jumps racing at Perth. Meanwhile the evening racing action sees fixtures on the flat at both Newbury and Epsom.
Across the day’s quintet of racemeetings there will be 35 races going to post and we’ve looked over all the action to pick out our racing tips for Thursday’s meetings.
HORSE RACING BEST BETS – RACING TIPS FOR THURSDAY’S MEETINGS ACROSS THE UK
2:10 Haydock – Watch On Racing TV Handicap Cl3 (3yo 0-90) 1m2f
SIDE SHOT is improving in small chunks and the Frankel gelding has won two of his four outings this term, most recently at Chester when last seen and John Gosden’s charge could follow up here.
Also a Doncaster winner back in April he probably failed to handle the heavy ground over this course in May behind Classic Lord; but he beat the same rival subseqeuntly when faced with a significantly quicker surface and there could be more to come from him having been pushed up just 2lbs for that last win.
If the ground continues to dry out then he could be up to the task of defying top-weight with the drop back to ten furlongs unlikely to present a problem; he can follow up that last-time win and no surprise to see him in the mix again.
3:05 Perth – Auto Services Perth Ltd Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (3yo+ 0-120) 2m
FOR THREE hasn’t tasted victory since registering back-to-back Hexham wins in the summer of 2019 but it might be worth chancing the Pour Moi gelding to end his losing streak here.
James Ewart’s charge has been a bit hit or miss since landing the last of those wins, but he arrives here in good form following wind surgery and he’s chalked up runner-up finishes in two of his last three outings.
The latest of those saw him beaten three lengths by Follow Your Fire back at Hexham, an effort for which he’s only been raised 1lb in the weights. First-time cheekpieces are deployed this time however which could help him find a little more improvement and he’s still well-handicapped on his old form in any case.
If the headgear has a positive effect then it wouldn’t come as a huge shock to see him going close in this contest and he can end his winless run.
3:30 Yarmouth – QuinnBet Handicap Cl4 (3yo 0-85) 1m
MOORBIK is still unexposed after just three runs and the Iffraaj colt can resume winning ways here.
William Haggas’ charge built on a promising debut on the all-weather to score over this course and distance in April and he was possibly unsuited by softer ground when finishing seven lengths’ third behind Arthur’s Realm at Ripon when last seen.
He’s surely better than he was able to show on that occasion and he switches here to handicap company where he can improve and the better ground will certainly be more in his favour than the conditions he faced last time out.
An initial mark of 83 could underestimate his potential to improve and he can get back on track here.
3:55 Haydock – racingtv.com Handicap Cl4 (3yo 0-85) 1m3½f
CHALK STREAM has looked an improved performer since being switched to handicaps, winning at Leicester in May and then running well in defeat to finish runner-up under a penalty at this venue last month behind Tashkhan.
William Haggas’ Sea The Stars gelding was beaten around three lengths by the winner that day but he was clear of the third who has won since to boost the form, while the race-winner went on to run creditably in the King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot.
He has more to do from this higher mark but the step up in trip could unlock further improvement and he should have no issue with the drying ground so he ought to go well again and he can land another win.
6:38 Epsom – Watchable Handicap Cl3 (3yo+ 0-90) 6f
TOP BREEZE had been in consistent form last term without winning, but the Gale Force Ten gelding often featured in his races until later in the season where he might have had enough and even following a break he returned out of sorts, failing to beat a rival in two starts prior to resuming winning ways at Chelmsford latest.
Richard Hughes’ charge was scoring for the first time since February 2020 when beating Araifjan by just over one length where he was taking advantage of an ease in the weights and the 4lbs rise he carries here is mostly negated by George Rooke’s 3lbs claim so he remains well treated as a result and on the pick of his older form.
He has the task now of backing up that return to winning ways but he could well prove equal to the task and no surprise if he were to run another big race here.
7:23 Newbury – Newbury Racecourse Vaccination Volunteers Handicap Cl4 (3yo 0-85) 1m4f
KING OF TSAVO might have needed his recent reappearance at Haydock last month where the Dubawi gelding found only one too good at Haydock in Sir Rumi, beaten just one length and it might be worth chancing Roger Charlton’s charge to improve for that reappearance.
He lad looked progressive in a light campaign last term, bettering his finishing position with each start and winning at the third attempt at Kempton when beating Shady Mcgee by three lengths readily on his nursery debut.
That race has thrown up several subsequent winners and his reappearance wasn’t bad although he did hang quite badly left which wouldn’t have helped his cause. He’ll be sharper now with that under his belt and open to improvement ought to be in the mix.
7:53 Newbury – BetVictor Fillies’ Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 6f
CRAZY LUCK has got better with each run this term, bettering her finishing position each time and scoring at Chester last month when gaining a short-head defeat of Lazyitis where she did well to win given she was denied room turning in before running on well to snatch victory on the line.
Rod Millman’s charge had won at Salisbury last term as a maiden and also might not have been suited by the slow pace early in that latest run, the form of which looks fair given several of the beaten horses have come out and run well since although there’s no winning form to talk about.
The handicapper has only put her up 4lbs in the weights for that latest success which could underestimate her potential for further improvement and every chance she could go in again here.