Horse racing tips for Thursday 13 May – Best bets for the day’s fixtures across the UK
Horse racing tips for Thursday 13 May
Another busy afternoon of horse racing action awaits punters on Thursday with five more UK racing fixtures taking place on the flat and over jumps. We’ve picked out our horse racing tips for Thursday from the day’s cards.
More top-class horse racing action unfolds on Thursday with the best of the day’s action on the level coming from York and day two of the Dante Festival Meeting featuring the Dante Stakes on a quality seven-race card.
The best of the action from the Knavesmire will feature on the day’s ITV Racing broadcast which also has racing from Salisbury on the flat; while the afternoon jumps racing comes from Perth.
Moving into the evening and there is flat racing action from Newmarket and jumps racing from Fontwell to complete the day’s line-up of fixtures, and we’ve looked over each of the day’s racecards to pick out our horse racing tips for Thursday.
HORSE RACING TIPS FOR THURSDAY 13 MAY – BEST BETS AT PERTH, SALISBURY, YORK, FONTWELL & NEWMARKET
2:25 Salisbury – AJN Steelstock “Record Sales” Handicap Cl3 (3yo 0-90) 1m2f
WAHRAAN and Lord Protector renew rivalry from a recent run at Windsor last month where the latter came out on top to maintain his unbeaten record. However it might be worth chancing the former to overturn the form on slightly better terms.
Sir Michael Stoute’s charge was probably given too much to do on that reappearance effort and he wasn’t given the hardest of rides in an eye-catching run that hinted at better to come despite the winner appearing to score a shade cosily in the end.
The selection has a 2lbs pull with his last-time conqueror for a winning margin that was little over one length and this extra yardage could help him to turn to the tables and reverse the form with further improvement anticipated for his in-form yard.
2:30 Perth – Tay FM’s Wake Up With Webster Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (4yo+ 0-130) 2m4f
FLINT HILL stepped up on previous efforts over hurdles to get off the mark over this course and distance last month and the Excelebration gelding looks working chancing to follow up.
Ruth Jefferson’s charge ran out a three lengths’ winner on that occasion from Kajaki, appearing to relish the emphasis on stamina upped in trip and despite a late error he won a shade readily over his rivals.
The handicapper has taken no chances with a 8lbs rise in the ratings, but further improvement could be on the cards and he can strike again to double his tally.
2:40 York – Matchbook Betting Podcast Hambleton Handicap Cl2 (4yo+) 1m
BRUNCH won three times during a successful 2020 campaign which included over this course and distance with a narrow defeat of Hartwood; Michael Dods’ charge continued in good form without adding to his tally, twice making the frame in softer ground starts at Ayr and Redcar before perhaps just finding heavy ground too much at Newmarket.
The Harbour Watch gelding ran a screamer to finish second in the Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster on his return from a break, taking up the running entering the last furlong but unable to hold off the late thrust of the winner who ran better than the bare result next time and that form look very solid.
He’s only been pushed up 1lb in the weights for that near-miss so he remains with handicapping scope and proven in softer ground he won’t mind any rain; while as a past course and distance winner he can make his presence felt in another competitive handicap contest where he should get a decent pace to aim at.
3:55 Salisbury – AJN Steelstock “Beat The Competition” Handicap Cl5 (3yo 0-75) 1m4f
VITRUVE stepped up on previous efforts when tackling a handicap for the first time at Wolverhampton last month, failing by just a nose to get off the mark behind Rain Gauge and it might be worth chancing Richard Hannon’s charge to go one better here.
The Toronado colt delivered a sustained challenge to the line but was unable to quite get past the winner with the result being settled by a photograph; but he could improve for that effort and he’s only upped 1lb for that near miss.
This even longer trip could unlock another jolt of improvement and a good claimer takes off 3lbs so it wouldn’t come as a surprise if he were to find another jolt of improvement to get off the mark now.
4:50 York – Byerley Stud Racing Excellence Apprentice Handicap Cl5 (4yo+ 0-70) 7f
FRANKENSTELLA is relatively low mileage but she’s shown progressive form and won three times last term from six outings at around this trip.
John Quinn’s Frankel filly shaped as if needing the run when only fourth at Newcastle last month behind Rare Groove, beaten around eight lengths; but he should be a lot sharper now and she can do better with that run under her belt.
One of her successes last term came over this course and distance and the runner-up has won since to give the form a small boost. Back on turf here and racing from the same mark she could be capable of a big run and might be worth chancing to get back on the up.
5:00 Newmarket – Read Ryan Moore On betting.betfair Fillies’ Handicap (Jockey Club Grassroots Middle Distance Qual’) Cl5 (3yo 0-75) 1m
SERENA’S QUEEN arrives here on a hat-trick, showing progressive form with every start and Ralph Beckett’s charge can collect.
The Iffraaj filly showed a good attitude on her return to action from more than four months off when making her turf debut to strike by a neck at Salisbury last month, adding to an earlier all-weather victory at Chelmsford.
That all-weather form has been boosted and a mark of 75 on her handicap debut looks very fair with further improvement anticipated. The return to a longer trip will present no issue and while this is likely a tougher test of her credentials she is very much going the right way and ought to go close in her hat-trick bid.
7:05 Fontwell – Sky Sports Racing HD Virgin 535 Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+ 0-115) 2m3f
The fitting of blinkers and easing back in trip has seen MADE FOR YOU strike back-to-back wins at Market Rasen in recent weeks and it might be worth chancing Olly Murphy’s charge to continue in form and land his hat-trick.
The Cape Cross gelding was good value for his latest six lengths’ defeat of Smart Getaway last month in a conditional riders’ event and there’s likely more to come from him despite another 7lbs rise in the weights.
Quite a few of his rivals here don’t come into the contest in the same sort of form as the selection and if he can keep his progress going then he could prove tough to beat.
7:50 Newmarket – Betfair Exchange Handicap Cl4 (3yo 0-85) 1m2f
GRAND SCHEME shaped with plenty of promise as a juvenile but took a big forward step on his reappearance at Chepstow following a seven-month absence and the Territories colt can double his tally.
Richard Hannon’s charge made a winning return to action last month, beating Power Stationby three lengths although that runner-up did have an excuse given his saddle slipped late on. Nevertheless it was a good effort by the eventual winner and selection who can defy a 5lbs rise in the weights with further improvement expected upped in trip.
The stiffer test could unlock more and he’s bred to appreciate this sort of test so every chance he can show further progress and he can win again.