Horse racing tips on Thursday – Best bets at Aintree, Southwell, Taunton and Chelmsford

Racing best bets on Thursday. Tips for the day's jumps and flat racing fixtures.Racing best bets on Thursday. Tips for the day's jumps and flat racing fixtures.

Thursday horse racing tips and best bets

Another busy day of horse racing action awaits punters on Thursday with four meetings heading to post across the UK. We’ve looked through the day’s action to pick out out our best bets and horse racing tips on Thursday.

Four more horse racing meetings head to post across the UK on Thursday, dominated of course by the first day of action over the sticks at the Aintree Grand National Festival which features four Grade One contests on the opening day racecard.

Elsewhere there is also jumps racing taking place at Taunton, while the day’s all-weather racing comes from Southwell in the afternoon on their fibresand surface and Chelmsford in the evening on polytrack.

Across the day’s quartet of fixtures there will be 29 races in all for punters to enjoy with some televised racing action on ITV Racing from Aintree who will have five races from the Merseyside track and we’ve looked over each of the day’s meetings to pick out our best bets and horse racing tips on Thursday.


1:35 Southwell – Call Star Sports On 08000 521 321 Handicap Cl6 (4yo+ 0-55) 6f

DEEVIOUS BEAU won for this column a few days ago and is taken to follow up quickly under a 5lbs penalty.

David Barron’s charge has found a jolt of improvement from somewhere, making the frame in his last trio of starts culminating in a defeat of Decision Maker four days ago over course and distance where he appeared to win a shade readily.

This will be tougher under a penalty and turned out quickly so there’s a chance this might come too soon; but given his current good spell of form over recent weeks he could still be relatively well-treated with the potential of further improvement and if none the worse for recent exertions he can go in again.

Horse racing tips on Thursday. David Barron can saddle a winner at Southwell.

Horse racing tips on Thursday. David Barron can saddle a winner at Southwell.

1:45 Aintree – SSS Super Alloys Manifesto Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) (GBB Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m4f

The ever-improving Irish raider The Shunter is dangerous to overlook despite taking a hefty rise in class, while Hitman bounced back from a fall to strike at Newbury recently and has been kept for this having avoided Cheltenham.

However the vote goes to FUSIL RAFFLES who is 3-5 over fences and ran a blinder at the Cheltenham Festival to finish runner-up behind stablemate Chantry House, not helped by a mistake and pecking on landing over the last fence.

Nicky Henderson hasn’t had the best of seasons but the yard has had a few winners over the past couple of weeks and the form of that Cheltenham run has a strong look to it with the third running well since while the fourth won his next start.

His chase wins have come at Uttoxeter and Cheltenham twice but he ought to handle this sharper venue having won around sharp tracks over hurdles and if his Cheltenham Festival exertions haven’t left a mark then he could go close to a return to winning ways.

2:00 Taunton – Stables Business Park Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl4 (4yo+ 0-110) 2m3f

CHEZ HANS has yet to open his account over hurdles but he’s posted a number of solid runs in defeat and Paul Nicholls’ charge has finished runner-up the last twice in starts over this course in March.

Paul Nicholls’ charge most recently found only Copperless too strong by one length where he travelled well into the race but perhaps hung fire a little with his finishing effort, eventually outbattled by the winner.

He has a longer trip to deal with this time around which could prove a positive for the Mamool gelding who can improve again while his 3lbs rise in the weights is offset by the claim of Angus Cheleda whose 7lbs claim is noteworthy and he could go one better here to open his win account.

3:05 Taunton – Racing To School Handicap Hurdle (Div II) Cl5 (4yo+ 0-100) 2m½f

GRANDEE hasn’t shown much in a trio of starts over hurdles following his move to Suzi Best but the Lope De Vega gelding could do much better now his sights are switched to handicapping and he could be thrown in here off his 93 rating given his useful form on the flat.

He won a Listed race earlier in his career for Jessica Harrington and achieved a career-high 103 rating while under the care of David O’Meara prior to moving to Roger Fell although he lost his way and his mark tumbled as a result with a win at Newcastle off 81 arresting his slide.

He’ll need to show more over hurdles than has been the case in three starts in maiden company and he beat only one home when last seen at Fakenham in January. Despite those lesser efforts he could yet do better and market support would be significant switching to the handicap ranks now and he could go well.

Horse racing tips on Thursday. Sametegal (right) can land the Foxhunters over the National fences.

Horse racing tips on Thursday. Sametegal (right) can land the Foxhunters over the National fences.

4:05 Aintree – Rose Paterson Randox Foxhunters’ Open Hunters’ Chase Cl2 (6yo+) 2m5f

The first visit of the week to the Grand National fences and with proven form over the obstacles SAMETEGAL can get back to winning ways despite disappointing when last seen at Fontwell when beaten by The Galloping Bear.

Paul Nicholls’ veteran is a generally consistent sort however and he got back on the winning trail at Wincanton the time before when beating Porlock Bay by a half-length, winning a shade easier than the half-length margin of victory might suggest with the front two pulling twelve lengths clear of the third who turns out here in opposition.

The runner-up from that contest has won since, taking the Foxhunters at the Cheltenham Festival with a defeat of Billaway who also turns out here. However the Saint Des Saints gelding is taken to get back to winning ways having twice completed the course over these obstacles and finishing third in the 2017 Grand Sefton Chase.

With top amateur William Biddick taking the ride he looks sure to mount a bold bid and the consistent veteran ought to make his presence felt.

5:20 Chelmsford – Racing Welfare Handicap Cl5 (4yo+ 0-70) 7f

PAXOS has run well on all five starts on the all-weather to date, most recently beaten just around three lengths into fifth behind Al Suil Eile at Kempton back in February having finished runner-up the time before over the same course and distance.

Ed Walker’s Outstrip gelding finished with running left that day and might have been given too much to do from the back of the field; but he was finishing to good effect and that form looks fair given the winner and runner-up have both filled the frame again in subsequent starts while one of those who finished behind the selection has won since.

He could still have some further improvement to come and racing from the same mark as last time he might be able to register a first career win now.