Horse racing tips on Thursday – Best bets at Huntingdon, Worcester, Chester and Chelmsford
Horse racing tips on Thursday 6 May
Another round of UK horse racing action goes to post on Thursday with action on the flat and over the sticks. We’ve picked out our horse racing tips on Thursday at each of the day’s meetings.
More horse racing action takes place around the UK on Thursday with fixtures both over the sticks and on the level on turf and all-weather. The ITV Racing cameras will be in attendance once more at the Boodles May Festival at Chester and the action on the Roodee dominates the day.
In addition to racing at Chester in the afternoon there is also jumps racing from Huntingdon and Worcester; while the evening action comes from Chelmsford on their polytrack surface.
The scheduled card at Wincanton has been abandoned on account of hard ground and across the four surviving fixtures there will be 30 races in all going to post. We’ve looked through the day’s quartet of fixtures to pick out our horse racing tips on Thursday and best bets on each card.
HORSE RACING TIPS ON THURSDAY 6 MAY – BEST BETS AT HUNTINGDON, WORCESTER, CHESTER & CHELMSFORD
1:20 Huntingdon – Racing TV Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 2m
Fairly useful on the flat, PAWPAW has shown progressive form over hurdles since joining Peter Webber, finishing a fair fifth to Adagio on his debut over the sticks at Cheltenham and then finishing fourth at Hereford.
The Showcasing gelding got off the mark in this sphere at the third attempt, running out a five lengths’ victor over Finistere where he travelled well into the race and scoring a shade comfortably in the end.
That form might have taken a couple of knocks but he he steps into the handicap ranks here from a mark that could prove lenient and with the potential to improve further he could go close here.
2:15 Chester – tote+ Biggest Dividends At tote.co.uk Dee Stakes (Listed Race) (Colts & Geldings) Cl1 (3yo) 1m2½f
ONTARIO posted a series of good runs last term where he gained plenty of experience in the process, notching up a win at Galway and twice making the frame in Group Two company in starts at the Curragh and Newmarket.
Aidan O’Brien’s charge may have gone to the well once too often when disappointing at Leopardstown on his final start of the campaign; but he shaped well on his recent return at Newmarket where he finished three lengths’ third behind Tactical in a race where he carried top weight.
He ought to come on for that reappearance and the form looks pretty solid with the runner-up going on to finish fourth in the 2000 Guineas, whike the fourth horse home went close to winning a decent purse at Goodwood last weekend
The Galileo colt could benefit from this longer trip and likely to come on for that reappearance effort he can give the Ballydoyle maestro a ninth win in this race.
2:30 Worcester – Mental Health Awareness Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+ 0-110) 2m4f
DANCINGWITH STORMS has finished runner-up in each of his last two starts following a lengthy absence and Warren Greatrex’s charge is still relatively unexposed over hurdles after just seven outings for this handler following a move from Ireland.
The New Approach gelding has finished runner-up in recent starts over two miles at Huntingdon and Chepstow respectively and he is worth another try at this longer trip in a race where winning form is thin on the ground.
His Huntingdon second has been boosted by the winner while the fourth and sixth horses home in the race have both also gone on to register a subsequent success so that form looks very fair and the handicapper may be taking a chance in leaving his mark unchanged following his own successive runner-up effort.
If this longer trip brings about a shade more improvement he ought to make his presence felt under a good 7lbs claiming rider and still relatively unexposed compared to his rivals he can get off the mark here in a relatively weak contest.
2:55 Huntingdon – Racing TV Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+ 0-110) 2m3½f
BUTTSBURY LADY won a bumper at Uttoxeter last July and the Great Pretender mare has shown some ability over hurdles with her best effort coming when finishing third to the useful Allavina at Taunton in February.
Nicky Henderson’s charge was flying too high in a Grade Two handicap contest at Newbury back in March although she ran creditably to finish sixth of twelve runners despite being 4lbs out of the weights.
This is a more suitable assignment dropped in grade where she’s been eased 3lbs in the ratings and while the yard’s runners are somewhat hit-or-miss at the moment she could give a good account of herself here.
3:35 Worcester – Make Your Mental Health A Priority Handicap Hurdle (Div I) Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 2m7f
SINGAPORE SAGA has shown improved form since being stepped up in trip in handicaps, finishing runner-up at Exeter in April and going one better latest at the same venue where the Midnight Legend mare ran out a ten lengths’ winner over Midnight Aurora.
Philip Hobbs’ charge won despite jumping left throughout and hanging badly from the second last with Tom O’Brien fighting to keep her straight. She won readily however and may be better suited going this way around.
That form looks fair and she can compete here despite a 9lbs rise with the potential for better to come over staying trips and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see her strike again.
3:45 Chester – Destination 2 Handicap Cl3 (4yo+ 0-90) 1m2½f
This can go to Richard Fahey’s SPIRIT DANCER who was progressive last term and he made his first start on turf a winning one when successful at Ripon in softer ground. Although winless thereafter he contested in a pair of good handicaps at Ayr and York respectively and there could be more to come from him this term.
Runner-up at the Scottish venue behind First Impression he possibly needed his recent reappearance at Newbury last month where he beat only three home behind Flyin’ Solo although the better ground might also have just proven too quick for the Frankel gelding.
Richard Fahey’s charge has since seen that form boosted and the handicapper might be taking a chance in dropping him 2lbs in the ratings. With a run now under his belt he is expected to be sharper now and the easier ground here could show him in better light so there’d be no shock to see him firmly in the mix here if stepping forward following his return.
5:20 Chelmsford – Example At Chelmsford City 14th August Fillies’ Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-80) 7f
RUN THIS WAY won well at Haydock last term on just her second start and although she met with defeat in subsequent starts at Newcastle and back at Haydock she acquitted herself well on the latter occasion when denied only by First Greyed.
Mark Johnston’s charge went close at Nottingham last month on her return from more than six months off, beaten less than one length into fourth behind Roman Mist having made most of the running before being headed entering the last furlong.
She kept on well without matching the winner and this return to seven furlongs switching to polytrack can see her get back on the scoresheet with her likely to prove sharper for that recent reappearance.
6:20 Chelmsford – Ladies Day 26th August Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-80) 1m2f
ARCTIC VEGA won on his debut at Kempton last February but subsequently showed some patchy form on turf and the all-weather before getting back to winning ways at Newcastle back in January, beating Mabre by just over one length.
Andrew Balding’s charge was never a factor back on turf behind Artistic Rifles at Doncaster in March but bounced back with a better run at Newbury latest when upped to ten furlongs, beaten two lengths behind Flyin’ Solo where he finished fifth.
The Lope De Vega gelding raced keenly and met some trouble in running before staying on although he didn’t have the pace to get closer to the winner. He did have a subsequent winner behind him however and racing off the same mark he might be able to get back to winning ways given he’s unexposed over this longer trip and proven on polytrack.
This doesn’t look quite so strong a contest than the one he took in last time and he ought to make his presence felt.