Racing best bets on Thursday – Tips for the day’s UK flat and jumps racing

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Racing best bets on Thursday 14 October

Racing fans have another round of fixtures to look forward to on Thursday as we approach Qipco British Champions Day and there is action on the flat and over the sticks; our tipping team have looked over the action and have picked out their racing best bets on Thursday.

Horse racing fans have more equine action to ponder over on Thursday as another round of fixtures comes thick and fast both on the flat and over the sticks where another line-up of four meetings heads to post.

The afternoon racing action on the flat sees a fixture at the seaside venue of Brighton on the level, while there are two jumps racing meetings at Wincanton and Carlisle. Completing Thursday’s lineup of fixtures is an evening card on the all-weather at Chelmsford under the floodlights and 28 races will unfold throughout the course of the day.

Our tipping team have looked over all the day’s action around the country and have picked out their racing best bets on Thursday and tips at each meeting.


1:55 Carlisle – 32West PR And Social Media Agency Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl3 (4yo+ 0-135) 2m

SLANELOUGH might be worth chancing to make a winning reappearance despite his record on return not being particularly impressive.

Rose Dobbin’s charge did win first time up following a break over hurdles a few seasons ago and following some patchy form over fences in recent campaigns he rounded off last term with a brace of wins at Ayr and Perth respectively, beating Better Getalong by three lengths when last seen out.

He made all that day and while the form has taken a few knocks the Westerner gelding could remain competitive now he’s got the winning knaco over the larger obstacles and a 6lbs rise leaves him still fairly treated on historic form.

Fitness for this assignment needs to be taken on trust, but the yard has won with two of their four runners these past couple of weeks and the course-winner can make his presence felt.

2:45 Brighton – EBF Novice Stakes (GBB Race) Cl5 (2yo) 6f

SAFRA can get back on the scoresheet after a couple of solid runs and the War Front filly should go well here despite having to give weight all round.

Simon and Ed Crisford’s charge was a winner at Kempton back in June before finding Listed company too much for her next time when last of nine behind Inspiral in the Star Stakes.

She’s since made the frame in starts at Southwell and Epsom latterly, run down late on the latest occasion to lose out by just over one length from Sovereign Prince and having shown good speed there she may be suited by dropping back in trip now.

Back in novice company she has plenty of experience to call upon and scope for better to come so while she has to concede weight she ought to be in the mix with improvement still likely.

Racing best bets on Thursday. Simon Crisford can saddle a winner on the card at Brighton.

Racing best bets on Thursday. Simon Crisford can saddle a winner on the card at Brighton.

2:55 Wincanton – MansionBet Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap Chase Cl3 (4yo+ 0-125) 3m1f

FRIENDS DON’T ASK is improving over fences and has built up a fair record since switching to the larger obstacles, winning two of his last three outings and three in all this year; Martin Smith’s charge can continue his progress to notch up another success here.

The Champs Elysees gelding was latterly a ready winner over Montanna at Uttoxeter last month, running out a two lengths’ winner with reopposing Young Wolf back in third and he can confirm those placings on the same terms despite a 5lbs rise in the handicap with his last-time rival not being claimer-ridden this time.

Cheekpieces have certainly had a positive effect and he should continue to remain competitive if the headgear has a positive effect once more and the slight drop in trip shouldn’t prove an issie. He’s shown form also on sharper tracks so looks to have a lot going for him here and no surprise if he were to make his presence felt.

3:05 Carlisle – Moynan Smith Accountants Handicap Chase (Challenger Staying Chase Series Qualifier) Cl3 (4yo+ 0-135) 3m½f

QUARTZ DU RHEU did nothing wrong behind a well-handicapped rival at Warwick last month, denied only by a neck from Haul Away; but the Konig Turf gelding could be worth sticking with to resume winning ways here.

Jonjo O’Neill’s charge had won his two starts prior to that defeat, scoring either side of a short break at Worcester and he lost no caste in defeat latest where he just couldn’t get past his tenacious rival who held on determinedly.

The handicapper has pushed him up 3lbs for that near-miss but there’s a suspicion he hasn’t reached the end of his improvement and another bold show here wouldn’t come as a surprise given he’s still quite lightly raced over fences.

3:20 Brighton – Download The Star Sports App Handicap Cl5 (3yo+ 0-75) 1m

YANIFER won three times in succession over the summer, one of which came at this venue in July and the Dandy Man gelding can get back to winning ways here.

Jamie Osborne’s charge scored the last of those victories at Bath in August when beating Hurricane Helen under a penalty and while he’s been beaten in his last three he has made the frame each time.

His latest run saw him finish less than one length second behind Discomatic over this course and distance and a repeat of that effort ought to put her in the mix once more off the same mark. With proven course form a plus he can resume winning ways here.

3:30 Wincanton – MansionBet Watch And Bet Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+ 0-110) 2m5½f

OLYMPIC HONOUR may have been amiss when last seen in this sphere, beating only two home at Uttoxeter in July although it might be worth chancing Evan Williams’ charge to bounce back having been in fair form on the level in recent weeks.

The Olympic Glory gelding struck over hurdles at Fontwell in May after which he ran well from this mark when third in a better race at Ffos Las the following month prior to that disappointing last effort over timber.

He got back to winning ways when successful back at Ffos Las on the flat and he’s run well in both subsequent outings, latterly only beaten two lengths by Damned Elusive at the Welsh venue.

Assuming he’s over whatever ailed him when last seen over hurdles he could quickly bounce back here with an improved effort and he’s still well-treated on old form so could be capable of recapturing the winning thread.

Racing best bets on Thursday. Trainer Evan Williams can get amongst the winners at Wincanton.

Racing best bets on Thursday. Trainer Evan Williams can get amongst the winners at Wincanton.

5:30 Chelmsford – tote Placepot Your First Bet Nursery Handicap Cl5 (2yo 0-70) 1m2f

Lightly-raced COPPERKNOB could get off the mark here stepping up markedly in trip for his handicap debut on turf and Gary Moore’s charge can go close.

The Churchill colt is bred to be a fair sort but he showed little in his first couple of runs and while his third behind Devasboy at Brighton in September was better it still didn’t set the heather alight in that novice contest.

Switched to a handicap at Kempton earlier this month he took another step forward in finishing fifth behind My Dubawi, running on strongly late and there could be more to come now he tackles this longer trip.

Compared to most of these rivals he is unexposed still and a mark of 69 could prove very workable so with improvement a possible over this additional yardage he’s expected to go well and can get off the mark now.