Racing tips for Sandown, Hamilton and Uttoxeter – Thursday 16 July best bets

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Four meetings head to post on Thursday and we give our racing tips for Sandown, Hamilton and Uttoxeter.

Thursday’s fixture list of horse racing action takes in a trio of meetings across the UK where there is racing on the flat at both Hamilton and Sandown where Listed racing takes place on both cards.

Meanwhile over the sticks there is a jumps fixture at Uttoxeter. We’ve looked through all three of the day’s racecards across the UK and give our Thursday racing tips for Sandown, Hamilton and Uttoxeter as we go in search of more winners.


1:00 Hamilton – Heineken Served Extra Cold Handicap Cl6 (3yo+ 0-65) 5f

None of these are particularly consistent so a chance is taken on GROUNDWORKER who has a decent record at the Scottish venue and the Tagula gelding has run well the last twice and might be able to get back to winning ways.

Paul Midgley’s charge is a two-time course and distance winner, posting his last win here in August with a defeat of Popping Corks and he’s found the frame on both subsequent runs back at this track with the latest coming earlier in the month where he was beaten three lengths behind Montalvan where he made most of the running but was unable to hold off the front two.

He had a fitness disadvantage on that occasion as it was his first run in nine months and he should strip fitter now; while he’s 2lbs lower in the weights for this latest outing and he could take advantage to resume the winning trend.

Paul Midgley can saddle a Hamilton winner on Thursday.

1:45 Uttoxeter – Visit Handicap Chase Cl4 (4yo+ 0-110) 2m

FORT DE L’OCEAN improved last term for the switch to chasing, making the frame three times and the Racinger gelding can get off the mark now on the back of a recent return to action at Southwell at the beginning of the month.

Olly Greenall’s charge posted efforts in the frame at Catterick, Market Rasen and Newcastle last term before disappointing in a jumpers’ bumper at the latter venue; but he shaped well enough on his return behind Isaac Wonder and ought to prove sharper now with that effort under his belt.

A first-time tongue-tie could help him find a jolt of improvement, while the handicapper has eased him 3lbs in the ratings for this outing. He could be worth chancing then to deliver a better peformance on the back of his recent reappearance and he can make his presence felt.

2:00 Hamilton – Heineken UK Scottish Stewards’ Cup Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 6f

GEORGE BOWEN won this race in 2018 from a considerably higher mark than his current rating of 86 and Richard Fahey’s charge can get back on the scoresheet having ran well when last seen out at Pontefract.

The Dark Angel gelding had a poor campaign last term despite posting a win on the all-weather, failing to trouble the judge in any of his starts following his March success. But having looked in need of the run on his return at Newmarket in June he posted a much improved effort to chase home the smart Summerghand, going down by only a half-length and a repeat of that effort might be good enough here.

The front pair had pulled three lengths’ clear and he can race here from the same mark so ought to have a big say if he’s able to replicate that performance in this contest.

4:55 Sandown – Claremont Handicap Cl3 (3yo+ 0-95) 5f

This might prove to be a decent opportunity for KONCHEK to get back on the scoresheet for the first time since his debut and Clive Cox’s charge can post a big effort.

Highly-tried following his successful debut at Newmarket, the Lethal Force gelding posted a creditable mid-division finish in the Wokingham at Royal Ascot on his reappearance where he crossed the line around six lengths adrift of the winner.

That outing clearly sharpened him up and he was subsequently beaten only a half-length at Windsor on his next outing, finishing third to Yimou and battling well without quite matching the winner’s effort.

He has to back up that performance, but he can race here from the same mark and he made the frame on his only previous outing at this venue so could be set for a big run where a strong pace might help him.

Konchek features in our racing tips for Sandown on Thursday and can collect the win for trainer Clive Cox.

7:30 Sandown – Claygate Handicap Cl5 (3yo 0-73) 1m2f

LIFE MATTERS has yet to race on turf but the Candy Ride gelding showed an improved level of form switching to the handicap ranks and found only one too good on his last start at Kempton when upped considerably in distance from earlier efforts.

Richard Hughes’ charge finished around four lengths’ runner-up behind Thai Power on that occasion, possibly just stretched by the longer trip. That form though is working out well with the third and fourth horses home both winning since and he could be well served by this drop to ten furlongs.

Only 2lbs higher switching to turf for the first time, he looks fairly treated on these terms given he is open to further improvement and if he can build on that latest near-miss then he could go one better and open his win account.