Racing tips for Thursday – Best bets at Carlisle, Lingfield, Wincanton, Southwell and Chelmsford
We’re in sight of the weekend and Thursday’s fixture list of horse racing sees five meetings going to post. We look over the day’s racecards around the UK and pick out our racing tips for Thursday across all of the day’s meetings.
The weekend is almost in sight and Qipco British Champions’ Day is nearly upon us with the top-class fixture heading to post at Ascot on Saturday. However we still need to get through Thursday and the day sees five meetings taking place across the UK with all-weather flat racing as well as action over the jumps.
Thursday’s fixture list of horse racing sees flat racing action in the afternoon on the Lingfield polytrack; while the day’s jumps racing comes from the cards at Carlisle and Wincanton. Meanwhile in the evening there are two all-weather fixtures on the fibresand at Southwell and also on polytrack at Chelmsford.
We’ve taken a look at each of the day’s racecards and pick out our best racing tips for Thursday across all the meetings taking place.
RACING TIPS FOR THURSDAY – BEST BETS AT CARLISLE, LINGFIELD, WINCANTON, SOUTHWELL & CHELMSFORD
12:50 Carlisle – Racing TV Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl3 (4yo+ 0-135) 2m
This looks a decent contest and GARRY CLERMONT could be worth chancing on his seasonal return and first try over fences where his point-to-point background could come to the fore.
Jonjo O’Neill’s Maresca Sorrento gelding was a winner between the flags prior to landing an Aintree bumper last May and he has shown useful form over hurdles since with two wins and two efforts in the frame from five starts over obstacles.
Thought good enough to contest a Grade Two contest when last seen he wasn’t disgraced at Kempton in the Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle and he could be the type to make his mark over fences this campaign. He’s a strong traveller whose hurdles form is as good as any in this field and with the yard in decent form he could get off the mark in this discipline at the first attempt.
2:26 Carlisle – Every Race Live At Racing TV Handicap Chase (Challenger Staying Chase Series Qualifier) Cl3 (4yo+ 0-135) 3m½f
All might not have been well with BAFANA BLUE when the Blueprint gelding disappointed at Perth last month; but Maurice Barnes’ charge had looked progressive prior to that outing and could be worth chancing to bounce back.
A late-bloomer in 2019 where he won six times over fences and looking much more consistent, he scored his last win under a penalty at Ayr when running out a wide margin winner over Polydora to cap a hat-trick of victories and he wasn’t disgraced on his final outing at Kelso in the Borders National, finishing fourth.
Having shaped well on his reappearance at Perth behind Coup De Pinceau, finishing runner-up on that occasion he disappointed latest behind Amalfi Doug but he could be capable of bouncing back from that run back at this venue where he as won twice from three starts.
He may just need a little more assistance from the assessor who has eased him only 1lb; but he’s generally consistent and can do better so every chance he can leave his recent Perth flop behind him and he can get involved in this contest despite his big price.
2:35 Lingfield – Read Andrew Balding On Betway Insider Handicap Cl6 (3yo+ 0-60) 7f
PRINCE ROCK has a good record at this venue and Simon Dow’s charge is taken to get back to winning ways in a competitive heat.
The Society Rock gelding hasn’t won since scoring over this course and distance last December and went off the boil in the first half of 2020 prior to lockdown. But he’s returned in good heart, making the frame in all three starts which includes twice at this venue where he hasn’t been beaten far in either start.
One mile last time possibly stretched him and he returns to his optimum trip for this outing over which he has won twice and made the frame on three other occasions from five course and distance runs.
The form of his last outing has been boosted with the winner twice making the frame since as well as registering a win earlier this month and the selection can continue to make his presence felt from this sort of mark with Silvestre De Sousa booked for the ride.
3:55 Wincanton – Racing TV HD On Sky 426 Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (3yo+ 0-130) 1m7½f
It might be worth giving another chance to JAMACHO who possibly went off too hard at Plumpton last time and might benefit from this easier track where the Camacho gelding can get back to winning ways.
Charlie Longsdon’s charge had run up a sequence of four wins previous to that lesser run, scoring two each at Southwell and Stratford where he was value for more than the neck winning margin when registering the last of those successes over Highly Prized.
It is possible that the handicapper has caught up with him, but he has been eased 1lb in the ratings following his last run and a good value 7lbs claimer in Tom Buckley takes over the reins from Brian Hughes. As a result he can effectively contest here from 1lb below his last winning rating and this flatter and sharper test might suit him better than when last seen over the stiffer undulating Plumpton venue.
He could be worth chancing then to bounce back to winning form and the front-runner could be hard to peg back if given too much rope with most of these preferring to be held up.
6:30 Chelmsford – chelmsfordcityracecourse.com Handicap (Div II) Cl6 (3yo+ 0-55) 1m
SIDEREAL could have more to offer on this surface having run well on both previous starts on polytrack and the Galileo colt can get back to winning ways.
Andrew Balding’s charge has looked a progressive sort on turf, bettering his performances with each start and opening his win account at Salisbury in August with an impressive success over Sycamore where he scored by three lengths under this rider.
Both subsequent starts in the wake of that victory have come over one mile at this venue and he was last seen finishing runner-up to Old News at the beginning of the month, going down by just over one length where he was run down late by the winner.
The fourth horse home has won since and the selection could improve again where the drop to seven furlongs might help him get back on the scoresheet racing from the same mark as last time.
6:45 Southwell – Download The At The Races App Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 5f
ASTRO JAKK is 2-2 over course and distance and a three-time winner overall on the fibresand; Karl Burke’s charge is taken then to get back to winning ways having disappointed on turf when last seen in June.
The Zoffany gelding struck twice here in the first part of 2020, latterly beating the reopposing Samovar by just over one length and giving that rival 7lbs. He ran no sort of race when last seen failing to beat a rival at Haydock in June, fading tamely out of things behind Celcius but he could be worth another chance returning to this surface which clearly suits him.
The form of Karl Burke’s runners in recent weeks gives slight cause to worry and the yard isn’t firing at present; while the selection has usually needed a run following a break; but back on this surface he has to be afforded respect and he can go close if fully tuned up to give his yard a shot in the arm.
7:30 Chelmsford – tote.co.uk Now Never Beaten By SP Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-100) 1m
JOHAN boasts a 50% strikerate from his eight career starts and William Haggas’ charge can enhance his record by taking this prize and following up his ready success at Ayr last month.
The Zoffany colt tackles polytrack for the first time so has to prove he can handle this surface as well as turf where he’s won two of his four starts this campaign and he was last seen beating a useful yardstick in Brunch by a short-head during the Ayr Gold Cup meeting.
That form has held up with the runner-up since finishing third in Listed company while the third horse home filled the same position in a competitive York handicap and a 4lbs rise for that success might not be enough to prevent further progress.
He had been entered in the Cambridgeshire which suggests he still has scope for better and he can find further progress to take this prize under Tom Marquand who is 2-3 on the selection.