Racing tips for Thursday – Best bets for the day’s flat and jumps racing
Racing tips for Thursday’s fixtures
With four meetings heading to post around the country on the flat and over the sticks our tipping team pick out their racing tips for Thursday ’s fixtures and best bets for the day.
Another round of four UK flat and jumps racing fixtures goes to post on Thursday and 27 races in all will unfold under both disciplines where some solid action awaits punters at Newbury over the sticks which is joined by further jumps racing at Ludlow and Sedgefield for an all-jumps racing afternoon.
Completing the Thursday action in the evening is an all-weather racecard at Chelmsford on the polytrack under the floodlights and our tipping team pick out their racing tips for Thursday and best bets.
RACING TIPS FOR THURSDAY – BEST BETS FOR THE DAY’S FLAT & JUMPS RACING
1:12 Sedgefield – www.rpsdesani.co.uk Reducing Packaging Costs Handicap Chase (Go North Staying Chase Series Qual’) Cl4 (4yo+ 0-115) 3m3f
BROTHER PAT arrives here in very good form, winning three of his last five starts including latest at Plumpton recently and the switch to chasing has certainly shown Donald McCain’s charge in a better light.
The Muhtathir gelding ran out a comfortable winner when last seen in action, beating Regaby by eleven lengths under this rider and given his progressive form to date over the larger obstacles there’s no reason why he can’t make his presence felt again.
The handicapper does apply some further pressure with a 8lbs rise in the weights, but given his progressive profile as a staying chaser he can follow up his latest victory here.
2:08 Ludlow – Stephen Webb Memorial Handicap Chase Cl3 (4yo+ 0-125) 3m1½f
CUBAN PETE has a good record fresh and the Flemensfirth gelding could be worth chancing to make another winning reappearance.
Venetia Williams’ charge won twice at the beginning of last campaign, scoring at Stratford and Hereford and posting a solid third when denied a hat-trick at Newbury over the Christmas period.
He went off the boil thereafter and disappointed here on his last start back in March. However given his decent record when fresh – 3 wins from 4 starts following 100+ days’ absence – he could go well on his latest return.
2:30 Newbury – Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle (Pertemps Hurdle Series Qualifier) (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+ 0-145) 3m
SPIRITOFTHEGAMES has been frustratingly difficult to win with and expensive to follow, but the Darsi gelding is given another chance turning out for his seasonal reappearance over hurdles.
Dan Skelton’s charge is a regular in the top handicaps over fences in recent seasons, showing some very good form including placing in Grade Three company and reaching a mark of 150 over the larger obstacles.
He had two runs over hurdles last term, finishing runner-up at Chepstown before contesting the Pertemps Final at the Cheltenham Festival where he crossed the line in eighth place before going back over fences at Aintree during the Grand National Festival where he was third in a Grade Three.
This is a less demanding contest than those he took in last term over the smaller obstacles and he’s well handicapped off this mark with a wind operation a potential key to getting him back to winning ways for the first time since 2018.
3:05 Newbury – Get Extra Places At BetVictor Handicap Chase (Challenger Middle Distance Chase Series Qualifier) Cl3 (4yo+ 0-135) 2m4f
VALLERES was steadily progressive over hurdles last term, winning twice and finishing runner-up on three occasions including in a Sandown Grade Two contest last December.
The Coastal Path gelding now switches to the larger obstacles on his reappearance for Alan King, but he was a point-to-point winner in Ireland for Elizabeth Doyle and that experience could stand him in good stead now as he sets out over fences.
He has the scope to make a chaser and with some smart form to his name over hurdles he could prove the one to beat if translating that ability to this sphere. Representing a yard in decent form there’d be no shock in seeing him going close here assuming his jumping hold up.
4:25 Chelmsford – Betsi Handicap Cl5 (3yo+ 0-70) 7f
INTERNATIONALANGEL arrives here seeing a course and distance double and a third successive win overall; the Dark Angel filly can oblige punters here.
Jane Chapple-Hyam’s charge won two of her last three starts for Robert Stephens, posting both on turf at Yarmouth either side of a lesser run and she continued her good spell of form when getting the better of Harbour Vision latest where she struck by a head.
That run was all the more creditable as he was awkward early and had to race wide so to win as he did deserves marked up and a meagre 1lb rise shouldn’t prevent a bold bid in her attempt to follow up.