Racing tips for Thursday – Best bets for the day’s UK racecards
Racing tips for Thursday’s UK racing fixtures
Thursday sees another round of UK horse racing action taking place with five meetings heading to post on the flat and the ITV Racing cameras will also be rolling with live TV racing coverage. We’ve picked out our racing tips for Thursday and best bets across the UK’s racing fixtures.
There’s plenty of horse racing action for punters to take in on Thursday with another round of five fixtures on the flat including the start of the Newmarket July Festival where the best of the action from the July Course will feature on ITV Racing.
In addition there is also racing at Carlisle and Doncaster in the afternoon, while Epsom and Newbury accounts for the evening’s racing action and all five fixtures take place on the flat on Thursday as the jumps season takes a break.
We’ve looked over the day’s racing action across the country and have picked out our racing tips for Thursday’s UK racing fixtures and best bets throughout the day.
RACING TIPS FOR THURSDAY’S MEETING – HORSE RACING BEST BETS FOR THE DAY’S UK RACECARDS
2:05 Carlisle – OEE “Making The Best Better” EBF Fillies’ Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-80) 6f
GOMETRA GINTY has won three of her last four starts since returning from a break, latterly scoring over seven furlongs here last month with a defeat of Candescence and Keith Dalgleish’s charge can strike again to bring up a run of three straight wins.
The Morpheus mare made most of the running in that latest win, winning a shade cosily despite the narrow margin of victory and the runner-up did little harm to the form next time with another silver medal finish.
The selection has won twice here including at this distance and she’s unexposed over sprint trips having largely campaigned over further. A 4lbs rise in the weights applies a little more pressure but she has been rated higher in the past and arriving in winning form she looks worth sticking with taking on rivals who have found getting their head in front to be a difficult task lately.d
2:15 Doncaster – Free Tips Daily On attheraces.com Fillies’ Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-80) 1m
CELTIC EMPRESS has shown improved form since being fitted with a hood, winning two of her last three starts – both at Hamilton – and David O’Meara’s charge can continue her progression.
Her latest win saw her beat Mere Green by three-parts of a length at the Scottish venue, slow to break but winning a shade comfortably in the end and the Golden Horn filly can go close with a repeat assuming the testing ground doesn’t prove a disadvantage.
She has won on good to soft ground previously and she’s proven versatile in terms of tactics so there’d be no surprise in seeing her going close providing she can adapt to the conditions.
2:25 Newmarket – Tattersalls July Stakes (Group 2) (Colts & Geldings) Cl1 (2yo) 6f
It might be worth siding with ELDRICK JONES to shed his maiden tag at the third attempt having ran a screamer in the Coventry Stakes and Roger Fell’s charge can make it third time lucky here.
The Cotai Glory colt had narrowly failed to land a gamble on debut at Thirsk last month where he was denied only by a nose behind Tareekh and both the winner and third from that race have won since.
He was then thrust into the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot where he found only one too good again despite racing on the unfavoured far side and a line through the fourth horse home matches him closely on form with Project Dante.
Further improvement can be anticipated from Roger Fell’s charge who can make his presence felt here with a breakthrough victory.
4:10 Newmarket – Edmondson Hall Solicitors Sir Henry Cecil Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo) 1m
ONE RULER is given another chance as he takes a drop back in grade and the Dubawi gelding can get back on track after some lesser efforts this term.
Charlie Appleby’s charge won twice last term, scoring in a Group Three contest at Newmarket before running subsequent Irish 2000 Guineas winner Mac Swiney to less than one length in the Vertem Futurity Trophy on his final run of the campaign.
So far this term he’s failed to really fire, twice finishing in sixth including in the Epsom Derby and latterly beaten five lengths into seventh behind Mohaafeth at Ascot in the Hampton Court Stakes. However this represents an easier grade and the application of cheekpieces for the first time might help him as he drops back in trip.
He can go well as a result here and every chance he can deliver a big run if back to his best.
6:00 Epsom – Durdans Handicap Cl6 (3yo 0-65) 1m4f
GYENYAME didn’t show a great deal in a trio of maiden contests last term, but the Nathaniel gelding improved for the switch to handicapping over a stiffer test on his reappearance when finding only one too good at Bath in June and a reproduction of that effort might be good enough here.
Andrew Balding’s charge also wore cheekpieces on that occasion which are retained here and he possibly found the run coming too soon at Sandown on his next start where he disappointed when sent off favourite and failing to beat a rival home.
He’s been given a bit more of a break between runs and this looks an easier contest than the one he tackled last time so he might be capable of bouncing back here with an improved effort and he could get off the mark now.
7:20 Newbury – Rayner Bosch Car Services Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 1m2f
ANMAAT stepped up on a promising first run at Kempton in November to open his account at the second time of asking when going in at Lingfield in May on his return from a break. Owen Burrows’ charge subsequently ran at least as well without winning at Doncaster latest when finishing third to Bashosh and the Awtaad gelding can quickly bounce back to winning form here.
He had appeared to win readily at Lingfield and he was only beaten little more than one length in that last start where he finshed ahead of a next-time winner, while the runner-up has filled the same position again since.
The selection now goes handicapping from what could prove a workable mark and with the step up in trip likely to suit he can show some improvement to resume winning ways here and no surprise if he were to get back on track.
8:20 Newbury – Energy Check Handicap Cl5 (3yo+ 0-70) 1m5½f
LION FACE has improved with every start and comes into this race much less exposed than his rivals so gets the vote to follow up his breakthrough win at Leicester last month.
Roger Charlton’s charge still looked in need of the experience on that occasion although it was his first run on turf and he ran out a one length victor over Winterwatch, overcoming a slow start in the process to ultimately win a shade comfortably.
That runner-up has won since to give the form a boost and he might have been handed a very workable opening mark for his first foray into handicaps where the application of cheekpieces could help him find some further improvement.