Racing tips on Thursday 15 July – Best bets for the day’s UK racemeetings
Our racing best bets on Thursday
A busy day of horse racing action awaits punters on Thursday with five meetings heading to post across the UK and we’ve looked over the action to pick out our racing tips on Thursday and best bets throughout the day.
There’s plenty more horse racing action to look forward to on Thursday as five more meetings head to post around the country on the flat and over the sticks and punters will have 35 races in all to unravel in pursuit of winners.
The afternoon racing action comes on the flat with racing from Hamilton, Leicester and Chepstow; while the evening racing takes in further racing on the flat at Epsom while Worcester accounts for the day’s jumps racing.
We’ve looked over all five of the day’s racecards where we pick out out our racing tips on Thursday and best bets throughout the day.
RACING TIPS ON THURSDAY 15 JULY – BEST BETS FOR THE DAY’S UK RACEMEETINGS
1:15 Leicester – Tickets Online Now @ leicester-racecourse.com Nursery Handicap Cl5 (2yo 0-75) 7f
BURNING BUSH has bettered his finishing position with each start, most recently finishing third at Windsor last month and Ed Dunlop’s charge can get off the mark now at the fourth attempt.
The Fulbright colt shaped as if he’d benefit from a return to further on that occasion, running on well in the last furlong but ultimately no match for the easy winner although he did finish clear of the fourth.
He now switches to handicaps where an initial 71 rating may not prove too harsh a burden on his first try in this sphere and if finding further improvement he ought to go close to getting off the mark here.
2:00 Hamilton – Welcome To RacingTV Club Members Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-85) 1m1f
WHERE’S JEFF has won two of his last three starts, latterly when running out a one length winner over Majalaat at Beverley last month and Mick Easterby’s charge can register another success here.
The Haafhd gelding has scored both those wins under this rider and he’s only been raised 3lbs for that latest success. However he’s still well treated on his historic form and he’s twice from higher marks in his younger days.
He should continue to give a good account of himself here despite dropping back in trip and there’d be no surprise in seeing him going close here from this mark with his rider’s 3lbs claim another positive.
2:30 Hamilton – Follow @RacingTV On Twitter Handicap Cl6 (3yo+ 0-65) 1m½f
FROG AND TOAD shaped with some ability in a trio of maiden contests prior to raising his game upped in trip ahead of his handicap debut at Doncaster last month, finding only one too good and David O’Meara’s charge can get off the mark here with further improvement anticipated.
The mehmas gelding was beaten three lengths on that occasion by one who was likely ahead of his mark, but the lightly-raced sort might have more to offer and the application of a tongue-strap could help him find some progress.
He’s only been pushed up 1lb in the weights for that last run which may underestimate his potential for better and every chance he can go close here.
3:10 Chepstow – Afon Technology Silk Series Handicap (For Pro-Am Female Jockeys) Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 5f
UNDER CURFEW struck for this column just two days ago when landing his hat-trick at Bath on Tuesday and Tony Carroll’s charge could go in again turned out quickly under a penalty.
The Stimulation gelding won by a neck on that last occasion from Glamorous Breeze, running on well and appearing to score a shade readily from his rivals. He now has a 5lbs penalty to defy in a stronger race and there’s always a risk that this outing might come plenty soon enough.
However assuming all is well he can go well again and may again prove the one to beat despite the penalty with Mollie Phillips again in the saddle having won four times on him already.
3:53 Leicester – Leicester Racecourse Ideal Self-Catered Wedding Venue Handicap Cl4 (3yo 0-85) 7f
SUNSET SALUTE might have found soft ground against him when only fifth at Chester last month and back on a better surface here it might be worth chancing Andrew Balding’s charge to leave that performance behind.
The Twilight Son gelding had won the time before at the same venue on better ground, beating Tadreeb by two lengths who has won since to boost the form and a mark of 85 switching to handicaps could prove well within his range with improvement to come.
This does look a fairly strong event on paper and he’ll need to progress if he’s to take top honours; but the yard is in decent form and there’d be no surprise to see another solid run here.
5:15 Worcester – Visit attheraces.com/marketmovers Mares’ Handicap Chase (Qualifier For Hereford Mares’ Chase Series) Cl4 (4yo+ 0-110) 2m4f
CAVICIANA has yet to get off the mark but she has turned in a number of solid performances in defeat and she shaped well on her chase debut over this course last month behind the in-form Debden Bank who has won again since.
The Court Cave mare didn’t always jump with fluency and she blundered three out when still in contention although the mistake put paid to any chance she might have had.
She could benefit from dropping back in trip and she tackles a lesser distance today which can show her in better light so there’d be no surprise in seeing her get off the mark now.
6:20 Worcester – Sky Sports Racing HD Virgin 535 Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (4yo+ 0-140) 2m4f
OSCAR ROSE has really got her act together in her last few runs, rounding off 2020 with a brace of chase wins at Hereford and Kempton before returning to hurdles in April where she ran out a ten lengths’ winner under this rider from Sir Valentine.
Fergal O’Brien’s charge has been absent since but clearly goes well fresh and could yet have more to offer despite being a nine-year old given the improvement she has shown in her last few outings.
She’s up another 7lbs in the weights for that last win but she takes on a number of exposed rivals and while this demands more from her she could prove up to the task and continue her winning spree.
7:20 Epsom – Janet & Terry’s 50th Anniversary Handicap Cl5 (3yo+ 0-75) 1m4f
The application of cheekpieces has coincided with some better form by DOWNSMAN who got off the mark latest when successful at Haydock in May and it may be worth Jim Boyle’s charge to follow up here despite tackling quicker ground.
That win came in heavy conditions and ten furlongs when running out a three lengths’ victor over Rainbow’s Gift, scoring readily and the form has been boosted since with the third horse home going on to land a hat-trick of victories.
He has less testing ground to deal with here but if the conditions don’t catch him out then he should remain competitive from 6lbs higher and he can strike another win if there’s sufficient ease in the ground.