Thursday 14 November horse racing tips – Williams’ 13/8 chance can shine at Ludlow

Evan Williams can get amongst the winners at Ludlow on ThursdayEvan Williams can get amongst the winners at Ludlow on Thursday

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for all of Thursday’s UK and Irish race meetings.

Four UK and Irish horse racing fixtures take place on Thursday, where the day’s jumps racing action comes from Taunton, Ludlow and Sedgefield; while at Clonmel in Ireland there is Grade Two action with the Clonmel Oil Chase.

Sedgefield (jumps) – 12.30 – 3.50pm (7 races)
Clonmel (jumps) – 12.40 – 3.55pm (7 races)
Ludlow (jumps) – 1.15 – 4.00pm (6 races)
Taunton (jumps) – 1.25 – 4.10pm (6 races)


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(1.00) RINGARINGAROSIE (11/4, Ladrokes) has been in good fettle since returning from a couple of months’ break, twice finishing runner-up in outings here and Hexham, and then returning here last month to resume winning ways with a defeat of Instant Replay.

Martin Todhunter’s Stowaway mare ran out a ready four lengths’ winner, finding plenty for his rider’s urgings and surviving a last fence mistake; that form has taken a boost since with the third going on to win next time out.

The handicapper has hit him with a 7lbs rise in the weights which demands more from him; but he arrives in decent heart and could be capable of finding some further progress where he can make the most of his bottom weight and rider’s claim to follow up despite this being an arguably stronger race than the one he took last time out.

(2.45) LORD BALLIM (7/4, William Hill) has produced some patchy form since scoring his last win at Worcester last May, but the Balko gelding could be worth chancing in a relatively modest race to get back on track.

Nigel Hawke’s charge has finished fourth on two of his three hurdles runs since returning from a break, latterly beaten three lengths behind Midnight Aurora at Huntingdon last month. He ran in snatches there, leaving himself with plenty to do; but he was in the process of running a big race before slipping and falling the time before and he lurks on a winnable mark where this step up in trip could well suit.

He could be worth chancing then to get back on the scoresheet, and he likely won’t get many better opportunities to get back to winning ways given this is a pretty ordinary contest that he is well up to winning if putting his best foot forward.

12.30 – Sweet Marmalade
1.00 – Ringaringarosie
1.35 – Minella Trump
2.10 – La Cavsa Nostra
2.45- Lord Ballim
3.15 – Pads
3.50 – Glorious Lady

Sedgefield are racing on Thursday


(1.40) FOU DILIGENCE (5/1, Bet365) has gone with plenty of promise in a trio of hurdles starts in maiden company, and the Le Fou gelding could be worth chancing to make a winning transition to the handicap ranks now.

Philip Dempsey’s charge has made the frame in all three of those starts, latterly finishing four lengths’ third behind Tomeric at Roscommon having found only one too good on his return to action at Listowel in September, and he looks open to plenty of further improvement still.

He had a subsequent easy winner in arrears in that latest outing where he was held back by a couple of late errors, and if continuing on his upward curve then an initial handicap mark of 104 could prove very workable.

Much less exposed than this field, he can find some measure of improvement to go close here and every chance he can make his presence felt in a competitive contest.

(3.20) SHATTERED LOVE (6/5, Coral) didn’t hit the heights over fences last term that was hoped, but the Yeats mare could still be worth keeping faith with dropped in grade on the back of her reappearance in the PWC Champion Chase last month.

Gordon Elliott’s charge won five of her first eight starts over fences last term, but following promising runner-up runs on her first two outings last term she went the wrong way and disappointed in three subsequent outings including when pulled up in the Irish Grand National.

She ran well for a good way in her Gowran Park reappearance last month before a lack of sharpness eventually told on her; but she is expected to come on for that outing and can do better now with that run under her belt.

If she was to recapture her best form over fences then she could prove a tough nut to crack here, and she looks worth siding with to get back to winning ways dropped into Listed company.

12.40 – Kalanisi Og
1.10 – Email Rose
1.40 – Fou Diligence
2.15 – Envol Pierji
2.50 – Monalee
3.20 – Shattered Love
3.55 – Tactical Move


(2.00) WILD MAX (13/8, Paddy Power) steps out for the first time since joining Paul Nicholls, and the Maxios gelding could be worth siding with to make a winning debut.

A winner on the flat in Germany for Andreas Wohler, he also contested with credit at Group level before making the switch to Ditcheat, and he rates a very interesting runner for his top yard which does well with European imports.

He’s been off the track for the best part of a year, but this is a very winnable race he finds himself in for his debut over hurdles and he can get off the mark at the first attempt.

(3.05) RUNASIMI RIVER (3/1, William Hill) arrives here on a hat-trick of wins following earlier successes at Warwick and Hereford, and the Generous mare could collect her three-timer.

Neil Mulholland’s charge had a head to spare on her latest victory over Artichoke Heart with the pair pulling four lengths clear of the third, and a subsequent 5lbs rise in the weights remains workable on that evidence where she can continue to find progress.

2-2 under this rider, she is likely to make another bold bid to land a third successive win if continuing in similar form and no surprise to see her going close here.

12.55 – Utility
1.25 – Dothraki Prince
2.00 – Wild Max
2.35 – Brewin’upastorm
3.05 – Runasimi River
3.40 – Templepark
4.10 – Limelighter

Taunton are racing on Thursday

Taunton are racing on Thursday


(2.25) HOUSE ISLAND (9/2, Bet365) was beaten three lengths into the runner-up berth behind Enrilo at Kempton in a bumper back in February, but Peter Webber’s charge could be worth chancing to gain revenge now the pair clash over hurdles.

The Casamento gelding went on to contest and win a Listed bumper at Newbury prior to taking his chance in a Grade One contest at Punchestown. He cut little ice there behind Colreevy, but he shaped well on his reappearance following six months off the track to find only the potentially smart Mason Jar too strong at Kempton last month, and entitled to progress for that experience he can go one better with that form having been boosted.

He gets 5lbs from Enrilo here, and open to improvement he looks worth chancing to get off the mark in this sphere at the second attempt over hurdles.

(2.55) MARBLE MOON (13/8, William Hill) is chasing a hat-trick of wins following successes at Bangor and here either side of a short break, and the Millenary gelding can bag the three-timer.

Evan Williams’ charge had also won at this venue back in May, and his latest success over Beau Du Brizais was a good effort where he had to dig deep for the score. The runner-up has run well in defeat since, and there could be better still to come with his 4lbs rise largely being offset by his rider’s 3lbs claim.

The step up in trip will be no issue, and he is 2-2 at this venue which includes at the distance so he looks set to mount a bold bid as he chases his hat-trick.

1.15 – Getariver
1.50 – Darling Alko
2.25 – House Island
2.55 – Marble Moon
3.30 – Gavrocheka
4.00 – Longhousesignora