Thursday 19 December horse racing tips – Lacey’s 6/5 chance can strike at Exeter

Get Brian Healy's best bets, race-by-race selections and tips for Thursday 19 December horse racing action from four meetings across the UK.

There is no racing in Ireland on Thursday, leaving four UK fixtures to go to post where the day’s jumps racing action comes from Hereford and Exeter, while there is also all-weather action on the Southwell fibresand.

There is also evening all-weather action at Wolverhampton on tapeta to round off the day’s horse racing programme with a fixture under the floodlights.

Hereford (jumps) – 12.40 – 3.40pm (7 races)
Exeter (jumps) – 12.50 – 3.50pm (7 races)
Southwell (flat, aw) – 1.30 – 4.30pm (7 races)
Wolverhampton (flat, aw) – 4.50 – 8.30pm (8 races)



(1.10) SUPREMELY LUCKY (6/4, Ladbrokes) has finished runner-up in both starts to date over fences, but Dan Skelton’s charge could be worth siding with to go one place better here.

The Milan gelding was a dual-winner over hurdles last term, showing progressive form, and having struck at Southwell in November last year he rounded off his campaign with a success at Uttoxeter where he ran out a nine lengths’ winner.

Only denied a half-length on his chase debut at Worcester in October, he wasn’t seen at his best in a Hexham match where he suffered an overreach and that run is forgiven. He’s been given some time to recover, and if returning here back to his best then he could be capable of landing this prize where he remains with scope to improve over fences.

(2.40) NORTHOFTHEWALL (Evens, Unibet) has made the frame in all three starts since returning from a break, and Dan Skelton’s charge can get off the mark now.

The Mahler gelding was beaten only around three lengths behind Millers Bank at Bangor when last seen out last month, finding only that rival too strong and not helped by a couple of late errors.

Now back in maiden company however and partnered by Dan Skelton for this latest outing, he could prove the one to side with and every chance he can open his win account with a repeat of that effort.

12.40 – Special Princess
1.10 – Supremely Lucky
1.40 – Mcgarry
2.10 – Grania O’Malley
2.40 – Northofthewall
3.10 – The Brothers
3.40 – Saddlers Quest

Hereford are racing on Thursday.


(1.20) LOSSIEMOUTH (6/5, Bet365) won a pair of bumper races last term, scoring at Newcastle and Carlisle respectively, and Tom Lacey’s charge could be worth chancing to get off the mark over hurdles here.

The Makfi gelding might have needed the run when finishing fifth on his hurdles debut at Aintree in October, and he built on that outing to find only one too good next time out in Victory Echo where he was denied by just over one length.

He didn’t jump all that fluently on that occasion, but he remains open to improvement and if he can brush up on his hurdling this time around then he ought to go close.

(2.20) THE CROONER (3/1, William Hill) won a shade cosily at Leicester in heavy ground eight days ago, and Venetia Williams’ charge could be worth keeping onside to quickly follow up given he escapes a penalty for that success.

The Martaline gelding was posting a career-best effort on that occasion, building on his return to action following 200 days off the track to run out a head winner over The Game Is A Foot where he was always holding the runner-up and arguably value for more than the official winning distance.

That success came in a conditional riders’ event and he could follow up quickly if this outing doesn’t come too soon in the wake of those exertions.

12.50 – Misty Whisky
1.20 – Lossiemouth
1.50 – Midnight Tune
2.20 – The Crooner
2.50 – Kiwi Myth
3.20 – Eceparti
3.50 – Urtheonethatiwant


(2.00) FUJAIRA KING (13/8, Coral) made the frame in all three starts in Ireland having moved to Michael O’Callaghan from Roger Varian, and now back in the UK with Stuart Williams the Kitten’s Joy gelding might be able to get off the mark.

Fourth to the high-class King Of Comedy back in April for Roger Varian, he finished third twice and also runner-up in his three Irish outings, although he was disappointing on his first start for his new trainer at Kempton last month.

A drop to the minimum trip for this latest outing is tried in the hope of sparking some improvement, and if he handles the switch to the slower fibresand surface then he could get off the mark given he boasts arguably the strongest form in this field of runners.

(2.30) HAVANA DAWN (9/2, William Hill) hasn’t won since scoring at Thirsk back in June, but the Havana Gold filly ran arguably her best race since than win when tackling this surface for the first time on her penultimate start and she could be worth chancing to get off the mark here.

Philip Makin’s charge was beaten around three lengths on that occasion, and she ran in snatched at Wolverhampton latest when beaten one length into fourth behind Colouring where she didn’t aid her cause with a slow start before running on late.

That race has thrown up a couple of subsequent winners, and she turns out here from the same mark and equipped with first-time blinkers which might help to sharpen her up so every chance she can post a big effort back on this surface and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see her going close here.

1.30 – Eesha Says
2.00 – Fujaira King
2.30 – Havana Dawn
3.00 – Sociologist
3.30 – Angel Lane
4.00 – Emojie
4.30 – Lightning Charlie

Southwell are racing on Thursday.


(6.00) REASONED (4/1, Bet365) is a largely consistent sort, and James Eustace’s charge has hit the crossbar the last twice, beaten less than one length each time, and the Intello filly could get off the mark now.

She remains a maiden after eleven starts, but on the evidence of her two recent runs – both here – then it shouldn’t be long before she gets her head in front, and she was only denied late in the day last time when run down by the winner near to the winning line.

Only raised 2lbs in the weights for that last outing, she ought to remain competitive from her new mark and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see her going close here.

(8.00) MURAAQEB (5/1, Paddy Power) has carried on his good work since returning from a break, making the frame in each of his last two outings, and Milton Bradley’s charge can get back on the scoresheet here.

The Nathaniel gelding struck twice at Cehlmsford in August, latterly beatig Chakrii by a head; but he has won here in the past, and he was denied by little over one length latest behind Arlecchino’s Arc just seven days ago.

He had finished third over course and distance the time before, and the handicapper has elected to leave his mark unchanged so he could be capable of capitalizing if running to a similar level switched back to tapeta.

4.50 – Urban Hero
5.25 – Qatar Queen
6.00 – Reasoned
6.30 – Kamra
7.00 – Canford Bay
7.30 – Dandilion
8.00 – Muraaqeb
8.30 – Tulane


1.10 Hereford – SUPREMELY LUCKY (6/4, Ladbrokes)

1.20 Exeter – LOSSIEMOUTH (6/5, Bet365)

2.00 Southwell – FUJAIRA KING (13/8, Coral)

2.20 Exeter – THE CROONER (3/1, William Hill)

2.30 Southwell – HAVANA DAWN (9/2, William Hill)

2.40 Hereford – NORTHOFTHEWALL (Evens, Unibet)

6.00 Wolverhampton – REASONED (4/1, Bet365)

8.00 Wolverhampton – MURAAQEB (5/1, Paddy Power)