Thursday 21 November horse racing tips – Henderson’s 3/1 chance can Gun down Wincanton rivals

Nicky HendersonNicky Henderson

Five more UK and Irish horse racing meetings go to post on Thursday with afternoon jumps racing from the cards at Market Rasen and Wincanton, as well as from Thurles in Ireland where there is Listed action on the card.

There is also an all-weather fixture in the afternoon from Newcastle who race on tapeta; while in the evening there is also a fixture under the floodlights on polytrack at Chelmsford.

Thurles (jumps) – 12.15 – 3.35pm (7 races)
Market Rasen (jumps) – 12.25 – 3.40pm (7 races)
Wincanton (jumps) – 1.10 – 3.50pm (6 races)
Newcastle (flat, aw) – 1.20 – 4.35pm (7 races)
Chelmsford (flat, aw) – 4.25 – 8.00pm (8 races)

Brian Healy gives his Thursday horse racing tips and best bets for every meeting going to post throughout the day.


WINCANTON 1.45 – GUNNERY (3/1, William Hill)


(12.50) 2018 Ryanair Chase winner BALKO DES FLOS (15/8, Bet365) looked the likeliest winner for a long way in the recent Grade Three Irish Daily Star Chase before an apparent lack of racefitness saw Henry de Bromhead’s charge fade into fourth.

There is an argument that the Balko gelding doesn’t fully see out three miles however, and he could be worth chancing back down in trip here where he should strip much fitter for that return to action.

A classy sort, he has seen his recent run franked when winner Jett ran a big race in defeat in the Clonmel Oil Chase, while the runner-up wasn’t disgraced in a Grade One on his next outing.

This looks a very suitable opportunity for him to get back to winning ways, and he could prove the one to beat with the advantage of match sharpness over the returning Footpad.

(2.30) STYLISH MOMENT (6/1, Paddy Power) has been in good form in recent outings, posting wins at Downpatrick and here latterly, and Eoin Doyle’s charge can land the three-timer.

The Milan gelding scored by a neck latest over Everlastingpromise with the pair pulling almost ten lengths clear, and that runner-up has won since to give the form a boost.

Back over hurdles for his hat-trick attempt he has a lower mark to contend with, and if translating his recent chase form to the smaller obstacles then he could strike his hat-trick.

12.15 – Good Thyne Tara
12.50 – Balko Des Flos
1.25 – Allez Dance
2.00 – Kalli’s Quest
2.30 – Stylish Moment
3.05 – The Chapel Field
3.35 – Asterion Forlonge

Henry de Bromhead can get amongst the winners at Thurles

Henry de Bromhead can get amongst the winners at Thurles


(1.35) Not for the first time, BACK ON THE LASH (6/1, Bet365) failed to deliver at Cheltenham when only finishing fifth latest back in October; but Martin Keighley’s charge could be worth chancing to quickly bounce back having won the time before at Exeter on his seasonal reappearance.

The Malinas gelding has run well here in the past, finding only one too good on his final outing of last campaign in May behind The Sweeney; but a first-time hood helped him to make a winning return, and he can back on the winning trail here.

Beaten around ten lengths latest, he remains capable of getting involved at this level if the headgear continues to have a positive effect, and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him posting a big effort back at this venue.

(2.40) HOUNDSCOURT (8/1, Coral) is a dual-winner at this venue, and the Court Cave gelding could be worth chancing to get back on the scoresheet.

His last success came here in back in January, and while not in the same form thereafter he should strip fitter for his recent return from seven months off the track where he had a spin over hurdles at Huntingdon although he beat only two horses home on that occasion.

Back on his last winning mark for his return to chasing, he should prove sharper for that reappearance and he could do better turned out at the scene of his most recent successes.

12.25 – Dundrum Wood
1.00 – Elle Est Grande
1.35 – Back On The Lash
2.05 – River Frost
2.40 – Houndscourt
3.10 – Thomas Blossom
3.40 – Jetaway Joey


(1.45) GUNNERY (3/1, William Hill) is very much an unexposed sort over hurdles, and Nicky Henderson’s charge can strike again having got off the mark on just his second start over hurdles at Market Rasen back in July.

A fair sort on the flat for Peter Chapple-Hyam, contesting in Listed and Group Three company, he stepped up on a promising hurdling debut having joined this yard to run out an easy winner over Yorbelucky, scoring by thirty lengths.

That bare form might not be the strongest, but he is open to plenty of further improvement and ought to continue to be competitive here where he takes on more exposed rivals switching now to handicaps where an opening mark of 118 may prove workable.

With the yard in good form, he is taken to improve again on the back of that success where he can follow up.

(2.50) SAINT DE REVE (5/2, Paddy Power) is showing race by race progress, and the Saint Des Saints gelding can get off the mark over hurdles at the second attempt.

Paul Nicholls’ charge had shaped well in bumpers last term, finishing fourth in starts at Exeter and Wincanton; but he stepped up on those efforts when finishing a good third on his hurdles debut at Exeter earlier in November.

He possibly just needed that run after having had eight months off, and although beaten around twelve lengths he went well for a long way before fading. The winner has done the form no harm by going close on his next outing, and there could be further improvement forthcoming so he may be worth chancing to find it and open his account now.

1.10 – Sienna Royale
1.45 – Gunnery
2.15 – Crossley Tender
2.50 – Saint De Reve
3.20 – Baddesley Knight
3.50 – Queen Adelaide

Wincanton are racing on Thursday

Wincanton are racing on Thursday


(1.55) PATHS OF GLORY (5/2, William Hill) is thriving at present, and the Mastercraftsman gelding can continue his progression.

Hugo Palmer’s charge has won four of his seven starts, including his last three, and he has made the frame in two of his three defeats with his sole disappointment coming in heavy ground at Hamilton.

He latterly scored by a short-head over El Misk at Wolverhampton last month, getting up on the post, and the runner-up has won since to give the form a boost.

A subsequent 7lbs rise in the weights for that success demands more and shoves him up a grade, but he remains open to further progress and can continue to give a good account where he could strike again here.

(4.05) HARRY’S BAR (10/3, Bet365) has been kept busy this term, but he has been in good fettle with a trio of wins over the summer, and the Exceed and Excel gelding hasn’t been beaten far in a pair of recent placed efforts at Chelmsford where he finished just behind Royal Birth on both outings.

The latter came over six furlongs, and he was beaten less than one length; but he can continue to remain competitive despite dropping back to the minimum trip here where he can compete from an unchanged mark.

This is likely to be run at a decent pace which will suit, and taking a slight ease back in grade he can make his presence felt.

1.20 – Kaizer
1.55 – Paths Of Glory
2.25 – Waleydd
3.00 – Big Daddy Kane
3.30 – Time Voyage
4.05 – Harry’s Bar
4.35 – Baileys Blues

Newcastle are racing on Thursday

Newcastle are racing on Thursday


(5.30) NOBLE BEHEST (7/2, William Hill) is 2-2 over course and distance, and while winless thus far for Ian Williams, it could be worth chancing on the Sir Percy gelding to get back on the scoresheet.

Having racked up a five-timer for Marcus Tregoning and Robert Stephens, he has been out of sorts for this yard since returning from a 541-day break; but his latest outing at Wolverhampton was a step back in the right direction, and he could build on that runner-up effort to go one better.

He steps back up to two miles for this latest run, while his handicap mark remains unchanged and he ought to continue to be competitive here.

(6.30) BROUGHTON EXCELS (5/1, Ladbrokes) has been in good form since switching back to the all-weather, scoring over course and distance in September and then finishing runner-up in both of his next two starts which includes when beaten a neck behind the reopposing Split Down South.

The Kyllachy gelding could overturn that form and reverse the places now on these revised terms, and given the narrow margin of defeat last time out he can come out on top in this rematch.

With a fair record over course and distance – a win and two places from four starts – he races here from a decent draw and ought to make his presence felt again.

4.25 – Due Care
5.00 – Al Qahwa
5.30 – Noble Behest
6.00 – Heath Charnock
6.30 – Broughton Excels
7.00 – Red Gunner
7.30 – Mons Star
8.00 – Lalania


Thurles 12.50 –  BALKO DES FLOS (15/8, Bet365)

Mkt Rasen 1.35 – BACK ON THE LASH (6/1, Bet365)

Wincanton 1.45 – GUNNERY (3/1, William Hill) (NAP)

Newcastle 1.55 – PATHS OF GLORY (5/2, William Hill)

Thurles 2.30 – STYLISH MOMENT (6/1, Paddy Power)

Mkt Rasen 2.40 – HOUNDSCOURT (8/1, Coral)

Wincanton 2.50 – SAINT DE REVE (5/2, Paddy Power)

Newcastle 4.05 – HARRY’S BAR (10/3, Bet365)

Chelmsford 5.30 – NOBLE BEHEST (7/2, William Hill)

Chelmsford 6.30 – BROUGHTON EXCELS (5/1, Ladbrokes)