Thursday best racing bets – Tips for Sandown, Fontwell, Leicester and Chelmsford
Thursday horse racing best bets
With four more meetings going to post across the UK we’ve picked out our Thursday UK best racing bets and tips for each meeting.
Four meetings head to post across the UK on Thursday with some classy action taking place over the sticks on the card at Sandown which includes a Grade Two contest.
There is also jumps racing taking place at Leicester and Fontwell assuming the latter passes a precautionary inspection. Completing the day’s quartet of fixtures is an evening all-weather meeting at Chelmsford.
We’ve looked over each of the day’s racecards to pick out our Thursday best racing bets and tips for each fixture.
THURSDAY BEST RACING BETS – TIPS FOR SANDOWN, FONTWELL, LEICESTER & CHELMSFORD
1:30 Leicester – BoscaSports Racing’s Digital Display Handicap Chase Cl5 (5yo+ 0-105) 2m
It has been a while since GOLDENCARD last tasted success and the Golden Lariat gelding is yet to open his account over fences although he’s been running well in defeat of late, finishing runner-up in each of his last three outings.
Christian Williams’ charge has responded well to the application of blinkers and he was latterly beaten three lengths by Relkadam at Catterick over a longer trip. He drops back here to the minimum trip where he can compete from the same mark and the front-runner could prove hard to catch here with stamina assured.
He races here from the same mark as last time and he ought to continue to make his presence felt here where he can end his losing run and open his chase win account.
2:13 Fontwell – Free Horse Racing Tips At tipstersempire.co.uk Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl4 (5yo+ 0-120) 2m3½f
A dual-winner between the flags in Ireland DEFINITE DILEMMA cut little ice in a trio of starts over hurdles; however the Definite Article gelding shaped well switched to chasing at Warwick on the back of a lengthy absence having joined Pat Phelan.
He was only beaten a half-length on that occasion behind Overworkdunderpaid where he was run down late having looked in control and it was perhaps a lack of sharpness that cost him dearly at the end although he finished clear of the third.
That was a much improved effort and he’s likely to be sharper now with that under his belt; assuming he can back that performance up then he could go one better here in receipt of weight all round.
2:30 Sandown – Jane Seymour Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m4f
MISTY WHISKY has been hugely progressive over hurdles and the application of a tongue-tie following wind-surgery has given the Stowaway mare a jolt of improvement that has seen her strike wins at Uttoxeter and Ludlow before posting a very good second in the Lanzarote Hurdle.
Harry Fry’s charge was beaten just two lengths by Boreham Bill on that occasion, no match for the winner but clear of the rest and she should continue to remain competitive here.
Heavy ground is no issue and she’s proven she gets further than this trip; she’s also won a bumper here and it is likely she hasn’t reached the peak of her improvement so with more to come she can get back to winning ways in what looks a good renewal of this Grade Two prize.
4:15 Sandown – Littleworth Handicap Chase Cl3 (5yo+ 0-135) 3m
ECLAIR SURF could be worth chancing to bounce back to winning form having perhaps found the trip too sharp when only fourth behind reopposing Francky Du Berlais at Exeter last month.
Emma Lavelle’s charge had won in heavy ground the time before over a longer trip at Hereford and he ran better than the bare result last time, unable to keep his effort up to the line. Despite that run he shaped well and this significantly longer trip could unlock some improvement in the Califet gelding.
He was giving Francky Du Berlais 9lbs when the pair last met but enjoys a 5lbs pull at the weights now and that ought to help him close the gap with this stiffer test expected to suit so it wouldn’t be a surprise if he were to get competitive in this open-looking handicap contest.
4:55 Chelmsford – Terry Chambers Memorial Handicap Cl6 (3yo 0-55) 5f
MID DAY RUSH posted a career best effort switched to this venue last time out where the Dandy Man filly struck by a half-length over Spark Fury and Tony Caroll’s charge is taken to follow up here.
She appeared to win a shade readily that day, racing wide and getting up close home; the runner-up did little harm to the form next time while the fifth had that runner-up in arrears when the pair met next time.
She has a 5lbs rise in the weights to overcome here but now she has got her head in front she could build on that success and she has form over the minimum trip including finishing a close third over the distance at Wolverhampton.
Another solid run wouldn’t come as a surprise and she can double her tally with Luke Morris again in the saddle.
6:00 Chelmsford – CCR Handicap Cl3 (4yo+ 0-95) 1m6f
Three last-time winners line up and it might be worth sticking with INDIGO TIMES who arrives here chasing a hat-trick of wins and David Simcock’s charge can oblige punters by landing his three-timer.
The Alhebayeb gelding won twice here in the autumn last year and back from three months off he struck again over this course and distance in January, beating Black Kalanisi. He’s sice added another win to his tally at Southwell nine days ago and turned out under a penalty he can strike again.
Hayley Turner takes over in the saddle and the pair can combine for the win here with the gelding’s excellent course record a big plus. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him deliver another big run back here and he ought to go close.