Thursday horse racing best bets – Tips for Catterick, Bangor, Fontwell and Chelmsford
Thursday horse racing best bets 14 January
Four meetings head to post across the UK on Thursday and we’ve picked out our daily horse racing best bets and tips for the best of the day’s action around the country.
Assuming the weather doesn’t have a say then punters should be able to enjoy four UK horse racing fixtures with jumps racing coming from Bangor, Fontwell and Catterick although the latter will need to survive a morning inspection with the threat of snow in the area overnight before their North Yorkshire National meeting can take place.
Elsewhere there is all-weather racing action on polytrack at Chelmsford under the floodlights to complete the day’s racing schedule and we’ve looked through the day’s racecards to pick out our Thursday horse racing best bets and tips.
THURSDAY HORSE RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR CATTERICK, BANGOR, FONTWELL & CHELMSFORD
12:50 Bangor – Agden Handicap Chase Cl5 (5yo+ 0-105) 2m1½f
MISS AMELIA is 2-3 at this venue, scoring her latest success on her last outing back in October where the Midnight Legend mare ran out a twelve lengths’ victor over Dragon Khan.
Mark Walford’s charge was building on a fair but much-needed reappearance at Hexham to score comfortably in that last outing, travelling well into the contest and despite making a mess of the last hurdle she was well on top.
An 8lbs rise for that success demands more, but she could have more to offer and goes well at this venue which is a bonus so every chance she can continue in form and she ought to go close once more returning from another break.
1:30 Fontwell – “Off The Fence” On youtube.com/attheraces Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 2m1½f
BARD OF BRITTANY has shown a fair level of form following his switch to Sheena West, winning at Plumpton twelve months ago and making the frame in each of his three subsequent starts prior to a break.
The Sayif gelding finished third on his final start of the campaign at Doncaster and returned from almost three hundred days off the track with a near-miss effort behind Mr Jack back at Plumpton earlier this month where he was beaten less than one length into the silver medal spot.
Given that was his first run back he ought to strip fitter now with that under his belt and racing off the same mark here he could go one better this time around.
1:40 Catterick – EBF “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier) (GBB Race) Cl4 (4-7yo) 2m3½f
BARRICHELLO has shown enough in three starts under Rules to suggest he’s well up to winning races and the Gentlewave gelding can open his account here.
Donald McCain’s charge has made the frame in each of those starts, the last two of which has seen him finish runner-up over hurdles with the latest coming over course and distance last month where he was beaten two lengths behind South Terrace.
That winner turned in a game performance and the selection lost no caste in defeat having travelled well into the contest before being outbattled. He should however be capable of giving another good account here and with his yard in good fettle at presence he can go close.
2:20 Bangor – Iscoyd Handicap Hurdle Cl5 (4yo+ 0-105) 2m7f
OUT THE GLEN won twice in testing ground last winter, posting successes at Huntingdon and Ffos Las and then running well in defeat in his hat-trick bid at Huntingdon where he finished fourth. The Millenary gelding seemed to still be in good heart following eight months off when posting successive runner-up efforts at Ffos Las but ran a shade flat when last seen; however he is given another chance.
That latest run came just ten days on from chasing home Season Spirit and it is possible the run came too soon so having had more of a breather ahead of this latest outing Diane Hamer’s charge could do better this time around.
This represents an ease in class and she’s proven over trip and ground; while likely to be freshened up by a couple of months off he could bounce back here with a better run.
3:00 Fontwell – Sky Sports Racing Sky 415 Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl4 (4yo+) 2m1½f
MIDNIGHT GINGER isn’t judged too harshly on her last outing which saw her pulled up in a Listed contest at Newbury and Alan King’s charge is given another chance to build on the earlier promise she had shown when scoring at the first attempt over hurdles at Fakenham in November.
The Midnight Legend mare had won a Newbury bumper in the mud before posting a creditable fourth in a Listed bumper at Market Rasen twelve months ago; back from ten months off on better ground he beat Go Chique by four lengths at Fakenham but failed to land any sort of blow when last seen.
This is a return to a more suitable level and she’s further aided by her rider’s 5lbs claim; she could be worth chancing then easing back in class to do better and she can bounce back from that disappointing effort last time.
3:10 Catterick – BoscaSports The Retail Bookmakers Choice Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (Northern Lights Series Qualifier) Cl5 (4yo+ 0-105) 3m1½f
FAME AND HOPE has been running better than her bare form figures suggest and Gillian Boanas’ charge stepped up on previous efforts to find only one too good latest over course and distance and the Fame And Glory mare could go one better.
She wore cheekpieces for that latest run where she was beaten two lengths by Oliver’s Island, showing a determined attitude having been outpaced to rally well and run on and she finished almost ten lengths clear of the third despite proving no match for the winner.
First-time blinkers now replace the cheekpieces which could help elicit another jolt of improvement and due to go up 4lbs in future she can take advantage of being able to race from the same mark here as last time to open her account.
7:00 Chelmsford – Injured Jockeys Fund Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-80) 7f
JOHNNY REB has been in consistent form since his reappearance, making the frame in each of his last five starts which includes a win at Kempton in October where the Showcasing gelding beat Fresh Snow by one length.
That race has thrown up a subsequent winner and he’s since finished runner-up at Wolverhampton and third over this course and distance on his latest start where he was less than two lengths’ behind Highfield Princess.
James Ferguson’s charge competes here from the same mark and given his consistency he ought to continue to be competitive and it would be no surprise to see him firmly in the mix again.