Thursday horse racing best bets – Tips for every race at each meeting
Brian Healy gives his Thursday horse racing best bets and tips for every race across the day’s fixtures.
Four meetings go to post on Thursday as the Cheltenham Festival continues into a third day where the Grade One Stayers’ Hurdle is the feature race of the afternoon at Prestbury Park.
There is also jumps racing going to post elsewhere with fixtures over the sticks at both Doncaster and Hexham.
Completing the fixture list for Thursday is an evening all-weather card under the floodlights at Chelmsford.
Doncaster (jumps) – 1.15 – 5.05pm (7 races)
Cheltenham (jumps) – 1.30 – 5.30pm (7 races)
Hexham (jumps) – 1.55 – 5.50pm (7 races)
Chelmsford (flat, aw) – 6.00 – 8.30pm (6 races)
Brian Healy looks over all the action and gives his Thursday horse racing best bets and tips in every race for each of the four meetings going to post.
THURSDAY HORSE RACING BEST BETS AT A GLANCE
1.45 Doncaster – JABOTICA (4/1, Bet365)
2.10 Cheltenham – SKANDIBURG (10/1, Unibet)
2.25 Doncaster – GILKA (5/2, Ladbrokes)
2.35 Hexham – ANIKNAM (5/4, Betway)
3.55 Hexham – DINO BOY (7/4, Unibet)
4.50 Cheltenham – FLORESSA (15/2, Bet365)
6.30 Chelmsford – TRANSITION (11/4, William Hill)
7.30 Chelmsford – CORINTHIA KNIGHT (9/2, William Hill)
DONCASTER HORSE RACING TIPS
JABOTICA might be worth chancing to get off the mark over fences at the fifth attempt and the Muhtathir gelding has shown a decent level of ability in finishing runner-up three times over the larger obstacles although his latest effort at Kempton was a shade underwhelming.
Alan King’s charge possibly just needed the run on that last occasion, fading into fifth behind On The Slopes. He’s since been dropped 2lbs in the weights and he has the services here of Alex Thorne whose 5lbs allowance enhances his claims.
This is an easier contest than the one he took in last time and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him getting competitive here stepping back up in trip.
French bumper winner GILKA shaped well on her first outing over hurdles for Dan Skelton when finishing third behind Bolt N Brown at Ludlow last month. That experience will have taught the daughter of Alianthus plenty and she can progress.
She wasn’t helped by making a bad blunder mid-race which halted her momentum; but she ran on well without threatening and will know more this time.
She has a rival now rated 127 behind her in that debut run and this looks a feasible opportunity for her to get off the mark at the second attempt. With further improvement to come she ought to be in the mix and she can collect this prize.
1.15 – The Macon Lugnatic
1.45 – Jabotica
2.25 – Gilka
3.05 – Summit Like Herbie
3.45 – Tango Boy
4.25 – Storm Goddess
5.05 – Westerner Rules
CHELTENHAM HORSE RACING TIPS
SKANDIBURG looks a very progressive sort and Olly Murphy’s charge arrives here 2-2 over three miles this term. The Sageburg gelding could well progress again and make his presence felt here.
Olly Murphy’s charge showed himself to be a talented sort last term, winning twice over hurdles and running a creditable eighth in last season’s Matchbook VIP Hurdle behind the reopposing Third Wind.
All wins last term came over shorter, and having gone close on his reappearance at Market Rasen in October he was stepped up to this trip at Aintree where he was impressive in seeing off Diomede Des Mottes, travelling well and finding plenty to score by two lengths.
He ran in snatches here last time out on New Years’ Day which is a slight concern; but he powered up the hill to win in good style over Rapper and he can continue his progression despite taking a rise in class for this contest.
Raised 5lbs for that success, he could still be handily weighted for this competitive contest, while the reapplication of cheekpieces might help him to better focus his energies. He’s still unexposed as a stayer and it could be worth chancing he can find further improvement to post a big effort here.
Willie Mullins has won all four renewals of this race but there could be a changing of the guard this year and FLORESSA is taken to get back on the scoresheet.
The Poliglote mare finished runner-up here in a bumper at the April meeting last year and she won two of her first three starts over hurdles at Worcester and Newbury, the latter of which came in a Listed contest.
Nicky Henderson’s charge then returned from a short break to finish a close third behind the admirable Lady Buttons in in the Yorkshire Rose Hurdle at Doncaster, beaten three lengths but losing no caste in defeat having been hampered on the run-in and hanging left.
She likely remains capable of better than she was able to show that day and looks worth giving another chance in what looks a very open renewal of this race.
1.30 – Mister Fisher
2.10 – Skandiburg
2.50 – A Plus Tard
3.30 – Paisley Park
4.10 – Clondaw Castle
4.50 – Floressa
5.30 – Kilfilum Cross
HEXHAM HORSE RACING TIPS
ANIKHAM is a late convert to chasing but might be worth chancing here nonetheless despite a lack of experience over fences.
Philip Kirby’s Nickname gelding arrives having won two of his last three starts over hurdles, posting wins at Uttoxeter and Sedgefield latterly where he ran out a near-forty lengths’ victor over King Gypsy.
He switches to chasing from the same mark and immediately thrust into a handicap where he could prove well-treated at the weights, and bred to make a chaser he looks worth siding with in what looks a winnable introduction to the larger obstacles.
DINO BOY has yet to finish out of the first four in any of his starts to date, the last three of which have come over fences which includes a win at Wetherby in December on his chase debut.
Nigel Twiston-Davies’ Diamond Boy gelding found only one too good latest back at that venue in January when finishing four lengths’ runner-up behind Itsamanslife under a welter burden so the run was a solid one.
He can race off the same mark here and this extreme test of stamina could prove right up his street. Open to further improvement he can go well in what will be an attritional contest and no surprise to see him in the mix if lasting out the distance.
1.55 – Keep The River
2.35 – Anikham
3.15 – Giovanni Change
3.55 – Dino Boy
4.35 – Duty Girl
5.15 – Mymilan
5.50 – She’s All Vintage
CHELMSFORD HORSE RACING TIPS
Bold Suitor and TRANSITION both arrive here on a hat-trick of wins but it might be worth siding with Amanda Perrett’s charge to come out on top.
The Oasis Dream colt got off the mark at the third attempt with a defeat of Nalzagal at Lingfield back in November and followed up switched to a handicap for the first time when beating the reopposing Stanford by more than one length latest at Kempton.
He’s 4lbs higher in the weights here but there is a suspicion he has more to offer and he can continue to improve where he can defy his higher mark to land the three-timer.
Restless Rose arrives seeking a hat-trick of wins, but it might be worth chancing CORINTHIA KNIGHT to end his losing streak dropping in grade and the Society Rock gelding could get back on the up.
Archie Watson’s charge hasn’t won since scoring in a Listed contest at Bro Park last September, and he is used to competing at a higher level than this. He finished fourth on his last visit to this track behind Tawny Port in a Class 2 contest and a reproduction of that would put him firmly in the mix here.
A winner from this mark in the past he does have to concede weight to his rivals; but he could prove equal to the task and no surprise to see him go well.
6.00 – Haayem
6.30 – Transition
7.00 – Fighting Temeraire
7.30 – Corinthia Knight
8.00 – Amazing Amaya
8.30 – King Athelstan