Thursday horse racing best bets – Tips for Ludlow, Taunton, Southwell and Chelmsford
Daily racing tips for Thursday 4 October
With four more meetings heading to post across the UK we’ve picked out our Thursday horse racing best bets and tips throughout the day.
The road to the Cheltenham Festival inches another day closer and four more meetings await punters looking to get some punting cash for the ‘greatest show on turf’. With jumps racing and action on the all-weather there are plenty of opportunities to find a winner!
Racing over the sticks comes from the meetings at Ludlow and Taunton on Thursday, while the day’s afternoon action on the all-weather takes place at Southwell on their fibresand surface.
Concluding the day’s fixture list is an evening all-weather card on the polytrack at Chelmsford under the floodlights and we’ve picked out our Thursday horse racing best bets and tips throughout the afternoon and evening.
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THURSDAY HORSE RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR LUDLOW, TAUNTON, SOUTHWELL & CHELMSFORD
1:00 Ludlow – James Henman Memorial Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl3 (5yo+ 0-135) 2m4f
Champion jockey Brian Hughes doesn’t venture to Shropshire often so partnering with Donald McCain’s GAELIK COAST he can make the journey worthwhile and the seven year old can follow up his recent chase win at Musselburgh.
Twice a winner over hurdles last term he wasted no time in getting off the mark switched to chasing this season with a debut win at Fakenham before chasing home the useful Return Ticket at Musselburgh next time.
Unsuited by heavy ground at Haydock the former winning pointer got back to winning ways upped to this trip latest with a ready defeat of Getaway Trump and returning to the handicap ranks he can successfully give away weight all round given his potential to improve further at this distance.
1:10 Southwell – Get Your Ladbrokes Daily Odds Boost Apprentice Handicap Cl6 (3yo 0-60) 1m
FAST EMMA was a shade disappointing when last seen chasing a hat-trick of wins, fading to beat only two home at Kempton over this trip but the Fast Company filly is taken to bounce back.
Michael Bell’s charge had won her two previous starts, one of which came at this venue and that form has been franked since with the runner-up and fourth both going on to register subsequent wins.
Returning to this surface she could do better under a useful 7lbs claimer who can ease her burden at the weights and it would come as no shock to see her going close in this contest.
2:05 Ludlow – Forbra Gold Cup Handicap Chase Cl3 (5yo+ 0-140) 3m
CHAMPAGNE MYSTERY hasn’t built on his debut chase win at Aintree last season, twice finishing runner-up on his next two outings although they did come behind Dashel Drasher and Greaneteen respectively.
Nicky Henderson’s charge pulled up at the Cheltenham Festival on his final outing of the season and runs this term haven’t offered much encouragement. A faller in the Paddy Power Gold Cup on his return he pulled up again next time when encountering heavy ground at Sandown although that was a good contest in fairness.
Most of these – the selection included – have a question to answer but the Shantou gelding is chanced to show some better form with this step up in trip a possible source of improvement on less testing ground and he can make his presence felt if putting his best foot forward.
2:15 Southwell – Bombardier British Hopped Amber Beer Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-105) 7f
ROCK SOUND accounted for the reopposing Zylan over six furlongs here last month and George Boughey’s charge is taken to confirm that form despite carrying a penalty here.
The Lope De Vega gelding wore a tongue-tie for the first time on that occasion which appeared to unlock some improvement and the headgear will have to have the same effect again in this stronger race upped in trip.
However he handles this surface well and has two wins from three starts on fibresand as well as a narrow runner-up defeat; while he’s a also a past turf winner over this longer trip from his time in Ireland so the step up in yardage shouldn’t present to much of an issue.
He appeared to win a shade comfortably in that latest success and while he’s upped in class here he can make his presence felt with Hollie Doyle taking the reins.
2:30 Taunton – Racing To School Selling Hurdle Cl5 (4yo+) 2m3f
Paricolor was thriving in sellers prior to a lesser run in a more competitive grade and David Pipe’s charge is dangerous to discount here ; however it might be worth chancing DEEBAJ to come out on top and Gary Moore’s charge can go close.
The Authorized gelding rounded off last campaign with a win at Fontwell over further, but he showed this trip is no issue when returning from more than eight months off to double up in a Lingfield claimer.
That success was followed up a good fourth in a Lingfield jumpers’ bumper where he was beaten less than one length and he ran better than the bare result in a flat assignment latest behind Soldier On Parade where he perhaps wasn’t seen to best effect.
Back over timber here he could easily bounce back to form and with the yard in fair form it wouldn’t be a shock to see him run well where he can land a hat-trick over obstacles.
3:40 Taunton – Thatchers Cider Handicap Hurdle Cl5 (4yo+ 0-100) 2m3f
ARONIUS showed improved form over hurdles when switched to handicapping, finding only The Herds Garden too strong at Catterick back in January and Dan Skelton’s charge built on that performance to get off the mark latest at Southwell and bounce back from a lesser run in a jumpers’ bumper contest at Lingfield.
The Pastorius gelding appeared to win a shade cosily on that occasion from Captain Jack with the pair pulling almost thirty lengths clear and a 7lbs penalty for that victory still leaves him potentially well-in here assuming he can build on that performance.
He faces a longer trip here which isn’t expected to present any issue and with the Skelton team continuing in good fettle then the six-year old can follow up here.
5:50 Chelmsford – CCR Handicap Cl5 (4yo+ 0-75) 6f
It can often pay to keep faith with horses in winning form on the all-weather and CAPPANANTY CON certainly falls into that category having won his last two starts at Lingfield.
Michael Attwater’s Zebedee gelding hasn’t won either by far but that is perhaps to be expected given his come-from-behind style and he swooped late on his latest outing last month to gain a neck verdict over Garth Rockett under this rider.
A further 5lbs rise in the weights does demand a bit more from him and he’s not certain to get the strong pace he needs to show his best; but in his current vein of form he should continue to remain competitive having won from higher in the past earlier in his career.
He’s perhaps not quite at that level now but he’s shown he’s well capable and every chance he can go close again in his bid for a three-timer.
7:20 Chelmsford – Racing Welfare Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-85) 1m2f
BAYSTON HILL might be worth chancing to post a big run despite taking in this deeper contest with the Big Bad Bob gelding having a fantastic course record here.
Mark Usher’s charge hasn’t finished out of the frame in nine starts over course and distance with five wins; indeed his course record here reads 312311112 although never from a mark this high and not at this level.
He’s won two of his last four with the latest coming on his penultimate start where he struck by a neck from Charlie Arthur and he was subsequently beaten only a half-length by reopposing Central City last time out from a rating of 69 where he dead-heated with a 77-rated rival.
The fourth and fifth have both won since and he’s only 1lb higher here so he could make his presence felt one more having shown he can compete at a slightly higher level.