Thursday horse racing best bets – Tips for the day’s fixtures across the UK
Thursday horse racing best bets
Another round of horse racing action awaits punters on Thursday where five more meetings go to post over the sticks and on the flat. We’ve picked out our Thursday horse racing best bets and tips throughout the day.
There’s no let up in the horse racing action with Thursday playing host to another five UK horse racing fixtures on the flat and over the sticks where 36 races will go to post in all.
The day’s afternoon flat racing comes from the cards at Lingfield on their turf course, while Wolverhampton are racing on their all-weather tapeta surface. Meanwhile there is also jumps racing from Market Rasen in the afternoon.
Moving into the evening there are two flat racing fixtures with Chelmsford racing on the polytrack, while Sandown hosts Listed action on their card on turf with the Heron Stakes the feature of the day at the Esher venue.
We’ve assessed all five of the day’s racecards and pick out our Thursday horse racing best bets and tips throughout the day.
THURSDAY HORSE RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR THE DAY’S FIXTURES ACROSS THE UK
2:45 Lingfield – Free Tips Daily On attheraces.com Handicap Cl6 (4yo+ 0-60) 1m6f
EVAPORUST is going from strength to strength in handicaps on the all-weather where the Gale Force Ten gelding has won his last three starts which include two here on polytrack.
Mark Usher’s charge had previously shown turf to be no issue where he also made the frame in three outings last summer prior to an all-weather campaign and the handicapper may not yet have caught up with him.
He notched a hat-trick of wins when scoring in an apprentices’ race under this rider earlier in the month over twelve furlongs here on polytrack and while he’s up 4lbs for that back on turf he looks worth sticking with to continue his winning form with Isobel Francis able to use her full claim here.
Assuming he can keep up his good spell back on this surface then he ought to take plenty of beating and he can strike again.
2:55 Market Rasen – Tickets Available For Boxing Day Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (4yo+ 0-130) 2m4½f
WHEN YOU’RE READY wasn’t seen to best effect when last taking to the course at Uttoxeter in February although he bumped into a potentially decent sort on that occasion; however the Malinas gelding is given another chance back from a break.
Jonjo O’Neill’s charge has registered wins at Stratford last October and Leicester in January with a pair of efforts in the frame in between those victories. He was latterly beaten nine lengths by Gustavian, unable to quicken in the heavy ground having been hampered three out and while he kept on he was never likely to reel in the winner who scored readily.
Better ground here will suit and he returns from three months off the track which shouldn’t present an issue given he won first time up last term in that earlier Stratford success.
He’s still relatively unexposed as a hurdler by comparison to these rivals and from the same mark as last time he ought to go close here.
3:40 Wolverhampton – Visit attheraces.com Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-85) 1m6f
RED FORCE ONE hasn’t been with Philip Kirby for long having joined the yard from Paul Nicholls; but he’s already a winner for his current stable having won last time up at Ayr with a defeat of Raymond who has won since at York during the Dante Meeting.
That form looks pretty decent then and the Lethal Force gelding has handicapping scope for further improvement having only been pushed up 5lbs.
Twice placed on polytrack he’s had one run on tapeta which came in a jumpers’ bumper for Nicholls last February and he won twice for Ditcheat over hurdles as well as reel off a hat-trick for Tom Dascombe so he’s no stranger to winning races and he ought to go well again here having seen the form of his latest success being franked.
4:00 Market Rasen – C31 Limited Handicap Chase Cl4 (5yo+ 0-120) 3m3½f
Since unseating his rider on his reappearance at Stratford back in November MINELLA VOUCHER has made the frame in all five subsequent starts, racking up a trio of runner-up efforts in his most recent outings and Alex Dunn’s charge can gain some just reward for those runs.
The application of cheekpieces seem to have given the King’s Theatre gelding another small jolt of improvement and he was just outgunned latest at Ffos Las over three miles by a very well-handicapped rival, going down by less than one length on that occasion.
He can turn out here from the same mark before going up 5lbs in future races and the veteran three-time chase winner can take advantage to get back on the scoresheet here over this longer trip which ought to suit.
4:22 Lingfield – Sky Sports Racing HD Virgin 535 Handicap (Div II) Cl6 (3yo 0-60) 6f
BOMB SQUAD turned in his best run of the campaign at Brighton just two days ago, run down late by Kartvelian and off the same mark here dropping in trip the Lethal Force gelding can get back on the scoresheet.
A dual-winner last year with soft ground victories at Windsor and Redcar as well as making the frame in three starts inbetween he was kept busy on the all-weather over the winter where his form was a bit patchy.
However following a short break he’s come back to his best and he’ll have no issue dropping back to sprint trips given both last season’s successes came over this yardage in similar ground; while his rider’s claim effectively leaves him just 1lb higher than when last successful so he ought to give another good account.
Assuming this doesn’t come too soon then Stan Moore’s charge can resume winning ways.
5:40 Chelmsford – Example Here On 14th August Novice Stakes Cl4 (3yo+) 1m
Several promising sorts on show and it might pay to side with MOORBIK who showed improved form from his debut when gaining a narrow victory over Fiftyshadesofred at Yarmouth last month and William Haggas’ charge is expected to improve for that effort.
The Iffraaj colt overcame a slow start to win a shade readily on that occasion and there could be more to come from him back on the all-weather having shaped well on debut on tapeta. Assuming he handles polytrack then he ought to make his presence felt here for his in-form yard.
He still appeared a little green at times despite registering his win latest but further progress should see him firmly in the mix and he can strike again here.
6:10 Chelmsford – Ministry Of Sound Classical 21st August 2021 Handicap Cl5 (4yo+ 0-70) 1m
ALEZAN has won two of her last three starts which includes over this course back in December and the Dawn Approach filly can register another success here.
Eve Johnston Houghton’s charge may just have needed her reappearance at Kempton in April but she got back to winning ways when last seen, scoring at Brighton late last month where she ran out a comfortable winner over Lets Go Lucky and her subsequent 4lbs rise in the weights is offset by Georgia Dobie’s allowance so she’s effectively 1lb lower here.
The return to one mile will present no issue despite both those wins coming over seven furlongs and she’s made the frame in each of her last two attempts at the longer trip where she hasn’t been beaten by far either time. She’s also won over one mile at Bath in the past under this rider and another big performance could be forthcoming.
6:55 Sandown – Casumo Best Odds Guaranteed Heron Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo) 1m
It might be worth chancing on another chunk of improvement by BULLACE who comes into this contest on top form having won his last three starts on the all-weather and turf latterly at Newmarket on his return from five months off.
Ralph Beckett’s Toronado colt ran out a two lengths’ victor over Crossford on that occasion, racing keenly early but travelling well into the race before winning readily and there could be more to come from him.
This is obviously a tougher test of his credentials stepping into Listed company, but the runner-up and third from that Newmarket heat have both won since to give the form a boost and his potential to find another jolt of improvement shouldn’t be underestimated.
With the yard continuing in decent form he could be worth an interest to get involved at the business end and no surprise if he takes another forward step here.