Thursday horse racing tips 23 July – Best bets at Uttoxeter, Pontefract and Sandown
We give our Thursday horse racing tips and best bets for the meetings at Uttoxeter, Pontefract and Sandown.
Three more fixtures head to post across the UK with afternoon action on the flat from Pontefract which includes the Listed Pomfret Stakes; while over the sticks there is a meeting at Uttoxeter.
In the evening there is also a fixture on the flat from Sandown as 25 races unfold across the day’s meetings. We’re hunting more winners with our Thursday horse racing tips and best bets across all three of the day’s cards.
THURSDAY HORSE RACING TIPS – BEST BETS AT UTTOXETER, PONTEFRACT & SANDOWN
2:40 Uttoxeter – Millions Dream Racing Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (3yo+ 0-120) 2mcap Cl5 (3yo+ 0-72) 7f
GET BACK GET BACK remains low mileage over hurdles and the Lord Shanakill gelding can get off the mark in this sphere.
A three-time winner on the flat for Clive Cox and now with Harry Fry, he has shown ability over timber and made the frame on each of his first two starts at Huntingdon before running disappointingly at the same venue in November.
Absent for seven months and having had wind surgery, he returned to action on the flat at Wolverhampton which blew away the cobwebs and he ran well over course and distance seven days ago when finishing third to Esprit De Baileys, beaten just over one length.
He possibly just got to the front too soon on that occasion so Sean Bowen will likely look to hold onto him a bit longer and he can exploit an unchanged mark prior to going up in the weights in future runs.
3:20 Pontefract – Sky Bet Pomfret Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m
Quite a few of these are capable of collecting but inconsistency is a description that can be levelled at most; but not so DARK VISION who has been on good terms with himself this campaign and the Dream Ahead colt appears to be holding his form well.
Mark Johnston’s charge wasn’t quite so good last term in a series of valuable handicaps, but he has since returned from a break in very good heart, finishing runner-up on his return at Newcastle behind Sir Busker and then going one better in landing the Royal Hunt Cup.
The form of both of those efforts has been franked and there was little caste lost in defeat when narrowly touched off by Montatham in the recent Coral Challenge at Sandown where he was trying to give the winner 6lbs.
He can remain competitive upped in class to Listed level and as a former Group Two winner as a juvenile ought to be capable of posting a big effort for his in-form yard which took this prize twelve months ago. He is our Thursday horse racing tips NAP of the day.
4:20 Sandown – Chessington Handicap Cl5 (3yo 0-70) 5f
AGENT SHIFTWELL is still relatively unexposed and the Equiano gelding is taken to get back on the scoresheet following a solid runner-up effort at Yarmouth earlier in the month.
Stuart Williams’ charge was beaten only a neck behind Poet’s Dance on that occasion, his second run in a handicap; he had won a novices’ contest on the all-weather last November and he can race here from the same mark as last time before he goes up 2lbs in the weights for future runs.
As such he might then be capable of exploiting this higher mark and as a low-mileage sort there could still be more to come from him so every chance he can go one better than his latest outing in this contest which represents a slight ease in class. He looks a solid option in our Thursday horse racing tips to come out on top.
6:30 Sandown – Ewell Handicap Cl5 (3yo+ 0-72) 7f
SIR RODERIC has returned in good form following a break, building on an encouraging fifth on the Kempton all-weather to resume winning ways at Goodwood with a defeat of Purbeck Hills.
Rod Millman’s charge seemed to appreciate the application of blinkers on that occasion and there wasn’t much wrong with his latest runner-up effort at Chepstow earlier this month when beaten three lengths behind In The Cove.
The Roderic O’connor gelding could continue to give a good account of himself and turns out here from the same mark as last time, while the headgear can continue to have a positive effect. He’s well drawn from the number one stall and the dual-course winner might get the run of the race as a result.
Competitive from this handicap rating in the past he can go well again and no surprise to see him make his presence felt.