Thursday horse racing tips 5 December – Vaughn’s 3/1 chance could be a Gift at Market Rasen

Get Brian Healy's Thursday horse racing tips, best bets and selections for every UK and Irish horse race going to post throughout the day.

Thursday’s fixture list of UK and Irish horse racing meetings takes in six fixtures with afternoon jumps racing from Market Rasen, Leicester and Wincanton; whilst there is also jumps racing in Ireland from Clonmel.

Completing the Thursday fixture list is an evening all-weather meeting under the floodlights at Southwell where they race on fibresand, as well as a fixture on polytrack at Kempton.

Clonmel (jumps) – 11.40 – 3.30pm (8 races)
Market Rasen (jumps) – 12.00 – 3.25pm (7 races)
Leicester (jumps) – 12.10 – 3.40pm (7 races)
Wincanton (jumps) – 12.20 – 3.50pm (7 races)
Kempton (flat, aw) – 4.00 – 7.45pm (8 races)
Southwell (flat aw) – 4.15 – 8.00pm (8 races)

Brian Healy gives his Thursday horse racing tips, best bets and selections for every UK and Irish racemeeting going to post throughout the day.



(12.40) THE STORYTELLER (13/2, Paddy Power) is without a win since landing the 2018 Growise Champion Chase, but he ran a series of good races in defeat last term including finishing runner-up in the Grade Two Devenish Chase at Fairyhouse prior to a very good third behind Kemboy in the Punchestown Gold Cup on his final start.

Gordon Elliott’s charge looked in need of the outing on his reappearance when finishing last of eight runners to Snow Falcon in the PWC Champion Chase, and he subsequently finished third at Far Hills when sent to the United States to contest the Grand National Hurdle.

The Shantou gelding is kept to the smaller obstacles for this latest outing where he can make the most of his race-fitness, and still unexposed over hurdles he can go close here.

(2.20) BRIDGE NATIVE (12/1, Unibet) could be worth chancing to get back on the winning trail and end a losing streak stretching back to November 2016.

Dot Love’s Stowaway mare has made the frame in four of her last five starts, last seen finishing fourth at Tramore behind Zoffalee where she was some eleven lengths’ adrift of the winner.

The runner-up, third and sixth horses home in that contest have all posted subsequent wins and she could find some improvement switching to chasing now given her previous background between the flags.

A stiffer test might have suited better, but this doesn’t look a particularly strong first foray over the larger obstacles and she could go close.

11.40 – Millen To One
12.10 – Thatbeatsbanagher
12.40 – The Storyteller
1.10 – Pino Boy
1.45 – Nimby
2.20 – Bridge Native
2.55 – Kavanaghs Corner
3.30 – Saint Roi

The Storyteller can get back on the winning trail over hurdles at Clonmel on Thursday.


(12.30) WINNINGSEVERYTHING (4/7, William Hill) won a course bumper here last November, after which the Flemensfirth gelding ran well in defeat the next twice in bumper outings at both Southwell and Ffos Las.

Harry Fry’s charge stepped up on those efforts however faced with hurdles where he ran out a ready winner over Blackfinch at Southwell latest on his seasonal debut and first run over obstacles when posting a five lengths’ verdict over Blackfinch back in October, and likely to progress for that run he could follow up here.

He showed an aptitude for jumping, always going well and helping to force the pace throughout before readily asserting to score an easy success. The third from that race has won since to give the form a boost, and open to plenty of improvement he can strike again despite having to carry a penalty for that success.

(2.50) TIMELY GIFT (3/1, Ladbrokes) was a Ffos Las winner over hurdles back in November 2017, but the Presenting gelding shaped as if amiss on his next start at Exeter and was absent for more than one year until returning at Southwell back in April.

Tim Vaughn’s charge beat only two home in that race and was off again for a further five months; but he has worked his way back into winning form, scoring latest at Plumpton when tried over an extended three miles at Plumpton with a defeat of Truckers Cailin.

He’s only been raised 4lbs for that success, and the form has been boosted with the runner-up winning since so he could follow up here with a repeat of that last effort.

12.00 – Silkstone
12.30 – Winningseverything
1.05 – Oscars Leader
1.40 – Global Ruler
2.15 – Pakie’s Dream
2.50 – Timely Gift
3.25 – Jayaaah


(1.20) ARQALINA (2/1, Coral) was a hurdles winner at Ffos Las back in February, but the Arcano mare had largely been disappointing either side of that success, with his best effort coming when finishing two lengths’ third at Hereford in January behind Uno Mas.

Venetia Williams’ charge however looked more accomplished when finding improvement switched to chasing to run out a ready winner over Ector at Ffos Las last month, and with the potential to improve for that outing then she could prove a tough nut to crack here.

She scored by almost four lengths, keeping on well having taken up the running at the third last, and while an 8lbs rise in the weights likely demands more from her, she ought to be suited by this return to a longer trip and can follow up that run to make it 2-2 over fences.

(2.30) WHITEOAK FLEUR (13/8, William Hill) has made the frame on all four starts over hurdles, including when finishing third behind the smart Floressa at Worcester back in October on her seasonal debut.

Donald McCain’s Black Sam Bellamy mare may have found that trip too sharp on her reappearance, the form of which has since been franked by the winner winning a Listed hurdle at Newbury; and she could have better to come now with that outing under her belt.

She has shown enough in her starts to date to suggest she is capable of winning a race such as this, and she steps back up in distance for this latest outing where she is likely to be sharper for her return, and she can get off the mark here.

12.10 – Blow By Blow
12.45 – Hold That Taught
1.20 – Arqalina
1.55 – Chirico Vallis
2.30 – Whiteoak Fleur
3.05 – Wenceslaus
3.40 – Shadow’s Girl

Trainer Venetia Williams

Trainer Venetia Williams can saddle a Leicester winner.


(12.55) OUTONPATROL (7/2, Bet365) was a winner between the flags for Sean Doyle prior to joining her current yard, and the Stowaway mare stepped up on his hurdles debut to find only one too good at Plumpton last month when beaten three lengths behind Penny Mallow.

Possibly given too much to do in that outing, he nevertheless shaped well and he caught the eye with his finishing effort so could do better still with that run under his belt.

The form of her hurdles debut is working out, and this slightly stiffer test of stamina could help her to eke out some further improvement so it wouldn’t come as a huge shock to see her take another forward step here with the potential for better to come.

(2.05) MILKWOOD (9/2, William Hill) was thwarted in his hat-trick attempt when only finishing third at Wetherby last month, but Neil Mulholland’s charge had earlier looked a useful prospect when winning on his hurdles debut at Hereford and he can bounce back here.

The Dylan Thomas gelding had also won a bumper at Fontwell, and he was far from disgraced latest when finishing just over six lengths’ third to Big Bad Bear, keeping on but no match for the winner.

There could be better still to come from him over hurdles where he can continue to show improvement, and this mark could prove workable on his handicap debut so every chance he can get back on the scoresheet now.

12.20 – Nifty At Fifty
12.55 – Outonpatrol
1.30 – Copperhead
2.05 – Milkwood
2.40 – Phoenix Rock
3.15 – Duc Kauto
3.50 – Duc De Bourbon


(4.35) KATZOFF (11/10, Ladbrokes) shaped with promise amidst inexperience on his debut at Lingfield last month, finishing fourth behind Fruition; but the Mastercraftsman colt can improve for that experience to get off the mark at the second attempt.

Richard Hannon’s charge finished one length adrift of the winner, unable to sustain his effort, but he ought to come on markedly for that first run and he can improve to go close here.

That debut race looked to be a decent contest, and he was far from disgraced so gets the vote dropping in distance to open his account in what could be an informative contest.

(5.10) Little should be read into PHUKET POWER’s (9/4, Coral) outing at Newcastle when last seen in September, as he made a poor start and then clipped heels and almost fell, losing all chance.

Tom Dascombe’s Kodiac gelding had looked progressive prior to that effort, twice finishing fourth in outings at Sandown and Windsor before bagging a bronze medal on just his third outing at the latter named venue behind Dance Fever.

The form of his latest run at Newcastle is working out well however, and while he was never involved in that race it suggests that contest was a decent heat, and he remains one to be interested in given he has the potential for better still and could be worth chancing to bounce back from his luckless outing last time out.

4.00 – Ivatheengine
4.35 – Katzoff
5.10 – Phuket Power
5.40 – Itkaann
6.15 – To Nathaniel
6.45 – Morning Shadow
7.15 – Baadirr
7.45 – Earth And Sky

Kempton race under the floodlights on Thursday evening.


(4.50) CLIPSHAM TIGER (11/8, William Hill) has won both starts over course and distance, and Michael Appleby’s charge arrives here in search of a four-timer of successes.

The Bungle Inthejungle gelding was only fair on turf, but the application of a hood has delivered an upturn in his fortunes and he got off the mark when successful at Chelmsford in October, after which he has posted back-to-back wins here to bring up his hat-trick.

He ran out a near-two lengths’ winner over Emojie in his latest victory where he appeared to do the job a shade readily, and while a further 6lbs rise in the handicap demands a shade more from him, he is clearly effective on this deeper surface and could well have more to offer so is chanced to keep his winning spree going.

(7.00) CAPAULT (8/1, Ladbrokes) often runs well on this surface, and Sean Keighley’s charge is take to get back on the scoresheet returned to this surface.

The Equiano gelding won here on his penultimate start, as well as scoring at Chelmsford in October, and he wasn’t disgraced back on polytrack latest when beaten just over three lengths’ behind Guardia Svizzera where he was unable to sustain his effort.

He has a win and six placed efforts to his name from eight visits to the fibresand surface at this venue, and he turns out from the same mark as that latest outing so he ought to continue to be competitive; while Josephine Gordon has a decent record on the four-year old and so the pair can combine for another solid effort here.

4.15 – Oasis Song
4.50 – Clipsham Tiger
5.25 – Milagre Da Vida
6.00 – Angel Lane
6.30 – Esprit De Corps
7.00 – Catapult
7.30 – Thahab Ifraj
8.00 – Break The Silence


12.30 Market Rasen – WINNINGSEVERYTHING (4/7, William Hill)

12.40 Clonmel – THE STORYTELLER (13/2, Paddy Power)

12.55 Wincanton – OUTONPATROL (7/2, Bet365)

1.20 Leicester – ARQALINA (2/1, Coral)

2.05 Wincanton – MILKWOOD (9/2, William Hill)

2.20 Clonmel – BRIDGE NATIVE (12/1, Unibet)

2.30 Leicester – WHITEOAK FLEUR (13/8, William Hill)

2.50 Market Rasen – TIMELY GIFT (3/1, Ladbrokes)

4.35 Kempton – KATZOFF (11/10, Ladbrokes)

4.50 Southwell – CLIPSHAM TIGER (11/8, William Hill)

5.10 Kempton – PHUKET POWER’s (9/4, Coral)

7.00 Southwell – CAPAULT (8/1, Ladbrokes)