Thursday horse racing tips – Best bets at Ludlow, Wincanton, Lingfield and Newcastle

Thursday UK racing tips on the flat and over the sticks.Thursday UK racing tips on the flat and over the sticks.

Thursday 21 January horse racing best bets

Four meetings go to post on Thursday and we’ve picked out our horse racing tips and best bets for all the day’s action.

Assuming the recent weather doesn’t have an influence on Thursday’s UK horse racing fixture list then four meetings will head to post throughout the course of the day with afternoon jumps racing action from Wincanton and Ludlow, assuming that the latter passes a morning inspection.

Thursday’s afternoon all-weather racing meanwhile comes from Lingfield on the polytrack, while Newcastle accounts for the evening all-weather action under the floodlights on their tapeta surface. We’ve studied all four of the day’s racecards to pick out our Thursday horse racing tips and best bets at every meeting.


1:40 Ludlow – Watch On RacingTV Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl4 (4yo+) 2m5½f

ONCHAN is given another chance to confirm the promise he had show on his reappearance at Wetherby in October when finishing third, subsequently pulled up at Hereford but clearly amiss and if none the worse the Oscar gelding can bounce back.

Nigel Twiston-Davies has his yard in fair form and there was a lot to like about his third place finish on his return to action and he ought to be suited by this step up in trip.

Treated post-race for ataxia in that subsequent Hereford run he’s been given time to recover and he might be capable of better so might be worth giving another chance to build on his previous performances.

1:50 Wincanton – Use The Tracker Handicap Chase Cl4 (5yo+ 0-120) 3m1f

A winner in the point to point sphere, SUPREME ESCAPE proved progressive over hurdles last term, winning at the fourth attempt at Doncaster having ran well in defeat previously including behind subsequent Welsh Grand National winner Potters Corner.

Possibly amiss on his final outing of the campaign he stepped up on a fair chase debut on his reappearance to score at Chepstow in December by a nose from Faustinovick and there might be more to come stepping up to three miles.

Evan Williams’ Milan gelding struck his hurdles win over this trip and proven in heavy ground ought to give a good account over the larger obstacles where he remains thoroughly unexposed and having been give time to recover from his exertions last time.

Thursday horse racing tips. Evan Williams can get amongst the winners at Wincanton.

Thursday horse racing tips. Evan Williams can get amongst the winners at Wincanton.

2:00 Lingfield – Bombardier British-Hopped Amber Beer Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-105) 7f

This can go to GULLIVER who returned from a break to post a very creditable runner-up effort behind Tranchee over six furlongs at Kempton and if the Sayif gelding can build on that then he can go close here.

David O’Meara’s charge is a past course and distance winner but he’s largely kept to sprint distances since his move to this yard from Hugo Palmer a couple of seasons ago and he could go close stepping back up to this trip.

His latest run saw him meet trouble in running after getting outpaced, but he flew home once clear and just failed to overhaul the winner. He’s been eased 2lbs following that outing and it would be no surprise to see him deliver a big performance here.

2:30 Lingfield – Get Your Ladbrokes Daily Odds Boost Handicap Cl6 (3yo 0-65) 7f

TASHBEEH could have further improvement to come over this trip having posted his two best results over the trip for Ed Dunlop and latterly Michael Appleby for whom he was having his first start at Wolverhampton 10 days ago.

The Siyouni colt was returning from 110 days off the track when a fast-finishing third over this distance at Wolverhampton behind Muay Thai and he can get off the mark now in this contest where he can race from the same mark.

He drops into a Class 6 contest also and the slightly easier grade can see him open his account under Josephine Gordon.

2:40 Ludlow – Plyvine Caterers 40th Anniversary Mares’ Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (4yo+ 0-125) 3m

SANDYMOUNT ROSE won for this column when ending a run of runner-up finishes with victor at Exeter eleven days ago and the Yeats mare is taken to follow up.

Neil Mulholland’s charge had finished in the runner-up berth in all five starts over hurdles prior to getting off the mark with a one length victory over Storm Force Ben although the margin of victory might have been greater had she not blundered at the last and almost got rid of Millie Wonnacott who did well to keep the partnership intact.

Despite that mishap she found plenty to hold on for the win and the front two were clear of the rest. Due to go up 7lbs in future she can compete here from the same mark as last time and if she brushes up on her jumping then she ought to go close.

3:50 Wincanton – Somerset National Handicap Chase Cl3 (5yo+ 0-140) 3m2½f

Resurgent Cyclop is hard to ignore but an eight-day turnaround from his last outing might just take the edge off him and it could be worth siding with hat-trick seeking NEARLY PERFECT who can win again.

Neil King’s charge is a lightly-raced sort who doesn’t have much mileage for a seven year old and he’s 3-5 over fences including winning both starts back from a break at Wetherby and here on Boxing Day when beating Sizing Cusimano by three lengths, readily.

That form has taken a knock and he needs to step up again in a stronger race having also been raised 8lbs as well as prove stamina over the extra yardage. However he’s proven in these conditions and he’s yet to run a bad race over the larger obstacles so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a big effort here under Bryony Frost.

Thursday horse racing tips. Bryony Frost can land the Somerset National at Wincanton aboard Nearly Perfect.

Thursday horse racing tips. Bryony Frost can land the Somerset National at Wincanton aboard Nearly Perfect.

4:30 Newcastle – Bombardier British Hopped Amber Beer Handicap Cl6 (4yo+ 0-60) 1m

DRAMATISTA might be able to bounce back from a slightly below-par run at Southwell four days ago although the Lope De Vega filly possibly wasn’t entirely suited by the fibresand and she could do better back on tapeta.

Roger Fell’s charge had made the frame on her two previous starts at this venue and the form of her runner-up effort behind Deolali in December looks solid. That was over seven furlongs and the return to one mile might see her post a better effort back on this surface.

Racing from the same mark she is given another chance and if this doesn’t come too soon she can make her presence felt.

6:00 Newcastle – Bombardier British Hopped Amber Beer Handicap Cl6 (4yo+ 0-65) 7f

LITTLE RED SOCKS appeared to appreciate the extra furlong when posting a career-best effort to open her account at Wolverhampton ten days ago and Karl Burke’s charge can follow up.

The Acclamation filly scored readily by two lengths on that last occasion, appearing to have plenty to do but travelling strongly into the race and quickly putting the race out of reach. She has a penalty to carry now for that win but she could still be well-in at the weights given she’s due to go up a further 2lbs in future.

Assuming this stiffer track doesn’t prove a hindrance then she ought to remain competitive and further improvement over this seven furlongs trip which appeared a catalyst for better last time could make her tough to beat in a slightly easier grade.