Thursday horse racing tips – Best bets at Market Rasen, Leicester, Wincanton and Chelmsford
We’ve picked out our Thursday horse racing tips and best bets for the day’s meetings around the UK where four fixtures await punters.
Thursday’s fixture list of horse racing fixtures sees another quartet of meetings heading to post with jumps and all-weather action again on the agenda.
The day’s jumps racing sees a trio of fixtures over the sticks at Market Rasen, Leicester and Clonmel; while on the all-weather in the evening there is action on the Chelmsford polytrack under the floodlights.
It was a day of seconds for Wednesday’s picks, but undaunted we’ve looked over the day’s racing to pick out our Thursday horse racing tips and best bets at each fixture as we bid to find a few winners.
THURSDAY HORSE RACING TIPS – BEST BETS AT MARKET RASEN, LEICESTER, WINCANTON & CHELMSFORD
1:45 Wincanton – Racing TV Profits Returned To Racing “National Hunt” Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl4 (3yo+ 0-115) 2m5½f
MILLE SUSSURI showed up well over hurdles towards the end of last campaign, transitioning from bumpers to twice finish in the frame over hurdles in starts at Exeter and Taunton.
Harry Fry’s charge has stepped up on those efforts this term, readily getting off the mark when tried over this trip at Newton Abbot in October with a defeat of Samson’s Reach despite still looking a shade inexperienced at his obstacles.
That form hasn’t really worked out but the Milan gelding can be expected to build on that victory and a 6lbs rise in the ratings might not prove too prohibitive given his potential for better still.
He does have to prove as effective on this less testing ground with all his runs to date coming on soft or heavy conditions; but with rain forecast the conditions may come right for him and he can prove equal to the task to register further success although this is a competitive heat.
1:52 Market Rasen – Watch & Bet At MansionBet Handicap Chase Cl5 (4yo+ 0-100) 2m3f
Lightly-raced ARIZONA GLORY can get off the mark and the Universal gelding remains unexposed as a chaser after just two outings over the larger obstacles.
Evan Williams’ charge showed a fair amount of ability over hurdles and build on a promising chasing debut at Stratford in November to chase home Cybalko at Sedgefield latest, beaten just a neck behind that thriving rival.
The front pairing pulled a dozen lengths clear and he can race from the same mark on this occasion so a repeat should put him firmly in the mix, while he’s open to plenty of improvement over these obstacles and can progress.
2:07 Leicester – Every Race Live On Racing TV Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 2m4½f
Nicky Henderson’s runners don’t seem to be firing on all cylinders at present but it might be worth chancing FLOWN to get off the mark at the fifth attempt over hurdles.
The Fame And Glory gelding has run to a decent level in defeat, finishing a good third to Cheltenham Festival winner Shishkin on his final start of last campaign at Newbury and he returned to action in October with a solid third behind Fifty Ball at Ascot when tried over a similar trip to this.
He had travelled well into that contest but appeared to falter late on for fitness and a last hurdle mistake surely wouldn’t have helped. A subsequent winner was behind him however and he’s been eased 1lb since that run.
Also claimer ridden on that occasion, Nico de Boinville takes over now and the gelding might benefit from stronger handling where he should prove sharper for his reappearance and no surprise to see him going close now.
2:22 Market Rasen – MansionBet.com Handicap Chase Cl5 (4yo+ 0-105) 3m
PAKIE’S DREAM hasn’t always been the easiest to predict, but there was nothing wrong with hislatest win at Musselburgh over hurdles last month where the Arcadio gelding ran out an easy winner over Bullion Boss.
He posted a seven lengths’ victory on that occasion and if he can continue in similar vein back over fences then he could follow up that success.
His latest outing over the larger obstacles came at this venue over shorter and he was only beaten just over one length behind De Barley Basket who has won again since and he can compete here from the same rating as when posting that latest Musselburgh win over hurdles last time which came over this yardage.
Assuming blinkers have a positive effect again then he can quickly double up his win tally and belatedly open his chase win account for his in-form yard.
3:07 Leicester – tote.co.uk Handicap Chase Cl5 (4yo+ 0-105) 2m
KHAIRAGASH could be worth chancing to bounce back to form over fences and Venetia Williams’ charge could do better than his recent reappearance at Bangor where he pulled up although there’s a strong suspicion he needed that return.
The Sinndar gelding hadn’t really fired over hurdles during the 2018/19 campaign, but he came good at the second attempt over fences when scoring at Ffos Las last May and proved the win to be no flash in the pan with a very good second at Stratford next time.
Possibly amiss on his final outing of the season at Market Rasen, beating only one home he was subsequently absent for more than one year so his return at Bangor was probably needed although he was made plenty of use of from the front.
Sure to be sharper now, he has cheekpieces applied now which may help while a good amateur rider returns to the saddle and the rider’s 7lbs claim is a bnus to his chances. Dropped also 2lbs by the assessor it might be worth giving him another chance and he can make his presence felt if building on that return to action.
6:00 Chelsmford – tote.co.uk Now Never Beaten By SP Handicap Cl3 (3yo+ 0-90) 5f
POP DANCER won his only previous start over this course and distance and Tony Carroll’s charge can reverse recent form with reopposing Lord Riddiford having been beaten only a half-length by that rival at Wolverhampton last month.
The Kodiac gelding did little wrong on that occasion, keeping on well but not quite matching the winner and he can reoppose here on 5lbs better terms which ought to be enough to see him turn the tables.
A course and distance winner the time before as well as scoring on turf at Sandown over the summer he perhaps wasn’t suited by the steady pace last time; but there’s no shortage of early pace in this contest which could show him in a better light and racing off the same mark as his latest close encounter he can get back to winning ways here.