Thursday horse racing tips – Best bets at Southwell, Lingfield, Taunton and Chelmsford
Thursday’s UK horse racing schedule sees four more meetings heading to post on the all-weather and over the sticks, and we’ve picked out our Thursday horse racing tips and best bets at each meeting.
Four meetings head to post across the UK as we approach the weekend and there’s some decent action going to post across the sticks with jumps racing coming from Lingfield and Taunton; while on the all-weather there is also a fixture on the Southwell fibresand.
Completing the Thursday line-up of fixtures in the evening is a fixture under the floodlights on the Chelmsford polytrack.
In all across the four meetings are 29 races and we’ve looked through the day’s action to give out Thursday horse racing tips and best bets at each meeting going to post as we try to find a few winners on the day.
THURSDAY HORSE RACING TIPS – BEST BETS AT SOUTHWELL, LINGFIELD, TAUNTON & CHELMSFORD
12:20 Southwell – Heed Your Hunch At Betway Handicap Cl6 (3yo+ 0-60) 6f
USTATH is thriving at present on this surface, winning his last three starts and the Exceed and Excel gelding can continue his winning spree despite carrying a double-penalty for his latest success earlier in the month.
Roger Fell’s charge has landed wins over five and six furlongs and he races over the longer trip on this occasion having struck over five furlongs last time out when beating Qaaraat comfortably; that form has been boosted since by the runner-up and unbeaten at this venue he can continue his purple patch of form to strike again.
12:41 Taunton – Setsquare Recruitment “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl4 (4yo+) 2m½f
RUNSWICK BAY has shaped well on both starts to date over hurdles and the Wincanton bumper winner can open his account now over obstacles at the third attempt.
Emma Lavelle’s charge has bagged successive silver medals in starts at Exeter, getting to within a short-head of Sei Bella on his hurdling debut although proving no match for an easy winner next time out in a stronger race than this when last seen.
This rates an easier assignment and the Arvico gelding is open to improvement so looks worth siding with to go one better than recent starts over hurdles where he can get off the mark.
1:03 Lingfield – Midlands Racing Club Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl4 (5yo+ 0-120) 2m4f
TRIBESMANS GLORY offered little encouragement in a number of starts over hurdles last term but the Jeremy gelding took a big step forward when switched to chasing for his seasonal reappearance and Tom George’s charge can follow up his recent Bangor success.
A point-to-point winner previously he jumped and travelled well to register an impressive chase debut win over Eau Top and others. That form looks fair and while the handicapper has hit him with a 12lbs rise in the weights he could progress on the back of that initial run which likely will have taught him plenty.
Very much an unexposed sort over the larger obstacles he likely has more to offer and he can overcome his hefty hike up the ratings to win again.
1:11 Taunton – Summerfield Developments Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl4 (4yo+ 0-115) 3m
NOBEL JOSHUA was a fair sort in Ireland for both Denis Hogan and Gordon Elliott, rounding off his time with the latter trainer with a win at Clonmel in September.
Now with David Pipe the Joshua Tree gelding was far from disgraced in defeat when making his debut for his new yard at Huntingdon last month where he finished around five lengths fourth behind Innisfree Lad who has won twice since.
He then found only one too good on his latest start at Exeter behind The Composeur where he didn’t help his chances late on with a mistake at the final obstacle. However he can remain competitive despite a 2lbs rise in the handicap where Fergus Gillard can use his full claim this time around.
It would be no surprise then to see him heavily involved again and he can get back to winning ways here.
2:03 Lingfield – Charlie Longsdon Racing Club Handicap Chase Cl5 (5yo+ 0-105) 2m
AWAY FOR SLATES hasn’t won for a while, but his latest outing over this course and distance earlier in month suggested his time out of the winners’ enclosure might be about to end and Milton Harris’ charge can go one place better here than that recent runner-up finish behind Desque De L’Isle.
The veteran Arcadio gelding reeled off a hat-trick in the spring of 2019 where he won three times in the space of twelve days including off a 4lbs higher mark than this rating.
His latest run saw him denied only by one length and his 3lbs rise in the weights for that outing is negated by his rider’s claim so if running up to the same level as he showed last time then he ought to get involved again and he could get back to winning ways.
2:20 Southwell – Bombardier “March To Your Own Drum” Handicap (Div I) Cl6 (3yo+ 0-55) 1m
BADGER BERRY got back on the winning trail over this course and distance last month and could be worth chancing to follow up.
Charlie Wallis’ charge has won twice on this surface from four starts, latterly running out a near-four lengths’ victor over Geography Teacher readily and a 7lbs rise in the weights might not be enough to prevent a repeat if continuing in similar form.
Hollie Doyle takes the reins again having partnered the Epaulette gelding last time and while he does need to step up again to defy his new mark it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him do so.
2:41 Taunton – Stables Business Park Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (3yo+ 0-130) 2m3f
SHESHOON SONNY has some very useful hurdles form to his name, chasing home the likes of Chantry House and Fix Sun in starts last term and the Youmzain gelding was far from disgraced on his final outing of the season behind Shantou Vow at Southwell.
Alan King’s charge also ran better than the bare result on his reappearance when finishing third of nine runners behind Mister Coffey at Sandown earlier in the month and that run will likely have sharpened him up given it was his first in eight months.
Also likely to appreciate the return to this longer trip the former Wetherby bumper winner can continue to remain competitive off the same mark and no surprise to see him making his presence felt again.
5:00 Chelmsford – CCR Supports Safer Gambling Week Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 7f
INTUITIVE showed progressive form for James Tate throughout the 2019 Flat racing season, winning three times which included over this course and the Haatef gelding can make a winning return to action.
Now with Simon Crisford he showed little in two starts at Meydan back at the beginning of this year but he remains with scope and a wind operation might coincide with a return to better form reappearing from almost ten months off.
He showed himself to be very effective on polytrack earlier in his career, unbeaten in three runs at Kempton and posting a win and two placed efforts from three outings here and there could yet be better to come from him back on this surface.
Lack of a run shouldn’t be a concern as he’s won twice following breaks and with a first-time visor also applied he could go well in this contest.