Thursday horse racing tips – Best bets at Southwell, Wolverhampton and Ffos Las
We pick out our Thursday horse racing tips and best bets for the day’s fixtures across the UK.
The cold snap currently gripping the UK claims another fixture with Musselburgh’s intended fixture over the sticks now abandoned leaving just three meetings to potentially head to post although Ffos Las’ meeting hinges on a morning inspection.
Hopefully the Welsh fixture will get the green light where it will join afternoon all-weather action at Southwell on their fibresand surface, while in the evening there is a fixture at Wolverhampton under the floodlights on their tapeta surface.
We’ve looked through each of the day’s scheduled fixtures where we pick out our Thursday horse racing tips and best bets.
THURSDAY HORSE RACING TIPS – BEST BETS AT SOUTHWELL, WOLVERHAMPTON AND FFOS LAS
1:45 Southwell – Bombardier Handicap Cl6 (4yo+ 0-65) 1m
OLIVERS PURSUIT arrives in good form having won his last two starts on tapeta at Wolverhampton and Gay Kelleway’s charge could be worth sticking with as he chases his hat-trick.
The Pastoral Pursuits gelding hasn’t won either of those starts by far, latterly beating Steal The Scene by a half-length in game fashion where the blinkers and eye-shield combination have had a positive effect.
That runner-up didn’t do the form any harm when finishing third next time and racing from only 3lbs higher in the weights here he can continue his winning streak here assuming the slower fibresand surface doesn’t hinder.
2:15 Southwell – Bombardier British Hopped Amber Beer Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-80) 1m
PERFECT SWISS has been on very good terms with himself of late, winning at Pontefract in October last year and posting further successes in two of his last five starts on the all-weather.
Tim Easterby’s Swiss Spirit gelding latterly struck here on New Years’ Day where he routed opposition by almost nine lengths and a 5lbs penalty may not prove enough of a burden to prevent a repeat if he arrives in the same form.
He barely came off the bridle in that last run and he’s well-in on these terms even under his penalty so he could take some stopping if the run doesn’t come too soon and no surprise if he follows up again.
2:28 Ffos Las – Plan A Consulting Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl3 (5yo+) 2m5f
Irish point-to-point winner MUCKAMORE is forgiven his reappearance and chase debut at Market Rasen in November and Nigel Twiston-Davies’ charge can do better here with that under his belt.
The Sholokhov gelding showed ability in a trio of starts over hurdles last term, twice finishing runner-up in heavy ground before getting off the mark at Taunton where he beat Vinnie’s Getaway by eleven lengths.
But switched to chasing for his return he shaped as if in need of the run while the better ground possibly didn’t show him at his best. He’ll be better suited by these more testing conditions and with the third from that chase debut winning next time out he can make his presence felt here and he should leave his Market Rasen run behind him now where he can go close.
3:28 Ffos Las – K. P. Tyres Llanelli Handicap Chase Cl5 (5yo+ 0-100) 3m
MISTY MAI got no further than the first fence at Taunton in December where he was badly hampered and unseated his rider; but Dai Rees’ charge could quickly bounce back from that mishap here where she had won the time before on her seasonal return.
The Westerner mare has been rather hit-and-miss in the past couple of campaigns and she rounded off the 2019/20 season with a pair of pulled-up runs at Uttoxeter and here. However she sported a tongue-tie for the first time on her reappearance where she beat Lex Talionis by four lengths and while 7lbs higher she is fairly-treated on her old form.
A three-time winner here as well as making the frame on four other occasions the veteran can give a good account here if none the worse for her early departure last time and she can make her presence felt.
4:20 Wolverhampton – Play Ladbrokes 5-A-Side On Football Handicap Cl6 (3yo 0-65) 1m½f
SPIRIT OF ROWDOWN is thriving at present, winning his last three starts of which the latest two have come over this course and distance; the Charm Spirit gelding could be tough to stop from landing another win despite a further 4lbs rise in the ratings.
His latest success saw him beat Zoolander by almost one length, travelling well into the contest and appearing to score a shade readily. He did get 2lbs on that occasion but meets that rival on level weight; however the manner of the success suggests he can uphold that form.
Mark Usher’s charge remains open to further improvement as a lighly-raced sort who is 2-2 over course and distance and 3-4 under Charlie Bennett who takes the reins again. The pair can combine for further success and no surprise to see him heavily involved at the business end.