Thursday horse racing tips – Best bets at Stratford, Newton Abbot, Lingfield, Southwell and Chelmsford
We look over the day’s UK horse racing fixture schedule and pick out our Thursday horse racing tips and best bets for each of the day’s quintet of fixtures.
Horse racing in the UK cranks up a gear on Thursday with five meetings heading to post which sees afternoon jumps racing from Stratford and Netwon Abbot; while Lingfield hosts an afternoon flat racing card on their all-weather surface which includes Listed action.
In the evening meanwhile are two further all-weather meetings under the floodlights at Southwell on fibresand and Chelmsford on polytrack. Across the five meetings going to post throughout the day will be 38 races for punters to take in and make their selections.
We’ve looked over each of the day’s five racecards around the UK and we pick out our Thursday horse racing tips and best bets at every meeting.
THURSDAY HORSE RACING TIPS – BEST BETS AT STRATFORD, NEWTON ABBOT, LINGFIELD, SOUTHWELL & CHELMSFORD
1:36 Stratford – Annual Membership Conditional Jockeys’ Selling Hurdle Cl5 (4-7yo) 2m2½f
LARCH HILL should strip fitter for his recent return at Carlise over the larger obstacles where Nigel Twiston-Davies’ charge fell mid-race; but back over hurdles here the Presenting gelding can get back on the scoresheet.
A hurdles winner at Wawick back in January last year, he also struck over fences at the first attempt and he was making his reappearance from 18 months off the track with that latest outing where he didn’t jump well.
This isn’t the strongest of races he takes in going back over hurdles where he could have some scope from this mark; while his 3lbs claiming rider is good value and if none the worse for his recent tumble then he could be worth chancing to bounce back reverting to hurdling now.
2:06 Stratford – Charlie Longsdon Racing Handicap Chase Cl3 (4yo+ 0-140) 2m3½f
AINTREE MY DREAM is a previous course and distance winner and Milton Harris’ charge can get back to winning ways back at this venue.
The Saint Des Saints gelding ended last season in good heart, making the frame in each of his final two outings which included finding only reopposing Mystical Clouds too strong by three-parts of a length at Kempton. He subsequently returned from more than seven months off to go down only by a neck at Fontwell latest.
That finish came despite blundering through the last and he should be straighter now with that return under his belt and a 3lbs rise still leaves him well-treated on old form given his previous course and distance success came from a higher mark than this.
He might have won on his return with a cleaner jump which perhaps just robbed him of sufficient momentum, but he can make amends here and no surprise to see him going close.
2:15 Lingfield – Bombardier British-Hopped Amber Beer Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 7f
OH THIS IS US goes well at this track and Richard Hannon’s charge can follow up his recent return to winning ways at Chelmsford where the Acclamation horse scored a shade readily from Animal Instinct.
That was his first win in 13 months but he’s been a largely consistent performer for connections and the course and distance winner remains well-treated on his historic form following a 4lbs rise in the weights.
A past winner from a mark as high as 113 he has a number of efforts in the frame in Pattern company from seasons past and while arguably not as good as he once was he remains very capable at this level of winning races so every chance he can deliver another big run.
3:28 Newton Abbot – Weatherbys Racing Bank Handicap Chase Cl3 (4yo+ 0-125) 2m5f
It might be worth giving another chance to KILLER CLOWN who unseated early at Uttoxeter on her recent return where the Getaway gelding was bumped jumping the second fence.
Emma Lavelle’s charge had previously won an Irish point-to-point and the six-year old looked progressive in a light hurdles campaign last term with his best run coming when third at Ascot in heavy ground back in January this year.
Having underwent wind surgery prior to his return he can’t be readily dismissed given his untapped potential for better following his early mishap latest and given his point-to-point background can do better here.
That Uttoxeter contest looked a decent race and he remains of interest on just his second start over fences where he can make his presence felt.
3:45 Lingfield – Ladbrokes EBF River Eden Fillies’ Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m5f
While it is interesting Aidan O’Brien sends one across for this contest, SORREL gets the vote to land her hat-trick and the Dansili filly can take another forward step.
Sir Michael Stoute’s charge has been steadily progressive this term, making the frame in all four starts which include a brace of wins at Leicester and Doncaster, the latter of which saw her overcome a slow pace to score readily by a head over Albaflora.
Also placed in two starts last term on polytrack there could be more to come from her back on this surface and the step up in trip could unlock further improvement. She looks set to go well here and she can land her three-timer of wins.
5:30 Chelmsford – Bet tote Claiming Stakes Cl5 (3yo+) 7f
It has been a while since BOY IN THE BAR last struck paydirt but Ian Williams’ charge takes a hefty drop in class for this latest run and could capitalise as a result.
The Dutch Art gelding is a three-time course and distance winner, registering his last success back in November last year when beating Martineo. He’s been relatively lightly raced since although largely out of sorts in better company than he faces here, last seen finishing seventh at Kempton last month in a Class 5 contest.
But he drops now into a claimer for the first time where he takes on mostly similarly out of sorts rivals and he could well take advantage returning to this venue.
7:15 Southwell – Play 4 To Win At Betway Handicap Cl6 (3yo+ 0-65) 5f
ARZAAK has proven himself to be generally consistent although the Casamento gelding hasn’t won for some considerable time; however he might be worth chancing to end his losing streak following a number of solid runs in defeat recently.
Charlie Wallis’ charge posted the latest of them at Yarmouth last month, finishing just one length third behind Wild Flower having previously found only one too good over course and distance on his return from six months off.
The handicapper has eased him 1lb in the ratings following his most recent defeat and he’s very well treated on the best of his historic form having been rated as high as 87 and winning off 82 at his best.
With a decent record to call upon with two wins and four efforts in the frame from ten starts here he looks well up to making his presence felt once more off this mark and back on fibresand so every chance of a big run.