Thursday horse racing tips – Best bets for each of the day’s horse racing fixtures across the UK

Racing tips for Sunday. Sedgefield goes over the sticks with the Durham National among the day's races.Racing tips for Sunday. Sedgefield goes over the sticks with the Durham National among the day's races.

Thursday’s UK horse racing action sees five meetings heading to post across the country and we’ve checked all the day’s racing to give our Thursday horse racing best bets and tips for each meeting.

As we head into another weekend there are five meetings heading to post on Thursday across the UK with afternoon action over the sticks from the cards at Market Rasen and Sedgefield as well as Newbury.

Meanwhile, on the flat there are two meetings taking place on the all-weather with evening fixtures at both Kempton and Chelmsford.

We’ve looked over all of Thursday’s racing action around the country and we’ve picked out our Thursday horse racing best bets and tips for each meeting.


12:40 Sedgefield – Alrose Productions The AV Specialists Handicap Chase (Northern Lights Staying Chase Series Qual’) Cl4 (4yo+ 0-115) 3m2½f

Course and distance winner NORTONTHORPELEGEND can get back to winning ways here.

Rebecca Menzies’ runners have been amongst the winners of late and the Midnight Legend gelding has run well in his last two outings, finishing fourth each time on better ground at Hexham; but back on a softer surface he could be worth chancing to strike.

He won twice in the autumn of 2019, scoring at Cartmel and Ayr respectively in soft ground and he has seen the form of his latest fourth being franked by the winner going in again next time.

The handicapper has dropped him 2lbs for that run and he arrives here on the back of a short break where he can make his presence felt from this mark which is just 2lbs above his latest winning rating, while the softer ground and additional distance will prove to his liking so every chance of a big run.

1:15 Sedgefield – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (3yo+ 0-120) 2m4f

SMALL PRESENT has improved this term with a brace of runner-up efforts at Hexham and here latest and Sue Smith’s charge can get off the mark.

The Presenting gelding might have needed his first run of the campaign at Hexham but he stepped up on that effort to find only Stormin Norman too strong by one length here last month.

There could be better to come from him now his stamina is being further drawn out and the longer trip here will suit; while he switches to handicapping from what looks a workable mark with Sam Coltherd able to claim 3lbs so it would be no surprise to see a big run from him now.

2:07 Market Rasen – Play 3-2-Win At MansionBet Handicap Chase Cl5 (4yo+ 0-100) 2m5½f

It might be worth chancing on DE BARLEY BASKET to build on an encouraging chase debut here last month and Ben Pauling’s charge can make his presence felt in a fairly moderate contest.

The Alkaadhem gelding was a point-to-point winner in Ireland prior to joining this yard and he showed some ability over hurdles last term although his progress appeared to plateau this season in his two runs over timber.

He did shape encouragingly on his first chase start here last month and the third from that contest has won since so there might be better to come from him as he gains further experience of fences where he’s still unexposed as a chaser.

This longer trip might suit him better also given his point to point background and having been eased 3lbs in the weights he could go close.

Thursday horse racing tips. Trainer Ben Pauling can saddle a winner at Market Rasen.

Thursday horse racing tips. Trainer Ben Pauling can saddle a winner at Market Rasen.

2:30 Newbury – Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle (Pertemps Hurdle Series Qualifier) Cl2 (4yo+ 0-145) 3m

Worcester bumper winner PRESENT CHIEF has improved markedly for a wind operation, finishing runner-up either side of lockdown and winning his last two outings which latterly saw him run out a four lengths’ victor over Merry Milan, readily.

Jonjo O’Neill’s Presenting gelding appeared suited by the stiffer test and while that form has taken a couple of subsequent hits there could be more to come from him over this trip where he remains unexposed.

The handicapper has hit him with a 8lbs rise in the ratings which will demand more in a stronger race; but still lightly raced he can continue to improve and no surprise to see him the mix again here.

6:00 Kempton – Unibet Extra Place Offers Every Day Nursery Handicap Cl5 (2yo 0-70) 1m

Softer ground might not have suited MENAI BRIDGE who finished down the field behind Gordonstoun at Nottingham last month, but that form has been boosted and the Cable Bay colt can bounce back returned to the all-weather where he won his only previous start.

That win came over this course and distance when beating Gordonstoun in September, prevailing by a short-head and given that one’s exploits since it is feasible to think there might be more to come from Charlie Hills‘ charge back on a better surface.

It wouldn’t be a surprise then to see an improved effort returning to polytrack and he could be worth forgiving that last run.

6:15 Chelmsford – Bet In Play Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 7f

HIGHER KINGDOM won over course and distance on his debut last October and Archie Watson’s got back on the winning trail latest when coping with the lesser trip to score at Newcastle in September.

The Kingman colt scored a shade readily on that occasion and was arguably value for more than the official winning distance given she looked quirky and flashed her tail. But there was a distinct impression that there was more in the locker and that form has been boosted by the third posting a pair of subsequent wins.

Now trying handicaps he could be well treated off this 83 rating with the return to seven furlongs a positive so with the potential for better to come he looks worth sticking with to continue his improvement.