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Thursday Thrills – Best Bets at Catterick and Bath on July 2

Horse Racing Tips

There might be just two days until a fantastic weekend of action which features the Derby, Oaks and Eclipse, but there are still plenty of winners to be found on Thursday.

Our experts have made do with just 2 hours sleeo oer night to bring you their best horse racing tips around.

RUSALKA (1.50 Catterick, 7f handicap)

Caught the eye on comeback run when pushed badly wide around the home turn before staying on well under a tender ride at Wolverhampton.

That race should have put her spot on for this and her consistency bodes well for this weak race.

Trainer Tim Easterby is going well and a big run is expected.

KAAFY (2.20 Catterick, 7f handicap)

Worth another try over this trip after getting involved in a pace duel on his last start and going off way too fast to be involved at the finish.

That was understandable in first-time blinkers and it’s noticeable that he finished best of the two runners who got involved in that protracted battle.

Jockey Sam James has been replaced by the more experienced Paul Mulrennan and that is a huge positive.

REAL ESTATE (3.40 Bath, 5f handicap)

Real Estate ran out of exactly that when he could only finish third on his first start on turf since July last year at this track a week ago.

Finished full of running on that occasion and should go close with a clearer passage this time around and trainer Michael Attwater’s string is in good form.

Promising young jockey Rossa Ryan, who rode his first Royal Ascot winner a couple of weeks ago, takes the ride and he has a 40 per cent strike-rate when riding for this trainer.

PLATH (4.15 Bath, 1m handicap)

Some big trainers are represented in this race at lowly Bath, with Sir Michael Stoute, Roger Varian, Richard Hannon, Mark Johnston, Marcus Tregoning, James Tate and Charlie Fellowes all represented here.

But we’re going to side with Stoute’s runner, who ran well to finish fifth in a hotter race than this at Chelmsford this month. She showed signs of greenness in her finishing effort on that occasion, which is understandable given that was only her third career start.

Improvement is expected for that and Stoute has a 22 per cent strike-rate at the course.