Thursday ITV Racing best bets – Live TV tips at Chester and Worcester
Thursday ITV Racing best bets
There is more TV horse racing action taking place on Thursday with further coverage of the Boodles May Festival at Chester again dominating the programme. We’ve taken a look over Thursday’s televised racing action to pick out our ITV Racing best bets and tips.
There is more top-class horse racing action going to post on Thursday afternoon with the second day of the Boodles May Festival at Chester taking centre-stage on the day’s proceedings and once more the pick of the day’s action will spearhead Thursday’s ITV Racing broadcast with five races from the Roodeye inclduing the Group Three Ormonde Stakes.
There is also jumps racing action on the cards with coverage of the feature race of the day at Worcester and Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand again to deliver their usual expert racing tips, insights and post-race analysis on the day’s TV racing.
We’ve also taken a look through the day’s televised schedule to pick out our ITV Racing best bets and tips at Chester and Worcester.
ITV RACING BEST BETS – THURSDAY TV TIPS AT CHESTER & WORCESTER
1:45 Chester – Satchell Moran Solicitors Business Interruption Claims Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-105) 5f
Although well beaten behind reopposing Jabbarockie on his recent return at Musselburgh last month it might be worth chancing COUNT D’ORSAY to improve for that effort which will have sharpened him up ahead of this latest clash.
The Dandy Man gelding ended last term in good form, winning at Haydock in September and making the frame in two of his subsequent three starts including at Catterick when denied only by a head behind Justanotherbottle.
Drawn on the wrong side at Musselburgh on his return he was never a factor in that valuable sprint where he was beaten a fair distance although he was trying to give the winner 7lbs. He’s 4lbs better off here which in itself won’t be enough to turn the tables, but he’ll be a lot sharper this time and any further rain will certainly suit so it wouldn’t be a surprise if he were to fare better here and he can run well at a big price.
2:15 Chester – tote+ Biggest Dividends At tote.co.uk Dee Stakes (Listed Race) (Colts & Geldings) Cl1 (3yo) 1m2½f
ONTARIO gained plenty of experience last term, posting a series of good runs in the process including winning at Galway and twice placing in Group Two company at the Curragh and Newmarket.
Aidan O’Brien’s charge may have been feeling the effects of the season when disappointing at Leopardstown when making his final start of the campaign; but he shaped well on his recent return at Newmarket where he finished three lengths’ third behind Tactical where he carried top weight.
He should come on for that reappearance and that form looks pretty solid in any case with the runner-up since finishing fourth in the 2000 Guineas and the fourth horse home going close to winning a decent purse at Goodwood.
The Galileo colt could benefit from this longer trip and likely to come on for that reappearance effort he can give the Ballydoyle maestro a ninth win in this race with further improvement likely.
2:30 Worcester – Mental Health Awareness Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+ 0-110) 2m4f
Not a lot of winning form on show amongst this line-up of mostly exposed runners and it might be worth siding with DANCINGWITH STORMS who has finished runner-up in each of his last two starts following a lengthy absence and Warren Greatrex’s charge is still relatively unexposed over hurdles after just seven outings for this handler following a move from Ireland.
The New Approach gelding has finished runner-up in recent starts over two miles at Huntingdon and Chepstow respectively and he is worth another try at this longer trip.
His earlier Huntingdon second has seen that form franked by the winner while the fourth and sixth horses home in the race have both also gone on to register a subsequent victory so that form looks very fair and the handicapper may be taking a chance in leaving his mark unchanged following his own successive runner-up effort.
If this longer trip brings about a shade more improvement he ought to make his presence felt under a good 7lbs claiming rider and still relatively unexposed compared to his rivals he can get off the mark here.
2:45 Chester – Deepbridge Estate Planning Service Handicap Cl2 (3yo 0-100) 7½f
BUCKSTEAD TOO can continue his race-by-race progress and a return to winning ways wouldn’t be a huge shock for Ian Williams’ charge who can continue his improvement here.
The Iffraaj gelding shaped well on both starts last term on the all-weather including posting a very creditable fourth behind Epsom Derby hopeful Wirko on debut; he’s since returned from his break to win at Chelmsford in April and he showed turf to be no issue when finding only one too good at Sandown latest where he was racing from out of the weights.
That winner was impressive but while no match for the victor he did pull almost five lengths clear of the remainder and he could be dangerous here off the same mark.
Further improvement can’t be ruled out and the booking of William Buick looks a good move so there’d be no surprise to see him heavily involved at the finish.
3:15 Chester – tote+ Pays You More At tote.co.uk Ormonde Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m5½f
The ground may not be soft enough for the progressive Trueshan so JAPAN takes the vote to get back on the scoresheet with this longer trip expected to suit.
The Galileo entire didn’t progress from a successful three-year old campaign which saw Aidan O’Brien’s charge win three times including a brace of Group One contests and run a very creditable fourth in the 2019 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
Despite disappointing last term he did contest exclusively at Group One level and he’ll find this drop in class much more palatable. Underfoot conditions won’t be an issue and the step up in trip may well bring about a change in fortunes in this easier grade so he ought to go well and can get back on the scoresheet here.
3:45 Chester – Destination 2 Handicap Cl3 (4yo+ 0-90) 1m2½f
SPIRIT DANCER was progressive last term, making his first start on turf a winning one when successful at Ripon in softer ground and although winless thereafter he contested in a pair of good handicaps at Ayr and York respectively.
Runner-up at the Scottish venue behind First Impression he possibly needed his reappearance at Newbury last month where he beat only three home behind Flyin’ Solo although the better ground might also have just proven too quick for the Frankel gelding.
Richard Fahey’s charge has since seen that form boosted and the handicapper might be taking a chance in dropping him 2lbs in the ratings. With a run now under his belt he is expected to be sharper now and the easier ground here could show him in better light so there’d be no shock to see him firmly in the mix here if stepping forward following his return.