Thursday jumps racing tips – Best bets at Chepstow, Sedgefield and Ludlow
Thursday jumps racing best bets and tips
We have another trio of UK horse racing fixtures to look forward to over the sticks and we’ve picked out our Thursday jumps racing tips and best bets.
The jumps racing action continues on Thursday afternoon with another trio of fixtures over the sticks where the day’s action comes from Sedgefield, Ludlow and Chepstow.
In all 21 races will go to post across the day’s meetings and we’ve picked out our Thursday jumps racing tips and best bets at each meeting.
THURSDAY JUMPS RACING TIPS – BEST BETS AT CHEPSTOW, SEDGEFIELD AND LUDLOW
1:35 Chepstow – Fresh Books This Spring oliversbookshop.co.uk Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl4 (4yo+) 2m7½f
MAJOR DUNDEE isn’t judged too harshly on his most recent outing at Kempton where he finished last of the eight to complete the course as he was badly hampered at the fourth obstacle and never recovered from that mishap to finish tailed off.
Alan King’s Scorpion gelding is likely to prove better than he was able to show on that occasion and he had finished runner-up on both previous starts following his return from a break which included being beaten only by a short-head at Doncaster in December.
The third horse home in that latest Kempton run did little harm to the form with a near-miss at Market Rasen 24 hours ago and he can be given another chance to build on the previous promise he had shown.
1:45 Ludlow – Lets Beat This Together Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+ 0-115) 2m5½f
APACHE CREEK’s record when returing from a break doesn’t inspire confidence given he’s been well beaten both times and with Jonjo O’Neill’s charge turning out here on the back of five months off then there’s a slight cause for concern that he might need this.
However he was last seen winning at Wetherby in October to bring up a brace of victories having also won at Perth the previous month and the Shantou gelding could go close if fully tuned up ahead of this return to action.
His last outing saw him finish four lengths’ ahead of runner-up up Sidi Ismael and both the fourth and sixth from that contest have won since. He appeared to win readily that day and while a 10lbs rise in the weights demands a shade more from him he ought to go well if his break hasn’t taken an edge from him.
2:37 Chepstow – Arabesque Table BookOfTheMonth April oliversbookshop.co.uk Handicap Chase Cl5 (5yo+ 0-100) 2m7½f
BIGNORM has shown race by race progress over fences since returning from an absence, building on his reappearance ninth to subsequent dual-winner Volcano to finish third from out of the weights behind Ecossais at Southwell in December.
Rose Gasson’s Mahler gelding had another couple of months off in the wake of that outing but returned to chase home Ring The Moon at Leicester before getting off the mark back there latest and he could follow up now he’s got his head in front.
He ran out a 14 lengths’ victor that day over Mount Oliver, winning readily and if he turns out here in the same sort of form then he could prove a tough nut to crack despite a 8lbs rise in the weights.
2:52 Sedgefield – Glenelly Infrastructure Solutions Getting You Connected Novices’ Chase (GBB Race) Cl4 (5yo+) 2m3½f
HEARTBREAK KID has had just two starts over fences and the dual-winning hurdler can get off the mark in this sphere at the third attempt.
Both those wins came here and he shaped well on his chase debut at Carlisle in November when chasing home the useful Cheddleton although he was beaten almost ten lengths by that rival. That one has won again since and also contested a Grade Two contest so it was a useful performance by Donald McCain’s charge.
He didn’t show his best at Kelso next time, outpaced and making a couple of mistakes to finish a tailed-off fourth; but he might have been amiss that day and he could bounce back given he remains with scope as a chaser.
He’ll certainly need to jump better than he did at the Scottish track but a return to this venue could spark some improvement and he is worth another chance to build on the promise he had shown at Carlisle previously.
3:45 Ludlow – Bet At racingtv.com Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl4 (4yo+) 2m
QUINTO DO MAR has made the frame on all three hurdles starts since joining this yard including winning at Ludlow earlier in the month and Ben Pauling’s charge can get back on track here.
The Califet gelding had finished a close third on his hurdles debut in December prior to running out a three lengths’ victor over Dobryn and he ran well in defeat to go down only by one length behind Here Comes Mccoy latest at Market Rasen just 24 hours ago.
Assuming he’s none the worse for the quick turnaround he could be worth chancing from the same mark to get back to winning ways dropping back in trip and with Nico de Boinville taking over in the saddle.
4:25 Sedgefield – Sean Conway Racing New Owners Welcome Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 2m4f
Things haven’t clicked this term over fences for MINELLA TRUMP and the Shantou gelding can get back on the winning trail here on his second start of the season back over hurdles.
A dual-winner last term he looked a very useful prospect in a pair of victories here although progress seemed to stall in subsequent runs prior to a break. He returned to action over fences where he twice finished third from three starts before making a return to hurdles at Carlisle latest where he finished ten lengths’ third to Multellie.
He’s been dropped 2lbs for that effort and a return to this venue could spark him back into winning form; he looks worth chancing to step up on past efforts and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him going close here under Brian Hughes.
4:55 Sedgefield – Sean Conway Racing New Horses Welcome Handicap Chase Cl4 (5yo+ 0-120) 3m2½f
The consistent ECOSSAIS won for this column at Southwell earlier in the month and Oliver Greenall’s charge looks worth sticking with to repeat the dose.
The Saddler Maker gelding has been in consistently good form in recent weeks, winning three of his last five starts and finishing third inbetween; he most recently beat the useful Faustinovick by three-parts of a length with the front two pulling well clear of the rest.
That runner-up filled the same spot next time and is proving frustrating to win with; but the selection has been pushed up only 4lbs for that success where he found plenty in front and there’s a suspicion that he hadn’t reached the end of his improvement.
He could make light work of the rise in the weights to follow up again and he looks to hold solid claims of registering another win with this longer trip no problem.