Thursday jumps racing tips – Picks for Huntingdon, Sedgefield & Thurles
Brian Healy gives his Thursday jumps racing tips for the day’s fixtures over the sticks at Huntingon, Sedgefied and Thurles in Ireland.
Thursday will play host to a trio of jumps racing cards with horse racing action going to post over the sticks at Huntingdon and Sedgefield, as well as from Thurles in Ireland where there is Grade Three action on the racecard at the Tipperary track.
Huntingdon (jumps) – 1.41 – 4.41pm (7 races)
Thurles (jumps) – 1.55 – 4.55pm (7 races)
Sedgefield (jumps) – 2.03 – 5.03pm (7 races)
Brian Healy asseses all three cards and provides his Thursday jumps racing tips for each meeting where a total of 21 races will unfold throughout the day.
THURSDAY JUMPS RACING TIPS AT A GLANCE
2.11 Huntingdon – MICKEY BUCKMAN (15/8, BetVictor)
2.25 Thurles – HARDBACK (11/1, BetVictor)
2.41 Huntingdon – PROJECT MARS (9/2, BetVictor)
3.03 Sedgefield – BERTIE BLAKE (11/8, BetVictor)
3.25 Thurles – FRONT VIEW (2/1, BetVictor)
4.03 Sedgefield – MCGINTYS DREAM (3/1, BetVictor)
4.11 Huntingdon – ITSONLYROCKNROLL (6/1, BetVictor)
HUNTINGDON RACING TIPS
MICKEY BUCKMAN (15/8, BetVictor) has shaped with some ability in all hurdles starts to date and the Gleaming gelding was in the process of running well when falling at Lingfield last month.
Gary Moore’s charge was yet to be asked for effort on that occasion, still travelling well enough before coming to grief four out in a race won by Cristal Spirit.
He has run well on both previous visits here where he has made the frame each time and assuming his confidence hasn’t been dented by that last fall then it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him competitive here.
PROJECT MARS (9/2, BetVictor) had shown some fair form previously for Nick Gifford prior to his move to Fergal O’Brien. The Presenting gelding subsequently made a decent fist of things on his first outing for his new handler at Fontwell last month where he found only Ruby Yeats too strong.
That was his first run for 627 days so it was a creditable effort and he should strip fitter for that outing which saw him beaten around eight lengths where he was unable to sustain his effort and overhauled on the run to the line by the winner.
He’s been given some time since to recover from those extertions and the handicapper has left him alone at the weights so a repeat of that reappearance might be good enough to see him get off the mark.
ITSONLYROCKNROLL (6/1, BetVictor) could be worth chancing to quickly bounce back to winning form having appeared unsuited by the steady pace at Fontwell when last seen out.
The Shantou gelding had made a winning reappearance the time before at Wincanton where Chris Gordon’s charge had almost three lengths to spare over Vanderbilt on his first outing for more than eight months.
He should get more of a pace to aim at on this occasion and he could post a big run here in what looks a winnable contest.
1.41 – Rock On Rocco
2.11 – Mickey Buckman
2.41 – Project Mars
3.11 – Legends Ryde
3.41 – Donatello Mail
4.11 – Itsonlyrocknroll
4.51 – Wenceslaus
THURLES RACING TIPS
HARDBACK (11/1, BetVictor) was entitled to have needed his return to action at Limerick on Boxing Day, but the Morozov gelding can built on that reappearance to do better here.
Joseph O’Brien’s charge had won well on his previous start at Kilbeggan, beating Black Warrior by the thick end of twenty lengths on what was just his second chase outing.
A smart hurdler, he is unexposed as a chaser and could well improve with that reappearance likely to bring him on and still a low-mileage sort despite being a nine-year old he could be worth chancing to show some progress and he can get back on the scoresheet.
FRONT VIEW (2/1, BetVictor) comes into Thurles’ Grade Three feature race on the back of a win at Cork last November and if the absence doesn’t prove an inconvenience then the Konig Turf gelding can strike again.
Joseph O’Brien’s charge had won a Punchestown bumper in April last year and his subsequent hurdles debut on his return from six months off saw him find only Envoi Allen too strong at Down Royal. He duly stepped up on that experience to beat Uhtred by two lengths when last seen and there is likely better to come from him.
That winning form is strong and this longer trip is unlikely to faze him so every chance he can improve again on his return from three months off the track to register another win.
1.55 – Salsaretta
2.25 – Hardback
2.55 – Some Man
3.25 – Front View
3.55 – Gold Des Bois
4.25 – Knockraha Boss
4.55 – Watergate Lady
SEDGEFIELD RACING TIPS
BERTIE BLAKE (11/8, BetVictor) has been in good form over hurdles in recent times, winning his last two starts over this course and distance and the Beneficial gelding might be able to land the hat-trick returning to chasing.
Philip Kirby’s charge didn’t feature on his earlier chase debut at Newcastle back in November, but that was a decent contest he was pitched in and he perhaps shouldn’t be judged too harshly on that run.
He ran out a five lengths’ winner of his latest outing and with confidence restored he could be worth chancing from just 3lbs higher back over the larger obstacles at a venue where he has a good record in general.
MCGINTYS DREAM (3/1, BetVictor) took a step back in the right direction when finishing just over three lengths’ third behind Emma Beag at Ayr last month and Nicky Alexander’s charge could be worth chancing to build on that effort.
A dual-winner over fences last winter, scoring at Hexham and Ayr, he has been largely out of sorts since although there was more encouragement from his latest outing and he can remain competitive from the same mark in a winnable contest.
His last chase win came from a higher rating than this and if he can build on his latest effort then it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him in the mix here.
2.03 – Mount Oliver
2.33 – Adicci
3.03 – Bertie Blake
3.33 – Informateur
4.03 – Mcgintys Dream
4.33 – Elixer
5.03 – Kauto D’amour