Thursday racing best bets – Racing tips at Ffos Las, Wincanton, Southwell and Chelmsford
Horse racing best bets on Thursday 4 February
Hopefully the worst of the adverse weather is behind us now and Thursday’s fixture list is a busy one with four meetings going to post over the sticks and on the all-weather; we’ve picked out our Thursday racing best bets and tips for each of the day’s cards.
There are so far no anticipated problems at any of the four scheduled fixtures on Thursday’s horse racing agenda and the day’s action sees afternoon jumps racing taking place at both Wincanton and Ffos Las; while there is also afternoon all-weather action on the Southwell fibresand.
Completing the day’s quartet of race-meetings in the evening is a second all-weather fixture with Chelmsford racing under the floodlights on their polytrack surface and we’ve picked out our Thursday racing best bets and tips for all four fixtures.
THURSDAY RACING BEST BETS – RACING TIPS AT FFOS LAS, WINCANTON, SOUTHWELL & CHELMSFORD
1:00 Wincanton – Watch Racing TV In Stunning HD Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl4 (5yo+ 0-120) 1m7½f
DESQUE DE L’ISLE finished a fair way behind reopposing Numitor at Ffos Las back in November but Venetia Williams’ charge might be able to come out on top this time around.
The Special Kaldoun gelding had been in good form previously with a pair of wins at Lingfield and he was still travelling well in second when badly hampered and broadsided by a loose horse jumping the fourth last obstacle which knocked the wind from his sails and he never recovered from that mishap.
He eventually weakened into third, beaten 25 lengths and while it is debatable whether he would have won in any case with the winner appearing to score readily he could be worth chancing nonetheless to finish much closer this time around in receipt of 7lbs.
The yard won this race twelve months ago with the progressive Ibleo and there could yet be better to come from their representative here who can go close with a slice of better luck.
1:10 Southwell – Bombardier Handicap Cl5 (4yo+ 0-70) 1m
CHEAT rounded off his time with outgoing trainer Paul D’Arcy by posting a win over this course and distance late last month and the Gutaifan gelding can quickly follow up under a penalty.
Now with John Butler that course and distance success was a big step in the right direction after a series of lesser runs and while he’s no certainty to back up that performance given his patchy profile he could be worth chancing nonetheless kept to this surface.
A 5lbs penalty for that success leaves him well-in at the weights and he has won in the past from higher than this under Hollie Doyle who returns to the saddle on the four-year old. Assuming he can replicate the level of performance he showed last time out he can go close again here.
2:00 Ffos Las – Call Star Sports On 08000 521 321 Mares’ Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 2m
ANIGHTINLAMBOURN was possibly just stretched by the longer trip at Warwick on his penultimate start, fading to finish fourth behind Butler’s Brief having found only one too good over slightly shorter at Southwell the time before.
Ben Pauling’s mare however appeared to appreciate the lesser test of stamina when scoring readily over this distance at Wincanton last month, running out an easy five lengths’ victor over First Class Return and the Gold Well mare can follow up with a repeat.
She made all the running that day, making the most of her stamina and she readily drew clear from the last to win easing down from First Class Return and others. A subsequent 8lbs rise will demand more but there could be more to come now she’s back on the scoresheet and the fifth from that race has won since to give the form a boost.
It may be slightly more difficult to dominate this time around with a couple of confirmed front-runners in opposition but she remains one to take seriously and she could follow up.
2:10 Wincanton – Dick Hunt Handicap Chase (for The Dick Hunt Trophy) Cl3 (5yo+ 0-140) 3m1f
SEASTON SPIRIT is thriving at present, winning his last three starts – and five of his last six – which includes a ready success in the recent Sussex National where Oliver Sherwood’s charge struck by two lengths from Special Acceptance.
The Kayf Tara gelding rounded off last term with three wins from four starts where his only flop came when pulled up at Chepstow last January; he’s since won both starts this term, scoring by a wide margin over hurdles and then at Plumpton latest back over fences where he jumped and travelled well and he was arguably value for more than the official winning margin.
That form has received a couple of boosts since with some good performances and a subsequent winner all coming out of the race; while a 4lbs rise in the weights for that last success might not prove enough of an anchor to prevent a repeat given his progressive profile as a chaser.
Still open to improvement he should give another good account and he can add to his tally in this more competitive contest.
2:55 Southwell – Betway Casino Handicap Cl6 (4yo+ 0-55) 1m4f
DREW BREEZE was only beaten a short-head into third behind reopposing Lion’s Vigil over this course and distance last month but the Camacho gelding might be able to overturn those places on these revised terms.
Neither proved a match for the winner on that occasion but there was only 2lbs separating the two placed runners and Ivan Furtado’s charge now gets 7lbs from his old rival which is surely enough to see him come out on top this time around.
He had won well the time before over a furlong shorter here at the beginning of January and the third from that race won next time out. The form of his latest third has also been boosted with his old rival winning next time to reverse the form with the race-winner, while the fourth also struck next time out.
It would come as no surprise to see him competitive again on these terms where he can come out on top this time around getting 7lbs from his last-time conqueror.
3:10 Ffos Las – starsports.bet £20K Owners Club Guarantee Novices’ Chase (GBB Race) Cl4 (5yo+) 3m
LIEUTENANT ROCCO won twice over hurdles from three starts for Colin Tizzard last term, posting his sole disappointing run at the Cheltenham Festival when pulled up in the Albert Bartett Hurdle behind Monkfish.
The Shirocco gelding has since joined Nick Mitchell and he’s been running better than his bare form figures suggest having been set some stiff tasks over the larger obstacles including behind Fusil Raffles at Cheltenham in December and latterly when finishing last of three in the rearranged Dipper Novices’ Chase.
He was only beaten around seven lengths on that occasion behind easy winner Messire Des Obeaux but this is a much more suitable level of competition and he can post a big effort assuming the step up in trip doesn’t catch him out although he has placed in a point-to-point in the past.
Likely capable of better over fences he can make his presence felt in this contest and no surprise to see him firmly involved at the business end of the contest.
5:30 Chelmsford – tote.co.uk Live Streaming Every UK Race Handicap Cl3 (4yo+ 0-95) 6f
SPIRIT OF MAY bounced back from some lesser efforts to resume winning ways over this course and distance last month and the Coach House gelding is chanced to follow up.
Roger Teal’s charge was winning for the first time since registering a brace of course and distance wins back at the end of 2019 when beating El Hombre by three-parts of a length where he got up late in the day.
That was his first run back in a Class 4 contest having been kept to better company previously and he took advantage of the easier grade to score a shade readily. He’s back up to Class 3 level here where he’s 3lbs higher in the weights although his young rider can claim a handy 7lbs and he might be capable of following up here if reproducing the level he showed last time.
8:00 Chelmsford – tote.co.uk Now Never Beaten By SP Handicap Cl3 (4yo+ 0-90) 5f
VERNE CASTLE is no stranger to success over this course and distance having struck six C&D victories and the Sakhee’s Secret gelding can get back to winning ways.
Michael Wigham’s charge struck his last success back in February last year and although winless since he’s largely been running consistently well and his last three starts have seen him beaten a half-length or less so he could be worth sticking with to get his head back in front here.
Beaten just over a neck latest behind Outrage over this trip at Lingfield he was only run down late there by the winner in a bunched finish and back at this venue he should be competitive again from a good draw if maintaining his current good spell of form.