Thursday racing best bets – Racing tips for Newmarket, Pontefract, Perth and Kempton
Thursday’s fixture list of UK horse racing takes in another four meetings and we’ve picked out our Thursday racing best bets for the pick of the day’s racing action.
Some classy action awaits punters on Thursday with day one of the Cambridgeshire Meeting taking place at Newmarket over the Rowley Mile where the Group Three Tattersalls Stakes is the feature race of the day.
Elsewhere there is further action on the flat on turf at Pontefract, while Kempton are racing in the evening under the all-weather. Completing the Thursday fixture list is an afternoon jumps racing card at Perth.
We’ve looked over the day’s horse racing action and pick out our Thursday racing best bets and tips for the pick of the day’s racing action.
THURSDAY RACING BEST BETS – HORSE RACING TIPS FOR NEWMARKET, PONTEFRACT, PERTH & KEMPTON
1:30 Pontefract – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies’ Nursery Handicap Cl4 (2yo 0-85) 1m
SPIRIT OF BERMUDA could be worth chancing to bounce back from a lesser run in the Sweet Solera Stakes last month and William Haggas’ charge is given another chance to build on the promise she had shown when making a winning debut.
That success came in a competitive contest at Goodwood during the Glorious Goodwood Festival, beating Iconic Queen in good style and that form has been boosted since with the runner-up, third, fourth and fifth horses all winning since.
She switches now to the handicap ranks where an opening mark of 82 looks very workable and this is an easier assignment than the Group Three contest he took in last time out so he looks very capable of making his presence felt here.
2:15 Perth – Timothy Hardie Jewellers Novices’ Chase (GBB Race) Cl3 (4yo+) 2m4f
Nigel Twiston-Davies often targets one of his perceived better novices at this race and REDFORD ROAD can continue the trainer’s fine record in the event.
The Naunton handler took the spoils twelve months ago with Wholestone and his representative here was a progressive hurdler last term, winning twice which included the Grade Two Bristol Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham in December.
Last seen finishing down the field in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle during the Cheltenham Festival he could thrive switching to the larger obstacles where he has looked a chaser in the making. He’s lightly-raced still and looks worth chancing to progress further this term now faced with fences and he can strike again in this race for his top yard.
2:25 Newmarket – British Stallion Studs EBF Premier Fillies’ Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 6f
BETSEY TROTTER got back on the scoresheet with a ready success over Conga in a big field contest at Thirsk earlier in the month and if turning out in similar form then the Camacho mare can follow up.
David O’Meara’s charge won four times last term following his switch from Dermot Weld which included reeling off a hat-trick of successes over the summer. She hadn’t been at her best in a handful of starts back following lockdown, but she put it all together latest with that win which saw her win a shade readily.
Taking advantage of her tumbling handicap mark she has been raised 6lbs but remains fairly weighted on her best form and she won from this mark on the all-weather last October at Wolverhampton. This is tougher than recent outings, but she can make her presence felt here and a repeat of that latest effort could see her collect back-to-back wins.
3:35 Newmarket – Jockey Club Rose Bowl Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo+) 2m
WITHHOLD won this race twelve months ago and Roger Charlton’s charge can get back to winning ways having found only one too good last time out.
The Champs Elysees gelding progressed well following his switch to this yard from Charlie Hills despite a number of career interruptions that has seen him spend plenty of time on the sidelines. But he won twice last term following wind surgery including running out an impressive six lengths’ victor in this contest before being tried in a Group Two on Ascot British Champions Day where he finished fifth in the Long Distance Cup.
He’s been highly tried this term but took advantage of a return to Listed grade to win on the July Course at the beginning of August and he was far from disgraced latest when beaten one length by Trueshan at Salisbury earlier this month.
3-3 at Newmarket – two on the Rowley Mile – he turns out here rated 5lbs lower than the mark he won from twelve months ago and he could prove hard to peg back from the front with no other obvious pacesetter in opposition.
4:35 Perth – Jet Master Handicap Hurdle (Northern Lights Two Mile Hurdle Series Qualifier) Cl4 (3yo+ 0-120) 2m
CHEZ HANS is an interesting runner having been sent on the long trip north by Paul Nicholls and the Mamool gelding can make the trip worthwhile.
Three runs last term over timber weren’t devoid of promise despite failing to win any; but the form of her latest fourth in that sphere has been boosted by the front three all winning since, notably the runner-up who collected a Grade Two prize at Cheltenham before contesting at the Festival.
He arrives here fit from a couple of runs on the flat which includes finishing runner-up at Newbury in July and switches to the handicap ranks back over hurdles from what appears a very handy initial mark.
His top yard boasts a very decent strike rate with its’ runners at the Scone venue and he can collect this prize despite this looking a trappy contest.
7:00 Kempton – Unibet 3 Uniboosts A Day Handicap Cl3 (3yo+ 0-95) 6f
ALAADEL has some very useful form in the book on turf where he has contested a number of valuable handicaps; while the Dubawi gelding hasn’t’ troubled the judge in two starts this term he could be worth chancing to bounce back to form easing in grade.
Stuart Williams’ charge struck his last success last September when scoring at Haydock from 1lb lower in the wieghts and his latest run at Goodwood when finishing fourth behind Atalanta’s Boy wasn’t a bad effort although it suggested he might still have been rusty ten days on from his reappearance from a ten -months absence.
He should be spot on now after those outings and he’s been eased slightly in the weights so every chance he can make his presence felt here if building on that latest outing.