Thursday racing best bets – Tips for Hereford, Exeter, Southwell and Chelmsford

Thursday racing best bets and tips for Exeter, Hereford, Southwell and Chelmsford.Thursday racing best bets and tips for Exeter, Hereford, Southwell and Chelmsford.

Thursday’s fixture list of horse racing action takes in another quartet of meetings across the UK and we’ve picked out our Thursday racing best bets and tips at each meeting.

We’re almost at another weekend and there’s more horse racing action to look forward to on Thursday with another four meetings heading to post over the sticks and on the all-weather across the UK.

The day’s jumps racing action sees fixtures going to post at Hereford and Exeter, while there is also afternoon all-weather racing on the Southwell fibresand. Completing the Thursday line-up is an evening meeting at Chelmsford on their polytrack surface.

We’ve looked through each of the day’s scheduled meetings to pick out our Thursday racing best bets and tips as we look to find a few winners.


1:25 Hereford – Safehands Recruitment From RE Beginners’ Chase (GBB Race) Cl4 (4yo+) 3m1f

FADO DES BROSSES cost a fair amount to purchase out of the point-to-point sphere and the Balko gelding has already produced a decent level of form in his short time with Evan Williams.

A winner at Chepstow in January over hurdles he made a very promising switch to chasing at Exeter on his reapperance last month despite beating only one home and he can do better with that outing under his belt.

That run was probably needed and he made the odd jumping mistake; but he can improve for the run and experience and he looks worth giving another chance in a trappy contest.

1:35 Exeter – EBF Mares’ Novices’ Chase (EBF Mares’ Chase Series Qualifier) (GBB Race) Cl3 (4yo+) 2m1½f

MOMELLA was a decent sort for Dan Skelton, winning three of her five starts for that yard and making the frame in a Grade One at Aintree prior to moving to Harry Fry’s yard.

For whatever reason the Sholokhov mare hasn’t been able to replicate that level of form over hurdles or fences since although there were better signs following wind surgery when finishing runner-up at Newton Abbot in October on her return behind Arian.

That form has been boosted and she was unlucky to have been brought down when last seen at Huntingdon, exiting at the first obstacle. She could make amends here however if bouncing back from that mishap and while perhaps not one to fully nail one’s colours to the mast she can post a big run having shaped with more encouragement the time before.

Thursday racing best bets. Harry Fry can get amongst the winners at Exeter.

Thursday racing best bets. Harry Fry can get amongst the winners at Exeter.

2:15 Southwell – Read Katie Walsh On Betway Insider Handicap Cl6 (3yo+ 0-60) 5f

LOULIN came off second best behind reopposing Slowmo when the pair clashed over course and distance eleven days ago, but Ruth Carr’s charge could overturn that form now on these revised terms.

The Exceed and Excel gelding has two wins and five places to his name over course and distance from nine starts, the latest of which came on his penultimate outing when getting the better of George Thomas by a short-head.

He possibly wasn’t seen to best effect latest, keeping on without getting to the winner; but he’s 5lbs better off with his reopposing rival now for little over one length and that could be enough to see him turn the tables.

2:30 Hereford – RE HR Solutions Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (3yo+ 0-120) 2m

DEMOPOLIS found only one too good on his reappearance at Market Rasen earlier this month and with that outing under his belt the Poliglote gelding can get back to winning ways.

Philip Hobbs’ charge won twice last term, scoring over hurdles and fences at Ludlow prior to a slightly below-par effort at Exeter in March where he could only finish fourth behind Daytime Ahead.

He possibly just gave the winner too much rope on his reappearance and that form has been largely upheld by the winner running well sinice in defeat; while he’s only been upped 1lb in the ratings and with his yard in good form is expected to give a good account in a race where most of his rivals have something to prove at present.

2:40 Exeter – Visit Handicap Chase Cl3 (4yo+ 0-130) 3m

COBOLOBO hasn’t managed to build on his success at Haydock last December but Jonjo O’Neill’s charge offered plenty of encouragement on his seasonal return here last month and the Maresca Sorrento gelding could go one better.

He ran out a five lengths’ victor over The Ogle Gogle Man when posting his last success and he faced a tough test next time behind subsequent Graded winner Copperhead at Newbury although he disappointed tackling the Devon National and might have found that test outwith his stamina reserves.

Beaten less than two lengths over course and distance behind Crossley Tender on his return he can compete here from just 1lb higher and the application of cheekpieces might deliver a jolt of improvement so he could get back to winning ways here if sharpened up by the headgear.

Thursday racing best bets. Timoshenko can get back to winning ways at Chelmsford.

Thursday racing best bets. Timoshenko can get back to winning ways at Chelmsford.

7:00 Chelmsford – Weatherbys & Birdie 2021 Calendars Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 1m6f

It might be worth chancing on a return to form for TIMOSHENKO who developed into a winning machine for Sir Mark Prescott, winning six on the spin for that handler which included valuable prizes at Musselburgh and Goodwood prior to having a crack at the Cesarewitch at Newmarket where the soft ground was probably against him.

Following a move to Jamie Snowden and having undergone wind surgery he opened his hurdles win account in good style at Uttoxeter in June but he’s struggled to match that level since and he was last seen failing to beat a rival home at Ascot last month behind Tide Times.

The Archipenko gelding returns to the level from 1lb lower than his Cesarewitch rating while he’s thoroughly unexposed still on polytrack having had just one previous start on this surface and two starts overall on the all-weather.

A return to the flat may well be the catalyst that sees him get back to winning ways assuming he handles this surface and he could post a big run on these terms so at a big price might be worth chancing to return to form.