Thursday racing best bets – Tips for Newcastle, Taunton, Warwick and Chelmsford
We’ve picked out our Thursday racing best bets and tips as we go in search of some winners across the day’s meeetings.
Horse racing fans have four more fixtures to look forward to on Thursday where afternoon jumps racing comes from the meetings at Newcastle, Taunton and Warwick in the afternoon; while in the evening under the floodlights there is an all-weather fixture taking place on the Chelmsford polytrack.
We’ve looked through each of the day’s quartet of fixtures where 30 races will unfold throughout the day to pick out our Thursday racing best bets and tips.
THURSDAY RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR NEWCASTLE, TAUNTON, WARWICK & CHELMSFORD
12:15 Newcastle – Bet 10 Get 20 At MansionBet Handicap Chase (Northern Lights Staying Chase Series Qualifier) Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 2m7½f
SEEMINGLY SO took a forward step when switched to the larger obstacles at Doncaster when last seen nine months ago, finding only one too good behind Midnight Moss.
A winner over hurdles previously as well as finishing runner-up in a point to point prior to joining Olly Murphy the Dubai Destination gelding makes his return to action from more than nine months off so his fitness has to be taken on trust tackling race-fit rivals.
However he’s thoroughly unexposed by comparison and the form of that chase debut is solid so he could have a big say having only been raised 3lbs in the ratings. Conditions here are fine and with the yard having appeared to turn a corner following a slow start he could prove the answer with more to come.
12:37 Taunton – Racing To School Novices’ Hurdle (Novices’ Championship Hdl Series Qualifier) (GBB Race) (Div I) Cl4 (4yo+) 2m½f
Fair on the flat, GREY SPIRIT has taken well to hurdling and is already a dual-winner with successes at Stratford and Warwick earlier in the campaign and Olly Murphy’s charge has lost no caste in defeat in his last couple of runs where he’s made the frame both times.
The Dark Angel gelding most recently finished third at Kempton in a decent contest won by Pink Sheets although he probably would have finished closer but for making an error at the final obstacle and losing momentum having jumped the hurdle in front.
That winner has since won a Listed contest and the front three were well clear of the remainder. This doesn’t look as deep a contest and he can compete here from the same mark with a good claimer up so ought to make his presence felt despite conceding weight all round and he could get back on the scoresheet.
12:52 Warwick – Wigley Group Support Our SMEs Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl4 (4yo+) 2m5f
Dual-flat winner LISSITZKY offered something to work on when running fifth on his recent debut over hurdles and Rebecca Curtis’ charge can improve for that experience to do better.
Formerly with Andrew Balding the Declaration of War gelding was a winner at Windsor earlier in his career, doubling his tally last May at Newmarket although he struggled subsequently. However he did finish fifth on his return from a lengthy absence in the Cesarewitch Trial back at Newmarket in September before switching to this yard.
The trip on his hurdles debut may have proven too sharp given he appeared outpaced before running on well after the last and this marked step up in distance could bring about improvement so it would be no surprise to see him turn in a solid run on his second attempt over obstacles.
1:20 Newcastle – Best Odds Guaranteed At MansionBet Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl3 (4yo+) 2m½f
MALYSTIC was progressive in a light hurdles campaign last term, winning twice and the Malinas gelding has looked a potentially useful chaser in his two outings to date over the larger obstacles.
Runner-up on his chase debut at Carlisle behind the smart Protektorat he went one better in a three-runner race at Wetherby latest, scoring by eleven lengths and there could be more to come from Peter Niven’s charge now moving into a handicap.
The form of his Carlisle chase debut was franked in no uncertain terms when the winner went in again in a deeper race at Cheltenham and an opening 140 rating on his handicap debut looks workable.
Likely to improve again given he’s lightly-raced over fences and as a course and distance winner over hurdles he should go close and no surprise to see him follow up that latest success.
1:27 Warwick – Wigley Group Lady Godiva Mares’ Novices’ Chase (Listed Race) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m4f
MIDNIGHTREFERENDUM bolted up on her first try over fences at Fontwell in November where she was making her seasonal debut and Alan King’s charge is taken to bounce back from a fall at Huntingdon latest where she was still travelling well and yet to be asked for effort when crashing out three out.
A dual-winner over hurdles the Midnight Legend mare had placed in a Grade Two bumper at Aintree and boasts plenty of smart form over timber which suggests she could yet have scope for better still over fences.
She was a wide-margin winner of her chase debut and she was sent off favourite for her latest run where despite a couple of mistakes she looked set to go close when departing and she could make amends here with a clear round despite this being a step up in class and assuming her confidence hasn’t been dented by that mishap.
1:42 Taunton – Stables Business Park Novices’ Handicap Hurdle Cl5 (3yo+ 0-100) 2m½f
Chapati swooped fast and late to deny MANOR PARK at Southwell last month, but with the former not guaranteed to be in the same mood it might be worth sticking with Brian Barr’s charge to gain revenge.
The Medicean gelding improved on previous form to get off the mark in a lady riders’ contest at Market Rasen in November and he looked set to win that Southwell contest latest under a penalty, seemingly in control on the run-in but gunned down late by the eventual winner who was getting 1lb at the weights.
The selection now has a 4lbs pull at the weights for just over two lengths which ought to be enough to see him turn the tables and he looks a more reliable proposition to continue in form so every chance he can go close here.
6:00 Chelmsford – tote.co.uk Free Streaming Every UK Race Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 1m
COUNT OF AMAZONIA is unbeaten on artificial surfaces, scoring at Newcastle on tapeta for previous handler Richard Hannon last October and doubling his tally when successful on his debut for new trainer Marco Botti over this course and distance.
That success came in the wake of wind surgery and the application of a tongue-tie with the Lope De Vega colt scoring by a head from Newbolt where he delivered a storming late run to get up on the line with the front two clear of the rest.
That runner-up has won since and there could be more to come from the three-year old despite a 5lbs rise in the ratings and stepping into a higher grade.
2-2 on the all-weather the booking of Richard Kingscote is a positive and if he can build on that latest victory over course and distance then it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him going well here and he can follow up that win last time out.