Thursday racing best bets – Tips for Newmarket, Ripon, Cheltenham and Newcastle
Thursday 15 April horse racing best bets
With four more meetings heading to post on we’ve picked out our Thursday racing best bets and tips for the day’s action over the sticks and on the flat.
Another busy day of horse racing action awaits punters on Thursday where four more meetings head to post including the third and final day of the Craven Meeting at Newmarket.
The classy fixture on the flat is joined by further flat racing action from Ripon, while the day’s jumps racing comes from Cheltenham and day two of their April Meeting. Completing the Thursday quartet of racing is an evening all-weather fixture on the tapeta at Newcastle.
We’ve looked over the day’s racecards to pick out our Thursday racing best bets and tips for the day’s meetings across the UK.
THURSDAY RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR NEWMARKET, RIPON, CHELTENHAM & NEWCASTLE
1:15 Newmarket – Rossdales Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (Plus 10/GBB Race) Cl4 (3yo) 7f
QURTAJANA has shaped with plenty of promise on both her starts either side of a break and the Shalaa filly can get off the mark here at the third attempt.
John and Thady Gosden’s charge finished a promising fourth on debut at Kempton in December, but she showed improved form in the wake of that experience at Chelmsford over this trip last month where she found only one too good in Bellissime.
Possibly just in need of that outing she should strip fitter now and can prove a different proposition with that under her belt, while the switch to the turf could unlock another level of improvement with Frankie Dettori in the saddle.
She could make her race-fitness tell in this contest and no surprise if she were to open her account now.
2:05 Cheltenham – NAF Fillies’ Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo) 2m1f
Fiveandtwenty is respected dropping into a handicap having run well in a Grade One at the Aintree Festival, but Donald McCain’s charge might struggle to concede 11lbs to SCHOLASTIC who returned to hurdling with a very good third behind Cheltenham Festival winner Jeff Kidder at Fairyhouse ten days ago.
Joseph O’Brien’s charge has proven useful over hurdles, winning at Punchestown in September having placed in a couple of prior runs; in the wake of that victory he found only Triumph Hurdle winner Quilixios too strong back at Punchestown and he’s faced stiff tasks since over hurdles although he’s been mixing runs with spins on the all-weather where he won at Dundalk in January.
Far from disgraced latest he could be very well treated switching to the handicap ranks from an opening rating of 121 which could underestimate her and with no issues over the ground he ought to go well.
3:15 Cheltenham – Catesby Estates PLC Mares’ Handicap Chase Cl3 (5yo+ 0-130) 3m2f
WHATSDASTORY has made the frame in all completed starts over fences this campaign and Dr Richard Newland’s charge can get off the mark here over the larger obstacles.
A winner in both the point to point ranks and over hurdles the Beneficial mare has rattled the crossbar in finishing runner-up in each of her last three starts, most recently at Wincanton last month when beaten just over two lengths by Cushuish.
She’s only 1lb higher here following that outing so ought to be competitive again off this mark and while she might ideally want to get her toe into the ground a bit more she has handled similar conditions in the past.
Her consistency can’t be knocked and she can open her chase win account here.
3:35 Newmarket – bet365 Craven Stakes (Group 3) (Colts & Geldings) Cl1 (3yo) 1m
LA BAROSSA looked highly promising in reeling off back-to-back wins on his first two starts at Ascot and here respectively, latterly winning the Somerville Tattersall Stakes from Dark Lion and the Lope De Vega colt probably found the heavy ground too much when only finishing fifth of seven behind Van Gogh in the Group One Prix Criterium International at Saint Cloud in October.
Charlie Appleby’s charge is one of a pair of runners from the yard and presumably the yard’s second string given he wears the white cap here; but there could be better to come from him this term and the return to a sounder surface will surely prove in his favour.
With potential still to improve further he can be forgiven his sojourn in France and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he were to bounce back following a break where his proven winning form here could stand him in good stead.
4:00 Ripon – Ripon Silver Bowl Handicap (For the Ripon Silver Bowl) Cl3 (4yo+ 0-95) 1m2f
ZABEEL CHAMPION showed progressive form last term, winning twice at Newmarket over the summer as well as making the frame at Goodwood although he was possibly stretched by twelve furlongs at York on his final run.
Mark Johnston’s charge however shaped well back from a break at Chelmsford earlier in the month, finding only one too good in United Front where he was clear of the third but readily held by the winner. However a repeat of that effort might be enough here.
He’ll be sharper with that outing under his belt and the Poet’s Voice gelding is only 1lb higher in the ratings so he could be capable of going one better back on turf and no surprise if he were to go close.
6:25 Newcastle – quinnbet.com Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-80) 1m2f
VANITY FAIR has progressed with each run this term and the Mayson gelding got off the mark at Wolverhampton earlier this month on his return from a break where he ran out a comfortable winner over Ritche Valens.
Charlie Fellowes’ charge had found only one too good the time before, but that form was subsequently franked and there could be more to come from him with that under his belt.
He’s unpenalised for that last success given it came in an apprentices’ race and he’s well-treated here off the same mark as a result although he’s due to go up 4lbs in future runs. It wouldn’t be a surprise if he were to exploit this mark before going up in the weights and assuming he gets a decent pace to aim at then he could go close here.