Thursday racing best bets – Tips for Sedgefield, Ludlow, Taunton and Chelmsford
Thursday’s fixture list of horse racing action takes in another quartet of fixtues around the UK and we’ve looked through the day’s racing to pick out our Thursday racing best bets and tips on each card.
As we approach three top class days of racing at Cheltenham we warm up on Thursday with a four-fixture schedule of horse racing action which sees afternoon jumps racing from Sedgefield, Ludlow and Taunton; while there is also an evening fixture under the Chelmsford floodlights on their polytrack surface.
30 races in all will head to post across the day’s meetings and we’ve looked through all the cards to pick out our Thursday racing best bets and tips.
THURSDAY RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR SEDGEFIELD, LUDLOW, TAUNTON & CHELMSFORD
12:20 Sedgefield – Temptations Bishop Auckland Handicap Chase Cl5 (4yo+ 0-105) 2m3½f
CYBALKO is still a maiden after 19 runs but the Balko gelding has run a number of very solid races and was arguably unlucky here last week when finishing fourth behind a couple of these rivals although he was hampered turning in before keeping on strongly to only finish just over one length adrift at the line.
Sam Drake’s charge can compete from the same mark here which could see him finally get off the mark assuming he can back up that performance and the return of cheekpieces for this latest outing might just help him eke out a little more.
That run was a step back in the right direction and he could finally get off the mark having been well supported to do so last time.
1:00 Taunton – Cornish Rock Gin Selling Hurdle Cl5 (5-8yo) 2m3f
MR CAFFREY is rated lower over hurdles than fences so Dr Richard Newland’s charge is taken to get back to winning ways reverting to the smaller obstacles.
The Duke Of Marmalade gelding initially showed progressive form for this yard where he won his first two starts and continued in good form to reel of further success in the wake of a trio of runner-up finishes in the autumn of 2018.
His last win came over fences at Bangor and he has raced four times this term over the larger obstacles without adding to his tally; but returning to timber he can exploit this lower mark under his good 7lbs claimer and no surprise to see him in the mix on favourable terms at the weights.
1:07 Ludlow – Shukers Landrover Novices’ Handicap Chase Cl5 (4yo+ 0-105) 2m
GO AS YOU PLEASE has proven progressive over fences this term, twice finishing runner-up in starts at Uttoxeter prior to getting off the mark at Warwick back in September where the Jeremy gelding scored by two lengths from Vue Cavaliere.
Paul Webber’s charge lost little caste in defeat when thwarted in his follow-up bid latest at Lingfield last month where he finished four lengths’ runner-up behind Desque De L’isle; that form has been franked with the winner going in again since so a 2lbs rise for finishing second looks workable and the suspicion is he remains on a good mark.
The fourth from that last race has also run well in defeat since and there could still be more to come from him over fences so he is taken to get back to winning ways here.
2:15 Ludlow – Shukers Landrover Handicap Chase Cl3 (4yo+ 0-125) 3m1½f
Anthony Honeyball’s runners can do little wrong at present and although he returns from almost a year off here it might be worth chancing the fitness of DON LAMI to strike again.
A point-to-point winner the Honolulu gelding won a bumper on his first start for this yard and he showed progressive form over hurdles although he was lightly raced in that sphere. He did manage to strike at Fontwell however back in May 2018 and went close to a follow up there later in the month prior to a lengthy absence where he was off for 550 days.
The long break didn’t appear to faze him however and he got the better of Innisfree Lad on his first start over fences at this course and distance and while he has another year-long absence to overcome he’s clearly one who goes well fresh.
He’s only 2lbs higher here than when posting that last win, but Rex Dingle’s allowance offsets that rise and the application of a tongue-tie could yield further improvement. Still unexposed and lightly raced he can continue his yard’s excellent form with a big run here.
5:30 Chelmsford – tote.co.uk Free Streaming Every UK Race Nursery Handicap (Div I) Cl6 (2yo 0-60) 1m
LIBBY AMI improved for the switch to handicapping when going in at Newcastle earlier in the month and John Quinn’s charge could improve further to follow up here.
The The Gurkha filly hadn’t managed to get competitive in a trio of maiden contest previously, but she ran out a ready winner of her latest run where she struck by two lengths from Love Of Zoffany, running on well and probably appreciative of the strong pace.
She should get a decent pace to aim at again here which ought to suit once more and she’s open to further improvement where a 7lbs rise in the weights might not be enough to prevent a repeat if arriving in similar mood.
7:00 Chelmsford – Racing Welfare Supporting Racing’s Workforce Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 1m2f
POWER OF STATES isn’t the most consistent of performers but the Lope De Vega gelding can follow up his latest success over this course and distance last month where Hugo Palmer’s charge ran out a one length victor over War Leader.
That was his first win since going in over one mile here in October 2018 and his form in-between those successes has been hot and cold; but the switch from blinkers to a visor seemed to sharpen him up last time and a 4lbs rise in the weights could leave him well-treated if the headgear has the same effect again.
A record of 121 from his three starts here also augurs well and if in the same mood as last time then every chance he can go well again here.