Thursday racing best bets – Tips for the day’s UK horse racing fixtures on the flat and over jumps
Thursday racing best bets and tips 10 June
Thursday takes in another round of UK horse racing meetings on the flat and over jumps with some quality action taking place. We’ve picked out our Thursday UK racing best bets and tips.
There’s plenty more UK horse racing action going to post on Thursday where five meetings go to post on the flat and over the sticks.
Thursday’s afternoon racing action comes from the cards at Nottingham, Newbury and Yarmouth on the flat, while the evening fixtures take in further flat racing from Haydock and jumps racing from Uttoxeter.
Across the day’s five meetings 38 races will unfold and we’ve picked out our Thursday UK racing best bets and tips for all the day’s action.
THURSDAY RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR NOTTINGHAM, NEWBURY, YARMOUTH, UTTOXETER & HAYDOCK
2:20 Newbury – Betfair British EBF Fillies’ Novice Stakes (Plus 10/GBB Race) (Div II) Cl4 (3yo) 1m
SIYATA shaped with promise here on debut despite running green, eventually finishing four lengths’ seventh to Far Hope and the Siyouni filly went off too hard in heavy ground at Haydock next time where she was trying this trip.
She was a spent force entering the last quarter mile and she weakened out of the race to finish some thirty lengths behind the winner with the front three separated by just over one length.
Despite that wide margin of defeat Roger Charlton’s charge is surely capable of better and a return to a quicker surface could see her bounce back here with a better effort.
Given the promise she had shown on debut it is too quick to write her off in the wake of that disappointing run last time and she could go well faced with more favourable underfoot conditions.
2:45 Nottingham – Download The MansionBet App Handicap Cl3 (4yo+ 0-90) 6f
TYPHOON TEN hasn’t won since scoring at Windsor last August, but he’s proven largely consistent and recent runs suggest his turn might not be too far away.
The Slade Power gelding might have needed his return at Ascot in May but he’s made the frame in all three starts since and was denied only by a nose latest at Brighton where he didn’t appear entirely at ease on the track.
He’s been left alone by the handicapper following that outing and a good 7lbs claimer takes over on Richard Hannon’s charge so he he should continue to be competitive and if continuing his current good spell of form he can get back to winning ways here.
2:55 Newbury – Betfair British EBF Stakes (Registered As The Abingdon Stakes) (Listed Race) (Ballymacoll) (Fillies) Cl1 (3yo) 1m2f
LILAC ROAD struck at the second time of asking when successful at Doncaster in September and the Mastercraftsman filly subsequently turned in a very good effort when finishing fourth in the May Hill Stakes back there next time behind Indigo Girl.
William Haggas’ charge was disappointing in soft ground when tried in the Fillies’ Mile, finishing last of ten where she was a big price and she duly made a winning reappearance from six months off and faced with an easier assignment at Kempton in April before running well back in Pattern company latest when finishing a close third to Illykato.
She appeared to lack a change of gear on that occasion, holding every chance entering the last quarter mile but unable to go with the front pair although she was only beaten around a neck at the line in a blanket finish involving four of the six runners.
This step up in trip could unlock another level of improvement and entitled to improve she could get back on the scoresheet here.
3:20 Nottingham – MansionBet Bet £10 Get £20 Handicap (Div I) Cl6 (3yo+ 0-65) 6f
REFUGE won a Musselburgh contest last October to open his win account and the Harbour Watch gelding can get back to winning ways here.
Mick Easterby’s charge has finished runner-up in two of his three starts this campaign, going close behind Good Earth at this venue on his reappearance and then bouncing back from a lesser run to get to within a neck of Van Gerwen at Ripon last month where he was run down late by the winner.
He’s only 1lb higher here as he tries six furlongs again but the application of a visor could help produce some improvement and Ben Curtis takes the ride so there’d be no shock in seeing him going close here if reproducing the sort of performance he turned in last time.
3:45 Yarmouth – Sky Sports Racing Sky 415 Handicap Cl5 (4yo+ 0-75) 1m3½f
MORLAIX has had excuses for his last couple of defeats, finding the going too testing at Nottingham last month where the ground was heavy and then being left with too much to do in a stronger race than this but running on late for third.
David Simcock’s charge had won three of his four prior runs on the all-weather, the most recent seeing the Mayson gelding beating Bayston Hill by a short-head although he did appear to do the job cheekily having been held up.
He steps up in distance here which could unlock another level of improvement in the lightly-raced gelding who tries turf for just the second time in his career and he’s thoroughly unexposed on grass so might have better to come as he seeks to get back on the scoresheet with the better ground expected to suit.
6:10 Uttoxeter – Download The Free At The Races App Mares’ Handicap Hurdle Cl5 (4yo+ 0-100) 2m7½f
It could be worth chancing lightly-raced BABY JANE to continue her progress having shaped well in soft ground at Perth in May following wind surgery but bettering that run on a quicker surface latest at Stratford where the Oscar mare finished runner-up behind Always Able under this rider.
Gillian Boanas’ charge was beaten around three lengths on that occasion, outpaced from the second last but rallying well on the run to the final obstacle and continuing to run on for pressure and on that evidence she ought to relish this stiffer test of stamina.
She’s only been raised 1lb in the handicap for that good run but she has scope to do better and her rider can again take 3lbs off so another solid run wouldn’t come as a surprise.
7:30 Haydock – Lyme Wood Handicap Cl3 (4yo+ 0-95) 1m
IDOAPOLOGISE was progressive for James Bethell, winning three times and the Havana Gold gelding can get back to winning ways here.
Now trained by son Ed he looked in need of the run when finishing eighth on his return at Newmarket in May although his task was made harder by being drawn in the middle of the track. That run represents some fair form however and he stepped up for the effort to go close at Ayr latest when sporting cheekpieces for the first time.
He was beaten by two short-heads to finish an agonising third having come with a late rattle and he likely was just given too much ground to make up.
Given the improvement he showed on that occasion there’s every reason to think he should be competitive again here especially as he can contest from the same mark although this is a higher class of race. Nevertheless he should make his presence felt again and with conditions to suit it wouldn’t be a huge shock to see him the mix at the business end.
8:30 Haydock – Windle Handicap Cl5 (3yo 0-70) 1m2f
WINK OF AN EYE showed some fair form in a trio of maiden and novice races last term and William Haggas’ charge has progressed this campaign to make the frame in both his starts at Goodwood and here latterly.
The Dubawi gelding was beaten two lengths by Fairy Cakes on his reappearance and his latest third in heavy ground here can be forgiven where he was beaten around seven lengths by Downsman. He challenged two furlongs out but his effort faltered inside the last furlong and perhaps he found the ground too testing.
Back on a quicker surface he could be capable of better and the handicapper has eased him 1lb following that last run. He’s still open to progress and further improvement should put him firmly in the mix in this contest.