Thursday racing best bets – Tips for Worcester, Haydock, Ripon, Sandown and Carlisle
Thursday horse racing tips 27 May
After Wednesday’s fixture list was decimated by abandonments we hope Thursday will be different with a full compliment of meetings going to post; we’ve picked out our Thursday racing best bets for all five meetings.
Wednesday’s fixture list of horse racing fixtures was badly affected by the weather but hopefully Thursday will be better and all being well there will be five more UK horse racing meetings going to post over the sticks and on the flat.
The afternoon flat racing action sees racing from Haydock and Ripon; while over the sticks there is also a meeting at Worcester.
Meanwhile in the eveing there is further flat racing with a quality card at Sandown while Carlisle are also racing on the level. We’ve looked over all the day’s racing action to bring our Thursday racing best bets and tips.
THURSDAY RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR WORCESTER, HAYDOCK, RIPON, SANDOWN & CARLISLE
1:30 Worcester – Mental Health Matters Handicap Chase Cl4 (5yo+ 0-115) 2m4f
This could go to the lightly-raced WAGNER who has yet to strike over fences but found only one too good over this course and distance just six days ago on the back of a wind operation behind Rock On Rocco and the Mahler gelding can go one better.
Anthony Honeyball’s charge won a hurdle race at Fontwell last March but he’s had just four starts since and there could be more to come from him given he’s very low mileage although he’s not been without problems given he’s undergone three wind operations.
He’s due to go up 2lbs in future and if he can build on that recent better effort then he ought to go close here.
3:05 Ripon – Sky Sports Racing Sky 415 Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-85) 1m4f
BOLLIN JOAN has a good record here and Tim Easterby’s charge can get back on the scoresheet on ground that should hold no fears.
The Mount Nelson mare won three times last term including in soft ground at Catterick before rounding off her campaign with a very good fourth at Doncaster in a higher grade despite being 3lbs out of the weights where she was beaten five lengths by On To Victory in the November Handicap.
Having possibly needed the run on her return at Doncaster in May where the fast ground and slow pace certainly wouldn’t have suited she stepped up for that outing with a good fifth at York latest and dropped another 1lb she is becoming dangerously handicapped now.
Back on softer ground she could post a big effort here and she looks to hold solid claims of a return to winning ways.
3:55 Haydock – George Formby Birthday Handicap Cl5 (3yo 0-70) 5f
DAN DE LIGHT arrives here chasing a hat-trick of wins and while he has a little bit more to do in order to land the three-timer it might be worth sticking with the Twilight Son gelding.
There wasn’t much encouragement to be taken from his juvenile season where he failed to trouble the judge in five starts on turf. However he’s done much better since switching to the all-weather, winning back-to-back at Southwell and Wolverhampton where he was equipped with eye-shields.
His latest victory came when beating Nacho by one length on tapeta at Wolverhampton where he scored a shade readily and that form doesn’t look too bad.
He’s been raised 7lbs for that but there could be further improvement to come from him and he could go well here if handling the return to turf and the soft ground although he does have a win to his name at Southwell and ability to handle that surface could see him in good stead in the testing ground.
4:30 Haydock – Lowton Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-85) 5f
Assuming this doesn’t come too soon PRETTY BOY FLOYD could prove hard to beat here taking a drop back in class.
The Irish raider won twice towards the end of last year in testing ground and while he took a little while to get going this term he found only one too good latest in a valuable handicap at the Curragh when beaten three lengths by Verhoyen.
That better run came despite the Footstepsinthesand gelding racing from 4lbs out of the weights although he did wear blinkers for the first time which are retained here.
A mark of 74 looks very workable here as he drops back into a Class 4 contest and if he can reproduce that latest performance here then he should take all the beating on ground that will hold no fears.
5:45 Sandown – Play Coral “Racing-Super-Series” For Free Handicap (Jockey Club Grassroots Middle Dist’ Series Qual) Cl5 (4yo+ 0-75) 1m2f
NOBLE MASQUERADE has yet to score but the Sir Percy gelding has run some solid races in defeat and shaped better than the bare result latest when beaten into fifth behind Grey Fox at Windsor earlier in the month having been hampered.
Eve Johnson Houghton’s charge was only beaten around six lengths having lost all chance when being baulked and while he ran on he was never likely to land a blow.
First-time cheekpieces are applied now which might help him to find some improvement and if handling the softer ground he could go well having run with plenty of promise on his reappearance the time before.
6:05 Carlisle – MansionBet Watch And Bet Restricted Novice Stakes (For Horses In Bands C And D) (GBB Race) Cl5 (2yo) 6f
MATTICE shaped with promise when finishing third on his debut at Beverley back in May, beaten less than one length despite looking in need of the experience; Tim Easterby’s charge subsequently stepped up on that outing but still meeting with defeat when finishing runner-up at York latest behind Lusail.
The Mattmu colt was again beaten less than one length and he is likely to have further improvement to come on the back of those efforts so may well progress again to get off the mark at the third attempt.
Softer ground is an unknown but could be worth chancing to come out on top in a race which could be a straight match between him and last-time winner Aleezdancer although that one has to give 7lbs which could see the Easterby runner come out on top.
6:50 Sandown – Coral Henry II Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m
It might be worth chancing RANCH HAND to bounce back to winning form returning to a longer trip and while the Dunaden gelding has a bit to do on the book he could go close if returning to his best.
Andrew Balding’s charge reeled off a hat-trick of wins on the flat either side of a couple of runs over hurdles where he also won with victory at Exeter; he had won a Listed contest at Newmarket previously over this trip albeit on better ground, but he has form on soft and he won twice over the distance on the all-weather when returning from a break in the spring, beating rock Eagle each time.
The drop back in trip for the Group Three Aston Park Stakes probably didn’t suit but he can do better returning to this longer distance and may bounce back to form for the stiffer test. He does have a bit to find but he is 3-4 over two miles and could be worth another chance.