Thursday racing tips 9 July – Best bets across the day’s horse racing fixtures
We reveal our best Thursday racing tips as we look over the day’s scheduled fixtures at Newmarket, York and Chepstow as well as Navan in Ireland.
A top-class day of horse racing action awaits punters on Thursday where the opening day of the Newmarket July Meeting goes to post; while on the Knavesmire at York the Group Two Dante Stakes takes centre-stage.
The pick of both meetings will feature on Thursday’s ITV Racing, but there is also action elsewhere with meetings at Chepstow and also Navan in Ireland. We’ve looked over all four Thursday racecards and deliver our best bets for the day’s racing.
THURSDAY RACING TIPS 9 JULY
12:45 Newmarket – Price Promise At bet365 Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-105) 6f
HIGHLAND DRESS showed some promise in his starts for John Oxx, but the Shamardal gelding has since moved to Archie Watson and won twice from four starts with the most recent coming on the Rowley Mile course here last month on his first start in almost 90 days.
He had almost two lengths to spare over Beyond Equal on that occasion and he subsequently lost little caste in defeat when finishing eighth in the Wokingham behind Hey Jonesy where he was beaten only around three lengths.
This is a less competitive contest and he can make his presence felt from the same mark with the red-hot Hollie Doyle taking over in the saddle so no surprise to see him firmly in the mix.
3:55 Navan – Bohermeen Handicap (3yo+) 5f
NULLIFIER ran much better than the bare result on his return twelve days ago, finishing fifth in a decent handicap contest despite having the worst of the draw.
Ger Lyons’ charge was beaten around three lengths, leading his group on the unfavoured far side of the track and keeping on well without matching the winner where he faded late on to drop a couple of positions.
The No Nay Never colt will undoubtedly prove sharper now with that run under his belt and this return to the minimum trip could prove a good move given he scored over this course and distance last campaign.
He can race from the same mark here and every chance he can make his presence felt in what looks a very competitive contest.
4:50 York – Sky Bet Thank You NHS Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-85) 2m½f
Solo Saxophone is 2-2 since joining Ben Haslam and has solid claims of a hat-trick; however there was a lot to like about the return of YOUNG MERLIN at Sandown last month and Roger Charlton’s charge can get back on the scoresheet.
The Camelot gelding improved for the application of cheekpieces when winning at Sandown last July, beating Buckman Tavern and although he failed to back up that win in a pair of subsequent starts he made a very promising return to action back at Sandown when getting to within a half-length of Author’s Dream.
He was just ran down late by the winner, possibly needing the outing although the front pair had pulled three lengths clear. He ought to strip fitter for that run however and the third has won since to give the form a boost.
Back at two miles He appeared to get his trip fine on the all-weather on his final start last term and a 4lbs rise for that Sandown silver medal looks workable given he’s still relatively unexposed so he is chanced to go close with a run now under his belt.
8:30 Chepstow – Shadow Scaffolding Handicap Cl6 (3yo 0-65) 1m4f
CARIBENO could prove to be another typical Sir Mark Prescott handicap blot and the Archipenko colt can get off the mark in an ordinary race having likely been sharpened up by a recent run.
He’s shown little to date in his three starts although he possibly needed his latest reappearance at Ripon over a considerably shorter trip than this. However he steps up markedly in distance and the application of cheekpieces could yield some improvement as he switches his focus to handicapping where he’s been handed a very lenient opening mark.
He probably wouldn’t need to improve too much to take a hand in the finish to what looks a moderate contest and with his shrewd yard in good fettle he can make his presence felt.