Thursday racing tips – Best bets at Haydock, Doncaster, Chepstow & Chelmsford
Thursday’s UK horse racing action takes in four meetings including day two of the Doncaster St Leger Festival. We look over all four of the day’s fixtures and pick out our Thursday racing tips for the day across each of the meetings.
There’s more classy horse racing action to look forward to on Thursday which is spearheaded by the second day of the Doncaster St Leger Festival. In addition to the top-class fixture on the flat there is further racing action on the level with fixtures at Haydock and Chepstow; while in the evening there is an all-weather meeting going to post at Chelmsford.
We take a look over all four of the day’s fixtures and give our best Thursday racing tips for the day.
THURSDAY RACING TIPS – BEST BETS AT HAYDOCK, DONCASTER, CHEPSTOW & CHELMSFORD
1:30 Haydock – Every Race Live On Racing TV Handicap Cl5 (3yo+ 0-75) 6f
VIVA VOCE is much less exposed than this field of rivals with just three runs under his belt and the Intense Focus gelding has made the frame on each of those outings, scoring latest at Redcar where he appeared to relish the much deeper conditions.
That was his first outing on turf and also in the handicap ranks, and David Barron’s charge ran out a comfortable five lengths’ victor over Sambucca Spirit. The fourth from that race has won since and he remains with scope so could well be capable of defying a 9lbs rise in the handicap with ability to handle these conditions already proven.
He looks worth chancing to progress again on the back of that success and while this is tougher he can make his presence felt.
1:40 Doncaster – British Stallion Studs EBF “Carrie Red” Fillies’ Nursery Handicap Cl2 (2yo) 6½f
SKY ANGEL is progressing with each run and getting closer to the winners’ enclosure; Charlie Appleby’s charge can get off the mark here at the fourth attempt.
The Dark Angel filly found only one too good last time on her handicap debut at Newmarket, beaten only a half-length behind Great Vibes having perhaps just done too much in front and she was run down late by the winner.
The third and fifth horses home in that race have both won since to boost the form and this slight drop in trip to a stiff extended six furlongs may prove ideal so she can make her presence felt again and can open her win account.
2:30 Haydock – Racing TV Profits Returned To Racing Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-80) 7f
Lightly-raced TACITLY won well over course and distance last month and the Dubawi filly could continue to progress.
Roger Charlton’s charge shaped well last winter in two starts on the all-weather, but she has improved switching to handicaps on turf and easing back in trip, finishing runner-up on her seasonal return before registering that win last time out where she struck by almost one length.
She takes on more exposed types in this latest outing where she could have further improvement to come and the handicapper has raised her only 3lbs for that last-time success so she could prove ahead of her mark if finding another jolt of progress.
2:50 Chepstow – Each Way Extra At bet365 Handicap (Div I) Cl6 (3yo+ 0-60) 6f
OUR MAN IN HAVANA has been largely consistent since joining forces with Tony Carroll and the Havana Gold gelding ended a lengthy losing streak when going in over course and distance back in July, beating Outer Space by a short-head.
The five-year old hasn’t been seen at his best the last twice in strongly-run races but his latest effort saw him beaten just over two lengths behind Under Curfew at Bath where he had the worst of the draw.
He could be worth chancing back at the scene of his last win and with Hector Crouch taking over in the saddle, and he could make his presence felt here.
7:00 Chelmsford – chelmsfordcityracecourse.com Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 1m
NOTFORALONGTIME was disappointing when last seen at Sandown in July, but Clive Cox’s charge might have been amiss there and the Paco Boy colt is worth another chance.
He had looked progressive prior to that outing, twice winning on the all-weather which included over seven furlongs here last December and he followed up a subequent Kempton success with victory on his return from six months off with a win at Doncaster in June.
Despite his last run disappointment he did have a couple of subsequent winners in arrears and having been given a break following that Sandown outing he could bounce back here with a better effort.