Thursday racing tips – Best bets at Huntingdon, Chepstow, Sedgefield and Southwell
Thursday horse racing tips and best bets
Four more meetings head to post across the UK over the sticks and on the all-weather and we’ve looked through the day’s racecards to pick out our Thursday tips and best bets.
A busy day of horse racing action awaits punters on Thursday with four meetings heading to post throughout the afternoon and evening over the sticks and on the all-weather.
The day’s jumps racing comes from the cards at Huntingdon, Chepstow and Sedgefield in the afternoon; while in the evening there is all-weather action on the fibresand at Southwell. We’ve looked over all four cards to pick out our Thursday best bets and tips.
THURSDAY RACING TIPS – BEST BETS AT HUNTINGDON, CHEPSTOW, SEDGEFIELD & SOUTHWELL
2:05 Huntingdon – mansionbet.com Mares’ Handicap Chase Cl4 (5yo+ 0-110) 2m7½f
ELLENS WAY is yet to get off the mark over fences but she’s proven a decent hurdler in the past, winning off a mark of 124 a couple of seasons ago. She hasn’t been as good over the larger obstacles but Jeremy Scott’s charge ran well when last seen and could build on that outing to get off the mark in this discipline.
Runner-up at Fontwell back in December she bounced back from a lesser effort at Warwick to finish just four lengths’ third behind Molly Carew at Taunton and that form was done little harm when the runner-up filled the same spot in a better race next time.
The Black Sam Bellamy mare can compete here from the same mark while rider Ben Godfrey can take off a further 5lbs so she looks handicapped to go close from an effective 98 rating and if arriving in similar form she could go close with the return to three miles no problem.
2:27 Chepstow – Pertemps Memorial To Roger Lewis Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl4 (5yo+ 0-120) 2m3½f
SUPREME ESCAPE is chanced to bounce back to form having pulled up at Wincanton last month although the Milan gelding was possibly stretched by the trip in the heavy ground on that occasion and Evan Williams’ charge can do better dropping back in trip.
A hurdles winner last term he stepped up on an underwhelming chase debut to gain a nose verdict over Faustinovick over this course and distance and he’s perhaps best excused his latest effort.
His past form has seen him win a couple of times on the back of a poor run and he could well follow a similar pattern here now eased 1lb and with cheekpieces applied.
2:42 Sedgefield – Bet £10 Get £10 Promo Sedgefield Handicap Chase (Northern Lights Staying Chase Series Qualifier) Cl5 (5yo+ 0-100) 3m2½f
FURIUS DE CIERGUES finished a long way adrift of reopposing Sigurd when the pair clashed at Catterick in January but Oliver Greenall’s charge might be able to turn the tables here on significantly better terms and having had wind surgery in the interim.
The Lord Du Sud was finishing runner-up for the third time in succession in that contest, giving the winner 5lbs but now in receipt of 12lbs from Julie Fosters charge who followed up next time but was last seen pulling up at Catterick.
That one could easily bounce back but a nine day turnaround may not be enough of a break and the selection has been freshened up so it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see him running a big contest here if the wind operation unlocks some improvement.
2:57 Chepstow – Pertemps Network Opportunity Around The Corner Handicap Hurdle (Series Qualifier) (GBB Race) Cl2 (5yo+) 2m7½f
SPIRITOFTHEGAMES returns to the hurdle ranks for the first time since finishing seventh in a Grade Three hurdle at Aintree back in April 2018, but with Dan Skelton’s team continuing in good form it might be worth chancing the Darsi gelding to get back on the scoresheet.
He’s proven largely consistent in competitive handicaps over fences in the past couple of seasons, finishing runner-up in a Grade Three contest at Cheltenham last January and occupying the same spot on his reappearance this campaign in the Paddy Power Gold Cup.
Last seen finishing eighth behind Two For Gold at Warwick he perhaps wasn’t suited by the heavy ground but there’s a suspicion in any case that his current handicap mark over fences is beyond him at this stage and a return to hurdles could benefit him given he has placed off this mark over hurdles in both the Betfair Hurdle and the County Hurdle a couple of seasons ago.
The switch in discipline could coincide with a resurgence in form and he’s won here in the past over hurdles so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a big effort from the Skelton runner here.
3:05 Huntingdon – MansionBet’s Faller Insurance Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+ 0-115) 2m
QUIANA showed glimpses of ability on the flat when trained in France but the Pour Moi gelding has shown more switched to hurdles following a move to Gary Moore and this could be a decent opportunity for him to get off the mark.
He’s faced a couple of stiff tests behind Chantry House and Notre Pari last term, but he returned from nine months off with a solid fourth at Plumpton in December and found only one too good in a jumpers’ bumper latest at Kempton where he was denied by a neck.
On what he’s shown thus far there’s a suspicion that his 110 rating on his handicap bow is workable and still lightly-raced and unexposed over hurdles he could improve further so is taken to get off the mark now.
4:45 Sedgefield – vickers.bet Live Casino Handicap Chase (Northern Lights Two Mile Chase Series Qualifier) Cl5 (5yo+ 0-100) 2m½f
PALIXANDRE was a winner over hurdles for Nicky Henderson and the Kapgarde gelding has shown enough since being switched to fences by current handler Sam Drake that he can win over the larger obstacles.
Last seen finishing runner-up at Catterick earlier in the month he possibly paid the price of trying to lay up with the pacesetter; but he stuck well to his task and although well beaten there’s a suspicion the winner was ahead of his mark.
Now fitted with cheekpieces there might be more to come from the seven-year old and this doesn’t look a particularly strong contest so he may be able to take advantage having been dropped 1lb in the ratings.
6:00 Southwell – Bombardier “March To Your Own Drum” Handicap Cl6 (4yo+ 0-60) 7f
THREE C’S wasn’t seen to best effect when finishing a close third behind reopposing De Bruyne Horse over this course and distance earlier in the month but the Kodiac gelding can come out on top in this rematch.
George Boughey’s charge is a four-time course and distance winner who was caught further back than ideal last time having been bumped at the start and finding himself outpaced. However he rallied well and was running on strongly late on to go down by by little over a neck.
He’s now better off at the weights with that rival and if he can get a bit more luck in running then he may well turn the tables on this occasion.
7:00 Southwell – Betway Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-80) 6f
LORD OBERON is unbeaten on this surface winning all four of his runs here including twice at this distance and the Mayson gelding can keep that run going.
Karl Burke’s charge won over course and distance six days ago when scoring by just over one length from Excessable although he was value for more than the bare margin of victory with the front two finishing clear of the rest.
He has a 5lbs penalty to carry but he could yet have more to come on this surface and it would be no surprise to see another bold bid to follow up with the race likely to be run to suit. He can maintain his unbeaten record on this surface and land a hat-trick of successes having previously won over seven furlongs here the time before.