Thursday TV racing tips – ITV Racing best bets at Newmarket and Cheltenham

ITV Racing tips for Thursday at Newmarket and Cheltenham

There is more TV horse racing action taking place on Thursday with further coverage of two of the day’s racecards in the UK; we’ve looked over the day’s ITV Racing to pick out our Thursday TV racing tips at Cheltenham and Newmarket.

The ITV Racing cameras are back in action on Thursday with more televised racing from the cards at Cheltenham and Newmarket where the Craven Meeting enters its’ final day with the eponymously titled Craven Stakes heading the action at Flat HQ on a card which also includes the Group Three Abernant Stakes.

Meanwhile there is also jumps racing action from Cheltenham where there is Grade Three and Listed racing action on the agenda at the home of jumps of racing for day two of their April Meeting.

As is usual Ed Chamberlain, Oli Bell and the rest of the ITV Racing team will have their usual expert racing tips, insights and post-race analysis on all the day’s action, while we’ve also looked through the televised schedule to pick out our Thursday TV racing tips at Cheltenham and Newmarket.


1:50 Newmarket – Each Way Extra At bet365 Handicap Cl2 (3yo 0-100) 6f

CAIRN ISLAND ran better than the bare result when only seventh at Doncaster on his final start of last season, but Kevin Ryan’s charge can bounce back on his reappearance and the Kodiac gelding had looked a useful prospect in registering a pair of wins prior to that run with successes at Ayr and York.

The latter came on his first try in a handicap and was made at this level where he struck by a neck over Perotto, battling back well once headed and the front pair pulled three lengths’ clear of the rest. That form has proven fair and he wasn’t seen to best effect latest where he was drawn on the wrong side although he turned in a creditable performance.

He could do better as a three-year old and the yard has started the season well so he could be worth chancing to make a winning reappearance.

Thursday TV racing tips. Kevin Ryan can continue his good spell with a winner at Newmarket.

Thursday TV racing tips. Kevin Ryan can continue his good spell with a winner at Newmarket.

2:05 Cheltenham – NAF Fillies’ Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo) 2m1f

Fiveandtwenty is respected dropping into a handicap but Donald McCain’s charge might struggle to concede 11lbs to SCHOLASTIC who returned to hurdling with a very good third behind Jeff Kidder at Fairyhouse ten days ago.

Joseph O’Brien’s charge has proven useful over hurdles, winning at Punchestown in September having placed in a couple of prior runs; in the wake of that victory he found only Triumph Hurdle winner Quilixios too strong back at Punchestown and he’s faced stiff tasks since over hurdles although he’s been mixing runs with spins on the all-weather where he won at Dundalk in January.

Far from disgraced latest he could be very well treated switching to the handicap ranks from an opening rating of 121 which could underestimate her and with no issues over the ground he ought to go well.

2:25 Newmarket – bet365 Wood Ditton Maiden Stakes (Plus 10 Race) Cl3 (3yo) 1m

A bit of guesswork required given none of these have seen a racecourse before so the market might be the best guide here. But given their excellent record with three-year old debutantes it might be worth siding with VALIANT PRINCE from the Charlie Appleby yard, one of two runners in the race for Godolphin.

The Dubawi colt fetched 200,000 guineas as a yearling and is related to some smart winners including as a half-brother to a Group Three winner.

There’s a lot to like about him on paper and the yard won this race in 2017 so it wouldn’t come as much of a surprise if he were capable of making a winning introduction for his top yard.

2:40 Cheltenham – Citipost Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (Listed Race) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m4½f

Sexy Lot is going the right way but a quick turnaround and further 5lbs rise may just anchor her on this occasion and MOLLY OLLYS WISHES can get back to winning ways having lost little caste in defeat when finishing third in the Grade Two National Spirit Hurdle last month.

Dan Skelton’s Black Sam Bellamy mare had been steadily progressive previously where she reeled off a hat-trick of wins at up to three miles including a Listed contest at Warwick ini February where she was an impressive victor over Paul’s Saga.

She ran well for a long way at Fontwell on her last outing, fading from the last hurdle having made most to that point and the winner and runner-up both contested the Grade One Aintree Hurdle last weekend so that form looks strong.

The slightly longer trip here will suit and back in a handicap she can remain competitive off this lofty mark although she’ll need to be at her best to defy this rating and giving away upwards of 10lbs. Nevertheless she represents a yard that continues to churn out winners at present and it wouldn’t be a huge shock to see her in the mix once more.

Thursday TV racing tips. Oxted can make a winning reappearance in the Abernant Stakes.

Thursday TV racing tips. Oxted can make a winning reappearance in the Abernant Stakes.

3:00 Newmarket – bet365 Abernant Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo+) 6f

It is hard to get away from Roger Teal’s OXTED who took this prize twelve months ago enroute to Group One success in the July Cup to bring up a hat-trick of victories and the Mayson gelding can get back to winning ways.

Following his win in the July Cup he underwent wind surgery and there was no caste lost on his return in the British Champions Sprint at Ascot where despite the softer ground possibly being against him he was beaten only one length into fifth behind Glen Shiel.

He’ll be fit following a spin on the dirt in Riyadh where he finished seventh and that will have him spot on as he bids to retain his crown here. With an excellent record here on both tracks he ought to take plenty of beating and he sets a clear standard on ratings.

3:35 Newmarket – bet365 Craven Stakes (Group 3) (Colts & Geldings) Cl1 (3yo) 1m

LA BAROSSA looked highly promising in reeling off back-to-back wins on his first two starts at Ascot and here respectively, latterly winning the Somerville Tattersall Stakes from Dark Lion and the Lope De Vega colt probably found the heavy ground too much when only finishing fifth of seven behind Van Gogh in the Group One Prix Criterium International at Saint Cloud in October.

Charlie Appleby’s charge is one of a pair of runners from the yard and presumably the yard’s second string given he wears the white cap here; but there could be better to come from him this term and the return to a sounder surface will surely prove in his favour.

With potential still to improve further he can be forgiven his sojourn in France and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he were to bounce back following a break where his proven winning form here could stand him in good stead.