Thursday UK horse racing tips – Best bets for the day’s racing fixtures around the country
Thursday UK horse racing tips
Another busy day of horse racing action in the UK awaits punters as day three of Punchestown again takes centre stage; we’ve looked over the day’s racecards to pick out our Thursday UK horse racing tips.
The bulk of Thursday’s horse racing focus will again fall on the Punchestown Festival and the third day of top-class action heads up the day’s meetings although there are also five fixtures taking place in the UK on the flat.
Thursday’s afternoon action in the UK sees fixtures on turf at Musselburgh and Redcar; while on the all-weather there is racing on the polytrack at Lingfield.
Meanwhile the evening action sees polytrack action at Chelmsford, while Southwell’s fixture on fibresand completes the line-up of meetings taking place.
We’ve looked over all five of the day’s scheduled racecards to pick out our Thursday UK horse racing tips and best bets.
THURSDAY UK HORSE RACING TIPS – BEST BETS AT MUSSELBURGH, REDCAR, LINGFIELD, SOUTHWELL & CHELMSFORD
2:00 Lingfield – Get Hugh Taylor’s Tips On attheraces.com Handicap Cl5 (3yo 0-75) 1m
STAY COUL makes his return from almost seven months off the track but the Coulsty gelding can make a winning reappearance having progressed last term and he rounded off his campaign with a ready success at Leicester in October.
The ground was heavy that day but he proved conditions were no issue with a three lengths’ victory and that form has since been boosted with the third and fifth both winning since. He won a shade readily given he was slowly away and there could be more to come from David Menuisier’s charge this term.
He’s up 5lbs for that win and he has to prove he can handle polytrack; but he has the plum inside draw here and Josephine Gordon retains the partnership with the pair having combined for that win. Assuming he’s fit to go on his return he can post a big effort here to double his win tally.
2:20 Musselburgh – William Hill Lengthen Your Odds Handicap Cl6 (3yo 0-65) 1m1f
FAE THE PORT got off the mark with a ready victory at Southwell earlier this month, beating May Night by four lengths and with this further step up in trip a possible source of improvement Kevin Ryan’s charge can get back to winning ways.
The French Navy gelding lost no caste in defeat when turned out under a penalty seven days later to finish third at Newcastle behind Blu Boy, blowing his chance at the start when very slowly away. But he ran on well late without ever threatening to bag the bronze medal and he could be capable of exploiting this mark if getting away on terms.
He proved last term he can handle turf, finishing runner-up at Beverley and he should appreciate this extra furlong so it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him firmly in the mix at the business end.
3:00 Lingfield – Follow At The Races On Twitter Handicap Cl6 (4yo+ 0-60) 5f
LADY FLORENCE won over this course and distance last August, beating Mercers in good style and the Zebedee filly ran well in defeat subsequently when third to Red Allure at Wolverhampton.
Malcolm Saunders’ charge probably needed his reappearance here in March, posting a disappointing effort where she beat only one home; but she showed the benefit of that run to go close under this rider latest when denied by less than one length behind Shecandoo.
She was only run down late there by a rival who shaped as if ahead of his mark and a repeat of that might be good enough to see her get back on the scoresheet with a 2lbs rise in the weights looking workable.
Well drawn here she can reverse that form last time with her reopposing rival on 4lbs better terms and it wouldn’t be a huge shock to see her get back to winning ways.
3:50 Redcar – Watch Racing TV In Stunning HD Handicap Cl4 (3yo 0-80) 1m
ILLUSTRATOR has yet to tackle turf but he’s shown a fair amount of ability on the all-weather and registered a win at Newcastle back in November when beating Super Over by a short-head.
James Tate’s Bobby’s Kitten colt has finished third on both his starts this term at Kempton and Wolverhampton respectively and beaten around two lengths on each occasion; but he perhaps wasn’t best suited by the slow early pace last time and he could do better this time around where he’s likely to get a stronger gallop.
Assuming he can handle the switch to turf he ought not to be far away given he remains open to improvement and is unexposed on the surface.
4:00 Musselburgh – William Hill Betting TV Handicap Cl6 (3yo 0-60) 5f
Lightly-raced TWICE ADAAY has finished third on both starts on turf over the minimum trip and following a couple of lesser starts over six furlongs this campaign in the wake of a break the Adaay filly bounced back to form latest.
Beaten only a neck at Southwell behind Dan De Light she appreciated the return to five furlongs on that ocacsion, just unable to get past the winner but the front two pulling clear.
Adrian Keatley’s charge is due to go up 2lbs so features here on a good mark and this fast five furlongs on turf could show her up in the best light where she can get off the mark.
6:10 Chelmsford – Celebrating The tote And PMU Partnership Handicap Cl6 (4yo+ 0-65) 6f
SIR RODNEYREDBLOOD found only reopposing Sir Hector too strong over this course and distance earlier in the month but it might be worth chancing the Roderic O’connor gelding to turn the tables on this occasion.
John Jenkins’ charge had won back to back earlier in the year, scoring victories at Southwell and here before possibly being stretched by seven furlongs at Southwell next time. He’s since twice finished runner-up, beaten less than a length by Sir Hector and then denied a short-head by Kaafy at Wolverhampton.
The selection has a 2lbs swing in his favour with his old rival which might be enough to tip the balance in his favour and he can go close again under Marco Ghiani who can again claim 3lbs.
6:25 Southwell – MansionBets Best Odds Guaranteed Maiden Handicap Cl5 (3yo 0-70)
DABIRSTAR has made the frame on all three starts to date, the last two coming here; the Dabirsim filly might have been stretched by one mile last time on this surface behind Secret Glow although given it was her first run in almost three months she possibly just needed it.
She had finished a head runner-up behind Nelson Gay the time before over this trip, trading blows with the winner throughout the last furlong but coming up just short. That winner has since posted a further pair of successes including in a much higher grade.
Back at six furlongs and making her handicap debut she could be well treated off a mark of 69 given her potential for improvement and it wouldn’t come as much of a shock to see her firmly in the mix.
7:15 Chelmsford – Bigger Pools With tote.co.uk PMU Partnership Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-105) 1m2f
The eye is immediately drawn to the presence of TRITONIC who was smart on turf with two wins during his debut season and running to a good level last term, making the frame in Listed company.
However Alan King’s charge took a big leap forward switched to hurdles, winning two of three including a Grade Two contest prior to tackling the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
The Sea The Moon gelding returns to the level where he makes his all-weather debut and he won’t want for fitness given his exploits in the National Hunt sphere. The form of his Listed silver medal from last term has also been franked in no uncertain terms by the winner Subjectivist and he should be competitive off this mark switching to polytrack having run well off the same on turf.
Turned out over ten furlongs here should really suit him and he’ll get a good pace to aim at so with Hollie Doyle in the plate he looks to hold solid claims here.