Thursday UK racing tips – Best bets for the day’s horse racing fixtures

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Thursday UK racing tips and best bets

Another round of UK horse racing meetings goes to post on Thursday with five more meetings on the flat and we’ve picked out our Thursday UK racing tips and best bets for the action.

There is more horse racing action taking place across the UK on Thursday with five more fixtures scheduled where all the day’s racing unfolds on the flat with the jumps taking a day off.

Racing action on Thursday afternoon comes from the cards at Nottingham and Newmarket’s July Course on turf, while all-weather racing heads to post on the tapeta at Newcastle. Meanwhile in the evening there is further flat racing on turf with fixtures at Leicester and Hamilton.

A total of 36 races will take place across the day’s fixture list of meetings and we’ve looked over the action to pick out our Thursday UK racing tips and best bets.


2:25 Newmarket – Newmarket Academy Godolphin Beacon Project Handicap Cl5 (3yo+ 0-75) 1m4f

DOCTOR PARNASSUS showed some steadily progressive form in novice contests, going close on his third run at Ayr back in April when finding only one too good in Noman. He then made the switch to handicapping where he ran well for third behind Kondo Isami at York last month and the Make Believe gelding could get off the mark now.

David O’Meara’s charge was trying this longer trip for the first time, racing keenly but always prominent and he stuck doggedly to his task but couldn’t find the change of gear necessary to mount any serious challenge.

That form has been boosted with the winner going close in a much stronger race next time, while the runner-up struck on his next outing at Haydock and the selection can make his presence felt here from only 3lbs higher in the weights.

Thursday UK racing tips. David O'Meara can saddle a winner at Newmarket.

Thursday UK racing tips. David O’Meara can saddle a winner at Newmarket.

3:10 Newcastle – William Hill Seaton Delaval Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-105) 1m

EAGLEWAY was a three-time winner in France prior to joining Ivan Furtado and the Sakhee’s Secret gelding wasted no time in getting off the mark for his new yard when scoring in a Chantilly claimer last September.

He failed to fire in two subsequent outings but returned from a break in a first-time hood to run a mighty race in the competitive Victoria Cup at Ascot last month, finding only one too good at huge odds and a repeat of that will surely put him in the mix again.

That form looks fairly strong and he’s only 4lbs higher in the weights here; assuming then that the headgear has a positive effect again then he can go one better here in a race that doesn’t look quite as strong as that Ascot contest.

3:20 Nottingham – Racing TV Profits Returned To Racing Handicap Cl5 (3yo 0-75) 1m½f

DICKENS has yet to open his account but he’s shown improved form this term and the application of a hood and Alan King’s charge can get off the mark now.

Fourth on his reappearance from a break the lightly-raced Excelebration gelding stepped up for that run to find only one too good latest at Yarmouth and that form looks fair given he’s open to further improvement.

He might still have been short of fitness given how his effort flattened out after getting into contention but he ought to be competitive again here from just 1lb higher in the weights and he should make his presence felt again.

3:45 Newcastle – Follow Rebecca Menzies Racing On Instagram Handicap (Div I) Cl6 (3yo+ 0-65) 1m

THAAYER has a fair record at this venue and the Helmet gelding can get back to winning ways here having narrowly missed out latest over course and distance.

Michael Herrington’s charge got back on track following a number of lesser runs earlier in the year when finishing third over seven furlongs here in April after which he resumed winning ways when stepped up to one mile, beating Exhalation by a head.

He went close to a follow up latest when beaten around a neck by Rocket Dancer and he ought to go well again over the same course and distance where he can race from the same mark.

It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him get back on the scoresheet here where he remains fairly treated on old form and he looks worth siding with here to resume the winning trend.

4:10 Newmarket – Join The Great Racing Welfare Cycle Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-100) 7f

KEYSER SOZE is a big price but it might be worth having an interest in Richard Spencer’s charge who can be forgiven his recent run in the Victoria Cup where he failed to handle the soft ground and the Arcano gelding could do better back on quicker ground.

A three-time winner on the all-weather during the 2018/19 season he’s been very hard to predict since, running as many good races as bad ones until getting back on the scoresheet at Ascot in April where he narrowly denied Mostawaa by a half-length.

Held back by the mud and racing from an impossible draw he is best excused that outing and having been eased 2lbs in the weights he is very well treated on the pick of his past form if putting it all together and in the mood to run up to his best.

At double-digit odds he could outrun his price reunited with Adam Kirby who has won twice on the seven-year old and a bigger performance wouldn’t come as a surprise.

Thursday UK racing tips and best bets. Keyser Soze could run well at a big price.

Thursday UK racing tips and best bets. Keyser Soze could run well at a big price.

6:15 Leicester – Handicap Cl6 (4yo+ 0-60) 1m4f

Consistent ACT OF MAGIC can get back on the winning trail here and John Mackie’s charge ought to post a big run.

A winner at Wolverhampton for previous handler Alice Haynes he joined this yard after finishing runner-up in a Wolverhampton seller and since then has made the frame in all starts latterly finding only one too good at Beverley where he wasn’t seen to best effect and was possibly given too much to do.

The third from that race has won since to give the form a boost and the selection can compete here from the same mark so ought to be firmly in the mix again and he can resume winning ways here.

8:30 Hamilton – Patersons Of Greenoakhill Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-80) 5f

VENTURA FLAME has a good record here and registered another course and distance win – her third – when beating Lady Celia by a neck three weeks ago and Keith Dalgleish’s charge can follow up.

The Dandy Man filly had proven consistent following her earlier win at Beverley in April, making the frame in all four starts inbetween wins and landing her latest victory in decent fashion.

She’s only been pushed up 2lbs in the weights for that latest success and given her consistency looks worth chancing to follow up under Joe Fanning who has won on her before.

Only once of of the places in five starts at this venue she ought to give another good account and no surprise if she were to get her head in front again.