Thursday UK racing tips – Best bets for the day’s racemeetings around the country

Thursday UK racing tips and best bets. Ripon is one of the day's five meetings going to post.Thursday UK racing tips and best bets. Ripon is one of the day's five meetings going to post.

Thursday UK racing tips and best bets

Thursday’s fixture list of horse racing action sees five meetings going to post once more and we’ve looked over the scheduled cards to pick out our UK racing tips and best bets.

Another cracking day of horse racing action awaits punters on Thursday with five more scheduled meetings heading to post including day three of Royal Ascot where the Gold Cup is the feature race of the afternoon.

Elsewhere there is also flat racing from Ripon on turf and Chelmsford on polytrack; while the evening action takes in further all-weather racing at Lingfield and jumps racing from Ffos Las.

We’ve looked over all five of the Thursday racecards to pick out our UK racing tips and best bets for the day’s action.


1:45 Ripon – Betstival Season At MansionBet Handicap Cl5 (3yo 0-70) 5f

MOKAMAN has scored both of his career wins on turf at Catterick, most recently when beating Fossos by a neck earlier in the month; the Dandy Man gelding could follow up here if able to replicate that performance at this different venue.

Grant Tuer’s charge has placed a couple of times on the all-weather and he appeared to score a shade readily when gettting back to winning ways latest albeit by a narrow margin having got up close home.

A subsequent 3lbs rise demands a little more, but he’s still relatively unexposed on turf and can do better yet so he looks to hold solid claims here.

2:50 Ripon – MansionBet’s Betstival Beaten By A Head Handicap Cl3 (4yo+ 0-90) 1m2f

HIGHWAY GREY could be worth chancing to bounce back to form having raced too keenly latest at Haydock behind Pivoine. Tim Easterby’s charge had been in decent form prior to that outing, winning at Doncaster in April and beaten less than two lengths by Good Birthday when finishing fourth at Redcar in the Zetland Gold Cup.

The Dick Turpin gelding is no stranger to the winners’ enclosure, scoring four times last term as well as twice finishing runner-up and he can do better here if bouncing back from the same mark assuming he settled better than was the case last time.

Forgiven that effort knowing he is very capable of running well he looks worth another chance and he can get back to winning ways here.

Thursday UK racing tips. Tim Easterby can saddle a winner at Ripon.

Thursday UK racing tips. Tim Easterby can saddle a winner at Ripon.

3:55 Chelmsford – Now Never Beaten By SP Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-80) 2m

COCHISE ended the 2019 campaign on the up with a win at Bath prior to a lengthy absence stretching more than 550 days; but Roger Charlton’s charge has shown no ill effects from his time off, returning with a solid fourth here prior to getting back to winning ways at Nottingham in May.

The Intello gelding was subsequently beaten into second latest back at Nottingham but he could resume winning ways here given he arrives in form unlike most of his rivals and a 4lbs rise remains workable given he’s lightly raced and unexposed on this surface.

The form of his latest success looks fair – the third won over hurdles subsequently while the fifth has gone close since at Ripon – and he can make his presence felt here where he can get back on the scoresheet.

5:00 Ascot – Britannia Stakes (Heritage Handicap) (Colts & Geldings) Cl2 (3yo 0-105) 1m

RAADOBARG looked like one still well ahead of his mark when winning easily at Haydock last month and the Night Of Thunder colt could continue his winning run here.

Roger Varian’s charge is unbeaten this term, winning at Leicester on better ground in April before reeling off further victories at Thirsk and in that Haydock outing in more testing conditions so any rain won’t be a problem and there could be even better to come.

He ran out an easy winner latest from Seasett, value for more than the official winning margin and it is no surprise the handicapper has hit him hard with a 11lbs rise in the weights. This is certainly much tougher but he’s going the right way and is in top hands so there’d be no shock in seeing him firmly in the mix at the business end.

5:35 Ascot – King George V Stakes (Handicap) Cl2 (3yo 0-105) 1m4f

Mark Johnston has won this six times and KONDO ISAMI could give the Middleham trainer another success in the race.

The Galileo colt progressed well last term on the all-weather, winning at the third attempt when successful at Chelmsford and he stepped up on that form to grind out a narrow victory at York when stepped up to this trip on his reappearance, beating Tashkhan by a short-head.

That victory was followed up by a near-miss at Doncaster latest over further where he was beaten only a neck having been run down late and the return to this trip can coincide with him resuming the winning thread for all this promises to be very competitive.

He was beaten by stablemate Dancing King in that latest run, but the handicapper has nudged him up just 2lbs for his narrow defeat and with the potential for better still to come he can go close here.

Thursday UK racing tips. Mark Johnston can get amongst the winners on day three of Royal Ascot.

Thursday UK racing tips. Mark Johnston can get amongst the winners on day three of Royal Ascot.

7:20 Ffos Las – Louise & Roy Swinburne 10th Anniversary Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+ 0-115) 2m4f

BARON NELSON isn’t one of the leading lights at Seven Barrows but he’s shown some progress over hurdles since disappointing on his debut over hurdles at Exeter back in December, making the frame subsequently at Warwick where he found only one too good although he failed to back it up next time.

The Mount Nelson gelding had had one run in a bumper prior to switching to obstacles and his latest run saw him beaten a long way into third at Fontwell although perhaps the sharper test and fast pace didn’t suit Nicky Henderson’s runner.

He could do better over this much stiffer and galloping crack as he goes back up in trip and making his handicap debut he could show improvement although an initial 110 rating looks a bit harsh on balance. Nevertheless he could be the sort to progress now handicapping and he could go well for his top yard which has a decent record with its’ runners here.

8:10 Lingfield – Read Hollie Doyle’s Column On Handicap Cl5 (3yo+ 0-75) 7f

DURDLE DOOR could be worth an interest back on polytrack having run the best races of her light career to date on polytrack and the Sepoy filly can get back to winning ways.

Gary Moore’s charge progressed on this surface last term, twice making the frame before scoring at Kempton in January with a defeat of Gurkha Girl. She might have needed her reappearance at Yarmouth earlier in the month but can do better here with that run under her belt and returning to her more favoured surface.

The handicapper has eased her 2lbs following that reappearance while Rhys Clutterbuck can take full advantage of his 5lbs claim which effectively puts her back on her last winning mark and she could go well back on polytrack from her inside draw.