Thursday UK racing tips – Best bets on the flat and over the jumps

Monday horse racing tips at Ludlow, Ayr and Kempton.Monday horse racing tips at Ludlow, Ayr and Kempton.

Thursday UK racing tips and best bets

Punters have more racing action to look forward to as we head towards the weekend and our racing experts have picked out their Thursday UK racing tips and best bets for the day’s action on the flat and over the sticks.

Another round of four meetings heads to post across the UK on Thursday with action both on the flat and over the sticks throughout the day and into the evening and 28 races in all will unfold across the day’s quartet of fixtures.

The afternoon action takes place exclusively over the sticks where there are fixtures at Ludlow, Newton Abbot and Carlisle; while the evening action on the all-weather comes from Wolverhampton under the floodlights.

Our tipping take take a look over each of the day’s meetings to pick out their Thursday UK racing tips and best bets.


2:05 Ludlow – Lord Ffrench Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl3 (4yo+ 0-135) 2m

RAYA TIME was a useful chaser in Ireland for Henry De Bromhead although his progress perhaps was held back by his jumping; but setting out here for new trainer Tom George the Al Namix gelding could get back on the winning trail.

A winner over the larger obstacles during the summer at Wexford he has been let down since by his fencing, falling at Killarney and failing to trouble the judge in a decent Galway contest during the Galway Festival.

This is easier on his first start of his new trainer and if running up to his best Irish form then he could prove hard to beat here assuming his jumping holds up.

Thursday UK racing tips. Trainer Tom George can get amongst the winners at Ludlow.

Thursday UK racing tips. Trainer Tom George can get amongst the winners at Ludlow.

3:23 Newton Abbot – Handicap Chase Cl3 (4yo+ 0-125) 2m5f

It could be worth chancing ARIAN to make a winning reappearance and Philip Hobbs’ charge can make his presence felt here.

A dual-winner on his first two outings of last campaign following his switch to this yard he was a faller at Cheltenham in December and that incident perhaps left a mark given he ran below his best in further starts at Chepstow in February and March.

He’s down 3lbs on his reappearance which comes on a suitable surface having won in heavy ground before and he’s won when fresh in the past so could make his presence felt here and every chance he can get back to winning ways.

3:40 Carlisle – Antonia Reid Lifetime In Racing Winner Handicap Chase Cl3 (4yo+ 0-125) 3m2f

PRESENT CHIEF won twice over hurdles last term and shaped with a good deal of promise when finishing third of five runners on his chase debut at Worcester last month; Jonjo O’Neill’s charge can build on that effort to open his win account in this sphere.

The Presenting gelding was beaten just over one length on that occasion despite only finishing third, possibly given too much to do.

This longer trip and stiffer track are both positives and the handicapper has eased him 1lb for this run where he should be sharper this time around with a run now under his belt. He can improve over fences at the second attempt and every chance he can come out on top here.

4:30 Newton Abbot – NewtonAbbotRace On Twitter Handicap Chase Cl5 (4yo+ 0-100) 3m2f

LEAVE MY ALONE hasn’t been seen for eight months but the Getaway mare finished off last term in good form and Rosemary Ford’s charge can make a winning return to action.

Twice runner-up and a winner at Fakenham in January during a light campaign she might have found the trip too sharp last time and will be appreciative of this stiffer test on her reappearance which comes from just 3lbs higher in the weights and she routed opposition on her last run over this trip when successful, likely to have won in any case even accounting for the fall of one his rivals two out.

Softer ground is no issue and still likely fairly weighted she ought to make her presence felt and no surprise if she were to make a winning reappearance having run well fresh in the past.

Thursday UK racing tips. Newton Abbot is amongst the day's fixtures over the sticks.

Thursday UK racing tips. Newton Abbot is amongst the day’s fixtures over the sticks.

6:30 Wolverhampton – Watch Racing Free Online At Coral Nursery Handicap Cl4 (2yo 0-80) 1m½f

ODISSEO is 2-3 on the all-weather, getting off the mark on his handicap debut at Newcastle in September and following up under a penalty at Kempton next time out.

Marco Botti’s Ulysses colt was last seen finishing just a short-head second behind My Dubawi at Kempton, outbattled by the winner although perhaps intimidated not to go past with the winner leaning into him in the last furlong.

He’s been pushed up 4lbs for that last run but there’s a suspicion he has more to offer and whe ought to make his presence felt here as he bids to get back on the scoresheet.

8:00 Wolverhampton – Play Coral Racing-Super-Series For Free Nursery Handicap Cl5 (2yo 0-70) 5f

LUCKY MAN and Jazzy Princess reoppose from their earlier meeting at Chelmsford where the latter prevailed by a head, but on slightly better terms it might be worth chancing Richard Spencer’s runner-up to reverse the form.

The Kodi Bear colt was making his handicap debut over the minimum trip when only narrowly denied, conceding first run having been caught further back than ideal but finishing off the race well and he’d likely have won in a few more strides.

There isn’t much between the pair again at the weights with only 1lb pull in favour of the selection this time; but it might be enough if the selection can get away better and every chance he can turn the tables now.