Loader’s Daily Double – Best bets at Thurles and Carlisle

Friday jumps racing tips. Thurles race on Thursday.Friday jumps racing tips. Thurles race on Thursday.

Chris Loader rolls his two best bets today into this Daily Double, covering races at Thurles and Carlisle on Thursday 5th March.

It been a frustrating time of late as we’ve had some bad luck stories and bitter disappointments. I am hoping we can turn the tide today by filling the coffers for the Cheltenham Festival. It will be a quick-fire Racing Tips Daily Double today as both the selections come within ten minutes of each other. My focus will come from the jump actions at Thurles and Carlisle. Best odds available here with Ladbrokes.

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Thursday’s Daily Double

5.00 Thurles – Braeside

It is concerning Gordon Elliott hasn’t been in tip top form by his standards of late and it could possibly come into play at Cheltenham. However he still has been having the odd winner and the connections of Braeside seemed to have found a good opportunity here. The last time we saw the six-year-old he finished a respectable sixth in the William Fry Handicap Hurdle at Leopardstown in the Dublin Racing Festival. That particular day he was making his handicap debut off a mark of 121 which definitely looks workable in today’s contest. Prior to that latest effort he was seen being a comfortable winner at Fairyhouse and his form also boasts a third to Albert Bartlett contender Monkfish. This field doesn’t seem to hold many progressive types and Braeside seems to have some scope for further in staying handicaps. I think the son of Presenting will take all the beating.

5.10 Carlisle – Skipping On

Skipping On has been slipping down the weights this season after being rated as high as 120. The mark was way too high and he is down to a much winnable one of 106. If you go back far enough through the eleven-year-old’s form his last victory was at Carlisle in April 2018. In his most recent outing he was showing a bit of spark suggest he could be in the winning mood again as he finished a creditable third at Kelso and was fancied in the market that day. Furthermore Patrick Cowley is booked to ride claiming a handy five pounds off the horse’s back which will make his task a lot easier. I don’t think this a strong race with a lot of exposed types. I think the handicapper has given the son of Westerner a chance and I suspect their could be some strong market support today.