Horse Racing Tips on Thursday, April 28
There are five meetings spread across the UK on Thursday, April 28th with the action coming from Chelmsford, Chepstow, Lingfield, Musselburgh and Redcar. Our expert editor has produced their top tips across the cards, which make up our advised Thursday Lucky 15.
Seagrave Fox (1.50 Musselburgh)
King Power Racing and Tim Easterby have struck up a smart partnership in recent seasons with some top sprinters, including Art Power and stable star Winter Power, who have both provided the team with some memorable performances on the track.
SEAGRAVE FOX makes his two-year-old debut on Thursday afternoon for that same owner and trainer combination, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Bungle Inthejungle colt make an immediate impact on his debut.
Bought for £32,000, Seagrave Fox is out of the same sire as Group 1 winning filly Winter Power and while the yard is not often renowned for sending out first-time winners, Seagrave Fox is bred to be precocious being closely related to a pair of two-year-old winners and Tim Easterby’s well-bred colt can make a winning start on Thursday afternoon.
Oliver’s Army (2.10 Redcar)
County Durham trainer Michael Dods has sent out a few winners in recent weeks and while the yard is operating at just over 11%, they have been unlucky not to add to that strike rate with several runners reaching the frame up and down the country.
That should bode well for the chances of the returning OLIVER’S ARMY, who shaped with plenty of encouragement for the yard in two starts last season and is certainly open to improvement now upped in trip for the first time.
Formerly with Kevin Ryan, Oliver’s Army finished down the field on his opening start at Redcar as a two-year-old but stepped up markedly on that opening outing for new connections, staying on well to finish third at Thirsk over seven furlongs before filling the same position over one mile at Ayr last September in novice company.
A mark of 73 appears fair on the evidence of those two runs and with the step up to ten furlongs promising to suit Michael Dod’s charge, Oliver’s Army is worth supporting at the current prices and could develop into a useful three-year-old handicapper for the yard this season.
Carter Cowboy (2.50 Musselburgh)
The return to Class 6 company should see CARTER COWBOY belatedly get off the mark for trainer Richard Fahey.
The four-year-old rattled the crossbar on his final two outings at Wolverhampton and Carlisle last season and has returned this season with some creditable efforts in defeat against significantly stronger opposition.
After finishing fourth following a 220-day break at Doncaster, Carter Cowboy lined up against Class 4 opponents at Beverley over the extended one-mile trip. Racing prominently throughout, the four-year-old only weakened out of contention well inside the final furlong, in a race that ultimately favoured those who came from well off the pace.
Taking on Class 6 rivals on Thursday afternoon, Carter Cowboy will be expected to land the spoils under jockey David Nolan, and with the yard continuing to fire out the winners in recent weeks, the four-year-old should take plenty of beating now that his sights are lowered.
Nordhalla (4.30 Chepstow)
NORDHALLA clearly benefited from the step up to one mile when making a winning seasonal return at Southwell earlier this month.
The three-year-old filly had displayed promise in her three starts as a juvenile last term, including when not beaten far in novice events at Catterick and Redcar over seven furlongs.
Making her handicap debut off 68 last time out, Nordhalla rallied gamely after relinquishing the lead inside the final furlong to get back up close home and see off the challenge of Pangloss by half a length at Southwell.
Having been nudged up 2lb following that hard-fought success, connections will be expecting Nordhalla to go in once again now returning to the turf, and with plenty of improvement forthcoming, Mark Johnston’s filly is difficult to oppose and rates a confident selection.