Tips for Thursday racing 22 July – Best bets for the day’s UK racing action
Tips for Thursday racing and best bets for the day’s UK racecards
There is plenty more UK horse racing action going to post on Thursday with another round of five fixtures taking place over the sticks and on the flat; we’ve picked out our tips for Thursday racing and best bets for the day’s fixtures.
We have another busy day of UK horse racing action to look forward to on Thursday as five more meetings head to post on the flat and over the sticks.
The afternoon action on the flat sees action from both Sandown and Yarmouth, while Worcester are racing over the sticks with a jumps racing card. Moving into the evening there are further fixtures on the flat at both Doncaster and Newbury.
We’ve looked over the day’s quintet of racemeetings to pick out our tips for Thursday racing and best bets at each meeting.
TIPS FOR THURSDAY RACING – BEST BETS FOR THE DAY’S UK RACING ACTION
1:45 Worcester – Racing League On Sky Sports Racing Handicap Chase Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 2m7f
DELIGHT OF DUBAI has got better with each start over fenced this term, making the frame on all four starts which includes finishing third here on his penultimate run and making the winning breakthrough at Newton Abbot latest where Noel Williams’ charge beat Vocaliser by just over one length.
That form has taken a couple of knocks and there’s a suspicion the Dubai Destination mare will need to improve on that performance in this slightly better race if she’s to follow up; however that could certainly be the case given she’s shown progress with each start so far and a 3lbs rise for that last win looks workable.
She can make her presence felt again in this contest given her consistent profile and potential for progression in this sphere and no surprise to see her in the mix.
2:10 Sandown – British Stallion Studs EBF Star Stakes (Listed Race) (Fillies) Cl1 (2yo) 7f
WILD BEAUTY has shown progressive form in each of her three starts to date, winning her last two outings and if she can prove as adept on this quicker surface then the Frankel filly can land a hat-trick.
Both those wins have come on softer ground at Haydock and Newbury latterly where she ran out a ready winner of a novices’ contest from Kawida and that form looks useful now with a subsequent winner coming out of the race.
This is a step up in class and she faces much quicker conditions now; but she’s one who is going the right way and with the potential for further improvement looks sure to be involved at the finish.
3:45 Yarmouth – Download The Free At The Races App Handicap Cl6 (3yo+ 0-52) 1m2f
FEN TIGER bumped into one last time over this course and distance but ran well for second and Julia Fielden’s charge can go one better here to get off the mark.
The Vadamos gelding has progressed steadily with each start, finishing fourth on both previous runs over twelve furlongs here prior to that latest effort where he led into the last furlong but hung late and was headed by the winner.
Despite the defeat it was a good performance and he had a subsequent winner behind him so the form has been boosted as well as beating a couple of these rivals in that last run so he can confirm the form with both.
He’s still relatively lightly raced so could have a bit more to offer and a 2lbs rise for his runner-up effort last time is workable so no surprise if he were to go close again here.
3:55 Sandown – Imber Court Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-85) 1m2f
CIVIL LAW rounded off his time with Brian Ellison when scoring back-to-back wins at Newcastle and York and the Dark Angel gelding lost no caste in defeat when failing to land his hat-trick at Lingfield earlier in the month on his first outing for Roger Teal.
There he could only finish third, beaten three lengths but perhaps not quite handling the polytrack surface given he’d only run on tapeta in previous all-weather starts. It was a good run despite the defeat however and he can race from the same mark here so ought to continue to make his presence felt.
Back on turf there could be more to come from him and no surprise if he were to be involved again at the finish of this contest.
4:05 Worcester – Follow At The Races On Twitter Handicap Hurdle Cl5 (4yo+ 0-105) 2m4f
ESPRESSINO has been in good form late and while he’s in the mood might be worth chancing to follow up his recent return to winning ways at Stratford.
Chris Down’s charge won twice towards the end of last year but following a break he wasn’t in the same form in his first few starts until finding only one too good here in June and going one better latest where he ran out a six lengths’ winner over Shanandoa under this rider.
He escapes a penalty for that success so can run here from the same mark and 6lbs ‘well in’ at weights as a consequence so a repeat of that last effort ought to put him firmly in the mix with the return to further no issue for the Tikkanen gelding.
7:20 Doncaster – Sky Bet Go-Racing-In-Yorkshire Summer Festival Handicap Cl4 (3yo 0-80) 6f
HARMONY LIL has been running well without getting her head in front this term but Tom Dascombe’s charge could get off the mark here.
The Kodi Bear filly had finished a close runner-up in two of her previous three runs but was a shade disappointing in beating only one home at Wolverhampton latest although she could easily bounce back here returning to turf.
A dual-winner at Chester last campaign he had been beaten just a neck by Batraan on his penultimate start and he can go one better here from a theoretical 71 rating when his rider’s claim is factored so he’s weighted to go close here if shrugging off that lesser effort last time.
7:50 Doncaster – PPM Barnsley Handicap Cl5 (3yo 0-75) 1m2f
GRANTLEY has been in good form since returning from a break, winning at Ripon in April and finding only one too good on each of his last two starts at Hamilton and Haydock.
Ed Bethell’s charge most recently finished runner-up to Side Shot in a Class 3 contest at the Merseyside track, keeping on well but no match for the winner although a subsequent winner has since come out of the race to give the form a boost.
The Charm Spirit gelding ought to find this a bit easier dropping into a Class 5 contest now where he can race from the same mark and while he has to give away weight all round to this field he should make his presence felt and can get in the shake-up under Saffie Osborne whose 5lbs claim can only be a positive.
8:40 Newbury – Racing TV Fillies’ Handicap Cl5 (3yo+ 0-70) 1m4f
LIVIA THE EMPRESS rarely runs a bad race although she perhaps doesn’t win as often as she might; nevertheless she turned in a good performance to strike at Beverley earlier this month and George Scott’s charge can get back on the winning trail here having run well in defeat latest back on the all-weather.
The Holy Roman Emperor filly is an unexposed sort on turf having had just five starts on the surface which has yielded a win and place and there could still be further improvement to come from her as she moves up in trip.
There’s an argument that she may prefer easier ground, but she did run well under similar conditions at Bath earlier in the campaign and she ought to remain competitive despite the underfoot conditions so there’d be little shock in seeing her in the mix again.