UK racing tips on Thursday – Best bets across the day’s horse racing fixtures

UK racing tips on Thursday over the sticks and on the flat.UK racing tips on Thursday over the sticks and on the flat.

UK Racing tips on Thursday 19 August

Another busy schedule of horse racing fixtures descends on Thursday and we’ve looked over the day’s racecards around the country to pick out our UK racing tips on Thursday and best bets at each meeting.

There’s plenty more classy and competitive horse racing action for punters to take in with action on the flat and over the sticks taking place around the country including day two of York’s Ebor Festival featuring the Group One Yorkshire Oaks.

Elsewhere in the afternoon there is further flat racing action from Chepstow while Stratford race over the sticks. Moving into the evening and there is further action on the flat on turf at Windsor while Wolverhampton are racing on their tapeta surface.

We’ve looked over all five of the day’s racecards where we pick out our UK racing tips on Thursday and best bets at each meeting.


2:25 York – Goffs UK Premier Yearling Stakes (GBB Race) Cl2 (2yo) 6f

Ever Given sets a very decent standard but KORKER looks one who could relish an assignment such as this and Karl Burke’s charge can go close with improvement anticipated from the Dandy Man colt.

A dual-winner this term with victories at Carlisle and Thirsk he wasn’t disgraced in between those successes when finishing ninth in the Norfolk Stakes during Royal Ascot where he raced on the far side and met with trouble in running. That form looks solid and he impressed latest when romping to a five lengths’ success over Enraged.

Sure to have more to offer he displayed a really positive attitude last time and that will stand him in good stead for a tough assignment like this so no surprise if he finds another jolt of improvement to make his presence felt in this competitive and valuable contest.

UK racing tips on Thursday. Trainer Karl Burke can saddle a winner at York.

UK racing tips on Thursday. Trainer Karl Burke can saddle a winner at York.

2:40 Stratford – Brian And Sheila Vaughan Memorial Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 2m3½f

COURTANDBOULD developed into a smart hurdler last term, winning three times and contesting at Graded level, finishing runner-up behind Mcfabulous in the Persian War Hurdle before heading to Cheltenham where he shaped as if possibly amiss in the Sharp Novices’ Hurdle.

Better for his reappearance over hurdles at Aintree in May, Fergal O’Brien’s charge has contested over fences the last twice and posted a solid debut over the larger obstacles when runner-up at Southwell in June before striking at Uttoxeter latest where the Court Cave gelding narrowly got the better of Beyond The Clouds with the pair pulling clear.

He impressed with his jumping that day and he could improve tackling a handicap in this sphere where he can race from the same mark and every chance he can go in again here.

2:50 Chepstow – Chris And Mark O’Brien Fillies’ Handicap Cl5 (3yo+ 0-75) 1m

FASHION FREE had run a number of solid runs in defeat without winning following her success on the all-weather at Newcastle back in December but Michael Appleby’s charge got back to winning ways when successful latest at Nottingham earlier this month, beating Far From A Ruby by two lengths.

She overcame a slow start on that occasion to score a shade readily and the Muhaarar filly could have more to offer with Stefano Cherchi’s claim helping to offset a 4lbs rise in the weights and she can compete here from effectively just 1lb higher.

She has the potential to do better and every chance she can deliver another big performance here assuming she can continue her recent good spell.

5:20 York – British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies’ Handicap Cl2 (3yo+) 7f

SWEET ENOUGH is very much going the right way and arrives here on a hat-trick following a brace of ready victories at Newmarket and Yarmouth latest.

John and Thady Gosden’s charge had shown progressive form beforehand, stepping up from a fair seasonal debut to find only one too good at Newmarket in June before striking at the same venue in July with a four lengths’ defeat of Makashi and improved again switched to a handicap to double up at Yarmouth latest when tried over one mile.

That bare form probably needs improving upon with a 7lbs rise in the weights asking a bit more of her; but the Lope De Vega filly is in excellent hands and is likely to have further progress to come so there’d be no shock in seeing her step up again in this stronger race and she can make her presence felt at the higher level.

UK racing tips on Thursday. John and Thady Gosden can land a York winner.

UK racing tips on Thursday. John and Thady Gosden can land a York winner.

7:05 Wolverhampton – Free Replays On Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-80) 1m½f

ROMAN MIST is in good form currently and Tom Ward’s charge can continue her progression to win again and land the three-timer here.

The Holy Roman Emperor filly has made the frame on all starts on turf this term which includes a trio of wins and she comes into this race having won her last two starts at Nottingham and Ffos Las latest when beating Power Station by two lengths.

She won comfortably that day and a 6lbs rise in the weights for that run is very fair on the evidence of what she showed last time out so further improvement ought to see her firmly in the mix again and she could collect another win here.

7:25 Windsor – William Hill Lengthen Your Odds Racing League R23 (Handicap) (Horses Registered To Racing League) Cl3 (3yo+ 0-90) 1m2f

CHAMPAGNE PIAFF got off the mark at the second attempt when successful at Salisbury last October and Gary Moore’s charge can get back on the scoresheet here.

The Le Havre gelding was tried in a Group Three contest next time which proved too much of a test for him and he was subsequently absent for more than nine months until returning at Goodwood last month where he turned in a decent effort to finish around three lengths’ sixth behind Wink Of An Eye.

That run represents some useful form and he’s expected to strip fitter for that reappearance so can improve for the run and racing off the same mark here the lightly-raced sort could get back to winning ways.