Thursday 10 October horse racing tips – Mulholland’s 7/2 chance can strike at Exeter

Worcester are racing on Thursday.

Worcester are racing on Thursday.

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for all of Thursday’s UK and Irish horse racing meetings.

Thursday sees five more UK and Irish horse racing fixtures going to post, and the day’s flat racing action comes Ireland with a meeting at Thurles following the loss of Ayr’s scheduled fixture on the level.

Meanwhile Worcester and Exeter take care of the afternoon jumps racing.

In the evening there is all-weather action on fibresand at Southwell, and on polytrack at Kempton.

Thurles (flat) – 2.05 – 5.20pm (7 races)
Worcester (jumps) – 2.10 – 4.55pm (6 races)
Exeter (jumps) – 2.20 – 5.05pm (6 races)
Kempton (flat, aw) – 5.00 – 8.30pm (8 races)
Southwell (flat, aw) – 5.10 – 8.15pm (7 races)


(2.35) LOUISIANA (11/8, Paddy Power) has gone with promise on all three starts, making the frame each time and finishing runner-up in his last two outings which include at the Curragh last month where the Galileo colt was caught late by the winner.

Aidan O’Brien’s charge had daylight back to the third, and an opening mark of 91 on his handicap debut might not overfaze him with the potential for further improvement to come over this longer trip which should suit.

With the ground also not as testing as last time out, he could post a big run here as he bids to get off the mark, and he could prove a tough nut to crack.

(3.45) TRAVELWISE (9/4, Coral) arrives here in search of a hat-trick of wins, and Paul Flynn’s charge can strike the three-timer with the potential for further improvement.

The Duke Of Marmalade gelding has returned to the fray following a lengthy two-year absence in rude health, building on his comeback runner-up finish at Limerick to strike back-to-back wins at Naas and Gowran Park respectively, the latter of which came under a penalty.

He won a shade cosily latest, overcoming a slow start and appearing to idle late, and the runner-up has since franked the form. A subsequent 9lbs rise in the weights certainly demands more, but given his current form it would be foolish to think that he didn’t have more to offer and he can defy his revised rating to win again.

2.05 – St Clerans
2.35 – Louisiana
3.10 – Defilade
3.45 – Travelwise
4.15 – El Tren
4.50 – Bay Hill
5.20 – The Ballyboys


Aidan OBrien can get amongst the Thurles winners on Thursday


(3.50) STORM ARISING (Evens, Bet365) took a little time to get to grips with hurdles, but Paul Nicholls’ charge opened his account at Wincanton back in March with a six lengths’ defeat of Vis A Vis.

The Yeats gelding was unable to back up that win next time over the same course and distance when beaten the thick end of 15 lengths behind Hey Bud; but he ran better than the bare result, and he may have finished closer but for making a bad mistake and all but coming down over the last.

He could have more to offer still over timber, and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him make a winning return to action for his top yard.

(4.25) DO YOU KNOW WHAT (7/2, William Hill) might have followed up her earlier success at this venue had she not made a bad mistake at the last and lost momentum at Fontwell latest behind Working Class, and Dan Skelton’s charge can get back to winning ways.

A point-to-point winner in Ireland for Colin Bowe, he was in with every chance latest before being halted by a bad error, and if none the worse for that mishap he could quickly bounce back to gain some compensation here.

The third horse home in that race has won since to boost the form, and the Dubai Destination mare remains with potential for better still so is chanced to get back on the scoresheet here.

2.10 – If You Say Run
2.45 – King’s Monarch
3.20 – Singapore Saga
3.50 – Storm Arising
4.25 – Do You Know What
4.55 – Cat Tiger


(3.30) CAP ST VINCENT (6/1, Bet365) might have found the ground against him when denied his hat-trick at Sandown when last seen out back in December last year, but the Muhtathir gelding could be worth siding with to get back on the winning trail.

Tim Vaughn’s charge had struck wins previously at Ludlow and Musselburgh prior to finishing six lengths’ third behind Swift Crusador where he was carrying a penalty, and he returns to the fray here only 2lbs higher in the weights.

A couple of subsequent winners were behind him that day, and he can go close on his return if fully wound up back on better ground.

(5.05) Previous course and distance winner VEXILLUM (7/2, Paddy Power) could be worth chancing to get back to winning ways having ran with some credit over fences in recent times, and Neil Mulholland’s charge returns to hurdles for this latest outing.

The Mujadil gelding has been given a short break following his latest six lengths’ third behind Tormousemuir, and he looks well-treated back over the smaller obstacles from his reduced mark.

The drop back in trip is unlikely to present a problem, and while he’s not getting any younger this looks a decent opportunity in a relatively ordinary contest for him to get back to winning ways.

2.20 – Sizing Tara
2.55 -Hang In There
3.30 – Cap St Vincent
4.00 – Nifty At Fifty
4.35 – Never A Word
5.05 – Vexillum
5.35 – Monbeg Theatre


Exeter are racing on Thursday


(5.30) GREAT IMAGE (11/4, Bet365) stepped up on a fair debut at Newmarket in August to find only one too good next time at Catterick when dropped to six furlongs; Saeed bin Suroor’s charge can find another jolt of improvement to get off the mark at the third attempt.

The Exceed and Excel colt was beaten around two lengths into the runner-up berth behind Romantic Vision last month, unable to match the winner; but the winner looked a potentially smart sort, and he lost little in defeat.

He switches now to polytrack and if he handles this altogether different surface then it wouldn’t be a surprise if he were to get off the mark now at the third attempt.

(6.00) PREMIER POWER (10/11, Ladbrokes) should take plenty of beating in this contest if building on his debut runner-up effort at Newmarket back in August, and the Siyouni colt can open his account at the second attempt.

Roger Varian’s charge found only Powertrain too strong by a head in that outing, but the pair had pulled six lengths’ clear and the winner along with the third and fourth horses home in that race have all won since.

He was caught on the line that day, and sure to improve further for that debut outing then he could prove a tough nut to crack here.

5.00 – Never In Red
5.30 – Great Image
6.00 – Premier Power
6.30 – Disarming
7.00 – Chiefofchiefs
7.30 – Dream Catching
8.00 – Lucky Turn
8.30 – Sea Of Mystery


Kempton are racing on Thursday evening


(6.15) BREAK THE SILENCE (5/1, William Hill) was thwarted in his hat-trick attempt when contesting a stronger race than this, and Scott Dixon’s charge could be worth chancing to quickly bounce back faced with an easier assignment.

The Rip Van Winkle gelding had struck back-to-back course wins over seven furlongs previously, twice beating Mister Freeze, and he was latterly beaten around four lengths behind Makambe latest over this longer trip six days ago.

He has won at this trip in the past, and he is reunited with 7lbs claimer Jonathan Fisher with the pair 2-2 when combining; they can combine again to land a hat-trick here.

(6.45) BILL THE BUTCHER (6/4, Paddy Power) stepped up on a promising debut fifth at Windsor in August to land a bronze medal finish at Chelmsford last month, and Richard Spencer’s charge could find another chunk of improvement to open his account here.

The Starspangledbanner colt was beaten three lengths behind Last Surprise in that contest, staying on well, and he ought to be suited by this stiffer test of stamina upped in trip and with a deeper surface to contend with.

The form of that latest run took a boost with the winner running well in a much stronger race, and open to further progress he can get off the mark here at the third attempt.

5.10 – Red Stripes
5.45 – Daily Times
6.15 – Break The Silence
6.45 – Bill The Butcher
7.15 – Llambia
7.45 – Queen Of Kalahari
8.15 – Loose Chippings