Thursday 15 August horse racing tips – Prescott’s 5/2 chance can strike at Lingfield
Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for Thursday’s UK and Irish horse racing meetings.
A bumper seven-fixture line-up of UK and Irish horse racing meetings go to post throughout Thursday, and the afternoon fixture list sees flat racing from Salisbury where the Group Three Sovereign Stakes goes to post. There is also flat racing from Beverley and Lingfield on the all-weather in the afternoon; while in the evening there is further flat racing action from Yarmouth and Chepstow.
Meanwhile, in the evening there is flat racing at Leopardstown where there is Group Three action on the card with the Desmond Stakes; while Tramore are hosting a mixed flat and jumps racing card to close out the day.
Salisbury (flat) – 1.50 – 5.30pm (8 races)
Beverley (flat) – 2.00 – 5.40pm (8 races)
Lingfield (flat, aw) – 2.10 – 5.10pm (7 races)
Yarmouth (flat) – 4.45 – 8.00pm (7 races)
Leopardstown (flat) – 4.50 – 8.05pm (7 races)
Chepstow (flat) – 5.00 – 8.15pm (7 races)
Tramore (mixed) – 5.15 – 8.20pm (7 races)
(2.20) ALRAJAA (8/11, Bet365) returns from eleven months off the track, which is a slight concern for John Gosden’s charge; but the Dubawi gelding brings the best form to the table, and if fully wound up ahead of his reappearance could take plenty of beating.
He has shown a decent level of ability in his three starts to date, including when finishing just a half-length behind Royal Meeting at Yarmouth when last seen out, where he was just run down late.
That form is strong with that winner since winning a French Group One; while the fourth has won two of his four subsequent starts – including the Shergar Cup Sprint – and finished runner-up in a competitive York handicap.
He could prove a tough nut to crack if at his best here, and with the potential to progress he ought to go close if lack of a run doesn’t catch him out.
(4.55) LITIGIOUS (5/4, Paddy Power) looks a very useful prospect, and the Lawman filly arrives here in search of a hat-trick of wins having won each of her previous two starts at Goodwood ad Chester respectively.
The latter came in soft ground, so these conditions will prove no issue, and John Gosden’s charge ran out a three lengths’ winner over Inclyne, with the pair pulling well clear of the rest.
Switching now to a handicap as she bids for a three-timer, she appears to have been allotted a decent mark which she can exploit, and a potentially smart sort she could take some beating with the potential for significant improvement still to come.
1.50 – Freyja
2.20 – Alrajaa
2.50 – Raincall
3.20 – Chetan
3.50 – Accidental Agent
4.20 – Lucky Number
4.55 – Litigious
5.30 – Land Of Oz
(2.30) LORD OF THE ALPS (3/1, Paddy Power) has made the frame in all three starts to date in maiden and novice company, and Mark Johnston’s charge can get off the mark switching now to the handicap ranks.
The Lord Of England colt was last seen finishing third over course and distance behind Te All, having also filled the same spot here on debut. Sandwiched between those runs at this venue was a runner-up finish at Wolverhampton, which has worked out quite well form-wise, while the runner-up from his last run has also won since.
An opening mark of 75 on this handicap debut looks workable, and with the potential for better to come he gets the vote to get off the mark here.
(3.30) ARNOLD (7/1, Bet365) has won two of his five starts at this venue, including this race twelve months ago, and Ann Duffield’s charge can get back on the scoresheet.
The Equiano gelding beat Bondi Beach Boy in this contest last year, scoring by a head despite not having a clear run, and while he has been winless since there has been some fair efforts in defeat which include finishing runner-up at Newcastle in June.
Last seen beaten less than two lengths into fourth here behind the progressive Ginger Jam, the five-year old contests here from the same mark as he did twelve months ago, and racing from a decent draw he can make his presence felt.
2.00 – Galadriel
2.30 – Lord Of The Alps
3.00 – Tabou Beach Boy
3.30 – Arnold
4.00 – Platform Nineteen
4.30 – Northern Lyte
5.05 – Luna Magic
5.40 – Bollin Ted
(2.40) TELL ME ALL (5/2, Bet365) shaped with some promise when finishing just one length fifth behind Fred on his debut at Haydock back in July; but Sir Mark Prescott’s charge stepped up on that performance to get off the mark at the second attempt, beating Cloud Drift at Beverley, and the Lope De Vega colt can follow up here.
He made all the running that day, readily drawing clear and hinting at better to come; and there ought to be plenty of improvement for his shrewd yard with the form of that success having since been boosted by the runner-up winning next time out.
Despite his easy win latest, he still looked raw around the edges so should continue to progress, and no surprise to see him firmly in the mix here.
(3.10) This could well develop into a match between the Archie Watson-trained pair of My Motivate Girl and FASHION FREE (13/8, Bet365) , with narrow preference for the latter.
The Muhaarar filly had been running better than her bare form figures suggested before getting off the mark at Ffos Las earlier in the month with a defeat of Sir Arthur Dayne where she scored by a neck; a repeat of that effort may be good enough here despite having been raised 4lbs in the weights.
Perhaps more progressive that her rivals, including her stablemate, she may have more to offer and with Hollie Doyle partnering her over the yard’s other runner then she could be the one to side with here.
2.10 – Visionara
2.40 – Tell Me All
3.10 – Fashion Free
3.40 – Ambling
4.10 – Anyonecanhaveitall
4.40 – Miss Icon
5.10 – Gold Flash
(5.55) VERIFY (3/1, Bet365) has shown race by race progress, and the Dansili gelding can get off the mark here at the fourth attempt.
Ed Walker’s charge latterly found only one too good at Ffos Las earlier in the month when making his handicap debut, finishing just over one length behind Bug Boy where he wasn’t helped by twice meeting in trouble in running.
Although that form has taken a couple of subsequent knocks since, he is only 1lb higher in the weights and likely to find improvement for his in-form yard he can go one better here.
(6.55) BREAK OF DAY (7/4, William Hill) finally came good when successful five days ago at Lingfield, and William Haggas’ charge can follow up turned out quickly under a penalty.
The Shamardal filly ran out a ready three lengths’ winner over Classic Star, possibly helped by the strong pace over the shorter trip although he appeared well on top at the finish.
He goes back up in trip here, but he is likely to get a similarly strong pace to aim at with a couple of front-runners in opposition, and he ought to remain competitive as a result under his 6lbs penalty for that last success.
Ryan Moore takes the reins which suggests connections will be hoping for a big run, and it would be no surprise if she delivers a second career success here.
4.45 – Simba Samba
5.20 – Al Suhail
5.55 – Verify
6.25 – The Corporal
6.55 – Break Of Day
7.30 – Spanish Mane
8.00 – Local History
(5.25) TONY THE GENT (Evens, Ladbrokes) has shown some useful form throughout his career, and Ger Lyons’ charge has proven to be fairly consistent if not one for winning often.
However, the Kodiac gelding ended a near two-year losing streak when successful at Gowran Park back in May, beating Miss Zizi by almost two lengths.
While he hasn’t managed to add further to his tally, he has filled the frame in his last two outings at Killarney two days apart last month and he could be worth siding with to get back on the scoresheet dropping into a claimer.
He has to concede weight all round over a slightly shorter trip, but he is a good sort for this lowly level and represents a yard in good form so it would be no surprise to see him prove a tough nut to crack here.
(7.35) FINDING NERO (6/1, William Hill) won both starts earlier in the season following a break, registering wins at Gowran Park and Down Royal, and while Johnny Murtagh’s charge was thwarted in his hat-trick attempt next time at Naas he could be worth chancing to get back on the scoresheet.
Only beaten a half-length into the runner-up spot on that occasion, the Holy Roman Emperor gelding was last seen finishing fourth behind Defining Battle at Killarney last month where he was perhaps just stretched by the longer trip.
He is back down in trip here, and the form of that last run was franked when the runner-up won next time out. He contests from the same mark here, and with the yard in good heart at present he can post a big effort to get back on the winning trail in this apprentices’ contest where his young rider can claim 4lbs.
4.50 – Camachita
5.25 – Tony The Gent
6.00 – Tasalka
6.30 – Silk Forest
7.00 – Madhmoon
7.35 – Finding Nero
8.05 – Heliac
(5.35) SO NEAR SO FARHH (4/1, Paddy Power) has won two of her last three starts, both at this track, and Mick Channon’s charge can strike again while in form.
The Farhh filly beat Jacob Cats by a short-head here in July, after which she lost no caste in defeat when finishing fourth under a penalty back here later in the month.
That was a decent race, and she took advantage of an easier grade to get back on the scoresheet back here next time where she beat Danglydontaask by three-parts of a length, and she is only 3lbs higher in the weights for this latest outing.
Softer ground shouldn’t pose an issue, but she seems ideally suited to a strong pace which she may not get here; nevertheless she can remain competitive with a 5lbs claimer easing her weight burden, and it would be no surprise to see her posting another big effort.
(7.10) COOL REFLECTION (5/1, William Hill) may not have handled Epsom last time out, failing to beat a rival home behind Big Storm Coming; but Paul Cole’s charge is given another chance to build on the better effort he had shown the time before at Bath.
The Showcasing gelding was a Kempton winner last October, having been thought good enough that campaign to try his luck in a Group Two.
That proved too much, and that runner-up effort aside he has struggled in his outings this season; but he could prove more effective back at this lesser trip, while he has been gelded since that last outing. If he can replicate the form he had shown at Bath previously then he could be worth chancing to do better here where he remains open to improvement.
5.00 – Perfect Grace
5.35 – So Near So Farhh
6.10 – Love Destiny
6.40 – Rebecke
7.10 – Cool Reflection
7.45 – Atalanta’s Boy
8.15 – Union Rose
(6.45) BRIDGE NATIVE (9/2, William Hill) only has one career win to her name, but Diane Love’s charge is a largely consistent sort who can continue to run well and this could be the day the Stowaway mare gets back on the scoresheet.
The eight-year old scored her sole win at Thurles back in November 2016, after which she was absent for some considerable time before returning to action at Listowel last September, and she has posted several creditable efforts since which includes finishing four lengths’ fourth on her last outing at Ballinrobe on Monday past behind Sizing Malbay.
Quickly turned out, she could be capable of exploiting this mark with Rachael Blackmore taking over in the saddle and dropping back considerably in distance. A repeat of that last outing could be enough to see her going close, and she can continue to be competitive.
(7.20) POKER D’AINAY (6/4, Bet365) is given another chance having possibly been amiss at Galway latest, where Willie Mullins’ charge was pulled up behind Mr Smith.
The No Risk At All gelding had shown progressive form prior to that disappointment, making the frame in four previous starts which includes notching up a win at Wexford in July where he ran out a comfortable winner.
Back down in trip here and treated as if still in form, he can quickly bounce back from his Galway flop with a better effort and every chance he can return to winning ways.
5.15 – Carrigready
5.45 – Eviscerating
6.15 – Quartz Du Rheu
6.45 – Bridge Native
7.20 – Poker D’ainay
7.50 – Canadian Steel
8.20 – Listen Dear