Thursday 4 July horse racing tips – O’Meara’s 10/3 chance can Ac-claim victory at Epsom

Epsom are racing on Thursday.

Epsom 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.

A busy Thursday of UK and Irish horse racing action takes in seven fixtures which will see flat racing in the afternoon from Haydock and Yarmouth, while Perth are also racing with a fixture over the sticks.

Elswehere, in the evening there is further flat racing action from both Newbury and Epsom; while in Ireland there is also flat racing from Bellewstown, and a mixed flat and jumps racing card from Tipperary where there is Listed action on the racecard.

Haydock (flat) – 2.00 – 5.00pm (7 races)

Perth (jumps) – 2.10 – 5.10pm (7 races)

Yarmouth (flat) – 2.20 – 5.20pm (7 races)

Bellewstown (flat) – 5.25 – 8.40pm (7 races)

Tipperary (mixed) – 5.35 – 8.55pm (7 races)

Newbury (flat) – 5.45 – 9.00pm (7 races)

Epsom (flat) – 6.05 – 8.50pm (6 races)



(3.30) TUKHOOM (7/2, William Hill) rounded off his time with Michael Herrington when ending his winning drought with a success at Redcar last month, running out a four lengths’ winner of a claimer where first-time blinkers appeared to work well.

The Acclamation gelding had suffered some near misses prior to that win, making the frame in his three previous outings having returned from four months off. He has subsequently joined David O’Meara in the wake of that last success, and the yard are adept at finding further improvement with their horses.

The cheekpieces are retained for this outing, and while a 7lbs rise in the weights and a jump in grade make his follow-up chances more difficult, he could well continue his good spell of form where he could win again.

(4.00) DAL HORRISGLE (Evens, Ladbrokes) has looked a potentially useful sort in his three outings to date, building on his debut fifth at Redcar last November to win on the all-weather at Wolverhampton prior to a break.

William Haggas’ charge returned at Nottingham last month where he ran out a narrow winner over Loolwah, scoring by three-parts of a length, and there could be better to come from the Nathaniel gelding now he tries handicapping.

An opening mark of 90 looks fair on his efforts to date, and he could find improvement for this extra yardage which ought to suit given his breeding. He could well have plenty more in the locker, and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see him take a big step forward here.

2.00 – Starczewski

2.30 – Buhturi

3.00 – Path Of Thunder

3.30 – Tukhoom

4.00 – Dal Horrisgle

4.30 – Saikung

5.00 – Dapper Man

Haydock are racing on Thursday.

Haydock are racing on Thursday.


(2.40) Softer ground was possibly against FOR JIM (9/2, William Hill) when he was thwarted in his hat-trick attempt over fences at Uttoxeter last month, but Jennie Candlish’ charge almost bounced back immediately reverted to hurdles at Southwell later in June.

The Milan gelding was beaten only a half-length behind Buck Dancing, with the pair pulling clear of the rest, and a repeat of that effort from the same mark could be enough to see him go one better.

He is due to go up 9lbs in future races, so he looks well worth chancing with a first-time visor replacing cheekpieces, and the change of headgear could have a positive effect.

(3.10) WITNESS IN COURT (11/4, Ladbrokes) is a three-time course and distance winner, and the Witness Box gelding has returned from 18 months off the track in rude health with two wins from four starts.

Donald McCain’s charge built on an encouraging return to action at Kempton to score at Fontwell next time, and a couple of bad jumping errors put paid to his winning chance at Stratford in May. However, a first-time tongue-tie saw him run out a ready seven lengths winner here last time when partnered by Brian Hughes, and the pair team up again for this assignment.

He appeared to win with something to spare last time, so a 4lbs rise in the weights doesn’t look unduly punishing, and he ought to remain competitive where he can confirm recent form with the reopposing Welcome Ben.

2.10 – Cats For Cash

2.40 – For Jim

3.10 – Witness In Court

3.40 – Outcrop

4.10 – Ned Stark

4.40 – Chanceiton

5.10 – Skeaping


(2.50) IFFRAAZ (Evens, Paddy Power) struck on debut at Carlisle back in May, beating Hurstwood by two lengths, and that form has been boosted by the runner-up winning twice since.

Mark Johnston’s charge wasn’t seen to best effect next time when finishing down the field in the Windsor Castle Stakes during Royal Ascot last month, but the Iffraaj colt may do better back in a less demanding grade and stepping up in trip to six furlongs.

Given the impression he had left on his debut he is perhaps worth siding with to bounce back here following his Ascot run, and he ought to go close.

(3.20) CAPE VICTORY (9/4, Bet365) finished runner-up on each of his first two starts either side of a break, being denied by a short head for the second of them. James Tate’s charge subsequently got off the mark when scoring at Musselburgh in May, beating Spirit Of Lund.

The Dawn Approach colt might have found ten furlongs stretching him last time at Redcar, although he had to have some use made of him having fluffed the start which wouldn’t have helped his cause.

Back at one mile for this latest outing, he could bounce back to winning form from the same mark and it would come as no surprise if he strikes under Jamie Spencer.

2.20 – Precious Plum

2.50 – Iffraaz

3.20 – Cape Victory

3.50 – Oud Metha Bridge

4.20 – Magical Ride

4.50 – Swiss Peak

5.20 – Banksy’s Art

Yarmouth are racing on Thursday

Yarmouth are racing on Thursday


(5.35) DAME KYTELER (11/8, William Hill) stepped up on her debut seventh at Leopardstown last June to finish fifth ten months later when making her reappearance at the same venue in April.

Jessica Harrington’s charge was beaten around seven lengths that day, but the Acclamation filly remains open to improvement and the form of that run has worked out quite well with the third winning twice since which includes a Group Three contest.

She’s been absent again since, which is a slight worry; but she could well be capable of better on the back of that reappearance, and in a winnable maiden she ought to post a bold bid to get off the mark at the third attempt.

(6.45) The colours of Qatar Racing will be carried by two of the seven runners in this race, and ILLUSIONIST (11/4, Paddy Power) is taken to get back on the scoresheet for Archie Watson who launches a raid on this prize with his Hot Streak colt.

A runner-up on each of his first two outings, he got off the mark in impressive fashion at the third attempt when beating Red Sun by eight lengths at Bath last month, and he was only two lengths adrift in fifth behind Southern Hills in the Windsor Castle Stakes on his next outing.

Soft ground on that occasion may not have been ideal, but he finished ahead of a subsequent winner and a repeat of that effort on better ground may do the trick although strictly on the book he has something to find with Air Force Jet who runs in the same colours.

That one however disappointed last time in the Norfolk Stakes, and Watson’s raider is taken to inflict another defeat.

5.05 – Royal County Down

5.35 – Dame Kyteler

6.10 – Light Breeze

6.45 – Illusionist

7.20 – Band Of Outlaws

7.50 – Rasiym

8.25 – Shantelle

8.55 – Musical Ava


(7.05) HEY LITTLE BOY (11/2, Paddy Power) isn’t one of Willie Mullins’ leading lights, and the Adlerflug gelding has just one win to his name which came over hurdles at Tramore on his debut.

His profile has been patchy both over hurdles and on the flat, but he might have needed his return at Gowran Park back in May, and he stepped up on that effort at Navan later the same month when finishing five lengths’ fifth behind Walking On Glass.

He goes back up in trip for this latest run, and the handicapper may have taken a chance on him by dropping him 3lbs in the weights. He is still relatively unexposed on the flat after six runs, and in a poor race he wouldn’t need to improve too much to go close.

(7.35) SCREAM (6/1, Ladbrokes) gained his sole win to date over this course and distance, and with Ger Lyons’ runners in good heart at present, the Vocalised filly is taken to bounce back to winning ways here.

Her sole win to date saw her run out a three-parts of a length winner over Captain Vancouver, but her overall profile has been patchy, and she failed to back up that win in three subsequent outings although she did manage to finish third of 13 at Roscommon in August.

Probably in need of the run on his reappearance at Limerick last month, he ought to strip fitter now and he can do better with that run under his belt and having been eased 2lbs in the weights.

5.25 – Lisard Zara

5.55 – Stanhope

6.30 – Run For Mary

7.05 – Hey Little Boy

7.35 – Scream

8.10 – Guiding

8.40 – Mr Adjudicator

Ger Lyons has his string in good form at present

Ger Lyons has his string in good form at present


(6.20) Of those with the benefit of experience, FAIR PASS (7/2, Paddy Power) sets a useful standard judging on her runner-up effort on debut last month where the Raven’s Pass filly found only Shadn too strong at Kempton.

Beaten three lengths on that occasion, the winner acquitted herself well in the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot, while the third went one place better on her next start at Goodwood where she was beaten only a half-length.

Marco Botti’s charge is open to improvement on the back of that first run, but she faces some interesting debutantes from some leading yards in opposition. Nevertheless, she could go well here with the potential for better to come, and she gets the vote to step up on that first run to get off the mark at the second attempt.

(8.00) DR DORO (5/1, Bet365) won three of her five starts last term, and the Holy Roman Emperor mare could be worth chancing to get back on the scoresheet here.

Ian Williams has his string in good heart, and the six-year old was last seen finishing just over one length behind Zac Brown when crossing the line in fourth at Salisbury last month. That was a step in the right direction following a couple of lesser runs on the back of a six-month break, and she was arguably unlucky not to have finished closer having met with trouble in running.

She is worth another chance at six furlongs despite being yet to win at this distance; however, she has won from higher marks than this previously when trained in Ireland and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see her post a big run if she can build on that latest outing.

5.45 – Jack The Truth

6.20 – Fair Pass

6.55 – Man Of The Night

7.25 – Logician

8.00 – Dr Doro

8.30 – Anif

9.00 – Mandocello


(6.40) MRS DUKESBURY (15/8, William Hill) made a promising introduction when finding only Miss Matterhorn too good at Lingfield on her debut last month, and Archie Watson’s charge could go one place better here.

She was outbattled last time, just unable to get past the winner having challenged in the last furlong; but the experience won’t have been lost on her, and with the yard doing well with its’ juveniles she is expected to improve.

She could well take a forward step on the back of that first run, and every chance she can get off the mark at the second attempt.

(7.10) HIGHLAND ACCLAIM (10/3, Coral) has a very good record over course and distance, and although the Acclamation gelding hasn’t shown his best in some recent outings either side of a break, David O’Meara’s charge could get back to winning ways returned to his favourite venue.

The eight-year old scored his last turf win here back in September last year when beating Corazon Espinado, and he hit a purple patch during the winter on the all-weather where he won twice at Lingfield as well as finishing runner-up twice at the same venue.

Not seen to best effect on his reappearance at Doncaster in May following three months off, he may have found the ground against him at Chester latest where he wasn’t aided by a draw towards the outside.

Back on better ground here, the handicapper could be taking a chance by dropping him in the weights where he now features from 5lbs below his last winning turf rating, and with a decent draw to work from he could well be the one to side with back at this track which clearly brings out the best in him.

6.05 – Tapis Libre

6.40 – Mrs Dukesbury

7.10 – Highland Acclaim

7.45 – Sir Busker

8.20 – Hermocrates

8.50 – Ashazuri

Highland Acclaim can get back on the winning trail at his favourite track

Highland Acclaim can get back on the winning trail at his favourite track