Thursday 8 August horse racing tips – Williams’ 7/2 chance could take some Stopping in hat-trick bid at Yarmouth

Hart Stopper can land a hat-trick of wins with success at Yarmouth on Thursday.

Hart Stopper can land a hat-trick of wins with success at Yarmouth on Thursday.

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets across all of Thursday’s UK and Irish racemeetings.

A busy Thursday of UK and Irish horse racing meetings takes in afternoon racing on the flat from the cards at Haydock, Brighton and Yarmouth.

In the evening there is further flat racing action on the all-weather from Newcastle, while Sandown goes on turf. There is also flat racing in Ireland from Leopardstown where the Group Three Ballyroan Stakes is the highlight.

Completing Thursday’s fixture list is a meeting at Sligo who go over the sticks.

Haydock (flat) – 2.00 – 5.00pm (7 races)
Brighton (flat) – 2.10 – 5.10pm (7 races)
Yarmouth (flat) – 2.20 – 5.20pm (7 races)
Leopardstown (flat) – 5.15 – 8.25pm (7 races)
Newcastle (flat, aw) – 5.30 – 8.35pm (7 races)
Sligo (jumps) – 5.35 – 8.40pm (7 races)
Sandown (flat) – 5.40 – 8.15pm (6 races)


(2.30) There was a lot to like about EMBOLDEN‘s (9/2, Bet365) debut effort at Doncaster last month, and Richard Fahey’s charge can build on the performance to get off the mark at the second attempt.

The Kodiac colt caught the eye with his finishing effort despite a slow start, eventually crossing the line in third place where he was beaten just one length in the end.

The winner has since given the form a bit of a boost by finishing fourth in a competitive heat at Glorious Goodwood, and with the likelihood of improvement to come, he could be worth chancing to build on that debut experience which won’t have been lost on him.

(4.00) ATHEEB (11/8, William Hill) stepped up on a fair debut at Newmarket which was clearly needed to finish runner-up next time at Doncaster, and with the potential to improve further Sir Michael Stoute’s charge can get off the mark at the third attempt.

TheMuhaarar colt was beaten only a half-length on that occasion behind Stone Circle, although he was probably flattered by how close he managed to get to the easy winner who was eased down.

This longer trip is expected to suit, and he could be capable of finding further improvement so may well be up to the task of getting off the mark here.

2.00 – Classic Charm
2.30 – Embolden
3.00 – Molls Memory
3.30 – Fancy Flyer
4.00 – Atheeb
4.30 – Statuario
5.00 – Dutch Coed


Haydock are racing on Thursday.


(2.40) Having struggled on softer ground in a better race at Newbury in June, THE BLUE BOWER (2/1, Bet365) bounced back with a better effort at Windsor last month, and Sue Smith’s charge can find further improvement to strike again.

The Morpheus filly was beaten just over one length into third on that occasion, where she arguably compromised her chance with a slow start; but she could have more improvement to come, and she was only a short-head behind a subsequent winner.

The faster ground seemed to help her, and a step up in trip could provide a source of progress so every chance she can remain competitive and go close here.

(3.10) OEIL DE TIGRE (4/1, Paddy Power) got back on the scoresheet when scoring at Windsor last month, and Tony Carroll’s charge could be worth chancing under a penalty to follow up.

The eight-year old was ending a nine-run losing streak when beating Typhoon Ten by just over a length, where he raced from 2lbs below his previous winning mark; as such a 4lbs penalty still leaves him fairly treated given he had made the frame from higher ratings last season.

He looks to hold solid claims of a follow-up here, and it would be no surprise to see him going close again for a yard which usually does quite well here with its’ runners.

2.10 – Tarrzan
2.40 – The Blue Bower
3.10 – Oeil De Tigre
3.40 – Mister Chiang
4.10 – Multamis
4.40 – Confrerie
5.10- Three Little Birds


(2.50) ASCENSION (3/1, Ladbrokes) travelled well for a long way on his debut at Newbury last month, racing keenly and bang there until the furlong pole where he gradually dropped away and possibly didn’t see out the seven furlongs.

Roger Varian’s charge is expected to have learned plenty from that debut experience, and he could well find improvement on the back of that performance; while a drop back in trip to six furlongs could see the Dark Angel colt in a better light given the speed he showed in that first outing.

Sure to improve for that first outing, he could step up on the bare form to go close, and he may be worth chancing to do better here.

(4.20) HART STOPPER (7/2, Paddy Power) is 3-4 at this venue, and Stuart Williams’ charge can enhance his fine strike-rate at the seaside track.

The Compton Place gelding emerged from a spell in the doldrums to finish a close second behind Raucous here in July, after which he went one better and resumed winning ways with a defeat of Inspired Thought.

The runner-up and fifth horses home from that race have both won since, and with only a 2lbs rise in the weights to contend with – offset by a 7lbs claimer – he looks sure to have a big say in the outcome where he could add another win to his record at this track.

2.20 – Global Hope
2.50 – Ascension
3.20 – Canasta
3.50 – All Right
4.20 – Hart Stopper
4.50 – Rita’s Folly
5.20 – Dream World


Yarmouth race on Thursday


(6.20) BALADIYA (11/4, William Hill) is clearly going the right way, and Dermot Weld’s charge can land a hat-trick of wins here.

The Pivotal filly already has a course win to her name, scoring here in May with a defeat of Royal Court; she subsequently followed up in a better race at the Curragh when beating Ice Cold In Alex despite being 1lb out of the weights on her handicap debut.

That form is useful, and having only been pushed up 4lbs in the weights she can find another jolt of improvement to strike again and land the three-timer.

(7.55) DROMANA (9/1, William Hill) finally got off the mark when scoring at Limerick in June, beating Noble Intention by almost five lengths, and John Oxx’s charge can get back on the scoresheet here.

The Dutch Art filly has made the frame on both subsequent starts since, finishing third here in July behind With A Start and then finding only Lusis Naturea too strong at Down Royal later in the same month.

He had travelled like the best horse in the race, but he couldn’t quite match the winner’s effort, and the handicapper has left him alone following that run. With the services of a good 5lbs claiming rider, he makes plenty of appeal at the weights as a result, and it would be no surprise to see her going close.

5.15 – Cormorant
5.50 – High Altitude
6.20 – Baladiya
6.55 – Latrobe
7.25 – Quote
7.55 – Dromana
8.25 – Galeola


(7.35) SCENESETTER (11/2, William Hill) found improvement for the application of cheekpieces and switching to handicaps when finding only one too good at Windsor latest, and Marco Botti’s charge can get off the mark here.

The Shamardal filly was beaten just over one length behind Cherry Cola on that occasion, finishing ahead of a next-time winner and a meagre 1lb rise in the weights for that outing certainly looks manageable given she remains open to improvement.

She is chanced to build on that latest outing where she can go one better if handling the switch to a tapeta surface.

(8.05) James Tate’s RIVER CAM (6/4, Ladbrokes) made an encouraging debut at Yarmouth last month, beaten only a neck behind Nirodha, and the Fountain Of Youth filly can put that experience to good use and go one better here.

Just outgunned by one with more experience, the pair had pulled clear and she ought to have learnt plenty for that first run where she can build on the outing to get off the mark at the second attempt.

She could prove to be a useful prospect, and it would come as no surprise to see her in the winners’ enclosure sooner than later.

5.30 – Greengage
6.00 – Global Humour
6.30 – St Ives
7.05 – Pinarella
7.35 – Scenesetter
8.05 – River Cam
8.35 – The Bull


Newcastle are racing on Thursday evening


(6.35) ARD NA CARRAIG (5/2, Bet365) finally got off the mark under Rules when successful at Downpatrick last September over fences, and Oliver McKiernan’s charge is chanced to get back on the winning trail here.

Fourth subsequently at Tipperary, he returned from a break to post a creditable sixth on the flat before finding only one too good at Limerick over hurdles latest behind Celtic Dancer where he was beaten only by a nose.

That winner has struck again since, and his subsequent 4lbs rise in the weights is offset by the 7lbs claim of his rider who is good value for his allowance.

Kept to hurdling for this latest outing, it would be no surprise to see another big run from the Jeremy gelding who can resume winning ways here.

5.35 – Volatile Lady
6.05 – Construct
6.35 – Ard Na Carraig
7.10 – Hello Pilgrim
7.40 – Westport Lady
8.10 – You Can’t Catch Me
8.40 – Bonarc


(6.10) VASARI (2/1, Ladbrokes) made a promising debut at Chelmsford last month, travelling like the best horse in the race only to be undone late by inexperience.

The Muhaarar colt will surely progress for that first run which will have taught him plenty, and he showed enough speed from the front in that first run to suggest that the drop to five furlongs might well suit him better.

He finished third in that debut outing, but like many from the yard should come on a bundle for the experience; he can progress to get off the mark at the second attempt in what could be a useful contest.

(6.45) Expensive yearling purchase NATIVE TRIBE (10/11, William Hill) shaped well on his debut at Newbury in July, finding only Encipher too strong over seven furlongs, and with the experience under his belt Charlie Appleby’s charge is taken to go one better.

The Farhh colt might have compromised his chances by racing too freely, and he had no answer to the winner who had the benefit of experience; but he had pulled clear of the rest and should improve for that outing.

He may not reach the height of last year’s winner of this contest, Too Darn Hot, but he looked a potentially smart prospect despite his inexperience and he could take a big forward step now to open his win account.

5.40 – Arctic Sea
6.10 – Vasari
6.45 – Native Tribe
7.15 – Marronnier
7.45 – Martineo
8.15 – Rock The Cradle