Thursday horse racing tips 5 January – 6/4 Impulsive can be Star of the show at Lingfield

Southwell is one of four Thursday horse racing fixtures.

Southwell is one of four Thursday horse racing fixtures.

Brian Healy gives his Thursday horse racing tips and best bets for 5 January racecards around the UK. Find out who he fancies across the day’s racemeetings.

Four meetings again go to post on Thursday, and the day’s sole jumps card comes from Lingfield; while on the all-weather there are afternoon fixtures at Southwell and Wolverhampton, and Chelmsford in the evening.

Southwell (flat, aw) – 12.35 – 3.40pm (7 races)

Lingfield (jumps) – 12.50 – 3.50pm (7 races)

Wolverhampton (flat, aw) – 2.00 – 5.00pm (7 races)

Chelmsford (flat, aw) – 5.45 – 8.15pm (6 races)


(1.05) PLAYFUL DUDE (5/4, Bet365) looks less exposed than these rivals, having had nine runs to date of which three have come on this surface.

Phil McEntee’s charge has filled the silver-medal berth on each of his last three runs, which have come here, and he was beaten only a half-length last time behind Shearian.

The Drosselmeyer gelding can race off the same mark here, and so is 4lbs well-in at the weights given he is due to go up by that amount in future races; while Callum Shepherd can claim 3lbs, so he is attractively weighted and can go close in a winnable contest.

12.35 – Essenaitch

1.05 – Playful Dude

1.35 – Samphire Coast

2.10 – Mackiri

2.40 – Dungannon

3.10 – Ascot Day

3.40 – Come On Percy


(1.20) IMPULSIVE STAR (6/4, Bet365) should find this a good deal easier than the Grade Two contest he tackled last time, where he finished fourth behind Wholestone, and the Busy Flight gelding can resume winning ways.

Neil Mulholland’s charge had previously won a point-to-point and an Irish bumper prior to joining this yard, where he made a winning debut over hurdles at Ffos Las in November. That prompted a crack at the Bristol Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham where he was a well-held fourth, but with sights considerably lowered he could prove tough to beat in what could prove a decent contest.

Captain Chaos (white sleeves) can win over fences at Lingfield.

Captain Chaos (white sleeves) can win over fences at Lingfield.

(2.50) CAPTAIN CHAOS (7/2, Bet365) quickly developed into a very smart hurdler for Dan Skelton, having been a bumper winner for Tim Fitzgerald previous to joining his current handler.

A winner over Athou Du Nord at Uttoxeter was followed by a close runner-up finish behind the reopposing Label Des Obeaux (gave 4lbs) at Sandown in the Winter Novices’ Hurdle; and after running below par at Cheltenham he quickly bounced back to score at Exeter prior to to a silver-medal finish in France.

Possibly in need of the run when set a very stiff task behind Politologue on his seasonal debut in the Grade Two Noel Novices’ Chase at Ascot, the Golan gelding was far from disgraced despite failing to beat a rival home; and he could prove the answer in this contest now he tackles a much more realistic assignment despite facing some potentially smart rivals in this sphere.

12.50 – Sliding Doors

1.20 – Impulsive Star

1.50 – Triple Chief

2.20 – Cool Sky

2.50 – Captain Chaos

3.20 – Midnight Silver

3.50 – Amber Gambler


(3.00) BLUE BAHIA (5/1, Bet365) achieved a fair level of form when trained in Ireland by Dermot Weld, and the Big Bad Bob filly shaped well on her debut for Mark Johnston eight days ago at Lingfield when finishing third behind Ay Ay.

Beaten two lengths, it was her first start in just over three months and she was entitled to have needed the outing; she’s been dropped a fair chunk in the weights and makes her tapeta debut now, and if she can build on that outing then it wouldn’t be a surprise to see her going close in a very winnable contest.

2.00 – Elusive Cowboy

2.30 – Moonshine Dancer

3.00 – Blue Bahia

3.30 – Tranquil Daze

4.00 – Rapid Rise

4.30 – Steelriver

5.00 – Angelito


(5.45) LOYALTY (7/4, Bet365) has a decent record at this track, with all three of his last successes coming here over this trip; and Derek Shaw’s Medicean gelding can add to his course record.

His recent record is patchy, but it has to considered that they came in stronger company than he takes on here, and the ease in grade could see him get back to winning ways.

Runner-up on his penultimate outing in a Class 3 handicap here, that form has held up well; and racing from the same mark dropped into a Class 4 contest, he could go close.

Michael Appleby can get amongst the Chelmsford winners.

Michael Appleby can get amongst the Chelmsford winners.

(6.15) Michael Appleby has quickly found the key to WESTERN PRINCE (6/4, Bet365) with the Cape Cross gelding winning both starts for the trainer since moving from John Goden.

She had shown little in worthwhile form for her former handler, but having stepped up markedly in trip following his switch she has won with something in hand at both Musselburgh and Southwell latterly.

Despite a 8lbs rise in the weights following her latest success, there could be more to come from her now she goes even further in trip and she can bag a hat-trick of wins.

5.45 – Loyalty

6.15 – Western Prince

6.45 – Lancelot Du Lac

7.15 – Excellent Aim

7.45 – Draw Swords

8.15 – Shypen