Thursday’s horse racing tips – Bandsman can be music to punters’ ears at Market Rasen

Five UK and Irish horse racing fixtures go to post on Thursday, including Wincanton.

Five UK and Irish horse racing fixtures go to post on Thursday, including Wincanton.

Brian Healy has Thursday horse racing tips and best bets for the day’s UK and Irish racecards.

Five meetings take place on Thursday’s horse racing schedule as Irish racing returns to the fold with a jumps card at Thurles.

There is also jumping action from Wincanton, Leicester and Market Rasen on Thursday; while Chelmsford are racing on their all-weather surface in the evening under the floodlights.

Thurles (jumps) – 12.15 – 3.25pm (7 races)

Market Rasen (jumps) – 12.20 – 3.30pm (7 races)

Wincanton (jumps) – 12.40 – 3.50pm (7 races)

Leicester (jumps) – 1.05 – 3.40pm (6 races)

Chelmsford (flat, aw) – 4.10 – 7.45pm (8 races)


(1.50) MONBEG ROSE (3/1, Bet365) reverts to hurdles having probably gone off too hard behind Daisy’s Gift at Wexford earlier in the month, and the move can pay dividends for Gordon Elliott’s charge who gets a sizeable weight allowance with Miss Me Now once her rider’s claim is taken into account.

The Beneficial mare showed some good form over timber in the early part of the year, placing in a Limerick Grade Three contest and running a solid fifth behind Jer’s Girl in a Grade One at Fairyhouse prior to going over fences; ridden too aggressively last time, she faded into fifth when finishing well-beaten.

But back over hurdles, she receives 12lbs from Willie Mullins’ charge once Cian Collins’ claim is factored in, and that concession could be enough to see Gordon Elliott’s Gigginstown runner get off the mark for the season.

12.15 – Bachasson

12.45 – Mick The Jiver

1.20 – Hardline

1.50 – Monbeg Rose

2.20 – Aussie Reigns

2.50 – Canny Tom

3.25 – Quelle Belle Vie

Bachasson (right) makes his chase debut at Thurles on Thursday.

Bachasson (right) makes his chase debut at Thurles on Thursday.


(12.55) BANDSMAN (10/11, Bet365) did little wrong in a number of bumper starts earlier in the year, filling the silver medal spot in three of his four outings which included here in October behind Boreham Bill.

Dan Skelton’s charge produced another runner-up effort at Kempton in early-November, beaten four lengths by Top Tug on his hurdles debut; and with that experience unlikely to have been lost on the Bandmaster gelding, he can get off the mark now.

The horse who beat him at Kempton was a smart ex-flat recruit who looked above average over timber; but while the form took a knock next time when the third home disappointed on his next start, the Skelton runner could have better to come and is taken to open his account.

(3.00) SOLWAY SAM (13/2, Bet365) was a fortunate winner of a Perth handicap chase back in July, but Lucy Harrison’s charge has hinted that his turn isn’t far away again with a trio of in-the-frame efforts over hurdles since which includes last time at Hexham behind Bescot Sprints.

The Double Trigger gelding finished five lengths’ runner-up on that occasion, and the veteran has won from higher marks in the past; while his best days are behind him, he should remain competitive nonetheless, and no surprise to see him posting another big run off the same mark as when posting that runner-up effort.

12.20 – Iconic Sky

12.55 – Bandsman

1.25 – Bertenbar

1.55 – Susie Sheep

2.25 – Chic Theatre

3.00 – Solway Sam

3.30 – Jaunty Inflight


(1.45) CYCLOP (9/4, Bet365) isn’t one to trust that he’ll put his best foot forward, but he represents an in-form yard and he produced an excellent performance to finish third in the recent Southern National at Fontwell behind Aerial.

A winner at Warwick back in December last year, he had looked sure to score the time before at Towcester when falling at the last when clear; but he couldn’t quite build on his success despite largely running well in defeat, and the handicapper perhaps had caught up to him.

Better for his seasonal debut at Kelso in October, David Dennis’ charge was beaten only around six lengths at Fontwell and he can compete here from the same mark, so no surprise if he were to give another good account.

Philip Hobbs can saddle a Wincanton winner with Que Sera.

Philip Hobbs can saddle a Wincanton winner with Que Sera.

(2.15) QUE SERA (6/1, Bet365) possibly found the longer trip and heavy ground too much for him when pulled up at Uttoxeter last time on his reappearance; but back down in trip for this latest outing and on better ground, Philip Hobbs’ charge could leave that run behind.

The Rakti gelding is a lightly-raced sort, scoring on his debut for this yard at Towcester, and he weakened quickly once headed last time at the Midlands track in the shape of a horse who patently failed to see out the trip on the testing ground.

These conditions should prove more suitable, and a tongue-tie/blinkers combination could help to elicit improvement in him over this less demanding test.

12.40 – Aliandy

1.15 – Silent Steps

1.45 – Cyclop

2.15 – Que Sera

2.45 – Broome Lane

3.20 – Highbury High

3.50 – An Siltean


(1.35) MOSS STREET (11/8, Bet365) posted a pair of wins and several in-the-frame efforts over timber for John Flint, and the Moss Vale gelding was also a winner on the flat when successful at Brighton in September.

Having rounded off his time with Flint with a smooth 11-lengths success over My Brother Sylvest at Huntingdon last month, he disappointed on his first outing for new trainer Conor Dore on the Chelmsford all-weather where he trailed in last of nine runners in a handicap.

However, returning to obstacles from only 2lbs higher than his last winning hurdles mark, he could be capable of bouncing back to winning form in a race that won’t take a lot of winning; while he has to concede 4lbs and more to his rivals, most are coming off the back of poor last-time runs or lengthy absences, and he could prove hard to beat if coming back to his best.

Moscato is in action at Leicester where he bids for a first hurdles win.

Moscato is in action at Leicester where he bids for a first hurdles win.

(3.10) CAPTAIN MCGINLEY (3/1, Bet365) showed some fair glimpses of ability in bumpers and over hurdles last term; but the Robin Des Pres gelding was disappointing on his final start back in March when finishing a tailed-off seventh behind Driftwood Haze at Ffos Las.

Rebecca Curtis’ charge probably needed the run at Bangor last month, where he finished seventh behind Shantou Tiger; but he could do better now his attentions are switched to chasing over a shorter trip, and first-time blinkers could coincide with an improved performance.

Although the yard has been quiet of late following a good early-season run of form, he could be worth chancing on his chase debut to get off the mark.

1.05 – Moscato

1.35 – Moss Street

2.05 – Thankyou Very Much

2.35 – Sweetlittlekitty

3.10 – Captain Mcginley

3.40 – Amantius


(4.45) KING’S ACADEMY (2/1, Bet365) has been bettering the form of each prior run since posting a fair fifth on debut at Chantilly last month, making the frame on both subsequent starts at Wolverhampton and latterly at Kempton when beaten just one length behind Munro.

Paul Cole’s Mayson colt possibly didn’t help his chances by coming wide into the straight and looking awkward; but he has the potential for better still, and likely to continue to improve he can get off the mark here.

(5.45) Both of CHESTER STREET‘s (5/1, Bet365) career wins have come on artificial surfaces, and Roger Charlton’s charge registered the second of those wins over this course and distance earlier in the month when seemingly responding well to a first-time hood to beat Marbooh by almost three lengths.

The Invincible Spirit gelding had earlier won at Kempton in October 2015, gaining a narrow verdict over Cabinet Room; and he had run well on turf prior to scoring that success last time. While he has been raised 7lbs for his latest win, he won with enough in hand last time to suggest he could have more improvement to come, and he can follow up.

4.10 – Magique Touch

4.45 – King’s Academy

5.15 – Dutch Golden Age

5.45 – Chester Street

6.15 – Titan Goddess

6.45 – Makhfar

7.15 – Top Set

7.45 – Costa Filey