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9/4 chance Well up to task at Huntingdon? Get Thursday horse racing tips

Brian Healy 11 Apr 2019

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets across each of Thursday's five UK and Irish horse racing meetings.

Five UK and Irish horse racing meetings go to post on Thursday with afternoon jumps racing at Huntingdon and Wetherby, as well as Limerick in Ireland.

There is also afternoon all-weather action on the Chelmsford polytrack; while in the evening there is another fixture at Newcastle under the floodlights.

Huntingdon (jumps) - 1.40 - 5.25pm (8 races)
Chelmsford (flat, aw) - 2.00 - 5.50pm (8 races)
Limerick (jumps) - 2.05 - 5.20pm (7 races)
Wetherby (jumps) - 2.20 - 5.40pm (7 races)
Newcastle (flat, aw) - 5.30 - 8.00pm (6 races)



(2.10) Denis Coakley doesn’t have many jumps horses, but SAUMUR (7/2, Bet365) has shown enough in two runs over timber to suggest that she can land a win in this discipline; the Mawatheeq mare is chanced to open her account here.

A fair performer on the flat, reaching a mark of 77, she has finished fourth on both of her hurdles starts behind Emitom at Lingfield, and Miranda at Wincanton, although she has had no chance with the winner in either start.

This doesn’t appear to be a particularly strong contest, and she remains unexposed and open to further improvement over timber; she ought to be competitive then, and every chance she can go close in a relatively weak contest. 

(2.45) COOLE WELL (9/4, Bet365) struck three runs back at Plumpton, beating Manning Estate, and Jamie Snowden’s charge hasn’t been disgraced in either start since with a pair of runner-up efforts at Fontwell and Doncaster latest.

The Gold Well gelding was beaten just over one length last time by the useful Peppay Le Pugh at the beginning of March, and although ultimately no match for the winner under the penalty he was carrying he did pull clear of the third horse home.

Racing off the same mark here, he could well be able to get back on the scoresheet with the longer trip potentially being a source of improvement.

1.40 - So Lonely
2.10 - Saumur
2.45 - Coole Well
3.15 - Paddy’s Poem
3.50 - Excellent Team
4.20 - Pique Rock
4.55 - Vaxalco
5.25 - Namib Dancer


(2.20) AMERICAN TOM (3/1, William Hill) never managed to hit the heights which were hoped when trained by Willie Mullins, but the American Post gelding could be worth keeping faith with despite having left Closutton for Olly Murphy’s yard, and he has shown some fair form in his two starts to date for his new handler.

A winner over both hurdles and fences, he had his limitations exposed in Graded company in Ireland; but he has shown up well in his two outings for this yard despite not looking entirely straightforward. 

He has a question to answer with regards his attitude, but he has the ability to win this if producing something like his best form from Ireland, and he is given another chance.

(5.05) NEVER UP (9/2, Paddy Power) has proven himself to be a fairly useful chaser, and the Danehill Dancer gelding showed the benefit for his first run back from almost a year off to run out an easy eight lengths’ winner at Carlisle last month.

Sue Smith’s charge won a shade comfortably, and he ought to give a good account here from 5lbs higher in the weights if able to produce a similar effort. This step up in trip isn’t sure to suit however, and he pulled up on his only previous attempt at three miles last Feburary behind Shanroe Santos.

That was an attritional race however, and the better ground here could help him to get home this time around. Assuming he can last out this longer distance then he ought to be in the firing line.

1.50 - Isaac Wonder
2.20 - American Tom
2.55 - Las Tunas
3.25 - Steel Wave
4.00 - Solo Saxophone
4.30 - Trio For Rio
5.05 - Never Up
5.40 - Pray For A Rainbow


(3.05) SWEET AND DANDY (5/2, Bet365) almost overcame a slow start last time out on her first outing for new handler Luke Mcjannet, and the Dandy Man gelding could go one better here if able to find another jolt of progess.

The four-year old filly had a patchy profile for previous handler Jimmy Fox, although she did manage a win at Lingfield on just her second career start back in January last year, and there was plenty of encouragement to be gleaned from her last run which suggested her turn to revisit the winners’ enclosure may not be too far away.

She was beaten less than one length latest despite very little going right for her, and while this tougher grade sees her compete from 3lbs out of the weights she could prove equal to the task with the potential to find improvement for her new yard.

(4.10) UNFORGIVING MINUTE (5/2, William Hill) is worth chancing to get back to winning ways quickly having suffered defeat last time out at Kempton, and Jeremy Butler’s charge consistency should see him firmly in the mix again.

The Cape Cross gelding has been shifted through a few yards’ gates, winning four times for Clive Cox before unsuccessful spells at Brian Brennan and Gary Moore before arriving at this yard for a first sting; the now eight-year old managed to register four wins before a short spell with Paul D’arcy for whom he won one of his two outings.

Back with this stable, he duly got back on the scoresheet at Lingfield in March, and he was denied only by a head when last seen out at Kempton behind Poetic Force where he might just have been given too much to do. But he features here from just 1lb higher in the weights, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him going close here.

2.00 - Compass Point
2.30 - Derevo
3.05 - Sweet And Dandy
3.35 - USS Michigan
4.10 - Unforgiving Minute
4.40 - Viola Park
5.15 - Waneen
5.50 - Red Cossack


(2.35) POKER D’AINAY (5/2, Bet365) finished runner-up in each of his first two starts at Sligo and Galway respectively, but Willie Mullins’ charge was possibly amiss when beating only one home back at Galway last time out behind Abracadabras.

The No Risk At All gelding finished more than sixty lengths behind the winner, but he is surely better than he showed on that occasion and he is given a chance to bounce back on his hurdles debut.

He appears to be the pick of the Closutton pair with Paul Townend in the saddle, and every chance he can show improvement switching to obstacles now.

(4.15) LEAVE YOUR MARK (7/2, Paddy Power) has shown some ability over hurdles thus far without winning, including posting a solid run behind Felix Desjy at Galway last October; the Oscar gelding can get off the mark here however in a relatively weak race.

Joseph O’Brien’s charge appeared to relish the step up in trip last time when finishing just three lengths’ fourth behind Lady Writer at Leopardstown, meeting with some trouble in running before his run flattened out.

He is only 1lb higher here, but he has a tongue-strap applied now which could help to elicit further improvement over this trip. He remains unexposed, and it wouldn’t come as a huge shock to see a big effort.

2.05 - Dolly Dancer
2.35 - Poker D’Ainay
3.10 - Darling Miss
3.40 - West Is Best
4.15 - Leave Your Mark
4.45 - Internal Transfer
5.20 - Eviscerating
5.55 - Kilbarry Calling


(6.00) ADDIS ABABA (4/1, Paddy Power) won on debut at Ayr last June, and the Declaration Of War gelding subsequently showed further useful form and improvement to make the frame in each of his next three starts before looking a potential non-stayer over ten furlongs at York when last seen.

Despite some reservations over this stamina for this trip, David O’Meara’s charge showed up well for a long way in that contest before fading. But the form is proving to be strong, and he could find some improvement now as a four-year old to get back to winning ways here in an easier race than the one he faced last time.

He could prove stronger now so there may be more confidence in him seeing out the distance, and if he does then he ought to go close here.

5.30 - Extreme Appeal
6.00 - Addis Ababa
6.30 - Rambaldi
7.00 - Simba Samba
7.30 - False Id
8.00 - Alnasherat

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9/4 chance Well up to task at Huntingdon? Get Thursday horse racing tips

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