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Thursday 16 June horse racing tips - The best bets and race-by-race selections for the day's racecards

Ffos Las' Thursday jumps card is one of seven fixtures on a busy afternoon of horse racing.

Brian Healy gives his Thursday 16 June horse racing tips and best bets for all the day's racecards, which includes day three of the Royal Ascot festival.


Royal Ascot continues into its’ third day, with the feature race of the afternoon at the Berkshire venue being the Group One Ascot Gold Cup.

In addition to racing at Ascot, there are further flat racing meetings on turf at Ripon, and on the all-weather at Chelmsford; while in the eveing there is further all-weather action at Lingfield, and Ffos Las goes over the sticks. Leicester's meeting on the flat has been abandoned.

Also racing in the evening is Leopardstown, whose flat racing fixture includes the Group Three Ballycorus Stakes.

Chelmsford (flat, aw) – 1.50 – 5.20pm (7 races)
Ripon (flat) – 2.10 – 5.45pm (7 races)
Ascot (flat) – 2.30 – 5.35pm (6 races)
Lingfield (flat, aw) – 5.50 – 8.50pm (7 races)
Leopardstown (flat) – 5.55 – 8.55pm (7 races)
Ffos Las (jumps) – 6.10 – 9.10pm (7 races)




CHELMSFORD


(2.20) TEMPURAN (4/1, Bet365) is a dual-winner over this trip, and has been running well in all three starts since scoring at Lingfield back in January.

David Bridgewater’s charge finished in the runner-up spot on his latest outing back at that venue, beaten just under two lengths behind Saborido off this mark, and he can lower the colours of last-time scorer Eurato who has more on his plate to defy a 10lbs rise in the weights over a trip that possibly just stretches him.

1.50 – Scudding
2.20 – Tempuran
2.55 – Cape Icon
3.30 – Perfect Cracker
4.05 – Blind Faith
4.45 – Scarpeta
5.20 – Roy’s Legacy

RIPON


(3.20) HAYWARD FIELD (7/4, Paddy Power) showed some fair form in a trio of maiden starts prior to posting a much-improved effort on his handicap debut upped to this sort of trip at Kempton last week.

Roger Varian’s charge is well-in here off the same mark as he goes even further in distance, and past experience of turf swings the verdict in favour of the Cape Blanco colt, who can get off the mark at the expense of Mark Johnston’s rival.


Roger Varian can saddle a Ripon winner with Hayward Field.

(5.45) JANAAB (7/1, Paddy Power) won this contest twelve months ago from a mark 1lb higher than this time around, and while he has largely lost his way since, he is capable of going close at his best.

Tim Easterby’s stable is beginning to fire again, and the Nayef gelding also won under this rider at Haydock last term. Versatile with regards to ground, this doesn’t look a particularly strong contest, and while he has to bounce back from some lacklustre efforts, including when finishing a well-beaten eighth at Pontefract last month, he can go close if finding something like his best form.

2.10 – Zamjar
2.45 – Hit The Lights
3.20 – Hayward Field
3.55 – Sands Chorus
4.35- Pertuis
5.10 – Henley
5.45 - Janaab


ROYAL ASCOT


(3.05) Blue De Vega sets the standard on form, having finished third to Awtaad in the Irish 2000 Guineas, but it may pay to side with Sir Michael Stoute’s ABDON (4/1, Ladbrokes) to reverse recent form with the re-opposing Hawkbill, who beat the selection last time out at Newmarket.

Stoute has won this contest twice in the last five years, and the Cacique colt was a good debut winner on his sole start last term, readily seeing off Navajo War Dance and others despite looking in need of the experience.

That was on soft ground, and he lost little in defeat stepped up in trip for his return to action at Newmarket in April when beaten just over one length on better ground behind Hawkbill in Listed company. 

Like many from the Stoute camp this term, he was entitled to need his first run of the season and should strip much fitter now; with further improvement likely, the return to a softer surface could well see him reverse that Newmarket form with the Godolphin runner and he get back on the scoresheet here.


Mizzou (red cap) can land Thursday's feature race at Royal Ascot, the Gold Cup.

(5.00) Low-drawn numbers seemed to dominate the big-field events on the opening day of Ascot, and so OUT AND ABOUT (10/1, BetVictor) is taken to land a hat-trick of wins, following earlier successes at Redcar last term, and on reappearance at Haydock in May when beating Fighting Temeraire by one length.

William Haggas’ Fastnet Rock gelding won a shade cosily that day, keeping on strongly to land the spoils on what was his handicap debut, and the third horse home has won since. He has understandably been thumped by the handicapper, who had delivered an 8lbs rise as a consequence, but that may not be enough to stop another bold show.

Soft ground on debut at Newbury last August didn’t seem to faze the selection as he ran fourth behind Justice Law in a race which has subsequently thrown up a Listed winner in Tashweeq, and so he shouldn’t be inconvenienced by the conditions here; and open to considerable improvement still, he can go close here under Ryan Moore.

2.30 – Legendary Lunch
3.05 – Abdon
3.40 – Even Song
4.20 – Mizzou
5.00 – Out And About
5.35 – Harrison

LINGFIELD


(6.20) RAJAR (10/3, William Hill) shaped encouragingly on debut when runner-up in a minor contest at Wolverhampton, beaten just one length behind Imdancinwithurwife. 

The Archipenko filly met with trouble-in-running in that contest, but she looked a fair sort who could have better to come; and with that experience under her belt and upped in trip, she can go one better in receipt of weight from her rivals.

(7.50) HINT OF GREY (9/2, Betway) has alternated wins with runner-up efforts, scoring on turf at Brighton and at this venue; and David Cantillon’s charge was caught further back than ideal when beaten less than one length behind Hearty back at Lingfield last time.

The Mastercraftsman gelding was closing all the way to the line, and she can go one better from just 1lb higher mark if proving as effective on the all-weather.

5.50 – Legal Art
6.20 – Rajar
6.50 – Quality Art
7.20 – Clumber Street
7.50 – Hint Of Grey
8.20 – Elegant Annie
8.50 – Hepworth Marble

LEOPARDSTOWN


(6.55) PINWOOD (7/1, Ladbrokes) created a good impression when successful on debut at Listowel last September, when beating Laws Of Spin by two lengths, and although turned over on his return at Sligo when sent off odds-on, he can bounce back.

Ken Condon’s charge probably didn’t have that race run to suit, and back in a larger field on his handicap debut, the Bushranger gelding is worthy of another chance in a first-time tongue-tie.

5.55 – Mirdif
6.25 – Madrugada
6.55 – Pinwood
7.25 – Madroos
7.55 – Al Mohalhal
8.25 – Pirolo
8.55 – Mr Fiftyone

FFOS LAS


(6.40) KEY PEOPLE (13/2, Bet365) hasn’t always convinced with his attitude or jumping, but posted one of his better efforts at Chepstow in April when third behind My Coranna in a hunters’ chase.

The Alderbrook gelding has rejoined Tim Vaughn following a spell in the point-to-point sphere with Jonathan Lean, and making his handicap debut in what looks a winnable contest, he can go well.


Tim Vaughn can saddle a winner at Ffos Las with Key People.

(8.40) THEPARTYSOVER (7/1, Coral) has been in fair form since scoring at Fontwell back in December, where he ran out a wide-margin victor over Lady Of Geneva.

The Cloudings gelding has twice finished runner-up since, both at Fontwell, and should appreciate this longer trip on the better ground. While he probably has to find if he is to get back to winning ways, he should run his race and can post a good effort.

6.10 – MacBertie
6.40 – Key People
7.10 – Deadly Move
7.40 – Misty Mai
8.10 – Hold Court
8.40 – Thepartysover
9.10 - Blackfire

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Thursday 16 June horse racing tips - The best bets and race-by-race selections for the day's racecards

Brian Healy gives his Thursday 16 June horse racing tips and best bets for all the day's racecards, which includes day three of the Royal Ascot festival.

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