Neil Morrice brings you all of his best bets and tips for Thursday’s racing coming your way from Beverley, Warwick, Perth, Exeter and Chelmsford City.
Race 7 No1 CHICHESTER (Nap)
Trainer: Keith Dalgleish – Jockey: Joe Fanning
A change of scenery worked the oracle for CHICHESTER, who bolted up on debut for his current trainer at Newcastle on first run since undergoing wind surgery. Switching onto the grass, it’s unlikely that a 5lb penalty will impair his progress.
Race 5 No6 BLU BOY
Trainer: Ed Bethell – Jockey: PJ McDonald
With similar credentials to Chichester, BLU BOY appeals as an attractive bet to follow-up an all the way triumph at Newcastle. He also shoulders a penalty, but now switched to turf can defy a 6lb penalty.
Race 8 No5 TOUTATIS
Trainer: David O’Meara – Jockey: Danny Tudhope
Yankee Stadium and National Treasure can bring form to the table but may have to give best to TOUTATIS, who put in two earning efforts from three runs in bumpers before joining the O’Meara stable, and is open to improvement in this racing code.
Race 3 No9 BLAZING SADDLES
Trainer: Jeremy Scott – Jockey: Matt Griffiths
Stratford scorer BLAZING SADDLES goes back into battle on a 6lb higher mark but might prove a more reliable proposition than Chasamax. That was a notable improvement in form from the six-year-old, who should also appreciate this longer trip.
Race 5 No5 VIVE LE ROI (Nap)
Trainer: Tony Carroll – Jockey: Harry Bannister
Confirmed front runner VIVE LE ROI proved a sitting duck for his rivals at Kempton but might not have set fast enough fractions, a point that may be alert to his pilot round this more suitable track. Though getting longer in the tooth, he may prove hard to peg back if getting his own way at the head of affairs.
Race 7 No11 HIWAY ONE O THREE
Trainer: Chris Gordon – Jockey: Tom Cannon
Gordon has excelled with horses in this ownership and in HIWAY ONE O THREE he has a horse with improvement in him on just a second career start. The selection looked in need of the experience on debut at Stratford, but still managed to catch the eye of the judge.
Race 4 No1 PISTOL WHIPPED (Nap)
Trainer: Nicky Henderson – Jockey: Nico de Boinville
PISTOL WHIPPED benefitted from an enterprising ride at Plumpton which should have served to provide him with a much- needed confidence boost. A horse that has flattered to deceive in the past, he is now firmly in the zone and can successfully give weight away all round.
Race 8 No2 MR MELDA
Trainer: Tom Lacey – Jockey: Jonathan Burke
MR MELDA is the least exposed runner in what looks the weaker division of this handicap hurdle. The long distance traveller showed a flicker of ability when troubling the judge at Chepstow last time, a run that earned him a handicap mark. He could have been let in lightly.
Race 1 No1 COLLEGE OAK (Nap)
Trainer: Jamie Snowden – Jockey: Gavin Sheehan
Former French based Shentri will attract plenty of support but may find COLLEGE OAK a hare that refuses to come back. A winner at Uttoxeter and Ascot this season, the selection should enjoy the track, trip and ground with Sheehan back doing the steering.
Race 2 No3 CASTEL GANDOLFO
Trainer: Fergal O’Brien – Jockey: Paddy Brennan
The grey CASTEL GANDOLFO ran into one on his return from a break when unable to cope with Tulin at Taunton. The former Irish-based gelding has had time to settle in with this trainer, and can take down likely favourite Shake A Leg.
Race 4 No11 HARRY HAZE
Trainer: Phil Dando – Jockey: Conor Ring
Dando does well with his small string of which HARRY HAZE appeals as a horse running into form. He raised his game when third to Eclair Des Pictons here earlier in the month and should benefit from a move up the distance ladder.
Race 1 No7 MEDIA GUEST (Nap)
Trainer: George Margarson – Jockey: Tom Queally
The best opportunities lie at the start of proceedings and MEDIA GUEST can endorse the promise shown in two earning runs as a juvenile by taking out the opening maiden. He has the clear beating of Akkeringa on Doncaster running, and should prove hard to beat.
Race 2 No6 SIXCOR (Each Way)
Trainer: Mick Channon – Jockey: George Bass
A 200-1 shot when reappearing at Wolverhampton, SIXTOR showed little but is one that has ability and could get into the money at a working man’s price.
Place Accumulator Perm (Races 1-7)
7 x 6, 5 x 2, 6 x 2 x 2, 5 x 4, 2 x 7, 5