There are five meetings across the UK and Ireland for punters to look forward to on Thursday with cards from Newmarket, Cheltenham, Ripon and Newcastle, while the Irish action comes from Limerick.

It is, of course, the final day of the Craven meeting at Newmarket, with seven races at HQ, including the feature, the Craven Stakes at 15:35, where Master Of The Seas (5/2) appears to be the one to beat.

The racing gets under way at 13:15 and concludes at 16:45 with a Handicap in which Andrea Atzeni’s mount Balearic leads the betting at 11/4 after winning on the all-weather at Newcastle last month and having the classy Italian on board only boosts his chances.

That said, the Ryan Moore and Charlie Hills combination should never be underestimated and they link up with 4/1 Crossford.

Another Newcastle winner on his last start, the three three-year-old will have to go well fresh with this his first go since that Tyneside success in October.

Cheltenham also hosts seven races between 13:30 and 17:00 and the opener, a Mares’ Novices Hurdle, has Betfred paying three places.

Alan King’s The Glancing Queen sets the standard in the market at 8/11 and connections will have been boosted by the overnight withdrawal of Nicky Henderson’s Fantastic Lady, who lived up to her name in winning at Doncaster last month, but who is a non-runner here.

There’s Flat racing at Ripon with seven contests from 14:15 and 17:40. The card has Betfred’s Extra Place Race offer in the 15:25, the 17:10 and the closer, which has serial placer Canford Bay leading the betting at 5/2.

Second on his last two starts, this Handicap offers him the chance to get back on the scoresheet after eight races without a victory. However, life won’t be easy with 3/1 Afandem and 10/3 Dapper Man also shaping well.

The evening action for Thursday comes from Newcastle’s Tapeta where they have eight races from 16:55 to 20:25.

The first race, a Handicap, pays three places and Charlie Fellowes will hope Blow Your Horn can go one better from his second at Doncaster last month at 7/4.

Rival Top Fox got the nod on his last outing at Kempton in February and should not be ruled out at 11/4.

Finally to Ireland where there is an afternoon card at Limerick between 13:55 and 17:50.

Both the 16:15 and the 17:20 pay an Extra Place and the former sees the brilliant Rachael Blackmore team up with Henry De Bromhead aboard Low Lie The Fields.

The seven-year-old has won over similar trips in his last two outings, including at Limerick before the turn of the year and is 9/4 to make it a hat-trick.

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