There are five race meetings across the UK and Ireland on Thursday, with all codes catered for, and we’ve picked out some selections for punters to follow, including an in-form runner at Chelmsford.
National Hunt action comes from Warwick and Worcester alongside afternoon Flat cards from Ayr and Thurles, while the evening all-weather card is at Chelmsford.
- Dors Toyboy – Chelmsford 18:30 @ 7/2
- Cosa Sara – Ayr 14: 25 @ 10/1
- Yagan – Chelmsford 20:00 @ 5/2
- City Vaults – Ayr 17:15 @ 2/1
Trainer Dean Ivory has seen his gelding DORS TOYBOY (7/2) really find form recently and he could be on his way to another Chelmsford success in the 7f handicap at 18:30.
A winner at Lingfield over this trip in June, the five-year-old gelding never got much of a run in an apprentice contest here in July but, since that, has posted figures of 212 over this course and distance under regular rider Charlie Bennett.
In their most recent visit four weeks ago, the pair pulled right away with eventual winner Proud Fairly – has gone close again from 4lb in a better quality race at Lingfield – before being inched close to the line.
That effort bodes well, with a 3lb higher mark tonight looking well within reach in a contest where plenty of his rivals are out of sorts, while Dors Toyboy also comes up in the Betfred Betfinder as a form horse.
Up in Scotland, trainer Jim Goldie fires two at the mile-handicap on the Ayr card (14:25) and while Hollie Doyle is partnering Ayr Poet, there could be more value in siding with Paul Mulrennan on board 10/1 chance COSA SARA.
The Gleneagles filly is a dual C&D winner already in 2022 and has held her form recently over longer trips. Last month’s effort in a Premier Fillies’ Handicap over 1m2f here can be upgraded as she was slow to break from the starting stall and ran well in the circumstances.
She is rated 4lb lower on her return to Ayr, drops in class and should be nicely suited back down in distance at a track where Mulrennan boasts a neat 25 per-cent strike-rate in 2022 so far (22-88). The price looks fair on Cosa Sara for this contest.
It was a major weekend for Sir Mark Prescott and Luke Morris as they savoured Arc glory at Longchamp on Sunday with Aplinista.
The trainer/jockey combo will look for another win this evening when YAGAN (5/2) tackles a 1m6f handicap at Chelmsford at 20:00 -where Betfred’s Free Bet if second offer applies. The Australia gelding won with something to spare over this trip in August at Southwell and is rated 5lb higher now. He features amongst the Racing Post’s Most Napped horses for the evening meeting.
Another to feature on today’s Most Napped table is David O’Meara’s CITY VAULTS (2/1), set to bid for a win at Ayr in their concluding race at 17:15.
Victorious last month at Redcar over this trip in decisive style, City Vaults found only all-the-way winner Copperplate too strong over two-miles at Chelmsford since under a 6lb penalty. He’s rated 1lb higher now but that was another very solid effort and the three-year-old remains unexposed at this sort of trip, so he could be set for another success under Danny Tudhope now back on turf.