Thursday’s Racing Tips: Level to step Up at Haydock

 | Thursday 4th July 2024, 8:18am

Thursday 4th July 2024, 8:18am

Flat Horse Racing

Flat racing holds sway across Britain and Ireland on Thursday, with seven meetings taking place across the afternoon and into the evening. First off is Haydock Park, before action at Perth, Yarmouth, Bellewstown, Tipperary, Kempton Park and Newbury.

Forming part of Thursday's racing tips is a David Evans-trained three-year-old who won twice in July last year and showed signs he was coming back to top form after a big run last time.

Thursday's Racing Tips

  • 14:40 Haydock - Level Up @ 12/1
  • 19:35 Kempton - The Goat @ 3/1
  • 21:00 Newbury - Flag Carrier e/w @ 20/1

14:40 Haydock - Level Up @ 12/1

My first interest from Today's Horse Races is the David Evans-trained gelding LEVEL UP in this five-furlong apprentice handicap.

A son of Hot Streak, he was an unlucky loser last time at Wolverhampton as the rider lost her whip when in front just outside the furlong pole. He still ran on well to the line but had to settle for third.

That was a welcome return to form for Level Up, who won on this very week last year when landing a Newbury apprentice handicap from a mark of 71.

Now running from six pounds lower if you factor in the jockey’s claims, he has to have a solid chance in ideal conditions as he's seen to best effect on good ground.

Level Up to win the 14.40 Haydock at 12-1

19:35 Kempton - The Goat @ 3/1

James Fanshawe's Cracksking will be a short price for the 1m4f handicap at Kempton Park after his impressive victory over course and distance last month, but he won't have it all his own way on this occasion.

THE GOAT was second on that occasion and now has a 4lb pull in the weights with that rival for a length and three-quarter beating, which could be enough to reverse the form.

Andrew Balding's son of Cracksman is a bit of a headcase and has been a frustrating horse to follow for punters. Well backed several times in his career, he has been known to spit the dummy out and run the odd shocker.

Nonetheless, he has run well on the all-weather every time he has graced the surface and he can get his head back in front.

The Goat to win the 19.35 Kempton at 3-1

21:00 Newbury - Flag Carrier e/w @ 20/1

Closing out the card at Newbury is this mile-long handicap and interestingly John Egan travels there for a sole ride aboard likely outsider FLAG CARRIER for trainer Brian Toomey.

The three-year-old had some decent all-weather form in his juvenile season when trained by Harry Eustace, but he has failed to run a decent race in five attempts for his new yard.

However, there's a chance we could see a much better effort on this occasion. Flag Carrier drops into a 0-70 for the first time and the visor will also be fitted for the first time.

This will be his first crack at a mile too, so he might surprise with a big run. Back him each-way.

Flag Carrier each-way for the 21.00 Newbury at 20-1

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