Today’s selections across Thursday’s cards include two strongly backed runners in the same race at Huntingdon, along with picks from Thurles, Chelmsford and Southwell. All pricing coming from Unibet
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(1) (2:55pm Thurles) UCELLO CONTI was 8/1, now 9/2
Finished fifth in the Foxhunters Chase at Cheltenham last March and then won the Joseph O’Reilly Chase at Fairyhouse. Was pulled up at Punchestown after that in May, before a repeat at Down Royal in December. Has plenty of talent, but with three failed finishes in four outings, has to answer some questions today.
(2) (7:30pm Chelmsford) THOMAS LANFIERE was 6/1, now 9/2
Decent, if unspectacular performances in first four career runs, but on return from gelding operation, improved to bag a third at Lingfield last time out in a Class 5 over 7f. Takes on extended trip for the first time and has plenty of scope for further progression. George Rooke rides for first time today and claims 7lbs.
(3) (2:11 Huntingdon) EROS was 10/1 now 13/2
The first of a duo in the same race, this six year olf has just three career runs so far, with the last of those a hurdle debut at Taunton, when finishing sixth of fourteen over 2m 3f. Drops below 2m for the first time today, which could be tricky, but is likely to improve based off that last performance.
(4) (2:11pm Huntingdon) THAIS TOIR was 20/1, now 11/1
This second of two from the same race has had reasonable efforts in two bumpers so far and makes hurdles debut today. Has had plenty of backing in the market and looks worthy of some each-way action from that confidence alone. Definitely one to keep tabs on, if he does well.
(5) (4:50pm Southwell) EKAYBURG was 20/1, now 14/1
A Grade 2 bumper winner in France, but has failed to ignite that initial spark, with a second at Leicester last Summer, the highlight since then. Was tailed on in a hurdle at Exeter last time out, so returns to the flat and makes all-weather debut as well. A little bit of market interest once more could warrant an each-way selection.
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