Thursday brings a seven-meeting offering with plenty of action on the Flat and over jumps to satisfy all tastes. It all gets underway at Carlisle (12.20-4.11) as jumps action returns to the northern track.
Further jumps meetings come from Wincanton (2.10-5.35) and Tramore (1.10-4.38), while there's Flat fare at the Curragh (1.00-4.25) alongside a triple helping of all-weather racing at Lingfield (1.30-5.25), Southwell (4.40-8.15) and Chelmsford (5.00-8.30).
Our NAP is an improving filly bidding to make her mark in Listed company at the first attempt in Ireland.
Horse racing tips from Carlisle, Chelmsford and the Curragh
Enda McElhinney’s Thursday best bets are below. Scroll down to read the expert analysis behind his selections.
Odds correct at time of publishing and may be subject to change.
Horse racing tips: Curragh 1.35
A Listed sprint here via the TRM Waterford Testimonial Stakes and top-weight Make A Challenge sets a strong standard for Denis Hogan and Joey Sheridan.
The five-year-old has a superb 50 per cent strike-rate on turf (10-20) and is already a four-time winner in this grade this season, including over C&D on soft ground.
Still, he's going to be a short-price favourite to add to that tally and this run comes quickly enough on the back of his Group 1 Prix de L'Abbaye effort at ParisLongchamp on the Arc card earlier in the month.
There are alternatives and perhaps Willie McCreery's improving filly LUSTOWN BABA is chief amongst them.
The three-year-old is going the right way this term and makes her bid for Listed prize money on the back of a 7½-length C&D handicap success (soft) on Sunday. She did that in real style and fully merits a crack in this grade having put away 14 rivals with an economy of effort.
That career-best run puts her in good stead for a first attempt in Listed company and there's every chance she gets involved in the shake-up, particularly should two recent runs in Group 1 company have left a mark on the favourite Make A Challenge at the end of a busy campaign.
Worth noting too that her success here on Sunday saw Lustown Baba recording a faster time than that which Make A Challenge posted in his C&D Listed success back in August on similar ground.
Tip: Lustown Baba @ 3/1 with bet365
Horse racing tips: Chelmsford 8.00
Patrick Chamings' mare EMERALD FOX should prove herself capable of landing a modest race such as this before long. The five-year-old has only had eight starts thus far and her best form has come on all-weather surfaces where she has placed three times in six attempts.
She was second best at Lingfield over a mile in August, with the winner scoring twice since and the third home also a next-time-out scorer.
Held on turf at Bath 10 days later, Emerald Fox comes here after another encouraging all-weather third at Kempton 15 days ago. Her plight there wasn't helped by a stumble in the back straight that left her far from ideally placed before staying on nicely to finish third.
From the same mark, she's got definite claims of being involved in a field of mostly exposed sorts, with recent Wolverhampton winner Amor Fati uncertain to back that win up under a 5lb penalty today.
Tip: Emerald Fox @ 15/2 with bet365
Horse racing tips: Carlisle 12.50
An interesting contest in prospect as jumps racing returns to Carlisle and trainer Jonjo O'Neill will be confident that a good season lies ahead with GARRY CLERMONT.
He faces 11 rivals in the Racing TV Novices' Limited Handicap Chase over just shy of two-miles and should have a leading say under the trainers' son.
He was a strong travelling sort over two miles last season over hurdles, twice winning at Ludlow on soft ground and ending his campaign with a fair showing in a Kempton Grade 2 novice handicap in February.
He had already won a point-to-point before joining that team at Jackdaws Castle and has surely always been earmarked for chasing. His reappearance last term was ultimately disappointing at Southwell (2m4½f, soft) but he pulled quite hard that day and perhaps wasn't going to see out the trip regardless, given he was kept to the minimum afterwards.
Phil Kirby's Whoshotthesheriff is an obvious alternative while Big Bad Bear and Baron De Midleton have prospects if their jumping holds up but it will be a shock if Garry Clermont isn't winning novice chases sooner rather than later.
Tip: Garry Clermont @ 7/2 with bet365
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