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ITV Racing - Thursday's best bets at Newmarket and Cheltenham

  • We've published our tips for all six ITV races on Thursday 15th April
  • The Craven Stakes headlines the card at Newmarket on Thursday
  • ITV fans also have two live races to enjoy from Cheltenham
  • Cairn Island, Oxted and Liberty Bella feature amongst our best bet
Oxted
Oxted winning the July Cup at Newmarket. (Getty)

The ITV Racing action rolls on into Thursday, with six races coming to us live from Newmarket and Cheltenham. The Craven Stakes headlines the televised action, while July Cup hero Oxted makes his return to action in the Abernant Stakes.

Let's get stuck into our best betting tips for Thursday!

Thursday's ITV Racing Tips


Time
Track
Title
1:50pm Newmarket Each Way Extra At bet365 Handicap (Class 2) 6f
2:05pm Newmarket bet365 Wood Ditton Maiden Stakes (Plus 10 Race) 1m
2:25pm Cheltenham Citipost Mares' Handicap Hurdle (Listed Race) 2m4f
2:40pm Newmarket bet365 Abernant Stakes (Group 3) 6f
3:00pm Newmarket bet365 Craven Stakes (Group 3) 1m
3:35pm Cheltenham British EBF Mares' Novices' Handicap Chase Final (Listed Race) 2m4½f

ITV Racing Tips - Thursday 15th April

Race 1 - bet365 Handicap Tips


Cairn Island1:50pm Newmarket Each Way Extra At bet365 Handicap (Class 2) 6fGET 5/1 HERE
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CAIRN ISLAND is a horse who caught my attention a number of times last season. Kevin Ryan's charge won back-to-back races at Ayr and York, before going down by four-lengths in the lucrative 2-Y-O Stakes during the St Leger meeting.

Andrea Atzeni's mount stumbled coming out of the stalls that day, and had to be rousted along early to grab a prominent position in the ground on the rail. As it turned out, all of the horse who finished ahead of him came down the centre of the track, and Cain Island was allowed to coast home in seventh. There's plenty more to come from this son of Kodiac, and he can kick off his three-year-old campaign with a win.


Race 2 - Wood Ditton Tips


Nagano2:25pm Newmarket bet365 Wood Ditton Maiden Stakes (Plus 10 Race) 1mNA
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Kingofthemidlands is entered in the Epsom Derby, so connections must hold him in high-regard. However, nine of the last 10 winners of this tricky race have been drawn in stall nine or wider, so Andrew Balding wouldn't have been happy when his debutante was placed in stall one.

I'm going to side with NAGANO, who's drawn more kindly up in stall seven. Roger Varian's newcomer is by top sire Fasnet Rock, and a half-sister to Nausha, who Varian trained to win the Musidora Stakes at York in 2019. Nagano is the only gelding in the field, meaning he might be a little more composed than the colts as he makes his racecourse debut.


Race 3 - Citipost Mares' Handicap Hurdle Tips


Regarding Ruth E/W2:40pm Cheltenham Citipost Mares' Handicap Hurdle (Listed Race) 2m4fGET 9/1 HERE
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I like the chances of REGARDING RUTH, who ran out a convincing winner over three miles at Newbury last month. Lucy Wadham's mount made all the running that day, jumping brilliantly throughout, and could even afford to be eased down and still win by five lengths.

Regarding Ruth has been thrust up the handicap to a career-high mark of 128 following that win. She still has only 10-5 to shoulder here, and dropping back in trip shouldn't be a bother- especially considering she loves good ground. 


Race 4 - Abernant Stakes Tips


Oxted3:00pm Newmarket bet365 Abernant Stakes (Group 3) 6fGET 9/1 HERE
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Returning to Newmarket will bring back good memories for OXTED, who produced a sparkling performance to win the July Cup last summer. Roger Teal's star was then beaten a length on unsuitably soft ground on Champions Day, and finished seventh on the first out in Saudi Arabia. Despite those defeats, I don't expect this Grade One winner to lose on his return to his favourite stomping ground.


Race 5 - Craven Stakes Tips


Master Of The Seas tops the market for this year's Craven Stakes. Stablemate La Barrosa will also run, while Aidan O'Brien has thrown both Khartoum and Sandhurst into the mix.


Read our full guide to the 2021 Craven Stakes to see who we fancy might come out on top.


Race 6 - Mares' Novices' Handicap Chase Final Tips


Liberty Bella3:50pm Cheltenham British EBF Mares' Novices' Handicap Chase Final (Listed Race) 2m4½fGET 3/1 HERE
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Flower Of Scotland beat both Pink Legend and Danse Idol in a three-horse race at Kelso last time out, and she's been pushed up the weights by seven pounds for her troubles. 

LIBERTY BELLA has also beaten Pink Legend in recent weeks, cruising to a simple victory at Warwick when getting six pounds from her rival. That was a first win over fences for Brian Eckley's seven-year-old, having twice finished behind Zambella in Listed races, and suffering a fall two from home when challenging Lust For Glory at Ludlow. 

Liberty Bella now enters handicap company for the first time over fences, and I think she's classy enough to carry 11-9 to victory.

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