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Alan Kelly’s Horse Racing Tips for Thursday 24th November

Horse Racing tips for the jump meetings at Lingfield & Taunton on Thursday

Jump racing has the scene to itself on Thursday afternoon, courtesy of the meetings at Lingfield, Taunton and Kelso in Britain and Thurles in Ireland. Today’s horse racing tips feature two selections from Taunton and one from Lingfield.

2.20pm Taunton - Minella Buster (Nap of the Day)

Emma Lavelle’s charge looks to be a natural over fences and can end the winning run of the Paul Nicholls-trained Huelgoat, successful in his last four races.

2.20pm Taunton - Minella Buster (Nap of the Day)

Unbeaten in all four starts over fences, the Paul Nicholls-trained Huelgoat has had a pretty easy time of it so far over the bigger obstacles, beating a total of only 11 rivals in those victories at Newton Abbot, Fontwell (twice) and Newbury. Now running off a mark 23lb higher than when recording the first of those four wins, the mount of Harry Cobden may still be capable of defying a rating of 120. But on this occasion preference is for Minella Buster from the Emma Lavelle stable.

This Irish point-to-point winner was always going to make a better chaser than hurdler but did manage to win a maiden hurdle at Plumpton last December by 24 lengths. Making his chasing debut at Kempton last month, the Beat Hollow gelding looked a natural, beating his four rivals without being extended.

Tom Ballamy’s mount faced a much stiffer test on his next start when finishing third in a competitive Class 3 handicap at Exeter three weeks ago. The six-year-old looked to be travelling best of all in that 3m contest until late on, when the gelding’s cause was not helped by a mistake at the final fence.

This 2m 7f trip should prove ideal for the selection who is expected to take plenty of beating.

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Alan's Nap of the Day

2.20pm Taunton

Minella Buster looks an excellent bet for the Emma Lavelle yard


At 9/2 a £10 bet would return £55


November 24, 2022

2:20 pm GMT

2.35pm Lingfield - Oneupmanship (Longshot)

The Ben Pauling stable is in fine form at the moment, and his Mucho Mas is sure to improve for his narrow defeat of his chasing debut at Bangor last month. The six-year-old has to concede weight to all of his 11 rivals in this novices’ handicap chase, however, and is worth taking on at odds in the region of 3/1.

Another trainer who has been firing the winners during the last week is Anthony Honeyball, represented by both Good Luck Charm and Oneupmanship in this 2m 4f contest, with preference for the latter.

The mount of Rex Dingle showed plenty of promise over hurdles when in the care of Jack Barber, ending 2021 on a mark of 123 before being sent over the bigger obstacles. While the Mahler gelding has yet to complete the course in two outings, the seven-year-old was in the process of running a big race on his chasing debut at Ffos Las last December, falling at the second-last when still in contention.

Pulled up at Wincanton the following month after making several mistakes, Oneupmanship will be having his first run for 10 months but has a decent record fresh and from a stable in fine form, can take advantage of a potentially lenient mark of 116.

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Alan's Longshot

2.35pm Lingfield

Oneupmanship looks overpriced for the in-form Anthony Honeyball team


At 8/1 a £10 bet would return £90


November 24, 2022

2:35 pm BST

2.50pm Taunton - Irish Hill (Next Best)

The winner of both starts over hurdles, Itso Fury, is the most interesting runner in this 2m 3f contest, the Jonjo O’Neill-trained five-year-old’s first run in a handicap. The Fame And Glory gelding is clearly a decent prospect for the future and may prove much better than his opening mark of 124. But the mount of Jonjo O’Neill Jr has to concede Paul Nicholls’ Irish Hill 9lb, and that may just tip the balance in favour of the younger horse, who is reunited with jockey Harry Cobden for the first time since the partnership ran out easy winners of a Chepstow handicap back in April.

The grey son of Kingston Hill looked a bit unlucky when beaten narrowly at Fontwell recently after being carried right by the winner Quinta Do Mar in the closing stages, just losing out by a head in a driving finish with the third horse nine lengths away. The four-year-old seemed to improve for wind surgery during the summer and is due to go up 3lb in the future.

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Alan's Next Best

2.50pm Taunton

Irish Hill can go close under jockey Harry Cobden


At 4/1 a £10 bet would return £50


November 24, 2022

2:50 pm GMT

* Odds correct at the time of writing but subject to change.

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