Horse Betting Tips For Thursday

Steve Mullington with his best Longchamp tips, with a NAP, a NB and a Longshot running at the track on Thursday...

6.33 Longchamp – Calandagan (NAP)

Just as in the UK & Ireland, the French Group races are coming at us thick and fast at the moment and Thursday’s 1m3f Prix Hocquart (Group 3) is an intriguing little affair.

On this occasion my punting vote narrowly goes to the HRH Aga Khan-owned Calandagan, who after being gelded has made a cracking start to his three-year-old season with a victory coming last time out at this venue in the Prix Noailles (Group 3).

Trained by Francis-Henri Graffard, this son of Gleneagles is from the family of Group 1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains winner Clodovil and looks destined for bigger things.

Danger: Trafalgar Square

4.13 Longchamp - Bauhinia (NB)

Some smart fillies have been entered for this 1m1f Listed Prix Finlande for 3yo’s only but the one that stands out for me is the Godolphin homebred Bauhinia.

Bauhinia earned “rising star” status when demonstrating an impressive turn of foot to land the one-mile Prix de Cascade at Longchamp last August.

Andre Fabre's charge then held an entry in the Group 1 Prix Marcel Boussac at the Arc meeting which she didn’t fulfil, however she was victorious in the Prix Esmeralda at Saint-Cloud on the 22nd Sept 2023. 

Bauhinia looks like a very solid bet here for followers of the French form.

Danger: The First Dance

5.23 Longchamp – He’s A Monster (E/W Longshot)

Jockey James Doyle is the first retained rider for Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani's Wathnan Racing and he will be riding He’s A Monster for them in the Listed 1m Prix de Montretout on Thursday evening.

After finishing down the field in Doha in February, I think Hes’ A Monster will be overlooked in the horse racing betting by many punters, but I believe he will be right back to his best after a switch to Alban de Mieulle in France from Archie Watson in the UK.

Danger: Grey Tornado

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Horse Betting Tips For Friday

Steve Mullington with his best Haydock tips, with a NAP, a NB and a Longshot running at the track on Friday...

4.55 Haydock – Doha (NAP)

An Al Shaqab runner that’s sent to Haydock always makes my ears prick up and on this occasion it’s the Ralph Beckett-trained filly Doha.

Bred out of two Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winners in Sea The Stars and Treve, Doha broke her duck in impressive style at the third time of asking at Windsor at the end of last season.

She’s very much, and quite rightly, one of Sheikh Joaan’s favourite horses at present so connections will be hoping for a decent run from the four-year-old in this Handicap.

Punters will also find she’s well supported in our horse racing betting too.

Danger: Never Ending

4.20 Haydock – Raqiya (NB)

The 6f EBF British Stallion Studs Listed Cecil Frail can go the way of the previous course and distance winner Raqiya today.

Trained by Owen Burrows, this daughter of Blue Point had a super time of it as a two-year-old, winning at Salisbury and Haydock and then finishing a decent fifth in the Group 3 Firth Of Clyde race at Ayr.

If Raqiya can handle the conditions on the day then her class should see her through to a victory.

Danger: Midream

3.15 Haydock – Baileys Honeymoon (E/W Longshot)

Amy Murphy has had the knack of sending out a decent two-year-old in recent times and her Baileys Honeymoon could well be the each-way answer to this 6f Novice Stakes.

Sired by Supplicant who was a high class two-year-old sprinter himself, the Haras Des Trois Chapelles stud in France has provided Murphy and others with some nice horses down the years and a perusal of their website shows several winners around France and the UK in the last fortnight.

All this background information leads me to believe that Baileys Honeymoon could go well at a price here and Silvestre De Sousa is a positive jockey booking.

Danger: Cavallo Bay

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Steven is a sports and horse racing enthusiast and is a member of the Horseracing Writers and Photographers Association (HWPA) in the United Kingdom.

He is a regular visitor to Paris Longchamp for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and a lifelong fan of the Aintree Grand National, a subject he writes about 52 weeks of the year. Last year he reached the impressive milestone of attending the last 30 renewals of the Grand National.