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Horse racing tips: Dave Nevison's best bets for Thursday

By Dave Nevison@nevisondave
Thu 29 Jul 2021

Our pundit and website tipster Dave Nevison has picked ten winners from 18 selections since the start of last week, and at prices of 13/2, 5/1 and 9/2 and 4/1.

Check out his tips for Thursday below, with five meetings on Racing TV and Racing TV Extra – including day three of the Qatar Goodwood Festival and day four at Galway.

Thursday’s Qatar Goodwod Festival card is another cracking day’s racing, hopefully on ground that is more appropriate for midsummer. I will be watching closely, but a couple of handicaps at Epsom look to provide better bets for me.

1.50 Goodwood: Aerion Power

He would have won comfortably at Doncaster last time but for his jockey mistaking the winning post half a furlong from home, and the only consolation for being raised 4lb is that he would have gone up by more had he won - and that would make a tough task here even harder.

Aerion Power seemed to relish the step-up to 10 furlongs at Doncaster and is ready for this level of competition after improving steadily in just about every run so far. Silvestre de Sousa is well acquainted with the winning post at Goodwood and, if he gets into a similar situation, I don’t anticipate any similar errors to Doncaster.

6.00 Epsom: Dolphin Vista

He’s spent the last few seasons dropping steadily in the weights and seems to have found his level off this current mark of 64, only beaten a neck though finishing third last time out. That was over this course and distance and he might well have won but for being hampered in the straight.

Hopefully he will have benefitted from that track experience and Rhys Clutterbuck is a good booking for this type of race, claiming a further useful 3lb.

6.35 Epsom: Militry Decoration

Although my spellchecker will never agree with this horse’s name, I like the look of him here after a couple of near-misses.

Militry Decoration has been a bit keen early in his races and might have got to the front a little early when second over course and distance on his penultimate start. He settled better last time and just got headed close home by a very well-backed and I believe well-handicapped Ian Williams horse.

A good pace looks certain here which will suit well, and 7lb claimer Christian Howarth deserves a win after a few seconds recently.

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