Dave Nevison: my three horse racing tips for Thursday

By Dave Nevison@nevisondave
Thu 23 Mar 2023

After 13-2 and 4-1 winners on Wednesday, our resident website tipster Dave Nevison nominates three runners to note on Thursday’s jumps cards. Enjoy all the action from Ludlow and Cork live on Racing TV.

We have a day of desperately short fields, especially at Sedgefield, and once again it is very difficult to find my preferred vehicle of eight-runner handicaps on the day.

These three selections will go off as favourites and I will be disappointed if any get beat, though I will not be going in too heavy financially and a small win Trixie might be the way for me.

1.25 Chepstow: Big Blue Moon

This looks a straightforward opportunity for an improving young horse and jockey to score.

I don’t know much about Cameron Iles but after riding on the Flat he has switched to jumps recently and to very good effect, notably on hat-trick scorer Ivetwiggedit in recent weeks. The jockey has won and placed on other Tom Lacey runners and the trainer looks to have a good conditional on his team.

Iles’ 8lb claim will be very useful for Big Blue Moon, who is set to carry 12st 5lb here. The six-year-old won a similar race to this on handicap debut last weekend, and so easily that he would be favourite to defy a penalty without the claim.

3.35 Ludlow: Killaloan

In just a six-runner field he looks an obvious contender for the hat-trick.

Killaloan comes here on the back of two wins at Taunton and is turned out under a penalty after his latest comfortable win. Unusually for a Nicholls runner, he seems to have started off handicaps off a reasonable mark and this improving and well-bred type looks a solid bet to score again, especially with Harry Cobden riding so brilliantly at present.

3.45 Chepstow: Barrier Peaks

This is a field full of out-of-form runners, but Barrier Peaks is the obvious exception after being brilliantly placed by David Pipe to land a four-timer and he still looks well treated in this company.

There are only two horses here who placed last time, and while Ito Ditto was placed in a novices’ event and can be said to have shown a degree of promise the handicapper seems to have taken note.

The worry with backing types like Barrier Peaks is that the run eventually comes to an end, but the signs are good it won’t happen this time. He is only 4lb higher than for his latest easy win and has had a month’s break after winning four in a month so he should be up to another one at least.

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