Dave Nevison: My top tips for Thursday

By Dave Nevison@nevisondave
Thu 25 Nov 2021

Our pundit picked two winners from three selections on Tuesday and highlights his three best bets for Thursday’s programme. Enjoy coverage from Taunton, Thurles and Chelmsford live on Racing TV and Racing TV Extra.

3.25 Taunton: Norley

This is the only handicap with eight or more runners on the card, and finding the tip is not difficult given that Norley has won for this column the last twice and is favourably weighted to go in again.

Norley is unpenalized for last week’s impressive win and is actually now off a 1lb lower mark. This race might be slightly more competitive but in this sort of form I cannot oppose him.

The talented Morgan brothers seem to be taking turns in riding this progressive horse and each of them has a win, gained in similar front-running style. Taunton is very definitely a track that suits such tactics.

6.50 Chelmsford: Giorgio Vasari

My hopes are pinned firmly on the fact that he is running for the first time for Ivan Furtado - and it would not be the first time the trainer has transformed a seemingly jaded horse and exploited a very favourable mark.

There are several horses here who are at the top of their handicap range but Giorgio Vasari is certainly not one of them, having plummeted in the weights in a short period of time. It was only six months ago that he was still thought worthy of Group 3 company while his two-year-old form was strong. Things clearly didn’t work out for him with Derek Shaw.

Giorgio Vasari has no headgear this evening, so Furtado clearly wants to start with a clean slate and I imagine the market will let us know if he has been showing promise at home. It is interesting he has another entry at the weekend which could be for the follow up!

7.50 Chelmsford: Pledge Of Honour

He was well-backed last time but ran like he was having a prep run after three months off. On that basis, his return was very encouraging indeed.

Pledge of Honour is often well-backed and maybe hasn’t delivered as often as he should, but he has a lot in his favour here. He is up two furlongs in trip which will definitely suit well given the way he finished last time, while he is 4lb below his last winning mark and has certainly shown enough to suggest he can win again.

Trainer Dean Ivory and particularly jockey Daniel Muscutt are in very good form and if Pledge Of Honour starts a little sharper than he sometimes does he will go very close.

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