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Horse Racing betting tips: Be brave and respect Hidden Heroics

There is some quality action on both the Flat and over Jumps on Thursday. Here Racing Post tipster Graeme Rodway runs you through his best bets across the cards.

1.15 Ludlow

Thankyourluckystar @ 11/2
1pt win

2.35 Newcastle

Saint George @ 11/2
1pt win

3.00 Ludlow

Hidden Heroics @ 11/8
1pt win

4.20 Newcastle

Abolish @ 7/1
1pt win

Thankyourluckystar can reach new heights

The Racing To School Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle (1.15) at Ludlow doesn't look like a strong contest and Thankyourluckystar might be capable of winning his first hurdle race.

The lightly-raced seven-year-old has steadily improved his Racing Post Ratings in a bumper and three runs in hurdles and his last two starts have been his best according to that measure.

He finished clear of the remainder when third in a 2m novice hurdle at Hereford in November and again shaped like he might be capable of better at Huntingdon last time.

Thankyourluckystar finished sixth of the 14 runners on that occasion and went through the race nicely for a long way before fading. He definitely has the ability to win a race like this.

It looks significant connections have chosen a conditional jockeys' race for Thankyourluckystar's handicap debut as Jay Tidball has ridden on all starts.

He is back on board claiming 6lb off Thankyourluckystar's back and is a positive booking.

Take Saint George to build on debut promise

The 1m2f maiden (2.35) at Newcastle could prove a strong race in time and Saint George has a good chance to build on the promise he showed when fifth of 14 on his debut at Kempton.

The Roaring Lion colt attracted support on that first outing in December but lacked the pace to get involved in the finish over a mile. He was slowly away, green and needed to be pushed along to get going in the early stages, but kept on well to be beaten six-lengths by the winner.

He is bred to excel over middle distances this season, so the step up to 1m2f is in Saint George's favour, and there could be plenty more to come with his first run behind him.

A big run is surely on the cards second time up for the in-form Andrew Balding stable.

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Be brave and back Hidden Heroics

The Forbra Gold Cup (3.00) is one of the feature races at Ludlow and Hidden Heroics looks capable of taking another step up the ladder and completing a hat-trick since going chasing.

The lightly-raced six-year-old has looked natural since being sent over fences this season. He won by 23-lengths on his debut over the obstacles at Exeter in November and backed that up with a 45-length win off a 9lb higher mark when sent to Cheltenham for his last run in December.

He has gone up another 8lb in the weights, but should have loads more to offer at this discipline and the 83-day break since his last win is a positive because he goes well fresh.

Good ground suits Hidden Heroics well and it will take a smart performance to beat him.

Abolish can see off Newcastle rivals

The 7f handicap (4.20) at Newcastle is an interesting race and I can't wait to see how The Gatekeeper runs on his first outing since finishing down the field in the 2021 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot. He could win this easily at his best, but this is his first run after 625 days off.

The safer bet might be Abolish, who has dropped to a mark 6lb lower than when last successful at Ripon in September and shaped well when seventh at this track last time.

The money came for Abolish in that course-and-distance handicap and he should have finished a lot closer than he did. He beat only one rival home, but repeatedly had his path blocked when trying to deliver his challenge and was only three-and-a-quarter-lengths behind.

He had a luckless run that day, but has every chance of making amends on his return here.

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