There are four meetings in Britain on Thursday and Racing Post tipster Graeme Rodway returns with his best bets across the cards.
2.10 Ayr - Kristal Klear @ SP
The 1m2f apprentice handicap (2.10) kicks off the card at Ayr and it catches my eye that promising young rider Brandon Wilkie has been booked for the mount on KRISTAL KLEAR.
The three-year-old showed ability on testing ground last season, when her best effort was a good second on soft going at Yarmouth, and she again displayed her talent during the spring.
She ran two solid races on her first two starts of the season, when making the frame in mile handicaps at Haydock and Carlisle, and is now able to run off a significantly lower mark.
Kristal Klear has lost her way since, but this is her third run back since wind surgery and the visor replaces the cheekpieces she has worn on her recent starts. She could bounce back here.
3.20 Ayr - Darbucks @ SP
The 7f handicap (3.20) at Ayr could go to the consistent Darbucks, who has made the frame on his last five outings and it’s surely only a matter of time before he gets his head in front.
Darbucks has had three runs over course and distance this season and recorded form figures of 232, including when beaten only half a length here nine days ago, finishing a clear second.
He was headed only in the last half-furlong on that occasion and is due to go up 2lb for future races. He is therefore well treated off the same mark as for that run on this quick turnaround.
Darbucks is currently in the form of his life and, if he can reproduce his consistent recent run of form, it will be a surprise if he can’t gain a deserved win in what looks like a weak contest.
5.00 Chelmsford - Blue Flame @ SP
The chelmsfordcityracecourse.com Handicap (5.00) is the most interesting betting race at Chelmsford and the Stuart Williams-trained Blue Flame appears to have outstanding claims.
Blue Flame has dropped to a mark 12lb lower than when recording his last success on the all-weather at Lingfield in April and his last two runs have hinted that he can take advantage.
He made a bold bid from the front when third in first-time cheekpieces at Kempton last month and took another step forward when beaten a head over course and distance last week.
Blue Flame pulled clear with the winner, Thomas Equinas, who was making it three wins from his last four starts, and was unlucky not to hold on. It was still a superb run in second.
He is able to race off a 1lb lower mark now that he is turned out quickly a week later and is due to go up 4lb in future. This looks like a golden opportunity for him to record another win.