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Horse Racing Tips of the Day – Best Bets for Worcester on Thursday are proud sponsors of five races at Worcester on Thursday afternoon and we've got a tip for each.

Summer jumping returns to Worcester on Thursday afternoon with an eight-race card getting underway at 1.50pm.

Five of the eight races are sponsored by including the feature 2m7f handicap chase (2.20pm), which has attracted a field of eight and is appropriately titled the Worcester Betting Tips At Handicap Chase. You’ll be expecting a tip then and, while none of the runners can be ruled out with total confidence (excuses, excuses), I’m siding with the lightly-raced WORTHY AWARD, who represents the trainer/jockey combination of Jonjo O’Neill and Richie McLernon.

A winning point-to-pointer, the seven-year-old has had just the two starts over fences and ran well on both occasions, finishing second at Southwell on his debut (might have won for a bad mistake three out) and third at Exeter last time. With the handicapper dropping him a 1lb and the extra three furlongs he has to travel this afternoon likely to suit, he should again run his race and, hopefully, reward support at the 6/1 on offer at bet365.

The same jockey/trainer combo are represented by Strongly Suggested (7/2) in the Daily Racing Tips @ Handicap Chase (2.50pm). He has claims on his best form but hasn’t shown that for a while and CAPISCI is preferred. He hasn’t been seen out since winning at Huntingdon last August, which was just reward for a couple of previous runner-up finishes, and therefore has his fitness to prove. However, his small stable is in good form with a couple of winners (13/2 & 25/1) from just a handful of runners in the last fortnight, and his jockey Robert Dunne is showing a £1 level-stakes profit of over £40 on all his rides at the track. Take bet365’s 5/2 as he’s as short as 7/4 elsewhere.

The ten-year-old needs only to run within a couple of pounds of his best form to land this given there are question marks over his rivals. Sportsreport is much higher in the weights following a couple of heavy-ground wins at Lingfield during the winter, while Topthorn is a whopping 21lb higher than when winning here in October. Imperial Plan is the youngest of the lot at five and almost certainly has his best days ahead of him for his up-and-coming trainer Jamie Snowden, so he is feared most.

The closing Premier League Darts Tips @ Handicap Hurdle (5.35pm) looks tricky for punters and it could be worth throwing a couple of arrows at the race. ISDAAL gets one of the picks as she looks fairly treated over hurdles on a mark of just 72, having been as high as 87 four starts back, and she’s shown enough in her seven hurdle starts to suggest she can take advantage, getting weight from all her rivals. A triple winner on the flat, where she showed a willing attitude, she ought to be suited by two miles around this flat track, and the application of a first-time visor could eke out some further improvement. All of which makes the 14/1 on offer at bet365 look generous. HENRI DE BOISTRON looks the other one to back, albeit at a shorter 11/2 with the same firm.

The Post Your Bets @ Maiden Hurdle has been split into divisions (4.35 & 5.05) and Nicky Henderson’s LOLLI looks a sweet bet to land the first of those. The five-year-old mare was getting off the mark at the third time of asking when winning a similar race at Market Rasen last month and can be rated a little better than the half-length winning margin would suggest, given her rider didn’t have to get serious with her. A half-sister to Willie Mullins’ classy jumper Kempes, she’s clearly inherited plenty of his ability and there is ample scope for further improvement. Noel Fehily takes over in the saddle and with her stable in flying form she looks banker material at Paddy Power’s 10/11.

I’m not nearly as confident about the second division, although I’ve no hesitation in putting up WHAT A SCORCHER as the most likely winner at 9/4 with Paddy Power. Oliver Sherwood’s mare has twice finished runner-up in three starts over hurdles, including in a higher grade last time, and wasn’t disgraced when finishing fourth on her other start behind older / male horses at Taunton. She’s yet to race left-handed under this code but gives the impression she will be suited by it. Stable jockey Leighton Aspell rides.

Good luck with your Worcester bets!

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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