April 22 Racing Tips: Ghost Rider to regain winning form at Beverley?

Thursday April 22 brings a bumper day of racing, at Beverley, Chelmsford, Exeter, Warwick and Perth, for the Planet Sport tipsters to sink their teeth into.

Nobody really likes Thursdays, so why not brighten up your day with a flutter at the races. There's plenty of selections for you to consider.

2.40 - Beverley

Ghost Rider is expected to make the most of having his sights lowered in the Westwood Handicap.

Runner-up on his racecourse debut at Southwell shortly after the turn of the year, the Dark Angel colt bolted up on his next couple of starts to earn himself a shot at the Burradon Stakes at Newcastle earlier this month.

The Mark Johnson-trained Ghost Rider appeared to have his limitations exposed at Listed level - finishing last of four - but time may tell that he bumped into a potential star that day in the winner Megallan.

Moving into handicap company for the first time on his turf debut, John and Jess Dance's youngster can rediscover the winning trail.

1.10 - Beverley

Empress Sheba can confirm debut promise by getting off the mark at the second time of asking.

Empress Sheba was the market leader at Redcar last week - and while favourite-backers ultimately had their fingers burnt, there was plenty to like about the way she finished the race to place third.

She is likely to be a little more streetwise on her second start and even normal improvement will make her very hard to beat in division one of the Beverley's Racing Again On Monday 3 May Fillies' Restricted Novice Stakes.

Others to fancy at Beverley include: 1.40 Gift Horse, 2.10 Buniann, 3.15 Alhaajeb, 3.50 Puckle, 4.25 Sword Beach, 5.00 National Treasure.

6.45 - Chelmsford

The Betsi Conditions Stakes is the best race on Chelmsford's evening fixture, with Aljady fancied to come out on top for 'sprint king' Robert Cowell.

The six-year-old won four of his seven starts during his debut season for the yard in 2020 - and rounded off his campaign with a runner-up finish behind the high-class Dakota Gold in a Listed contest at Nottingham.

He has surprisingly never run on an artificial surface, but if he can prove as effective as he was on turf last summer, then a bold bid looks assured faced with just two rivals on his return to action.

Chelmsford crackers include: 5.15 Cash Machine, 5.45 Silver Nemo, 6.15 Breath Of Joy, 7.15 Jazz Party, 7.45 Heaven Forfend, 8.15 Glenn Coco.

2.20 - Perth

The Rebecca Menzies-trained Sao drops in class for the williamhill.com Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap Chase at Perth.

Formerly with Paul Nicholls, the seven-year-old has proved a good acquisition for his upwardly mobile young trainer, having won three times since moving yards at the start of this season.

The Hexham, Newbury and Wetherby winner was last seen contesting the Red Rum Handicap Chase at Aintree's Grand National meeting, but never threatened to land a telling blow.

However, he has less on his plate in Scotland and does not look badly handicapped on a rating just 4lb higher than his last winning mark.

Perth picks include: 1.20 City Derby, 1.50 First Account, 2.55 Defi Sacre, 3.30 Big Penny, 4.05 Benny's Secret, 4.40 Calliope, 5.10 Mr Melda.

3.05 - Warwick

Aimee De Sivola rates the best bet at Warwick in the South West Syndicate Handicap Hurdle.

Others to fancy at Warwick include: 1.00 Mister Watson, 1.30 Writteninthesand, 2.00 Neff, 2.30 Larch Hill, 3.40 From The Heart, 4.15 Sporting Ace.

6.25 - Exeter

Exeter punters can rely upon the hat-trick seeking Art Approval in the Take A Tenancy With heavitreebrewery.co.uk Handicap Hurdle.

Exeter selections to keep an eye on: 5.25 Shentri, 5.55 Ernesto, 6.55 Itsaboutime, 7.25 Emma Lamb, 7.55 Fountains Chief

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