Thursday racing tips for Sedgefield, Chepstow, Ludlow and Cork

Planet Sport tipsters have four meetings to get stuck into on Thursday, March 23, hopefully they can find you some winners.

Let's have a quick canter through our best bets for Thursday's meetings, with all of our top picks listed at the bottom of the page.

Don't forget to check out the racecards, results and live odds in the Planet Sport racing live centre.

13:40 (Sedgefield) Telhimlisten

Telhimlisten is expected to continue his fantastic run of form in the curtain-raising Follows Us Novices' Handicap Chase.

Not disgraced when fourth on his first start of the new year at Doncaster in January, the Jennie Candlish-trained seven-year-old has since rattled off four successive victories, with his last three coming in the space of just four days.

He is due to go up a stone in the handicap so providing his recent exertions do not catch up with him, he looks set to make it a five-timer faced with a solitary rival.

14:50 (Sedgefield) Hold Up La Colmine

Hold Up La Colmine can make the long journey from Somerset to Sedgefield pay dividends in the the Join The Vickers.Bet Free Bet Club Handicap Hurdle.

Trainer Philip Hobbs, who now holds a joint-licence with his long-time assistant Johnson White, has saddled only 14 previous runners at the County Durham circuit, which is hardly surprising when you consider it is a round trip of well over 600 miles.

Hobbs has, though, saddled three winners from that relatively small pool and he and his new training partner look set to add to that tally with their latest long-distance raider.

Hold Up La Colmine was a £65,000 purchase last spring after winning an Irish point-to-point, but has so far proved frustrating to follow under rules.

There was plenty of promise in his fourth placed finish on his hurdling debut at Chepstow in October, but it is a shade disappointing he has not won in four attempts since - finishing third on each occasion including a couple of short priced defeats.

While the six-year-old appears unlikely to make up into a star, he enters the handicap sphere off what appears a workable mark of 112 and can give weight and a beating to his Sedgefield opponents.

15:00 (Ludlow) Cartonne

Cartonne looks poised to complete his hat-trick in the Mark Wiggin Estate Agents Novices' Handicap Chase.

The free-going six-year-old was invariably too keen to do himself justice over hurdles, with seven outings yielding four runner-up finishes but no wins.

The sight of a fence appears to have done the trick, though, as his exuberance has been harnessed to such an extent that he is now two from two over the larger obstacles.

A 6lb hike for his most recent front-running victory at Musselburgh does not look insurmountable and he could take some pegging back in Shropshire.

15.45 (Chepstow) Merveillo

Merveillo catches the eye in the Ashcroft Services Handicap Hurdle at Chepstow.

The French recruit ran pretty well in a couple of Flat races for Jonjo O'Neill and JP McManus last spring and finished third, albeit well beaten, on his hurdling debut at Haydock in November.

His three subsequent efforts have been disappointing, but it would be no surprise to see him fare significantly better on his handicap debut. Any market support could prove ominous.

17:25 (Chepstow) Queen Annie

Queen Annie looks the one to be with in division two of the Central Group Mares' Open National Hunt Flat Race.

The point-to-point graduate was sent off favourite for her first start for Harry Fry at Uttoxeter on New Year's Eve, which was no great shock given the trainer's excellent record with mares.

Her supporters were ultimately left counting their losses in the Midlands, but she ran well enough in finishing fourth to suggest she is capable of winning in this sphere.

The form looks solid, with the runner-up Politacus since going one better at Ascot, so Queen Annie will not need to improve too much to make her presence felt.

Thursday's selections in full:

CHEPSTOW: 1.25 Brown Bullet, 2.00 Oakley Dancer, 2.35 Stellar Stream, 3.10 Checkitout, 3.45 Merveillo, 4.20 Imperial Joe, 4.55 Bethka, 5.25 Queen Annie.

CORK: 2.05 Luminous Light, 2.40 Battle It Out, 3.15 Storm Mahler, 3.50 Franciscan Rock, 4.25 Jump The Shark, 5.00 Armed And Fabulous, 5.30 Blizzard Of Oz.

LUDLOW: 2.25 Gallopade, 3.00 Cartonne, 3.35 Killaloan, 4.10 Jobesgreen Lad, 4.45 Tightenourbelts, 5.20 Spring Meadow, 5.50 Espoir De Teillee.

SEDGEFIELD: 1.40 Telhimlisten, 2.15 Mr Hailstone, 2.50 Hold Up La Colmine, 3.25 The Questioner, 4.00 Ailes D'Amour, 4.35 Trac, 5.10 Horn Cape.

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