West Coast Flyer and Gold Faith are Thursday best bets

The Messenger had yet another double yesterday and he has bets on West Coast Flyer and Gold Faith for Thursday's Horse Racing.


Salisbury 4:40

The Salisbury meeting today contains a lot of unknown quantities, with numerous maidens on the card and a Group 3 contest for lightly raced juvenile fillies.

The 4:40 however looks to offer a decent betting proposition with the Ralph Beckett trained Gold Faith. The son of Dark Angel has progressed nicely this season as he stepped up in trip and after running well at Kempton in May, he stepped up another furlong at Newmarket and ran out a decisive winner by 2.5 lengths off a mark of 79. That was a Class 3 contest and he stepped up in grade next time in a hot Goodwood handicap. This proved too much for him off a 6lb higher mark and he was beaten just under 5 lengths by Dai Harraild.

He steps back down in class today and this Class 4 handicap looks much weaker than that Goodwood race. He is off the same mark here against rivals that do not inspire confidence, such as Sam Missile who has not really gone on from his promising debut win. His trainer has had more winners here over the past 5 years than any other turf track with the exception of Windsor and could enjoy a very good 2 day meeting. Gold Faith looks a decent bet here at 5/2.

Advised Bet:

1 point win Gold Faith at 5/2 with Stan James and William Hill


Chelmsford 8:40

It is not the most exciting day's racing and bets are being kept fairly small, but an interest is worth having in West Coast Flyer in the penultimate race at Chelmsford. He made his debut here in January, when he did not show a great deal over a mile, but he has progressed well since and won his maiden at Wolverhampton before landing a handicap at Newcastle off a mark of 74.

He was disappointing next time on soft ground but he bounced back with a win last time out from off the pace at Kempton. He was just over a length ahead of the re-opposing Sarsted, but he looked to be going away at the finish and this step up to 14 furlongs should serve him well. He is 5lb higher now, but is a big horse open to plenty more progress, particularly when faced with this greater test of stamina.

Tenzing Norquay is respected, but he looked all out last time to win and 3lb higher might catch him out.

Advised Bet:

1 point win West Coast Flyer at 9/4 with Bet365 and Paddy Power