I am fascinated to see how the Racing League’s opening fixture plays out on Thursday evening and reckon there could be a few nice betting opportunities. I have picked out four horses that look to have been well campaigned with a view to this series and who I think could run very well.

CHITRA (6.25pm) – 7/2

A somewhat exposed mare for Dan and Clare Kubler, she appeared right back on point on her first start in a competitive little race at Navan for Joseph O’Brien after a longish break and might just be quite well treated here as she’s still nearly a stone lower than her career-high mark. Outside Copper Knight, these aren’t much to write home about, and Copper Knight himself is a small horse to be carrying a big weight.

CASH MACHINE (6.55pm) – 4/1

Another horse who had a little freshening spell before a promising sharpener for this series, Cash Machine is lightly raced, but fully effective on an artificial surface. He boasts some smart form with Popmaster and Boundless Power that makes him look very nicely handicapped, and he should certainly appreciate the return to six furlongs.

RODIN (7.25pm) – 14/1

This horse should go off quite a nice price, and isn’t straightforward – indeed, you could say he’s a bit of a thinker – but he’s creeping down the weights and I like the idea of Hayley Turner riding one of her canny waiting races as a pace-fuelled race collapses around her. He ran quite well when ridden by an inexperienced amateur last time and looks to be ready to run well again on a surface that he enjoys.

MR CURIOSITY (8.55pm) – 15/2

This lightly raced horse could yet be quite a bit better than these rivals, but that could end up being over a fair bit further. For now, he looks more than capable of winning a race like this: he hacked up at Bath (second and third have won since) and was by no means disgraced behind Manobo (who had earlier beaten Derby 2nd Mojo Star) at Kempton.

Check out our Bet Calculator to work out your potential winnings for today’s racing