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Friday 11 January horse racing tips - Dalgleish's 6/4 chance can strike at Sedgefield

Brian Healy 11 Jan 2019
Huntingdon are racing on Friday as five UK and Irish horse racing meetings go to post.

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets across each of Friday's scheduled UK and Irish horse racing meetings.

Friday takes in five UK and Irish horse racing meetings, and the day’s jumps racing action goes to post at both Sedgefield and Huntingdon; whilst on the all-weather in the afternoon there is a meeting at Lingfield on polytrack.

Elsewhere, in the evening there is further all-weather racing action with cards on tapeta at Wolverhampton, and on polytrack at Dundalk in Ireland.

Huntingdon (jumps) - 1.00 - 3.30pm (6 races)
Lingfield (flat, aw) - 1.10 - 3.40pm (6 races)
Sedgefield (jumps) - 1.20 - 3.50pm (6 races)
Wolverhampton (flat, aw) - 4.10 - 7.45pm (8 races)
Dundalk (flat, aw) - 5.30 - 8.30pm (7 races)



(1.30) PRECIOUS BOUNTY (7/4, William Hill) has rattled the crossbar the last twice, going down by only a neck behind Ebony Gale at Leicester and then following home Extra Mag at Exeter latest where he was beaten just under two lengths.

Philip Hobbs’ Yeats gelding couldn’t quite match the finishing effort of the winner, but he finished clear of the third and he could go one better this time around with a repeat of that effort over this sharper track.

(2.30) FRET D’ESTRUVAL (11/4, Unibet) won twice over hurdles in France for Guillame Macaire prior to joining forced with Alan King, and the No Risk At All gelding shaped well despite being beaten a long way on his British debut at Cheltenham in December.

There, he finished fifth of seven runners behind Nelson River, beaten around forty lengths;but he travelled well for a long way before possibly lack of fitness told, and he should strip much fitter for this latest outing.

This is an easier assignment than that Cheltenham race, and sure to progress for the outing he can go close.

1.00 - Zamoyski
1.30 - Precious Bounty
2.00 - Wood Pigeon
2.30 - Fret D’estruval
3.00 - Embole
3.30 - Etamine Du Cochet

Alan King can saddle a Huntingdon winner on Friday.


(1.40) MR MAC (9/2, William Hill) has shown improved form since undergoing a wind operation, winning two of his last three starts back from a break which includes here latest when beating Mossy’s Lodge by a neck last month.

Peter Hedger’s Makfi gelding was also a winner at Bath on his return from almost six months off, and he appeared to win a shade readily latest. That form has been boosted with the runner-up, third and fourth horses all winning races since, and a 3lbs rise in the weights doesn’t look overly prohibitive.

A stronger pace here will suit, and he ought to remain competitive; he can strike again here.

(2.10) TAKE THE HELM (3/1, Paddy Power) goes well here, winning three times at the venue which includes in March last year when beating Reckless Endeavour.

Brian Meehan’s charge subsequently found only one too good at Chelmsford next time, and he shaped well back from an absence to finish just under three lengths’ third behind Salateen here earlier in the month.

Back down to seven furlongs today, he ought to strip fitter for that return which was in a stronger race than this, and back in a handicap he can get back to winning ways. 

1.10 - Dancing Jo
1.40 - Mr Mac
2.10 - Take The Helm
2.40 - Ventura Blues
3.10 - Always A Drama
3.40 - Impart


(1.50) CASTLETOWN (Evens, William Hill) hasn’t been going through with his finishing efforts, but he has gone close the last twice and Pauline Robson’s charge could end a 13-run winless streak over fences.

The Poliglote gelding was beaten two lengths by Donna’s Diamond at Kelso in December, and he returned to the Borders track to fill the same position behind Shades Of Midnight latest, beaten ten lengths behind the easy winner.

This doesn’t look the strongest of races as he steps back into a handicap, and while he concedes a lump of weight all round to his rivals, he could prove equal to the task if continuing his recent good spell of form. 

(2.20) I’M TO BLAME (6/4, Ladbrokes) rattled off a hat-trick of wins in bumpers and over hurdles, bringing up the third leg at this venue when beating Dark Ruler by a wide margin in a first-time hood.

Keith Dalgleish’s charge was unable to back up that success next time at Newcastle, finishing third behind Buster Valentine where he was beaten around 15 lengths. But the Winged Love gelding could bounce back in what looks an easier assignment.

The front pair who beat him at Newcastle could prove to be useful sorts, and while beaten there he could in time prove a decent sort himself; he can build again on the run to get back on the scoresheet.

1.20 - Best To Come
1.50 - Castletown
2.20 - I’m To Blame
2.50 - The Paddy Pie
3.20 - Sideways
3.50 - Ranskill Road

Sedgefield are racing on Friday,


(4.45) This isn’t a great race, and MR RED CLUBS (6/1, William Hill) could be worth chancing to get back on the scoresheet having struck two starts ago here with a ready defeat of Berlusca in December.

Henry Tett’s Red Clubs gelding subsequently finished sixth under a penalty behind False Id, slowly away; but he caught the eye running on well late, and if getting away on terms this time around then he remains capable of going close from this mark under a good claiming rider.

(5.15) KLASS ACTION (5/4, Unibet) has shown race-by-race progress in her three runs to date in maidens, getting off the mark at the third attempt when successful over course and distance on Boxing Day with a two lengths’ defeat of Antonia Clara.

Sir Mark Prescott’s Iffraaj filly could well find improvement switching to handicaps, and this opening mark looks very workable judging on what she has shown thus far.

She won a shade cosily latest, and likely to progress then she gets the vote to follow up. 

4.10 - Cape Greco
4.45 - Mr Red Clubs
5.15 - Klass Action
5.45 - Wbimsical Dream
6.15 - Flaming Marvel
6.45 - Thresholdofadream
7.15 - Kadiz
7.45 - Sir Ottoman


(5.30) YUFTEN (Evens, Paddy Power) lost his way for Roger Charlton following a win at Ascot in the 2016 Balmoral Handicap, but having since joined John Feane the Invincible Spirit gelding got back on the scoresheet at this venue in November, scoring readily in a claimer.

He ran out a four lengths’ winner, beating Hasselnott, and unpenalised for that success he could prove the one to beat again over the same course and distance.

Yuften can win again at Dudalk for new handler John Feane.

(6.30) Although he never fulfilled his early potential, THEOBALD (11/10, Ladbrokes) remains a useful sort, and Jim Bolger’s charge posted a series of solid in-the-frame efforts on turf over the summer without adding to his tally.

The Teofilo colt though has a good record on this surface, winning two of his four starts which include two runs ago when successful over King’s Field in November, scoring by two lengths. 

Although only third latest behind the same rival, he had a subsequent winner in arrears and he should continue to remain competitive from this mark. He can get back on the scoresheet here from the same mark.

5.00 - Snow Patch
5.30 - Yuften
6.00 - Lord Wimborne
6.30 - Theobald
7.00 - Shadow Seven
7.30 - La Novia
8.00 - Victorious Secret
8.30 - Burning Lake

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