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Friday 21 June horse racing tips - Lyons' 5/4 chance can strike at Limerick

Brian Healy 20 Jun 2019
Goodwood are racing on Friday as eight UK and Irish horse racing meetings go to post.

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

A busy schedule of eight UK and Irish horse racing meetings go to post on Friday, headed by the fourth day of racing at Royal Ascot where the Group One Commonwealth Cup and Coronation Stakes are both on the agenda.

Meanwhile, there is flat racing action elsewhere from the card at Redcar, while Market Rasen goes over jumps in the afternoon.

In the evening, there is further flat racing action from Newmarket’s July course as well as from Goodwood and Ayr; while in Ireland there are fixtures going to post on the flat from Limerick, whilst Down Royal goes jumping.

Redcar (flat) - 1.40 - 5.10pm (7 races)
Market Rasen (jumps) - 1.50 - 5.20pm (7 races)
Ascot (flat) - 2.30 - 5.35pm (6 races)
Limerick (flat) - 5.30 - 8.50pm (7 races)
Newmarket (flat) - 5.40 - 8.55pm (7 races)
Down Royal (jumps) - 5.45 - 9.00pm (7 races)
Goodwood (flat) - 5.50 - 8.35pm (6 races)
Ayr (flat) - 5.55 - 9.15pm (7 races)



(2.10) ARTOIS (7/4, Coral) hasn’t been seen out since winning at the second attempt at Kempton last September, but Hugo Palmer’s charge can make a successful return to action.

The Mizzen Mast gelding bumped into Dashing Willoughby at Wolverhampton on debut, finishing third and beaten around five lengths; that form has been significantly boosted, and he took a step forward when beating Sam Cooke in September, scoring by just over one length.

He appeared to win a shade cosily that day, and the runner-up has gone on to win two of his next three starts so the form looks decent and he could have better to come having been gelded in the interim.

Assuming he is fully wound up ahead of this return then he ought to go well here, and he can add to his tally.

1.40 - Classy Lady
2.10 - Artois
2.45 - Highwaygrey
3.20 - Imperial State
3.55 - Donncha
4.35 - Aghast
5.10 - Global Hope


(2.20) A wind operation seems to have done the trick for the fortunes of HURRICANE RITA (11/8, Totesport) who arrives here on a hat-trick of successes, and the Sagamix mare can land the three-timer before her new mark kicks in.

Conor Dore’s charge has struck at Southwell and Stratford - both over fences - since undergoing a breathing operation, and she latterly ran out a nine lengths’ winner over Khairagash under a penalty. She is back over hurdles here, but given her current vein of form she is worth chancing to continue in the winning groove over the smaller obstacles where her current mark remains workable.

2-2 under Adrian Heskin, it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see the pair going combining once more to go close here.

(3.30) JOLY MAKER (8/1, Totesport) posted a couple of decent runs in Ireland for Enda Bolger, and the Saddler Maker gelding might have needed his return to action from ten months off the track when finishing third of five runners on his first outing for Jonjo O’Neill.

The five-year old ought to come on a bundle for that run, and the handicapper might be taking a chance dropping him 5lbs in the weights for this latest outing where he should be much sharper now with that reappearance under his belt.

Stepping back up in distance here, he can show improvement for that return to action and he can go close here.

1.50 - Whiskey And Water
2.20 - Hurricane Rita
2.55 - Masteen
3.30 - Joly Maker
4.05 - Bandsman
4.45 - Wild Sam
5.20 - Belfast Banter


(3.05) JAPAN (5/4, Coral) stepped up markedly on his reappearance run in the Dante Stakes at York - which was clearly needed - to chase down stablemate Anthony Van Dyck in the Epsom Derby earlier in the month, and Aidan O’Brien’s charge can get back on the winning trail here.

A smart, dual-winning juvenile which included the Group Two Beresford Stakes at Naas, the Galileo colt shaped as if needing the outing at York back in May where he stayed on at one pace to finish fourth behind Telecaster.

That run brought him on in no uncertain terms, and he caught the eye with a fast-finishing third at Epsom where he might well have won in another few strides. That form has been boosted by the sixth, Circus Maximus, winning the St James’s Palace Stakes earlier in the week, and the son of Galileo can find another jolt of improvement.

Softer ground is of no concern, having got off the mark in heavy conditions on just his second start last term, and he very much looks the one to beat here with the potential for better still.

(5.35) COLLIDE (14/1, Totesport, each-way) won three times last term, all on good-to-soft ground or softer and Hugo Palmer’s charge could get back to winning ways here.

The Frankel colt registered the third of those wins at Nottingham in October, after which he shaped as if amiss when finishing a well-beaten last of seven runners in the Listed Jane Seymour Stakes at Newmarket and subsequently put away with an eye to the new campaign.

He returned from a break as good as ever to win at Kempton in April, and there wasn’t a great deal wrong with his subsequent fourth behind First Eleven - Fujaira Prince and Corgi also both in front - on ground that would surely have proven far too quick for him.

Faced with a more suitable underfoot surface for this latest outing, he remains with scope to do better still despite being raised another 1lb in the weights, and while he probably does need to find a shade more he could well do so with conditions in his favour.

2.30 - Daahyeh
3.05 - Japan
3.40 - Advertise
4.20 - Pretty Pollyanna
5.00 - Hotsy Totsy
5.35 - Collide


(5.40) AMERICAN GRAFITTI (4/1, Coral) showed good ability in a pair of starts at Chelmsford and Wolverhampton, finishing runner-up on both occasions and beaten less than a length each time.

Charlie Appleby’s Pivotal gelding got off the mark at the third attempt when beating Battle Of Paradise at Newcastle latest, and now switching to turf he could follow up here with the potential to improve further.

He ran out an easy six lengths’ winner of that latest outing, and an opening rating of 85 doesn’t look overly harsh as he makes his handicap debut. If handling the switch to turf then it isn’t hard to see him posting a big run here and he can double his win tally.

(7.15) ANTICO LADY (4/1, Coral) is going the right way, winning at Wolverhampton last month by five lengths and then following up under a penalty at Wetherby nine days later where Brian Ellison’s charge ran out a near-three lengths’ winner over The Big House.

The Dandy Man filly appeared to win a shade readily, and she could be capable of landing a hat-trick of wins now for all this appears a stronger race than she has faced thus far when registering those wins.

The handicapper has taken a dim view of her two successes, hitting her with an 8lbs rise; but she could have better still to come and with the potential for further improvement she gets the nod to strike again.

5.05 - Marshal Dan
5.40 - American Graffiti
6.10 - Al Namir
6.45 - House Deposit
7.15 - Antico Lady
7.50 - Agincourt
8.25 - Away He Goes
8.55 - Honey Gg


(6.35) KAFTAN (5/4, Totesport) shaped encouragingly on her debut at Leopardstown back in OCtober, finishing just under three lengths’ fourth behind Happen, and Ger Lyons’ charge took a big step forward on the back of that experience to win at the second attempt.

Returning from almost seven months off, the Dansili filly ran out a neck winner over Kiss For A Jewel at Naas last month, and likely to be sharper for that outing she can follow up here despite this being a stronger race.

She impressed with the way she travelled through the race last time before knuckling down, and with the potential to improve again she gets the vote to double her tally.

(7.45) Aidan O’Brien saddles three in this race, and HEAVEN ON EARTH (7/2, Coral) could prove the pick of the trio.

The Galileo filly was too green on debut to do herself any justice, but she wasn’t given a hard time, and she improved markedly for the experience to finish just over two lengths’ adrift of Fancy Feat at Gowran Park when last seen out, eventually finishing fifth.

A step up in trip for this latest outing could unlock some further improvement, and still with the potential to do better she could well find another jolt of progress to get off the mark at the third attempt.

5.30 - Yuften
6.00 - Chrysalism
6.35 - Kaftan
7.10 - Sacchoandvanzetti
7.45 - Heaven On Earth
8.15 - Sharjah
8.50 - Grey Waters


(7.20) ASHQAR (15/2, Totesport) posted his best run to date over hurdles when going down only by a neck behind Glendaars Warrior at Roscommon earlier in the month, and a repeat of that effort might be enough to see Gavin Lynch’s charge get off the mark.

The Redoute’s Choice gelding finished clear of the third horse home on that occasion, and this longer trip could unlock some further improvement.

If he can build on that latest run then it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him going close here, and he could open his win account now.

5.45 - Run For Mary
6.15 - Mam Trasna
6.50 - Poli Roi
7.20 - Ashqar
7.55 - Humm Baby
8.30 - Lets Go Again
9.00 - Centaur


(6.20) FLASH HENRY (5/4, Totesport) shaped with some promise amidst inexperience at this venue on his debut last month, finishing fifth behind Dream Shot; but the Cable Bay colt stepped up on that form to go close at Leicester earlier in the month when only Zim Baby proved too strong for George Scott’s runner.

Denied only by a head on that occasion, he was run down late with the front pair drawing a couple of lengths clear of the rest. That form sets the standard, and with the potential to improve further, he gets the vote to get off the mark now at the third attempt where his experience could prove crucial against some potentially useful debutantes.

(8.35) CAPE CAVALLI (5/2, Totesport) has made the frame on all three career starts to date, finishing runner-up on each of his first two outings behind Jalmoud at Newmarket, and Kesia at Ascot respectively prior to finishing third of five runners behind Dubai Falcon at Leicester latest.

Simon Crisford’s Cape Cross gelding was beaten around five lengths on that occasion, but he had a subsequent winner behind him and he sets a fair standard on the form of his efforts thus far.

A further step up in trip could unlock more improvement and potential, and can open his win account here.

5.50 - Quick Breath
6.20 - Flash Henry
6.55 - Just Benjamin
7.30 - Sapa Inca
8.00 - Kodiac Pride
8.35 - Cape Cavalli

Ayr are racing on Friday evening


(7.05) THE RESDEV WAY (5/2, Coral) got some just reward for a few decent performances when getting back on the scoresheet at Yarmouth last month, and Phil Kirby’s charge can follow up here.

The Multiplex gelding had one length to spare over Strictly Art, but he appeared to win a shade cosily and could still have more to offer despite his 3lbs rise in the weights which still leaves him fairly treated on his all-weather form where he is rated a fair bit higher.

He looks sure to remain competitive, and if turning up here in similar form then he could prove to be a tough nut to crack.

(7.40) ASIAN ANGEL (13/8, Coral) shaped with some promise in a trio of maiden starts last term, and Mark Johnston’s charge took a forward step on his reappearance when making his handicap debut to find only one too good at Leicester earlier in the month.

The Dark Angel gelding was denied by just over one length behind Amjaady, almost overcoming a slow start in the process having been slowly away from the stalls. 

He is due to go up in the weights after this outing, but he could take advantage of his current mark to open his account under a useful 5lbs claimer whose allowance could prove useful. Assuming this doesn’t come too soon then he ought to be competitive again and it would be no surprise to see him going close. 

5.55 - Jackhammer
6.30 - Alright Sunshine
7.05 - The Resdev Way
7.40 - Asian Angel
8.10 - Redarna
8.45 - Burmese Blazer
9.15 - Colour Contrast

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