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Friday 7 December horse racing tips - Fanshawe's 11/8 chance can bloom with Kempton success

Brian Healy 6 Dec 2018
Kempton is racing on Friday evening.

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

A further five UK and Irish horse racing meetings go to post on Friday with afternoon jumps racing from Sedgefield, Exeter and Sandown where there is Grade Two action on the card with the Ballymore Winter Novices’ Hurdle heading the action at the Esher track,

Meanwhile, in the evening there are further meetings on the all-weather at Kempton, and also Dundalk in Ireland.

Sedgefied (jumps) - 12.10 - 3.20pm (7 races)
Exeter (jumps) - 12.25 - 3.40pm (7 races)
Sandown (jumps) - 12.50 - 3.30pm (6 races)
Kempton (flat, aw) - 5.15 - 8.45pm (8 races)
Dundalk (flat, aw) - 6.00 - 9.00pm (7 races)



(1.10) INCH LALA (7/4, Paddy Power) didn’t fare at all badly on her chase debut at Ludlow last month, finishing ten lengths’ third behind Cap St Vincent.

Evan Williams’ Mahler mare shaped with promise over the larger obstacles, and she was placed in a point-to-point in Ireland previously so her future could lie over fences having failed to pull up any trees in hurdles starts for Neil Mulholland and Johnny Farrelly before joining her current yard.

That Ludlow outing was her first in seven months, and she is entitled to strip fitter as a result, and now swiftly sent handicapping upped in trip she can get off the mark here.

Nicky Richards has a good record with his bumper runners, and Big Bad Bear can give the trainer another winner.

(3.20) Nicky Richards’ runners in bumpers are always worth noting, and BIG BAD BEAR (13/8, Coral) can make a winning introduction.

The Jeremy gelding hails from a decent jumps family and she makes plenty of appeal on paper with his dam being closely related to the very smart Invitation Only.

She probably wouldn’t need to be anything special to make a winning debut, and representing a yard with an excellent record in these events then she can go close. 

12.10 - Bahama Moon
12.40 - Ettila De Sivola
1.10 - Inch Lala
1.40 - Apterix
2.15 - Travertine
2.50 - Schiehallion Munro
3.20 - Big Bad Bear


(1.00) TEA TIME FRED (5/1, Ladbrokes) is proving consistent without winning, but it could be worth chancing on Sue Gardner’s charge ending his long losing run here.

The Kayf Tara gelding hasn’t tasted success since scoring at Stratford more than two years ago, but he has made the frame in seven of his last eight outings and most recently found only the reopposing Vango De Vaige too strong over course and distance last month.

Beaten just over one length on that occasion, he meets his last-time conquerer on 4lbs better terms including his rider’s claim, and that could be enough to see him turn the tables with a repeat effort.

(2.05) SIRUH DU LAC (9/2, Paddy Power) has taken really well to chasing, winning three of his four starts over the larger obstacles, and the Turgeon gelding can win again.

Nick Williams’ charge was thwarted in a hat-trick attempt when finishing third in heavy ground at Wincanton back in Feburary, unsuited by the conditions; but he bounced back on his return from a break to score at Newbury last month, beating Chef D’equipe.

That race has thrown up a couple of subsequent winners, and a 6lbs rise in the weights may not prove enough of a burden to prevent the five-year old following up with another success. 

12.25 - Get Wishing
12.55 - Tea Time Fred
1.30 - Getaway Trump
2.05 - Siruh Du Lac
2.35 - Black Op
3.10 - Garrane
3.40 - Caspers Court


(1.20) Several potentially smart sorts on show, and a chance is taken on TORPILLO (7/2, Paddy Power) to make a winning debut for Nigel Twiston-Davies.

The Alanadi gelding was a winner in France prior to joining this yard, scoring on his sole start for Alain Boisbrunet at Nancy back in April, after which he was bought by Simon Munir and Isaac Souede. 

He wears a hood for this first outing for new connections, but he could be up to the task of making a winning debut.

Knockanrawley (grey horse, far side) can post a big run at Sandown.

(2.25) MERCY MERCY ME (13/2, BetVictor) would have finished a lot closer to the reopposing Down The Highway when the pair clashed at Lingfield last month, had he not stumbled and almost falling after jumping the last. Fergal O’Brien’s charge could reverse the places here.

The Shirocco gelding had shown useful form in bumpers previously behind Relegate and Portrush Ted at Cheltenham and Aintree respectively, having won on debut here last November. He still held every chance over the last and was throwing down a strong challenge to the winner when almost losing his footing and allowing Emma Lavelle’s charge to steal a march.

He looks sure to progress for that experience having looked a useful hurdling prospect, and while he meets his last-time conquerer on the same terms, he could find sufficient improvement to turn the tables here with the benefit of course-winning experience under his belt and representing a yard in decent form.

12.50 - Cap St Vincent
1.20 - Torpillo
1.55 - The Bottom Bar
2.25 - Mercy Mercy Me
3.00 - Knockanrawley
3.30 - My Brother


(5.45) CARNIVAL ROSE (11/8, William Hill) shaped as if in need of the run when finishing fourth on her debut at this venue in October, but the Harbour Watch filly can improve for the experience and James Fanshawe’s charge can strike at the second attempt.

Beaten just over one length on that debut outing behind Desirous, she showed enough to suggest that she may develop into a useful sort, and with the yard’s debutantes often showing improvement for their first outing she can do better here with the potential for more to come.

(7.45) BUSBY (7/1, Coral) has proven himself useful since dropping in trip to six furlongs, and having struck back-to-back wins at Chelmsford and here, the Kodiac gelding was denied only by a half-length back here last time behind Eljaddaaf.

Conrad Allen’s charge has been raised only 1lb for that effort, and there is a suspicion that he may have more to offer over this trip; he could prove to still be well treated on these terms, and he can bounce back with a win.

5.15 - Zahirah
5.45 - Carnival Rose
6.15 - Risaala
6.45 - Second Collection
7.15 - Panmolle
7.45 - Busby
8.15 - Point In Time
8.45 - Zarrar

James Fanshawe can get amongst the Kempton winners on Friday evening.


(6.30) TYRCONNELL (9/4, William Hill) has been running consistently of late, scoring at Laytown in September prior to landing a trio of bronze medal finishes which include twice here over this trip.

The Bated Breath gelding resumed winning ways last time out over a shorter trip at this course, keeping on well to score from Rag Tatter and others, and he could be worth chancing to defy a 5lbs rise in the weights back at this longer trip.

(7.30) EQUITANT (11/4, Paddy Power) continues to find improvement for each run, and Joseph O’Brien’s charge can win again having already won both starts at this venue.

The Equiano gelding was a winner at Chelmsford on his final outing for Richard Fahey, but he has found another jolt of improvement to register back-to-back successes for his new handler. 

He latterly finished a half-length clear of Arbourfield over course and distance, and while 6lbs higher in the weights here, it could transpire that he hasn’t reached the end of his improvement for this yard. 

5.30 - Polly Douglas
6.00 - Instant Return
6.30 - Tyrconnell
7.00 - Latchet
7.30 - Equitant
8.00 - Dawn Trouper
8.30 - Wajaaha
9.00 - Secret Wizard

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