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Friday 10 August horse racing tips - Smart's 11/10 chance can strike second success at Musselburgh

Brian Healy 9 Aug 2018
[NAP] 2.40 Musselburgh - ARMAGEDDON (11/10, Ladbrokes) looked potentially smart when scoring at the second attempt at Haydock, beating a well-regarded rival; Bryan Smart's charge can improve again, and likely to have more to offer she can follow up here.
[NB] 7.40 Newmarket - FOUNTAIN OF TIME (2/1, Paddy Power) won her first two starts prior to being foiled in a hat-trick bid at Chelmsford latest; but back on turf and making her handicap debut, she could be well treated off this mark and can get back on the scoresheet.
[TRB] 3.30 Brighton - ORANGE SUIT (2/1, Paddy Power)  finished a good eighth in a valuable Ascot handicap last time. Richard Hannon's charge drops in class here, and 2lbs lower in the weights he can get back to winning ways.
Brighton is one of seven UK and Irish horse racing meetings to go to post on Friday.

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

Friday’s busy schedule of horse racing action sees seven meetings going to post across the UK and Ireland, with afternoon flat racing action on turf at Brighton and Musselburgh, and on the all-weather at Wolverhampton.

In the evening meanwhile there is further action on the flat with meetings on the July Course at Newmarket, and at Haydock; while Chelmsford race on their all-weather surface.

Completing Friday’s line-up of racing fixtures is an evening meeting on the flat in Ireland at Tipperary.

Wolverhampton (flat, aw) - 1.50 - 5.20pm (8 races)
Brighton (flat) - 2.00 - 5.00pm (7 races)
Musselburgh (flat) - 2.10 - 5.15pm (7 races)
Tipperary (flat) - 5.05 - 8.20pm (7 races)
Newmarket (flat) - 5.25 - 8.15pm (6 races)
Haydock (flat) - 5.45 - 8.30pm (6 races)
Chelmsford (flat, aw) - 5.55 - 9.10pm (7 races)



(2.50) SOLESMES (7/2, BetVictor) struck at Lingfield last month, beating Capla Gilda by a head, and Mick Channon’s charge wasn’t disgraced in a stronger race at Brighton two days ago where she was beaten three lengths behind Tinto.

The Gregorian filly drops back into a seller for this latest outing, and she could quickly bounce back here.

Also a winner at Goodwood earlier in the campaign, she could be worth chancing for all she might lack the scope of a couple of these rivals.

(4.20) CONKERING HERO (13/8, Coral) has a penalty to defy, but the Arakan gelding is thriving having won his last three starts and he could have more to offer still.

Joseph Tuite’s charge landed his latest success over this course and distance seven days ago, and he gave the impression that he was still ahead of the game when beating Cray by one length.

While a further rise in the weights demands he finds another jolt in improvement, he could well continue on his upward curve to strike a fourth win in succession.

1.50 - Be Like Me
2.20 - Ahundrednotout
2.50 - Solesmes
3.20 - Dress Coat
3.50 - Sicario
4.20 - Conkering Hero
4.50 - Celtic Artisan
5.20 - River Cafe


(2.30) SHOWOUT (13/8, Betfair) shaped like a useful prospect when finding only one too good on debut at Chepstow, and Archie Watson’s charge duly confirmed that initial promise when going one better at Hamilton three weeks ago.

The Showcasing gelding landed some cramped odds in good fashion, scoring easier than the winning margin might suggest given that he hung left and looked awkward. 

While that form is only ordinary, it nevertheless sets the standard, and while he has to give away weight to this field, further improvement is likely to make him hard to beat.

Archie Watson can get amongst the Brighton winners.

(3.30) ORANGE SUIT (2/1, Paddy Power) was a debut winner at Newbury last September, beating Jack Crow by a neck; Richard Hannon’s charge subsequently produced a promising effort on his return from a break, finishing fourth at Newmarket.

Things didn’t go to plan next time at Newbury when beating only two home behind Al Kherb; but the Declaration Of War colt bounced back with a good effort to finish eighth at Ascot behind Crack On Crack On last month.

This is easier, and he has been dropped 2lbs in the weights, so it wouldn’t come as a surprise if he were to go close in this contest, and he could get back on the scoresheet.

2.00 - Jan’s Joy
2.30 - Showout
3.00 - Light Of Air
3.30 - Orange Suit
4.00 - Jack Taylor
4.30 - Kachumba
5.00 - Blistering Dancer


(2.40) ARMAGEDDON (11/10, Ladbrokes) looked a potentially smart filly when stepping up on a promising debut third at Thirsk in June to get off the mark next time, beating the well-regarded Cloak And Dagger by a half-length at Haydock.

Bryan Smart’s War Command filly is open to further improvement on the back of that success having looked to win a shade cosily after making all the running. She and the runner-up had pulled clear, and there may may more to come from her.

She gets weight from dual-winner Deputise, who bids to bounce back from defeat last time, and she can make the most of her concession to follow up her recent win.

(4.10) Austrian School sets the standard having competed with credit in deeper races; but he could be vulnerable under his big weight to the thriving TIMOSHENKO (15/8, BetVictor) who is improving hand over fist having won his last four starts.

Sir Mark Prescott’s Archipenko gelding had something to spare over Aristocracy last time at Chepstow when running under a penalty; he has been reassessed with a further 6lbs rise in the weights for this latest outing, which may not prove enough of a burden if he continues to find further progress.

Still with the potential for better, he is unexposed over this trip and he ought to remain competitive in what looks a strong heat.

2.10 - Lady Lavinia
2.40 - Armageddon
3.10 - Ascot Week
3.40 - Arabian Jazz
4.10 - Timoshenko
4.40 - Trautmann
5.15 - Dizoard

Musselburgh race on Friday afternoon.


(5.35) SAKURA (7/4, Paddy Power) stepped up on her promising debut at Naas early last month to get off the mark at the second attempt, scoring at Navan seven days later.

Ger Lyons’ charge had one length to spare over Glamorous Power, making all the running and finding plenty for pressure.

The Dabirsim filly is likely to have further improvement to come, and she can follow up here.

(6.40) Henry de Bromhead isn’t renowned for his exploits on the flat, but his CHICAGO MAY (11/4, Boylesport) could be worth siding with to follow up her debut win at Naas last month where she beat Channel Stuffer by three lengths.

That form has proven useful, and the well-bred juvenile could have more to offer. She boasts a smart flat pedigree, being by Charm Spirit out of a Zafonic mare, and could have plenty of improvement to come.

This is obviously tougher stepping into a Listed contest, but she can find the progress necessary to make her mark, and she could follow up.

5.05 - Tenax
5.35 - Sakura
6.05 - Rapid Reaction
6.40 - Chicago May
7.15 - Emperor Bob
7.45 - Julienne
8.20 - Galtymore


(6.00) CAPLA GILDA (5/4, Betfair) rounded off her time with Marco Botti with a near-miss finish at Lingfield last month, finding only one too good in Solesmes.

The Compton Place filly however struck at the first attempt for new handler Archie Watson, running out a narrow winner over Devils Roc on her handicap debut and shaping as if there was more to come.

She has been hit with an 8lbs rise in the weights, but there may be better to come in handicaps, and while this demands another jolt of improvement, she could be up to the task.

The Newmarket July Course is the scene of more Friday evening action.

(7.40) FOUNTAIN OF TIME (2/1, Paddy Power) won each of her first two starts, scoring at Lingfield on debut and then following up with a two lengths’ defeat of Playfull Spirit at Newcastle next time.

Charlie Appleby’s Iffraaj filly went close to a hat-trick when denied only by a neck behind Mesquite at Chelmsord in May, and making her turf debut switching to handicaps she could be well treated if taking to this surface.

Unexposed compared to her rivals, she ought to have more to offer and she can find further improvement to get back on the scoresheet.

5.25 - Assembly Of Truth
6.00 - Capla Gilda
6.35 - Kick On
7.10 - Bit Of A Quirke
7.40 - Fountain Of Time
8.10 - Wentworth Falls


(6.15) SUMMER MOON (7/2, Betfair) shaped with promise on his debut at Doncaster recently, finding only one too good; Mark Johnston’s charge can improve on that effort to go one better here.

The Sea The Moon colt gets a handy weight concession from impressive debut winner Beatboxer; but the form of his debut runner-up effort was boosted on Wednesday by the fifth horse home winning at Brighton.

He represents a yard in good form, and he can find improvement to get off the mark with the extra distance looking to be in his favour.

(6.50) MOTAFAAWIT (Evens, BetVictor) was a debut winner at Leicester in June, and the Richard Hannon-trained Intikhab colt stepped up on that success to chase home a potentially high-class sort at Newbury late last month.

Beaten only a head behind that rival, the Hannon runner could have more to offer and ought to appreciate the return to this longer trip.

While he has to give away weight all round, he sets the standard on that effort, and likely to continue to improve he could be hard to beat in this contest.

5.45 - Bartholomew J
6.15 - Summer Moon
6.50 - Motafaawit
7.20 - Dark Thunder
7.55 - Dalshand
8.30 - Avon Green


(6.25) BUCKINGHAM (5/2, Coral) is 2-2 on polytrack, and Eve Johnson Houghton’s charge can get back to winning ways after possibly finding the drop back to five furlongs too sharp last time at Newbury when finishing down the field in the Weatherby Super Sprint.

TheClodovil colt had won two of his previous three starts, both over course and distance, and he could bounce back returned to this surface. While he has to give away plenty of weight, he has already shown a useful level of form, and still with the potential to do better he gets the vote to get back on the scoresheet.

Eve Johnson Houghton can saddle a winner at Chelmsford.

(8.05) COVERHAM (10/1, Paddy Power) won three of his first four starts in 2018, two of which came at Kempton on their polytrack surface, and the Bated Breath gelding also struck at Newmarket in May, beating Tawaafoq by a nose.

James Eustace’s charge has been slightly disappointing since, although he was beaten only three lengths here last time behind Image, where he met with trouble in running and never got seriously involved.

He is only 2lbs higher than when posting his latest success, and a first-time visor applied could help him find another jolt of improvement; he is capable of posting a bold show in what looks an open race. 

5.55 - First Thought
6.25 - Buckingham
7.00 - Implicit
7.30 - Island Of Life
8.05 - Coverham
8.40 - Esprit De Baileys
9.10 - Navarra Princess

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