Best bets for Friday – Today’s tips at Sandown, Exeter, Sedgefield and Newcastle
Some high class horse racing action unfolds on Friday and having looked at each of the day’s fixtures we’ve picked out our best bets for Friday and tips at each meeting going to post.
Another big day of horse racing action awaits punters as we go into the weekend and there’s four meetings for punters to look forward to including live TV action from Sandown and Exeter where the ITV Racing cameras will be attendance.
The Esher track plays host to Grade Two action as the Tingle Creek meeting gets underway, and along with Exeter is joined by further jumps racing action at Sedgefield.
Meanwhile, completing Friday’s quartet of fixtures is an evening racing card on the all-weather with action on the tapeta at Newcastle.
We’ve looked over each of the day’s fixtures and pick out our best bets for Friday and tips at each meeting as we try to find some winners.
BEST BETS FOR FRIDAY 4 DECEMBER – TIPS FOR SANDOWN, EXETER, SEDGEFIELD & NEWCASTLE
12:35 Sedgefield – Download The MansionBet App Mares’ Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (3yo+ 0-110) 2m4f
CATCHMEIFYOUCAN is thriving at present and arrives on a hat-trick having struck wins at Market Rasen and Doncaster latterly under a penalty.
Jennie Candlish’s runners are in good heart at present and the Touch Of Land mare won readily on Town Moor, travelling well through the race and asserting over the last obstacle to score cosily. The front pair had pulled well clear of the third and rest and it was another good performance.
Connections look to strike while the iron remains hot and quickly turned out again just seven days on she is 3lbs well-in here on future ratings despite carrying a further 7lbs penalty although it is worth noting that a good claimer takes over the reins and his 7lbs allowance effectively negates the rise.
If continuing in similar vein and assuming this doesn’t come too soon given it is her third start in less than three weeks then she ought to continue to remain competitive and it would be no surprise to see her land her three-timer.
12:55 Exeter – tote.co.uk British Stallion Studs EBF “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier) (GBB Race) Cl4 (4-6yo) 2m1f
BOOTHILL created a good first impression when running out a ready winner of a decent Kempton bumper back in February and Harry Fry’s charge could prove to be a smart prospect over hurdles this term.
The Presenting gelding was twice a runner-up between the flags prior to joining this yard and he struck an easy four lengths’ victory on his sole outing for this yard last term where he caught the eye travelling noticeably well before readily asserting some way out and coasting home clear of his rivals.
That form has been boosted with the runner-up, third and fifth horses home all winning since and sure to progress he could take plenty of beating on his reapperance having been touted last term as a possible Cheltenham Festival contender in the Champion Bumper.
Such a recommendation suggests he could be a good sort and it would be no surprise to see him making a winning transition to hurdles now on his reappearance.
1:15 Sandown – Londesborough Handicap Chase Cl3 (4yo+ 0-125) 1m7½f
Most of these have a question to answer having run poorly last time so a chance is taken on DANDOLO DU GITE who looked in need of his recent reappearance back in October which heralded his first run in 18 months.
Neil Mulholland has his string in decent form and the Khalkevi gelding remains low mileage having had just nine starts since joining this yard at the beginning of 2018 from the point-to-point sphere.
A winner at Southwell in May last year, he was absent for a lengthy spell before returning at Wetherby where he pulled hard early and made most from the third fence until headed and weakening in the straight.
Likely to be sharper now he’s been given time to recover from those exertions and he’s still unexposed as a chaser so could well prove capable of better from this rating having been dropped 2lbs by the assessor.
Entitled to build on his reappearance he could go close with Richard Johnson booked for the ride and no surprise if he shows up better this time around.
1:40 Sedgefield – Bet 10 Get 20 With MansionBet Novices’ Handicap Chase Cl5 (4yo+ 0-105) 3m2½f
It might be worth chancing QUICK PICK to get back on the scoresheet having shaped as if ability were still intact in a couple of recent outings following a lengthy absence.
The Vinnie Roe gelding is low-mileage for a nine-year old and he’s registered both his career successes at this venue where he’s yet finish out of the frame at the Durham track in four starts.
Back from 645 days off the track at Bangor in October he was entitled to have needed that effort in finishing sixth behind Dalaman and he stepped up on the run to finish fifth next time at Leicester, beaten twelve lengths.
Now tried in cheekpieces for the first time the headgear could help unlock some improvement while the booking of Brian Hughes is a positive; also dropped in the weights he’s been given a chance by the assessor and every chance he can step up on recent efforts back at this venue to resumne winning ways.
1:50 Sandown – My Oddsboost On Betfair Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl3 (4yo+ 0-135) 2m4f
FUNAMBULE SIVOLA didn’t cut much ice over hurdles in a handful of starts last term following his switch to Venetia Williams from the French ranks; but the Noroit gelding looked a different proposition tried over fences last month where he ran out a comfortable winner over Exelerator Express at Wetherby.
That was his first run since undergoing wind surgery and he jumped and travelled well to readily see off his rivals by seven lengths and there’s likely more to come from him with that outing under his belt where a 7lbs penalty might not prove enough of an anchor to preventing a repeat.
He’s officially 6lbs well in here despite his penalty and he could prove hard to beat if building on that performance.
2:40 Exeter – tote.co.uk Home Of The Placepot Handicap Chase Cl3 (4yo+ 0-140) 2m3f
SEVARANO proved to be a very useful hurdler in seasons past, winning twice during the 2019/20 campaign at Chepstow and Newbury respectively and continuing to run well in defeat including when finishing runner-up in a first time visor behind the high-class Mcfabulous at Kempton in March.
Oliver Sherwood’s charge made a good impression when jumping soundly at Sandown on his reappearance over fences last month, value for more than the official neck margin of victory having stormed up the hill to get up close home.
That was a very good effort by the Shantou gelding that hinted at better to come and there’s likely better to come from him on the back of that experience.
The drop back in trip ought not to inconvenience given both hurdles wins came at around this distance and a 4lbs rise in the ratings for that chase debut success might underestimate his potential for better so every chance he can improve and follow up here.
3:45 Newcastle – Bomardier British-Hopped Amber Beer Handicap Cl6 (3yo+ 0-65) 1m
JEWEL MAKER might be worth chancing to get back on the scoresheet for the first time since scoring in Ireland back in May 2018 when trained by Dermot Weld and Tim Easterby’s charge has run well the last twice since being stepped back up in trip.
The Invincible Spirit gelding had largely been kept to sprinting for this yard since his switch in the autumn last year; but he’s finished fourth and runner-up in his last two outings, latterly going down only by one length over this trip at Redcar in November where he was run down late by the winner with the front two clear.
He didn’t aid his cause by wandering off a true line, but he could be capable of going one better with a 4lbs rise remaining workable on historic form. This is only his second run on the all-weather and if handling the different surface then he could go well from his high draw.
6:15 Newcastle – Bombardier Novice Stakes Cl5 (3yo+) 1m
It is interesting that connections have persevered with SILENT HUNTER who makes his return from more than two years off the track and assuming all is well with Saeed bin Suroor’s charge then the Dutch Art colt could prove hard to beat in an ordinary-looking contest.
Not seen since running twice as a juvenile, the last of which came over this trip at Kempton more than two years ago when finishing runner-up behind Nivaldo his fitness has to be taken on trust following such a lengthy absence while it is debatable whether his spell on the sidelines might have robbed him of some of his ability.
He had looked a potentially useful sort previously and this is a very winnable race connections have found him on his return to action so he’s chanced to begin making up for lost time with a win on his reappearance.