Best bets on Friday 17 July – Tips for the day’s horse racing action
We look over the day’s meetings and give our best bets on Friday 17 July from the meetings at Beverley, Chepstow, Haydock and Leicester.
Another busy Friday of horse racing action takes in four meetings across the UK where there is afternoon flat racing from Beverley and Chepstow; while Haydock and Leicester both race on the level in the evening.
The feature race of the day comes from Haydock where the Listed Tapster Stakes is the day’s main event and we give our racing tips and best bets on Friday 17 July across all four of the day’s racing fixtures.
BEST BETS ON FRIDAY 17 JULY – BEVERLEY, CHEPSTOW, HAYDOCK & LEICESTER
1:10 Beverley – Pure Broadband Maiden Handicap Cl6 (3yo 0-65) 2m
FRANKENSTELLA looks worth chancing upped to this longer trip and John Quinn’s charge can get off the mark at the third attempt.
The Frankel filly had shaped well on her debut at Nottingham back in November and she took a forward step on her return from eight months off the track, finishing fourth behind Arabian Warrior at Wolverhampton.
She’s related to a smart stayer and switches to the handicap ranks where a mark of 64 doesn’t look harsh. First-time blinkers are also applied which could help eke out some further improvement and she can go well over this longer trip taking on more exposed rivals to get our best bets on Friday off to a winning start.
1:20 Chepstow – NB Civils Handicap Cl6 (3yo+ 0-60) 6f
The losing run of OUR MAN IN HAVANA is mounting up, but Tony Carroll’s charge can’t be knocked for his consistency with five runner-up efforts in his last six starts and the Havana Gold gelding may be able to snap that streak of near-misses to resume winning ways.
His last success came back in November 2018 when scoring over Red Strikes on the all-weather; but he’s served notice in recent runs that his turn may not be too far away and he was beaten less than two lengths when returned to turf for his last outing at Windsor last month.
That form has been boosted with the winner and fourth both posting subsequent successes, while the third home went one place better on his next start; the selection is only 1lb higher for this latest run but Elisha Whittington can claim 5lbs which is a plus to his chances and he could take advantage to end his barren run.
2:10 Beverley – George And Frankie McCormick Handicap Cl5 (3yo+ 0-70) 7½f
DAWN BREAKING won a shade cosily when last seen at Thirsk last month, beating Christmas Night by just over one length and the Firebreak gelding can quickly follow up.
Richard Whitaker’s charge won twice last term, improved by blinkers to strike at Pontefract and Carlisle under a penalty, and he wasn’t disgraced in finishing fourth during a hat-trick attempt back at Carlisle in august.
He bounced back from a couple of lesser efforts on the all-weather when making his winning return last month and a 3lbs rise in the weights looks workable. Racing from a handy draw also then he can continue to make his presence felt and it would be no shock to see him competitive again here.
5:35 Leicester – Persimmon Homes @ Appleyard Fleckney Handicap Cl4 (3yo 0-85) 7f
RAATEA looks worth sticking with and the progressive Invincible Spirit gelding can resume winning ways here.
Marcus Tregoning’s charge finished in the frame in two of his three starts last term and he took a forward step at Kempton on his reappearance following eight months off the track, beating Semser by just over two lengths easily.
He then took a step in class at Newmarket in his stride, finishing a close third in a Class 2 event behind Boccaccio where he was unlucky in running and met traffic problems; but this is easier and he’s only been raised 1lb in the ratings for that narrow defeat and with the potential for better to come he could prove the answer in a tricky contest where he rates our best bet on Friday.
6:25 Haydock – Tapster Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m4f
It might be worth giving another chance to ISPOLINI who ran as if the outing was needed when beating only one home in the Sagaro Stakes and the Godolphin runner can bounce back.
The Dubawi gelding has shown some useful form and he won twice during the early months of 2019 at Meydan which included a Group Three contest prior to chasing home Cross Counter in the Dubai Gold Cup.
Fourth to to Stradivarius in the Yorkshire Cup, he got back on the scoresheet with victory at Dortmund in September, winning the German St Leger; but he wasn’t seen again until his reappearance at Newcastle and he can do better with that run under his belt and dropping back in trip for this outing.
The highest rated in the field, it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him post an improved effort and he could go close here if back to his best.