Friday 11 October horse racing tips – Curtis’ 6/4 chance set for Oscar winning performance at Chepstow

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for all of Friday’s UK and Irish racemeetings.

Another six UK and Irish horse racing meetings go to post on Friday, and the afternoon flat racing action comes from the meetings at York, and also Newmarket where there is Group One action on the card with the Bet365 Fillies’ Mile taking centre stage at Flat HQ.

Elsewhere on Friday, the new jumps season in the UK officially gets underway with the start of three days’ competitive action over the sticks at Chepstow where the Grade Two Persian War Hurdle is the feature race of the day; while Downpatrick in Ireland are also racing over obstacles.

And on the all-weather in the evening there are meetings at Newcastle on tapeta, and on polytrack in Ireland at Dundalk.

Downpatrick (jumps) – 1.40 – 5.05pm (7 races)

Newmarket (flat) – 1.50 – 5.20pm (7 races)

York (flat) – 2.00 – 5.30pm (7 races)

Chepstow (jumps) – 2.10 – 5.35pm (7 races)

Dundalk (flat, aw) – 5.15 – 8.45pm (8 races)

Newcastle (flat, aw) – 5.25 – 8.30pm (7 races)



(2.50) BLUE JACARANDA (6/4, William Hill) has shaped with some promise in a pair of bumper starts to date, finishing third on debut at Kilbeggan before being beaten three lengths into fourth behind Presenting Meghan at Galway last month.

Willie Mullins’ Presenting mare could find some improvement now switching to hurdles, and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see her posting a big effort on her debut over timber where she could take some beating.

This looks a decent opportunity for her to get off the mark at the first attempt faced with obstacles and she can open her win account for powerful connections.

(4.00) QUARTZ DU RHEU (4/5, Coral) has shaped with plenty of promise for Willie Mullins since joining the County Carlow trainer from France, winning on his debut at Tramore in August and then finding only Turnpike Trip too strong at Listowel latest.

That winner looked useful, and the Konig Turf gelding arguably sets the form standard on those performances so could well make the most of the weight he receives from this field despite being the top-rated runner in the contest.

1.40 – Multifactorial

2.15 – Humps And Bumps

2.50 – Blue Jacaranda

3.25 – Tiger Twenty Two

4.00 – Quartz Du Rheu

4.35 – Khudha

5.05 – Unchago


Willie Mullins can get amongst the winners at Downpatrick on Friday



(2.25) STYLISTIQUE (11/4, William Hill) found only Daahyeh too strong here in the Shadwel Rockfel Stakes, and Roger Varian’s charge could prove tough to beat if she can run up to that level while easing slightly in grade.

Roger Varian’s charge is yet to win in five starts, but she has made the frame in all starts to date and her debut aside she hasn’t been beaten far in any of her outings. She most recently came up only a half-length short behind her stablemate, and she boasts solid claims with a repeat.

The Dansili filly was arguably unlucky not to have opened her account the time before, and her latest run puts her firmly in the mix here so every chance she can go close if she can reproduce that last run.

(3.00) Soft ground is a concern for a few of these, but SHINE SO BRIGHT (9/4, Bet365) wasn’t disgraced on his only previous experience of these conditions and could be worth siding with to upset standard-setting Mustashry who heads the official ratings.

Andrew Balding’s charge has shown progressive form this term, beating Space Traveller on his seasonal debut in Listed company here in April, and he subsequently was far from disgraced when finishing sixth in the Qipco 2000 Guineas next time.

He was given a break following that Classic outing, and he narrowly outpointed the classy Laurens to win the City Of York Stakes in August, and he can be forgiven his latest run at Doncaster behind Sir Dancealot in the Park Stakes when last seen where he did far too much too soon having raced away from the main pack.

He is better than he was able to show on that occasion, and if he were to come back to his best form then it is unlikely he’ll be far away.

1.50 – Dream Shot

2.25 – Stylistique

3.00 – Shine So Bright

3.35 – Powerful Breeze

4.10 – Derevo

4.45 – Elfin Queen

5.20 – Fanny Logan


(2.40) ALEMARATALYOUM (15/2, Ladbrokes) got back on the winning trail at Goodwood latest, handling the heavy ground well, and Stuart Williams’ charge can follow up here especially if the rain arrives and the ground deteriorates.

The Lope De Vega gelding has been largely consistent in recent runs, twice finishing third on the all-weather at Chelmsford and bagging a silver medal on turf at Chester back in August; and he got back on the scoresheet with a four lengths’ defeat of Glen Shiel latest.

A subsequent 7lbs rise in the weights for that success is largely offset by the claim of Marco Ghiani, whose 7lbs allowance could prove crucial in this stronger race. However, he is chanced in the hope that the ground comes right for him, and if it does then it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him go in again.

(3.15) ROSA (8/1, Bet365) made a good first impression when scoring on her debut on the all-weather at Kempton at the beginning of the month, and Archie Watson’s charge can double up on her tally here with another success.

The Camacho filly had just over two lengths to spare from Colouring that day, scoring a shade cosily having made all following a sharp exit from the stalls and keeping on strongly.

The yard has enjoyed phenomenal success with its’ juveniles this campaign, and sure to improve for that experience she could prove hard to peg back with a repeat of that effort, and she make it two wins from two starts here.

2.00 – Romantic Vision

2.40 – Alemaratalyoum

3.15 – Rosa

3.50 – Deal A Dollar

4.20 – Only Spoofing

4.55 – Sword Beach

5.30 – Jabalaly


York race on Friday afternoon



(3.20) LISNAGAR OSCAR (6/4, William Hill) was progressive last term over hurdles, winning back-to-back races which included the Grade Two Prestige Novices’ Hurdle at Haydock where he ran out a ten lengths’ winner.

Rebecca Curtis’ Oscar gelding subsequently was far from disgraced in a pair of starts in Grade One company at Cheltenham and Aintree respectively, latterly finishing third behind Champ in the Sefton Novices’ Hurdle.

He now switches his attention to chasing where he could have a bright future, and this ex-winning pointer could well make a successful seasonal return to action faced with fences for his reappearance.

The first of his hurdles wins came at this venue, so with proven form over track and distance, and with ground unlikely to present a problem then it isn’t hard to see him posting a big effort here if translating his smart hurdles form to this discipline, and a clear round should put him very much in the mix for this prize.

(5.00) TROUBLED SOUL (7/4, William Hill) arrives here on the back of a trio of runner-up efforts towards the end of last campaign, and if the Definite Article mare is in similar mood on her reappearance then she could get back to winning ways here.

Fergal O’Brien’s charge was a Kelso winner over fences last November, beating Cool Valley, and following a subsequent fourth over hurdles at Leicester she posted three successive silver medal finishes at Market Rasen, Haydock and Bangor respectively.

Beaten just over one length on the latest occasion behind Eastern Lady, she turns out here from the same mark and this looks a decent opportunity for her to get back on the scoresheet if fully wound up on her reappearance so it wouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to see her going close.

2.10 – Harambe

2.45 – Proschema

3.20 – Lisnagar Oscar

3.55 – The Young Master

4.30 – Torpillo

5.00 – Troubled Soul

5.35 – Out On Patrol


Rebecca Curtis can saddle a Chepstow winner on Friday



(5.45) POINT REYES (15/2, Paddy Power) has been running respectively in her four starts to date without seriously threatening the judge, but Gavin Cromwell’s charge could get off the mark now and the Competitive Edge filly can post a big effort.

Last seen finishing fourth of 14 runners behind Believe In Beauty over six furlongs here, she ought to appreciate the return to a longer trip and she can find further improvement to go close in a relatively modest contest.

(7.45) HELIAC (5/1, Paddy Power) makes her polytrack here and Ger Lyons’ charge can get back on the scoresheet having been denied a hat-trick at Leopardstown back in August when finishing third behind Winiata.

The Champs Elysees filly was only beaten a half-length that day, but she holds solid claims on the form of her earlier back-to-back successes at Cork and Roscommon respectively, and if the switch to this surface doesn’t prove an inconvenience then every chance she can get back to winning ways.

The winner and fifth horses home from her last outing have both struck since and open still to further improvement she can go close here.

5.15 – Turbo Command

5.45 – Point Reyes

6.15 – Dancing On A Dream

6.45 – Phoenix Open

7.15 – Royal Admiral

7.45 – Heliac

8.15 – Spanish Dawn

8.45 – Bellepower


(6.00) ARABIC CULTURE (15/2, Coral) could be worth chancing to get back on the scoresheet having possibly needed the run at York last month on his first outing for 159 days.

Grant Tuer’s charge had been in decent heart prior to his break, winning two of his three previous starts – both at Wolverhampton – and he perhaps wasn’t seen to best effect last time out despite finishing just over two lengths’ seventh behind Shamad.

He had beaten Singing Sheriff by a short-head back in April, and he remains with scope from this mark so every chance he could bounce back reunited with Sam James who knows the horse well and has won on him before.

(8.00) AEGEUS (11/10, Ladbrokes) sets a decent standard having made the frame on all three starts to date, and Amanda Perrett’s charge can finally get off the mark here.

The First Defence gelding was beaten just over two lengths behind Sandyman latest at Lingfield, keeping on well from the back but unable to match the winner. He had pulled clear of the third horse home however, and a subsequent winner has since come out of the race.

He appears to be going the right way, and while the return to one mile is perhaps a slight negative he can nevertheless find another jolt of progress to open his win account.

5.25 – Put The Law On You

6.00 – Arabic Culture

6.30 – I Know How

7.00 – Yes Always

7.30 – Dancing Leopard

8.00 – Aegeus

8.30 – Storm Bomber