Friday 22 November horse racing tips – Tizzard’s 13/8 chance can open hurdles win account at Ascot

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Another five UK and Irish horse racing fixtures take place on Friday, with afternoon jumps racing from Catterick, Ffos Las and Ascot.

There is also a late-afternoon all-weather fixture at Newcastle on their tapeta surface, while Dundalk in Ireland are also racing with action on their polytrack surface in the evening.

Catterick (jumps) – 12.15 – 3.35pm (7 races)
Ascot (jumps) – 1.00 – 3.45pm (6 races)
Ffos Las (jumps) – 1.10 – 3.55pm (6 races)
Newcastle (flat, aw) – 3.30 – 7.00pm (8 races)
Dundalk (flat, aw) – 5.15 – 8.45pm (8 races)

BRIAN HEALY’S NAP OF THE DAY

2.05 ASCOT – MASTER DEBONAIR (13/8, Unibet)

CATTERICK

(1.20) SCORCHED EARTH (3/1, Ladbrokes) could be worth siding with in what looks a winnable introduction to hurdling, and the Zoffany gelding can get off the mark at the first time of asking for new handler Dan Skelton.

A winner on the flat in Ireland for Ger Lyons, he had also run several solid races in defeat with a number of placed efforts, and he looks the type his new yard does well with.

This doesn’t look a particularly strong race for the grade and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him make a winning debut over hurdles for his leading yard which is in good form at present.

(1.50) It might be worth chancing on the fitness of FORECAST (9/2, William Hill) here, with Michael Appleby’s charge making his seasonal return and chase bow; but the Observatory gelding looks a chaser in the making, and he could do well in this discipline.

Rated 138 over hurdles, he won twice over timber in the 2018/19 season and he might have been feeling the effects of a long season when disappointing on his final outing behind Zubayr at Southwell in June.

He’s been given a break since though, and if fully wound up and able to translate his useful hurdles form to the larger obstacles then he could go close; while the claim of Patrick Cowley gives further strength to his chances with his talented rider able to take 5lbs off his back

12.15 – Takingitallin
12.45 – Chain Of Beacons
1.20 – Scorched Earth
1.50 – Forecast
2.25 – Shanroe
3.00 – Very First Time
3.35 – Cockney Beau

Dan and Harry Skelton

Dan and Harry Skelton can get amongst the winners at Catterick.

ASCOT

(2.05) MASTER DEBONAIR (13/8, Unibet) won twice from his first three starts in the bumper ranks last term before finding the competition too hot in Graded company at Cheltenham and Aintree; but Colin Tizzard’s charge made a very promising first fist of things on his reappearance over hurdles, and the Yeats gelding can build on that run.

Only beaten two lengths behind Heaven Help Us at Cheltenham in October, he finished clear of Fred – who can boost the form in the preceding race – and he should know more about what is required this time around having raced keenly, while he was also hampered on the run to the line although held at the time.

The fourth from that race has won since, and with the Tizzard camp in decent fettle of late he could step up for that debut effort to get back to winning ways and open his scoring account over hurdles at the second attempt.

(2.40) DIDERO VALLIS (9/2, William Hill) took well to chasing last term, winning twice with successes at Carlisle and Haydock before appearing to find three miles just stretching his stamina at Kempton on his next outing.

Venetia Williams’ charge subsequently bounced back from that effort with a creditable fifth down in trip behind Siruh Du Lac in the Brown Advisory Plate, and the Poliglote gelding could be worth chancing to make a winning reappearance with his yard in decent form.

He had won first time up previously when trained by Willie Mullins, so his return from an absence might not prove too much of a hindrance, and he is 2-3 at this distance. Eased 1lb in the weights ahead of this return, he can make his presence felt, while the presence of a top amateur who can claim a valuable 5lbs looks significant.

1.00 – Angels Breath
1.30 – Fred
2.05 – Master Debonair
2.40 – Didero Vallis
3.15 – Orchardstown Cross
3.45 – Speed Company

FFOS LAS

(1.40) COLLEGE OAK (Evens, Ladbrokes) makes his hurdles debut here, but the Norse Dancer gelding looked a fair prospect in a couple of bumpers either side of a break, getting off the mark at the second attempt when beating Lex Eleven at Sedgefield in October.

Jamie Snowden has his runners in good fettle at present, and there could be better to come from the four-year old now as he switches to timber where he can post a big effort in what looks a very winnable introduction to the hurdling game.

Conditions at the Durham track were testing so this ground ought not to hold any fears, and he looks a decent sort who could take some beating if taking to this discipline.

(2.50) ARQALINA (11/4, Bet365) has shown only moderate form over hurdles, but the Arcano mare did manage to register a win in that discipline which came here back in Feburary, and she could be worth chancing to get back on the scoresheet returned to this venue.

Venetia Williams’ charge failed to back up that performance next time, but she could prove an altogether different proposition now switching to chasing and she may have been let in lightly off this mark as she steps straight into the handicap ranks.

Her top yard’s runners rarely lack for fitness first time up, and while better ground might have been preferable she can nonetheless make her presence felt here.

1.10 – Onurbike
1.40 – College Oak
2.15 – Leroy Brown
2.50 – Arqalina
3.25 – Never Equalled
3.55 – Pure Bliss

Ffos Las Racecourse

Ffos Las are racing on Friday

NEWCASTLE

(4.30) JONBOY (5/1, Paddy Power) showed some decent form for David Barron, winning at Pontefract on just his second start and twice making the frame in starts last year before moving stables where he joined David Brown’s team.

The Delegator gelding made his return from some 15 months off the track when finishing a good second here at the beginning of the month, finding only Lucky Lodge too good by a couple of lengths, and likely to be sharper now for that reappearance then he could go one better.

A lack of race fitness might have attributed to his downfall in that return as he got to the front inside the last furlong but was unable to hold on; but with the potential to do better on the back of that performance then he can get back to winning ways.

(6.00) QUEEN MIA (4/1, William Hill) appeared to benefit from a change of scenery and the application of a tongue-tie when finding only With Approval too strong over course and distance on her first run for Declan Carroll, and the Famous Name filly could go one better.

Formerly with Dermot Weld in Ireland, he showed little for the legendary trainer; but he might have been rejuvenated by the switch, and if he can build on that more promising effort then he ought to go close here.

That form doesn’t look particularly strong, and the winner of the race has ran poorly since; but this is a weak contest, and if the headgear has the same positive effect as last time then she probably wouldn’t need to find too much improvement to open her win account.

3.30 – Ricochet
4.00 – Frozen Ocean
4.30 – Jonboy
5.00 – Merweb
5.30 – Warne’s Army
6.00 – Queen Mia
6.30 – Rhossili Down
7.00 – Bedtime Bella

Newcastle are racing on Friday

Newcastle are racing on Friday

DUNDALK

(5.45) TENNESSEE WILDCAT (13/8, Paddy Power) could take some beating in this claiming contest if he can run to his current mark of 80, and the nine-year old can get back to winning ways.

A decent sort for Ger Lyons previously, rounding off his time with that handler with a success at this level on the turf at Gowran Park, he hasn’t set the heather alight in a trio of runs for Adrian McGuinness which includes only finishing sixth last time out over course and distance.

However, that was a stronger race than this and he sets a decent standard on his overall form so could well be up to making a return to the winners’ circle here where he is reunited with Colin Keane, and the pair have a decent record when combining so a big run wouldn’t come as a surprise.

(6.45) WILLYWAMPUS (2/1, Ladbrokes) has run creditably in both starts to date, building on a promising debut fifth at Limerick in October to land a bronze medal finish at Naas latest, and Donal Commins’ charge can improve again.

The Zoffany colt was beaten only one length behind Nobel Prize in that contest, seemingly suited by the longer trip, and he could continue his improvement on the back of that effort if handing this different surface.

He could be worth chancing to find another jolt of progress on just his third start, and this doesn’t look a particulary competitive contest so he ought to make his presence felt again if running to a similar level.

5.15 – Ty Rock Brandy
5.45 – Tennessee Wildcat
6.15 – Queen Amidala
6.45 – Willywampus
7.15 – King Of The Throne
7.45 – Bandiuc Eile
8.15 – Canford Art
8.45 – Loaded

BRIAN HEALY’S BEST BETS FOR FRIDAY 22 NOVEMBER

1.20 Catterick – SCORCHED EARTH (3/1, Ladbrokes)

1.40 Ffos Las – COLLEGE OAK (Evens, Ladbrokes)

1.50 Catterick – FORECAST (9/2, William Hill)

2.05 Ascot – MASTER DEBONAIR (13/8, Unibet) (NAP)

2.40 Ascot – DIDERO VALLIS (9/2, William Hill)

2.50 Ffos Las – ARQALINA (11/4, Bet365)

4.30 Newcastle – JONBOY (5/1, Paddy Power)

5.45 Dundalk – TENNESSEE WILDCAT (13/8, Paddy Power)

6.00 Newcastle – QUEEN MIA (4/1, William Hill)

6.45 Dundalk – WILLYWAMPUS (2/1, Ladbrokes)