Friday 25 October horse racing tips – Palmer’s 4/1 chance will be Hope-ing for Doncaster success

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

Five UK and Irish horse racing meetings go to post on Friday, spearheaded by day one of the Cheltenham Showcase Meeting over the sticks; while on the flat there is action from both Newbury and Doncaster.

Meanwhile, Friday’s all-weather action in the evening comes from Newcastle’s tapeta surface as well as on the polytrack in Ireland at Dundalk.

Newbury (flat) – 1.10 – 5.05pm (8 races)

Doncaster (flat) – 1.50 – 5.15pm (7 races)

Cheltenham (jumps) – 2.00 – 5.30pm (7 races)

Dundalk (flat, aw) – 5.10 – 8.45pm (8 races)

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



(2.15) MISHRIFF (6/4, William Hill) wasn’t given a hard time on his debut at Yarmouth earlier in the month, and with that experience under his belt John Gosden’s charge can improve to get off the mark at the second attempt.

The Make Believe colt finished four lengths’ fourth behind Society Lion on that occasion, fluffing the start but making eyecatching late headway although he never seriously threatened to get involved.

That experience won’t have been lost on him however, and likely to know more about what is required this time around then he could go close here.

(2.50) LADY ADELAIDE (4/1, Bet365) concedes race-fitness to this field of rivals, but Roger Charlton’s charge could be worth chancing nonetheless to get back on the scoresheet having perhaps found Listed level too much when last seen.

The Australia filly had earlier stepped up on a promising debut here last October with a Kempton success where she beat Audarya by a nose with the pair pulling clear. That race has since thrown up a few winners, and although there is a chance that she might need this return from six months off she looks handicapped to go close from a mark of 82 given that she is by far the least exposed of this field.

Roger Charlton boasts a 35% strike-rate with his runners in the past two weeks, and if his representative here is fully wound up ahead of her return then it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see a big effort assuming that the heavy ground isn’t against her.

1.10 – Cold Front

1.40 – Bright Eyed Eagle

2.15 – Mishriff

2.50 – Lady Adelaide

3.25 – Hamish

4.00 – Molls Memory

4.35 – Whelans Way

5.05 – Mr Smith


Newbury are racing on Friday



(3.35) GOLDEN APOLLO (8/1, Ladbrokes) returned to top form when winning the Ayr Silver Cup last month, and Tim Easterby’s charge remains well handicapped on his old form even accounting for the rise in the weights he’s been hit with following that success.

The Pivotal gelding had been running better than his finishing positions had suggested in numerous starts prior to that return to winning ways, and his 5lbs rise still leaves him below his highest winning mark.

A repeat of that effort might be good enough, and the course and distance winner can get back on the scoresheet here if able to post a similar effort.

(4.10) The consistent CARAVAN OF HOPE (4/1, Paddy Power) found only Trueshan too strong at Ffos Las two runs ago, but the Nathaniel colt got off the mark next time with success at Ascot, beating Pianissimo, and Hugo Palmer’s charge might be able to follow up here.

Soft ground clearly suits him, but the less testing conditions here are unlikely to present a problem, and the form of his Ffos Las runner-up effort has been boosted with the winner scoring since at Newmarket.

He can race off the same mark here as he did at Ascot, and the step up in distance could unlock further improvement so he is taken to deliver again and he can follow up that win.

1.50 – Qaaddim

2.25 – Gold Wand

3.00 – Magnetised

3.35 – Golden Apollo

4.10 – Caravan Of Hope

4.45 – Sandret

5.15 – Luna Magic


(3.10) SMARTY WILD (8/1, Coral) ran up a hat-trick of wins last term with successes at Ludlow, Exeter and Taunton latterly where the Fair Mix gelding ran out a six lengths’ winner over Putting Green, scoring readily.

That form looks solid with the runner-up, third, fourth, sixth and eighth horses home in that contest all finding the winners’ enclosure since and there’s every chance that the five-year old could have even better to come this term as he returns from the thick end of eight months off.

That last win suggested he had more to offer and it came just six days on from his earlier win, and while he’s been hit with a 10lbs rise in the weights ahead of his reappearance he could show plenty of improvement.

The Hobbs yard is in decent form at this early stage of the campaign, and the Fair Mix gelding could be worth siding with under champion jockey Richard Johnson to make a winning return.

(5.30) OAKLEY (10/3, Ladbrokes) progressed well over hurdles last term, rounding off his campaign with a pair of wins at Ludlow and Kempton respectively, and Philip Hobbs’ charge can land a hat-trick of wins on his reappearance.

The Oscar gelding latterly ran out a two lengths’ winner over Magic Dancer back in January, and that form looks strong with the winner since finishing runner-up to Al Dancer in the Betfair Hurdle, while the third, fourth and fifth horses have all scored wins since.

That win came from a mark of 127 which might have underestimated him, and his subsequent 5lbs higher mark is largely offset by his rider’s claim so he remains with scope at the weights to do better still.

Likely to have further improvement this term, he can continue his progression on his reappearance for an in-form yard, and every chance he can land the three-timer here under his good claiming rider.

2.00 – Doctor Duffy

2.35 – Al Dancer

3.10 – Smarty Wild

3.45 – Wholestone

4.20 – Getariver

4.55 – Plantagenet

5.30 – Oakley


Cheltenham host the first of two days racing as the Showcase Festival gets underway



(5.45) POCOTALIGO (5/1, William Hill) made a winning start to life under Adrian McGuinness when successful over course and distance earlier in the month, and the Helmet gelding can follow up here.

Previously with Jessica Harrington, he rounded off his time there with a near-miss in a one mile claimer at this venue in September where he was beaten less than one length; but he had a short-head to spare last time over Royal Highness, staying on well for the win.

He has the plum inside draw here, and he makes his handicap debut from a workable mark where first-time cheekpieces could help to elicit some further improvement.

(6.45) SLIABH AUGHTY (9/4, Paddy Power) stepped up on his debut at Galway to find only one too good over this course last time out and Ger Lyons’ charge can continue to improve to get off the mark here.

The Elusive City colt was beaten only a neck behind Stela Star on that occasion over seven furlongs, but he steps up to one mile for this latest outing where he could find further progress with the stiffer test looking ideal judging on how he finished off last time.

That winner has since won a Group Three contest so the form could prove to be strong, and with the yard in good heart at present then he ought to go close here.

5.10 – Dubai Rainbow

5.45 – Pocotaligo

6.15 – War Leader

6.45 – Sliabh Aughty

7.15 – A Step Too Far

7.45 – Defilade

8.15 – Gougane Barra

8.45 – Cache Queen


Ger Lyons can saddle a winner at Dundalk on Friday evening



(6.00) TULIP FIELDS (10/3, Bet365) sets a decent standard on her four runs to date, making the frame each time which includes a pair of runner-up efforts.

The latest of those near-misses came at this venue when beaten three lengths behind Tiempo Vuela, but the Golden Horn filly remains capable of better and Mark Johnston’s charge can make full use of the weight concession she receives from last-time winner Tadreej.

Similarly aggressive tactics that were deployed last time out might reap dividends over this shorter trip, and every chance she can get off the mark now.

(7.30) TRINITY GIRL (15/8, Paddy Power) missed the break and ran green early on her debut at Wolverhampton earlier in the month, but with that experience under her belt then the Teofilo filly can get off the mark at the second attempt.

Mark Johnston’s charge finished off the race well once the penny dropped, crossing the line just under two lengths’ adrift, and she in turn had pulled clear of the third and rest of the field.

Sure to improve for that initial run, she ought to go well here as she bids to go one better and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see her open her win account now.

5.25 – Anyonecanhaveitall

6.00 – Tulip Fields

6.30 – Indra Dawn

7.00 – Comeatchoo

7.30 – Trinity Girl

8.00 – Millicent Fawcett

8.30 – Snooker Jim