Friday 8 November horse racing tips – McCain’s 15/8 chance can open winning Account at Hexham

Hexham are racing on Friday as six meetings go to post across the UK and Ireland.Hexham are racing on Friday as six meetings go to post across the UK and Ireland.

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

Friday’s fixture list of UK and Irish horse racing meetings take in five fixtures which sees afternoon action over the sticks at Warwick, Hexham and Fontwell; while there is also evening all-weather cards at Newcastle on tapeta, as well as Dundalk in Ireland.

Warwick (jumps) – 12.40 – 4.00pm (7 races)
Hexham (jumps) – 1.00 – 3.50pm (6 races)
Fontwell (jumps) – 1.25 – 4.10pm (6 races)
Newcastle (flat, aw) – 4.30 – 8.00pm (8 races)
Dundalk (flat, aw) – 5.15 – 8.45pm (8 races)
Chelmsford (flat, w) – 5.25 – 7.55pm (6 races)



(1.15) Fergal O’Brien’s runners are flying at present, and LOUGH HAR (11/1, Ladbrokes) can continue the trainer’s hot streak by landing this prize.

The Doyen gelding arrived from the point-to-point sphere to instantly post a solid third on his debut for his new yard in a Market Rasen bumper, eventually finishing third; and he stepped up on that effort faced with hurdling when finding only one too good on his debut in that sphere behind Pink Eyed Pedro at Worcester in July,

He has since had a break and undergone wind surgery, and he could improve on that first experience over hurdling easing slightly in trip.

Given his yard’s red-hot form at present, he ought to be capable of making his mark in this contest and no surprise if he returns to action with a better performance for his in-form stable.

(1.50) Thomas Darby rates an exciting recruit to chasing, but with the benefit of a run over the larger obstacles under her belt then it could be worth chancing on this occasion to side instead with Dan Skelton’s MAIRE BANRIGH (2/1, William Hill) who was an expensive purchase out of the point-to-point sphere but showed plenty of ability and went some way to justifying her price tag with back-to-back hurdles wins at Market Rasen and Carlisle following wind surgery.

The King’s Theatre mare won either side of a six months’ break, beating the useful Cause Toujours on the latter occasion; she subsequently made a winning return from eleven months off when romping to an easy victory on her chase debut at Stratford last month, and likely to improve for that experience she could do better still.

One mistake aside, she jumped really well in that outing and she scored by an easy 15 lengths over rivals which included a next-time winner, and for all she does need to improve having beaten only moderate rivals she is likely to have more to offer and could put her experience to good use to come out on top in what could be a decent contest.

12.40 – Motashakel
1.15 – Lough Har
1.50 – Maire Banrigh
2.25 – Lightly Squeeze
2.55 – Cadeau Du Bresil
3.30 – Broughtons Rhythm
4.00 – Tequila Blaze

Fergal OBrien can get amongst the winners at Warwick

Fergal OBrien can get amongst the winners at Warwick


(1.35) BINGO D’OLIVATE (11/4, William Hill) won on his reappearance twelve months ago, scoring in heavy ground at Ayr with a defeat of Hot Gossip, and James Ewart’s charge can strike again on his first run of the new campaign.

The Laverock gelding wasn’t disgraced in subsequent outings at Newcastle and Carlisle, finishing third on the latter occasion, and he was in the process of running another big race when coming to grief upped in trip back at Newcastle in April where he had edged into the lead jumping the third last only to crash out.

Absent since, he is still well-treated at the weights on his old form and he turns out here with a reapplied hood; and with conditions no issue then he could make a bold bid to get back to winning ways.

(2.10) FIRST ACCOUNT (15/8, William Hill) sets a decent standard on his two hurdles start last term, finishing six lengths’ third to the high-class Al Dancer on debut at Carlisle last October, then finding only Captain Zebo too good at the same venue next time.

Donald McCain’s Malinas gelding was a winner between the flags previous ly for Colin Bowe, and there could be plenty more to come from him this term so is taken to get off the mark now.

The form of his last run has since been boosted with both the winner and third winning next time out, and switching to chasing ahead of his return he can make a successful start to his chase debut.

1.00 – Ribble Valley
1.35 – Bingo D’olivate
2.10 – First Account
2.45 – Triopas
3.15 – Square Viviani
3.50 – Brigade Of Guards


(2.00) SENSULANO (6/4, Bet365) ran in snatches on her reappearance and debut over fences, but Oliver Sherwood’s charge still managed to find only one too strong in that contest at Ffos Las.

The Milan mare had won twice previously over hurdles in the previous campaign prior to proving no match for Laurina in a match at Sandown, although she ran disappointingly at Haydock in February behind Jester Jet.

She possibly needed her return, and she could do better here with that outing under her belt so may be worth chancing to raise her game again on her second start in this discipline.

(3.05) FANTASIA STORM (12/1, Bet365) represents the in-form Jeremy Scott, and the Mahler filly could be worth chancing on her hurdles debut to make a winning introduction.

A point-to-point winner prior to joining this yard, scoring a six lengths’ victory at Dromahane, she has joined a yard who are hitting their stride and while this looks a decent race in which to make her introduction she could be up to the task of delivering a big run although it may be longer trips in time that bring out the best in her.

But, given her yard’s good spell in recent days then it could be worth pinning hopes on her running well, and if she does then she can go close.

1.25 – Pond Road
2.00 – Sensulano
2.35 – Paseo
3.05 – Fantasia Storm
3.40 – Don’t Be Robin
4.10 – Look Alive

Fontwell race on Friday

Fontwell race on Friday


(6.05) MAGICAL SPIRIT (11/2, William Hill) bounced back from a couple of lesser runs in stronger company to regain the winning thread over course and distance in September, and Kevin Ryan’s charge could follow up here.

The Zebedee gelding struck at the third attempt last campaign, beating Dancing Rave at Beverley, and he returned from six months off the track to post back-to-back runner-up efforts at this venue and Redcar prior to getting back to winning ways at Ripon in June.

Not seen at his best in subsequent runs at Haydock and York, he underwent wind surgery ahead of his reappearance where he beat Final Go by a half-length, and a 4lbs rise in the weights might not be enough of an anchor to prevent a repeat.

(6.35) TROOP (5/2, William Hill) has been knocking hard on the door to the winners’ enclosure in recent outings, finishing in the frame in each of his last five starts, beaten less than one length in his last three runner-up efforts including here two starts ago behind Perfect Swiss.

Ann Duffield’s charge struck his last run back in May last year at Hamilton, but recent runs suggest he’ll be winning again before too long and he has the services of a top 3lbs claimer for this assignment, while first-time blinkers could eke out some further improvement in the Lethal Force gelding.

Only just denied from this mark at Wolverhampton latest, he looks to hold solid claims of going one better here, and he is taken to do so.

4.35 – Little Jo
5.05 – Brunch
5.35 – Milagre Da Vida
6.05 – Magical Spirit
6.35 – Troop
7.05 – Gavi Di Gavi
7.35 – Queen Of Kalahari
8.05 – The Grey Zebedee


(5.45) SHERANDA (11/8, Paddy Power) has shaped with promise on all three career starts to date, making the frame the last twice and the Siyouni filly can get off the mark here.

Dermot Weld’s charge found only Getaway Katie Mai too good at Listowel in September, beaten two lengths, and she produced a similar effort to finish third behind Lovee Dovee at the Curragh latest.

Both those runs came over one mile, but she might be happier dropping back to seven furlongs and if handling the switch to this surface then she could go well in pursuit of a first win.

(7.15) RADETSKY (13/2, Bet365) wasn’t unfancied on his debut at the Curragh back in June, but the Speightstown colt was far too green and raced too keenly to get home in that heat which has proven to be a very useful contest indeed.

Won by Armory, who has since gone on to win at Group Two level and place in Group Ones, that race has also seen the runner-up, fourth and seventh horses home all register wins; and if he has learnt something from that experience then Dermot Weld’s charge could prove a different proposition now.

He could be worth chancing to step up on that debut, and racing from the number one box it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him deliver an improved effort.

5.15 – Capel At Dawn
5.45 – Sheranda
6.15 – Eacharn
6.45 – Tyrconnell
7.15 – Radetsky
7.45 – Kafu
8.15 – Cacique Royale
8.45 – Tartlette

Dermot Weld can saddle a winner at Dundalk on Friday evening.

Ian Williams could win the November Handicap with Reshoun


(5.55) FOLK DANCE (7/4, Bet365) is bred to be a useful sort, and she wasn’t given a hard time on her debut when finishing sixth of 15 runners behind Lady Lynetta at Newmarket in September, crossing the line four lengths adrift of the winner.

The Golden Horn filly has seen that form upheld with good subsequent runs by both the fourth and fifth horses home, and she ought to come on a bundle for that debut effort where she ran green early but finished off the race welll.

Roger Varian’s charge could have improvement to come on the back of that effort, and if handling the switch to polytrack then it wouldn’t come as a huge surprise to see her get off the mark at the second attempt.

(6.25) AL QAQAA (7/4, Bet365) showed up well despite inexperience when finishing fourth on debut at Newmarket last month, beaten around eleven lengths behind the exciting Kinross.

That form has been franked with both the runner-up and fifth winning since, while the race-winner stepped into the rearranged Vertem Futurity Trophy where he wasn’t disgraced in finishing fifth.

He wasn’t given a hard time in that debut, and he ought to be much more streetwise for the experience so could find plenty of improvement to get off the mark at the second attempt for William Haggas.

5.25 – King Ragnar
5.55 – Folk Dance
6.25 – Al Qaqaa
6.55 – The King’s Stead
7.25 – Falcon Cliffs
7.55 – Broughton Excels