Friday 24 January horse racing tips – King’s 5/2 chance looks a Gift at Doncaster

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Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for the day's UK and Irish racemeetings.

Brian Healy gives his Friday best bets and horse racing tips for each of the day’s five scheduled UK and Irish horse racing meetings.

Five fixtures go to post across the UK and Ireland on Friday with afternoon jumps racing from Doncaster and Huntingdon; while there is also all-weather action from Lingfield on their polytrack surface.

Meanwhile, in the evening there is also all-weather action from Wolverhampton on tapeta and from Dundalk in Ireland who race on polytrack. Get our Friday best bets and race-by-race tips for every race on Friday across each of the day’s racecards.

Lingfield (flat, aw) – 12.00 – 3.45pm (8 races)
Doncaster (jumps) – 12.40 – 3.55pm (7 races)
Huntingdon (jumps) – 12.50 – 4.05pm (7 races)
Wolverhampton (flat, aw) – 4.15 – 7.15pm (7 races)
Dundalk (flat, aw) – 5.00 – 8.30pm (8 races)



12.30 Lingfield – BIRKIE QUEEN (13/2, William Hill)
12.50 Huntingdon – MISTER COFFEY (SP)
1.05 Lingfield – ISOBAR WIND (2/1, William Hill)
1.50 Doncaster – HAWK HIGH (4/1, William Hill)
2.00 Huntingdon – JUBILYMPICS (15/2, William Hill)
2.25 Doncaster – MIDNIGHT’S GIFT (5/2, Bet365)
2.35 Huntingdon – GOODBYE DANCER (5/1, William Hill)
4.45 Wolverhampton – MOURIYANI (4/1, William Hill)
5.15 Wolverhampton – GRIGGY (10/3, William Hill)
5.30 Dundalk – PAISTIUL (SP)
6.00 Dundalk – ROCK ON AIDAN (SP)


(12.30 Lingfield)

The step up to one mile and fitting of cheekpieces seems to have help BIRKIE QUEEN (13/2, William Hill) find some improved form, and Stan Moore’s charge might be able to get off the mark now if continuing to build on her recent better efforts over this trip.

The Gutaifan filly has made the frame in both starts since being fitted with the headgear and facing this stiffer test, finishing third in a Chelmsford seller before getting to within one length onf Pink Jazz at Wolverhampton latest.

Perhaps not best placed in that outing, she can compete here from 1lb lower in the weights although she is due to go up 3lbs in future starts. She could take advantage of this lower mark however, and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see her post another big run.

(1.05 Lingfield)

ISOBAR WIND (2/1, William Hill) looked unsuited by the fibresand surface at Southwell earlier in the month where the Baltic King gelding failed to beat a rival home behind Sea Of Cool; but back on a quicker artificial surface he could do better.

David Evans’ charge had won the time before in a Wolverhampton claimer over one mile, beating Divine Connection by one length readily and the third from that race has won since. He didn’t appear to handle the deeper surface at Southwell latest, but he could bounce back on polytrack.

Also a winner on turf previously, he has won from a mark higher than today’s 67 rating and he can get involved here.

12.00 – Billie Beane
12.30 – Birkie Queen
1.05 – Isobar Wind
1.40 – Chocco Star
2.15 – Deeds Not Words
2.45 – La Foglietta
3.15 – Noble Peace
3.45 – Ice Pyramid

Get our Lingfield race-by-race selections for Friday's all-weather meeting.

Lingfield are racing on the all-weather on Friday.


(1.50 Doncaster)

Useful hurdler HAWK HIGH (4/1, William Hill) has taken well to chasing, winning two of his first four starts over the larger obstacles last term and Tim Easterby’s charge hasn’t been disgraced in racking up a hat-trick of silver medals this campaign.

All three of those runs have come at Wetherby and he was beaten less than three lengths latest behind Katpoli; however, he could do better here faced with a better surface and the High Chaparral gelding could still have scope for improvement from this mark.

Most of his winning form has come on a better surface so the drying ground here will be in his favour and he can make his presence felt.

(2.25 Doncaster)

MIDNIGHT’S GIFT (5/2, Bet365) is 2-3 over hurdles since switching disciplines from the flat where she is also a winner, and Alan King’s charge can get back on the winning trail here.

The Midnight Legend filly gained a short-head verdict over Break The Rules on her hurdles debut at Fakenham back in October, after which she was an impressive victor over Gavrocheka in an Aintree Listed contest where she scored by an easy twelve lengths.

Softer ground was possibly just against her latest when contesting a Listed contest at Taunton where she finished eight lengths behind Maria’s Rock in December. That winner looked very useful indeed, while the third has run well since so it was a good effort and there might be better to come from her so she can successfully concede 5lbs to this field of rivals and resume winning ways.

12.40 – Pogue
1.15 – Ashtown Lad
1.50 – Hawk High
2.25 – Midnights Gift
2.55 – France De Reve
3.25 – Swilly Sunset
3.55 – Cathal’s Star


(12.50 Huntingdon)

MISTER COFFEY (SP) was a good winner of a bumper here when trained by Harry Whittington, and the Authorized gelding made a successful transition to hurdles following eight months off the track and a switch to Nicky Henderson when scoring readily at Newbury over the Christmas period.

He had two lengths to spare that day, looking a very decent prospect having travelled strongly through the race and there is sure to be more to come from him.

Drying ground won’t present an issue given his bumper win came on good ground, while his hurdles success came in softer conditions and he can take this prize enroute to better things where he holds entries at the Cheltenham Festival.

He looked potentially very smart at Newbury and further progress on the back of that run could make him hard to beat in this contest.

(2.00 Huntingdon)

JUBILYMPICS (15/2, William Hill) was a fair sort for Seamus Mullins in recent seasons, but having joined Emma Lavelle ahead of the current campaign the Kapgarde mare has found some improved form to make the frame in three of her four starts for her new yard.

Runner-up on her first start for the Lavelle yard, he finished third next time before disappointing at Ascot in November; but he quickly bounced back to chase home Runasimi River when last seen out at Fontwell, beaten seven lengths and no match for the winner.

She competes here off the same mark but the application of a hood ahead of this latest outing might help her to find some further progress and she can make her presence felt in an open and competitive contest.

(2.35 Huntingdon)

GOODBYE DANCER (5/1, William Hill) held every chance jumping the last hurdle at Cheltenham on New Years’ Day only to fall, but if that mishap hasn’t left a mark then Fergal O’Brien’s charge can quickly get back on the winning trail.

The Dragon Dancer gelding had showed fair form for Nigel Twiston-Davies in previous seasons, but having joined this yard he wasted no time in opening his win account with a defeat of Ask Ben at Cheltenham in December which was his first since beating Shaama Grise at Sandown in March 2017.

While debatable whether he’d have beaten eventual winner Skandiburg in that last outing, it was a good effort nonetheless despite his crashing out late, and if that recent fall hasn’t dented his confidence then he could claim some compensation here.

12.50 – Mister Coffey
1.25 – High Up In The Air
2.00 – Jubilympics
2.35 – Goodbye Dancer
3.05 – Maire Banrigh
3.35 – Robyndzone
4.05 – Etoile Rebelle

Get our race-by-race selections for Friday's Huntingdon racecard.

Goodbye Dancer can get back to winning ways at Huntingdon on Thursday.


(4.45 Wolverhampton)

MOURIYANI (4/1, William Hill) was a debut winner for Dermot Weld last March, and the City Zip has since joined Tom Ward although it took him three attempts for his current yard to get back on the scoresheet.

He appeared suited by the increased emphasis on stamina that day, staying on well to get up on the post and deny Willkommen by a short head. He turns out here from the same mark, but his rider can utilise her full 7lbs claim now and a further step up in trip could unlock additional improvement.

As a lightly-raced sort she has the potential to do better still and she could be worth siding with to follow up that last-time win on these terms despite this being a stronger race than the one she contested last time out.

(5.15 Wolverhampton)

GRIGGY (10/3, William Hill) wasn’t disgraced when foiled in his hat-trick attempt at this venue earlier in the month, but the Dandy Man gelding can quickly get back on the scoresheet here.

Sean Curran’s charge had struck previous wins at Chelmsford and Lingfield, appearing to win a shade readily both times and he was perhaps guilty of giving the winner too much rope although he ran on well to comfortably bag the silver medal.

He had finished clear of the third, and while the form hasn’t stood up he could be worth siding with to resume winning ways here having been raised just 1lb in the rating.

4.15 – Kybosh
4.45 – Mouriyani
5.15 – Griggy
5.45 – Ghost Serge
6.15 – Cable Speed
6.45 – Roca Magica
7.15 – Rosarno


(5.30 Dundalk)

PAISTIUL (SP) has returned from a break in better form, finishing third on both her last two starts at this venue which includes over this trip.

Jim Bolger’s charge was beaten around seven lengths behind Magi Gal over course and distance earlier in the month, but he improved for the longer trip latest when beaten three lengths behind Wild Shot and a repeat of that effort might be good enough.

The return to this shorter trip is unlikely to present too much of a problem and he competes from the same mark although the services of a 7lbs claimer adds some credence to his chances with his weight burden eased so every chance he can make his presence felt.

(6.00 Dundalk)

ROCK ON AIDAN (SP) posted a career-best effort to finish runner-up over course and distance last time out, and the Fastnet Rock gelding could take another forward step here where she can get off the mark.

Adrian McGuinness’ charge was beaten just under two lengths behind Happaugue, but he was a similar margin clear of the third horse home and a subsequent 3lbs rise in the weights looks workable assuming he can build again on that effort.

With winning form pretty thin on the ground and several of his rivals arriving with a question to answer, he looks a pretty solid option who ought to go close with a repeat.

5.00 – Pak Army
5.30 – Paistiul
6.00 – Rock On Aidan
6.30 – Bella Brazil
7.00 – Never Before
7.30 – Sweet Affection
8.00 – Tommy Taylor
8.30 – Mulzaam

A Jim Bolger runner features in Friday's race-by-race selections for Dundalk on Friday

Trainer Jim Bolger can get amongst the Dundalk winners on Friday evening.


12.30 Lingfield – BIRKIE QUEEN (13/2, William Hill)
12.50 Huntingdon – MISTER COFFEY ()
1.05 Lingfield – ISOBAR WIND (2/1, William Hill)
1.50 Doncaster – HAWK HIGH (4/1, William Hill)
2.00 Huntingdon – JUBILYMPICS (15/2, William Hill)
2.25 Doncaster – MIDNIGHT’S GIFT (5/2, Bet365)
2.35 Huntingdon – GOODBYE DANCER (5/1, William Hill)
4.45 Wolverhampton – MOURIYANI (4/1, William Hill)
5.15 Wolverhampton – GRIGGY (10/3, William Hill)
5.30 Dundalk – PAISTIUL ()
6.00 Dundalk – ROCK ON AIDAN ()