Friday horse racing best bets – Tips for the day’s UK horse racing action

UK racing tips on Saturday. Doncaster features amongst the day's fixtures.UK racing tips on Saturday. Doncaster features amongst the day's fixtures.

Friday horse racing best bets and tips

An excellent day of horse racing action awaits punters on Friday as six meetings head to post and we’ve picked out our Friday horse racing best bets and tips for the day’s fixtures.

We have some classy horse racing action taking place throughout Friday with six meetings taking place n the flat and over the sticks for punters to take in and over the course of the day 43 races will unfold across the country.

Of course the bulk of Friday’s attention will fall on Epsom and day one of the Derby Festival where the Group One pairing of the Epsom Oaks and Coronation Cup head the day’s proceedings at the Surrey track.

Elsewhere there is afternoon flat racing from Catterick, while Market Rasen accounts for the day’s jumps racing action. The evening programme is all on the flat meanwhile with fixtures at Goodwood, Bath and Doncaster.

We’ve looked over all six of the day’s meetings to pick out our Friday horse racing best bets and tips for the action.


1:50 Catterick – Join Racing TV Now Handicap Cl6 (3yo 0-65) 5f

EMIRATI DIRHAM is yet to win but he did go close over this course and distance back in April when tried in blinkers for the first time and a repeat of that effort here might be enough to see John Quinn’s charge get off the mark.

The Mehmas gelding again ran well back here next time, finishing fourth, and he ran better than the bare result when sporting a visor latest at Redcar despite only finishing seventh to Navajo Spring.

Given he was drawn wide that was a creditable effort and he could go well here dropped 2lbs in the weights back at this venue which has seen him run well in the past. If the visor can eke out a little more improvement then he can get off the mark in a poor contest.

Friday horse racing best bets. John Quinn can saddle a winner on Friday at Catterick.

Friday horse racing best bets. John Quinn can saddle a winner on Friday at Catterick.

2:15 Market Rasen – Book Betway Summer Plate Ladies Day Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (4yo+ 0-125) 2m2½f

GETAWAY LUV was a shade disappointing when last seen at Chepstow but Olly Murphy’s charge is given another chance following a break and the Getaway gelding had won two of his previous four starts.

The latest of those came when outpointing Just The Man at Ludlow back in March where he was always travelling well but idled in front after the last although he was doing enough to hold off the runner-up.

That pair pulled well clear of the third and he was attempting to give away 18lbs to an easy winner at Chepstow last time although he possibly paid the price for getting embroiled in a battle for the lead and the fast pace he helped to set probably did for him late on as he faded.

He’s now sent handicapping from a mark that could be lenient given he’s open to further progress and it wouldn’t be a shock to see him bouncing back.

3:10 Epsom – Coral Coronation Cup (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m4f

Pyledriver didn’t appear to handle the track here in last year’s Derby but that isn’t an argument that can be leveled at JAPAN who went down only by a half-length in the 2019 Epsom Derby during a season that saw him win three times which included a brace of Group Ones.

Aidan O’Brien’s charge had a disappointing campaign last term but he did campaign mostly over ten furlongs which was surely too sharp for the son of Galileo who bounced back to winning form faced with a much stiffer test of stamina at Chester last month in the Ormonde Stakes.

He beat Trueshan on that occasion, scoring by three-parts of a length but appearing to do the job readily and likely to be sharper for that run he can make his presence felt again here despite dropping back to twelve furlongs. Also proven around this undulating track he should prove a tough nut to crack and he can double his tally for the season.

3:35 Catterick – Millbry Hill Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-80) 6f

PEARL OF QATAR has been in good form this term back on turf, continuing her good spell from the all-weather to strike a brace of wins at Ayr and Hamilton respectively before going close under a double penalty back at Hamilton latest.

Tristan Davidson’s mare was beaten less than one length on that occasion behind True Blue Moon, unable to get past the winner who pulled out more. She’s only 3lbs higher in the weights here and she should continue to give a good account.

With a low draw to work from she could be suited by this test and no surprise to see her firmly in the mix once more.

Friday horse racing best bets. Zeyaadah can win the Epsom Oaks.

Friday horse racing best bets. Zeyaadah can win the Epsom Oaks.

4:30 Epsom – Cazoo Oaks (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (Fillies) Cl1 (3yo) 1m4f

ZEYAADAH lost her unbeaten record when denied by reopposing Dubai Fountain in the Cheshire Oaks last term but Roger Varian’s charge can overturn that form here and could resume winning ways.

The Tamayuz filly had won all three starts as a juvenile but took a big step forward on her return on the Roodeye where she was giving the winner 3lbs when beaten just one length having perhaps just been given too much to do and allowing the winner first run.

She stayed on well however and there could be more to come with that outing under her belt given it was her first start in six months. That argument could also be applied to Mark Johnston’s charge but that one isn’t certain to replicate that form on worse terms and she arguably had the run of the race with that Chester win.

This long straight could suit the Varian runner better and she looks set for a bold bid here.

7:00 Goodwood – Hunscote Stud Fillies’ Handicap Cl3 (3yo+ 0-90) 6f

OPERATIC progressed well last term from her debut, winning her next two outings at Windsor and Kempton respectively although she disappointed on her final run when tried in Listed company at Newmarket in October.

The ground was heavy that day which surely wouldn’t have suited the daughter of Showcasing who could bounce back returned to quicker ground on her reappearance here.

Simon Crisford’s yard is having a decent spell and the selection now steps into handicaps from a potentially workable mark on her return; if she’s fully wound up turning out after more than seven months off then she ought to get involved and can go close.

7:10 Bath – Visit Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-80) 1m

MUMTAAZ has improved for the switch to handicapping since joining Charlie Hills, scoring over this course and distance on his stable debut and first start in seven months back in April and the Invincible Spirit has run well on both starts since in defeat.

Third back over course and distance in May he filled the same spot latest in a decent contest at Newmarket where he was beaten just two lengths by Turntable where he met with trouble in running late on.

The runner-up from that race has won since and the handicapper has eased him 1lb in the weights following that run; he could do well back here as a result and looks worth chancing to get back to winning ways with a 5lbs pull at the weights with reopposing Strawberry Jack who beat him here in May.

Friday horse racing best bets. David Simcock can send out a winner at Doncaster.

Friday horse racing best bets. David Simcock can send out a winner at Doncaster.

7:23 Doncaster – Happy Birthday Tom Booth Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-105) 1m

TIGER CRUSADE has won three times from his seven career outings which include at this venue and David Simcock’s charge can add another success to his tally stepping up to one mile for the first time.

The No Nay Never colt made a return from almost six months off to strike at Kempton in May, running out a ready winner over No Nonsense and despite being hit with a 6lbs rise for that victory there could be more in the locker to come.

He shapes as if one mile will be no issue and he looks to be an improver so with a run under his belt he can make his presence felt again here and can collect another victory.

7:30 Goodwood – L’Ormarins Queens Plate Handicap Cl5 (4yo+ 0-75) 1m4f

BY STARLIGHT has had just four starts in her career, posting her best run when finishing third back in September at Chepstow over this trip and Henry Candy’s charge probably needed the run when finishing down the field at Newbury back in April.

The Sea The Stars filly ran well for a long way on that occasion, holding every chance entering the business end of the race before weakening out of things which might have been down to a lack of fitness while the drop to ten furlongs likely wasn’t in her favour either.

Back over this longer trip and sure to have come on for that run she could prove a different proposition now and the form of that latest run has been franked by the winner and runner-up both going in since. She’s also 2lbs lower in the weights now so a big run wouldn’t come as a shock and she can get off the mark.