Friday horse racing tips 10 January – Edmunds’ 15/8 chance can Boss rivals at Huntingdon

Brian Healy looks ahead to Friday's UK and Irish horse racing fixtures and gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for every meeting taking place.

Friday sees five UK and Irish horse racing meetings going to post, and the afternoon jumps racing action comes from the cards at Sedgefield and Huntingdon, as well as from Thurles in Ireland.

There is also afternoon all-weather action on the Lingfield polytrack, while in the evening there is further all-weather racing under the floodlights at Wolverhampton on tapeta, and also Dundalk in Ireland on their polytrack surface.

Sedgefield (jumps) – 12.15 – 3.35pm (7 races)
Huntingdon (jumps) – 12.25 – 3.45pm (7 races)
Lingfield (flat, aw) – 12.35 – 3.55pm (7 races)
Thurles (jumps) – 12.40 – 4.00pm (7 races)
Wolverhampton (flat, aw) – 4.10 – 7.15pm (7 races)
Dundalk (flat, aw) – 5.00 – 8.30pm (8 races)

BRIAN HEALY’S NAP OF THE DAY – FRIDAY 10 JANUARY

2.45 Huntingdon – Weatherbys General Stud Book Mares’ Maiden Hurdle (Div I) (Class 4) (4yo+)

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SEDGEFIELD TIPS

(12.50) RINGARINGAROSIE (9/4, William Hill) arrives on a hat-trick of wins having won her last two starts – both here – and Martin Todhunter’s Stowaway mare could be worth chancing to land the hat-trick despite behind considerably higher in the weights than when scoring here in October.

She has three wins and four placed efforts in all from her ten starts at the Durham venue, and she latterly appeared to win a shade readily from Goldencard back in November where she found plenty for pressure.

That race has thrown up a subsequent winner, and while a 8lbs rise for that latest win does demand more from him, she could be worth chancing in her current vein of form to land her three-timer.

(1.25) ROSTELLO (6/4, Bet365) showed some fair form over hurdles in France, and the Fuisse gelding could be worth chancing on his debut for his new yard having joined the shrewd Dr Richard Newland operation.

Formerly with Alain Chaille-Chaille for whom he made the frame in three of four starts, he was denied only by a short-head over fences on his final outing for that yard before his move, and this looks a winnable first outing for his new handler who doesn’t send too many runners to the Durham track.

The trainer has a 33% strike-rate with runners here over the last five years, and the selection arguably sets the standard on his French hurdles form so could well prove a cut above these rivals.

12.15 – Titus Bolt
12.50 – Ringaringarosie
1.25 – Rostello
2.00 – Instant Replay
2.35 – Tractor Fred
3.05 – Linelee King
3.35 – Universal Folly

Sedgefield are racing on Friday.

HUNTINGDON TIPS

(1.00) NAMIB DANCER ( 10/3, Paddy Power) has found only one too good on each of his two starts over hurdles this term, and Emma Lavelle’s charge can get off the mark at the third attempt.

Also placed in a Huntingdon bumper back in March last year, he latterly finished within one length of Golden Taipan at Kempton in November and that race has since thrown up a subsequent winner so the form looks fair.

He could have further improvement to come, and he sets the standard on official ratings based on those starts so it would be no surprise to see him post a big effort.

(2.45) WHO’S THE BOSS (15/8, William Hill) found only one too good in an Irish point-to-point prior to joining the Stuart Edmunds yard, and the Oscar mare has shaped well on all three starts over hurdles to date where she finished runner-up on her first attempt over timber at this venue back in October.

Third subsequently in ground that might have been too testing, she ran respectably back on a better surface at Wincanton in December, eventually finishing fifth behind Kissesforkatie and beaten around five lengths.

That race has thrown up a subsequent winner, and she has the potential for better to come over timber so she could be worth chancing to open her account in a race where she sets the standard on her form to date.

12.25 – Imperial Aura
1.00 – Namib Dancer
1.35 – Robyndzone
2.10 – Goshen
2.45 – Who’s The Boss
3.15 – Just A Thought
3.45 – El Kaldoun

2.45 Huntingdon – Weatherbys General Stud Book Mares’ Maiden Hurdle (Div I) (Class 4) (4yo+)

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LINGFIELD TIPS

(1.10) A really strong race for the grade and MOHAREB (7/2, Paddy Power) could be worth chancing turned out under a 5lbs penalty having won over course and distance on New Years’ Eve.

Michael Appleby’s charge is 2-2 at this track, scoring over six furlongs here in November with a defeat of Wiley Post to add to an earlier success at Chelmsford. He was subsequently beaten only a half-length in successive starts on tapeta before returning to polytrack latest with a defeat of Corazon Espinado.

The Delegator gelding ran out a one length winner, appearing to do the job a shade cosily, and his penalty for that win could still leave him well-weighted so every chance he can show further improvement and follow up here.

(2.20) ISLAND HIDEAWAY (9/4, Ladbrokes) has shown progressive form on the all-weather, getting off the mark over course and distance in December with a defeat of Agreed, and David Lanigan’s charge wasn’t disgraced back over course and distance latest when beaten just under two lengths behind St Just on New Years’ Eve.

The Mukhadram filly perhaps just used up too much energy to get into a challenging position having missed the break, and having got to the front at the furlong pole she wasn’t able to sustain her effort to the line.

She is due to go up 2lbs in future, but she can contest here from the same mark as last time, and she has the services of a 7lbs claimer for this assignment so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see another bold bid from her here where she can get back on the scoresheet.

12.35 – Moondance
1.10 – Mohareb
1.45 – Swiss Pride
2.20 – Island Hideaway
2.55 – Al Daiha
3.25 – Salkeev
3.55 – Hit The Beat

Trainer Michael Appleby (left) can saddle a winner at Lingfield on Friday.

THURLES TIPS

(12.40) MORMON (3/1, Bet365) won over hurdles on New Years’ Day last year, scoring readily at Tramore, and Henry de Bromhead’s charge wasn’t disgraced in subsequet defeats at Punchestown and Fairyhouse.

Switched to chasing for his reappearance at Fairyhouse in November, the Stowaway gelding shaped well despite possibly needing the run in finishing fifth of ten runners behind the smart Carefully Selected and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him step up on that effort with the run under his belt.

He was beaten around ten lengths, but he wasn’t helped by a couple of late jumping errors, and if he can find some improvement following that outing then he could go close under Rachael Blackmore.

(2.25) DOLLYS DESTINATION (10/1, Bet365) is given another chance having disappointed on her last start at Leopardstown on Boxing Day, and Gary McGill’s charge could bounce back with a better performance.

The Dubai Destination mare had won at Navan the time before on her return from more than four months off the track, scoring by just over two lengths, and she had been on good terms with herself last summer with a win at Hexham in May after which she collected a trio of bronze medals.

She wasn’t seen to best effect last time, hampered and stumbling mid-race and losing her position; she was never competitive following that incident and that outing is forgiven. This is a tough test stepping into Listed grade, but she had been progressive prior to that last-time outing and she could make her presence felt where she can make the frame.

12.40 – Mormon
1.15 – Shanroe Al C
1.50 – Tronador
2.25 – Dollys Destination
3.00 – Royal Thief
3.30 – Rebel Waltz
4.00 – Frontal Assault

WOLVERHAMPTON TIPS

(4.45) CALL ME MADAM (15/2, Bet365) is still a maiden after ten starts, but the Passing Glance mare went close to shedding her tag when last seen out at Newcastle last month, beaten less than one length behind shock 100/1 winner Bravantina.

James Bethell’s charge herself was unfancied in the market having gone off at 40/1, and she was only run down late by the winner with the front three horses clear of the rest. The fourth horse home has since won, and she has only been raised 1lb for that last outing so might well improve to go one better given she is thoroughly unexposed over this two miles trip.

This again doesn’t look a particularly strong affair, and she can show further progress to open her account now with a repeat.

(5.45) CRANBERRY (5/1, Coral) wasn’t seen to best effect last time out when finishing third at Kempton back in November, and the Toronado filly could be worth chancing to get back on the winning trail switching to handicaps.

Richard Hughes’ charge had shaped really well on her debut at Chelmsford in September, finding only one too strong, and she stepped up on that experience to win at Lingfield the following month when beating Paycheck by almost four lengths.

He finished third latest, beaten just over two lengths behind Eastern Sheriff, perhaps doing too much in front. However, switching to the handicap ranks he could prove well treated off an initial mark of 82, while Finlay Marsh’s 3lbs allowance adds strength to her claims of a return to winning ways.

4.10 – Kybosh
4.45 – Call Me Madam
5.15 – Orange Suit
5.45 – Cranberry
6.15 – Waleydd
6.45 – Knockabout Queen
7.15 – Qaaraat

Wolverhampton race on Friday evening.

DUNDALK TIPS

(5.30) ELA KATRINA (13/8, Coral) found only Dubai Future too strong on her final start for Roger Varian back in November, but the Kendargent filly can show improvement on her first start for shrewd new handler Ger Lyons.

She was beaten four lengths on that last occasion at Kempton, proving no match for the easy winner; but that form sets a decent standard here, and this looks a very winnable race for her to contest on her first run for her new yard.

A draw towards the outside isn’t ideal, but Colin Keane will have plenty of time to get her into a good position and can get off the mark at the first attempt for a yard adept at improving such types.

(6.00) BAL DE RIO (6/1, William Hill) won both his starts on tapeta at Newcastle when trained by Brian Ellison, and the Vertigineux gelding could make it 3-3 on the all-weather and register a first success under new handler Denis Hogan.

Fair on the flat and over hurdles for his former handler, he signed off his time in Yorkshire with a very good third behind the useful Carnwennan at York back in May, and he’ll have been sharpened up by a recent spin over hurdles at Limerick where he was denied only by one length behind Fakir last month.

Back on the flat, there could be better still to come from him on the level where he is only 3lbs higher than his last winning mark, and he has scope for better if judged on his hurdles form so it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see a bold bid returning to the level here.

5.00 – Blastofmagic
5.30 – Ela Katrina
6.00 – Bal De Rio
6.30 – Mythologic
7.00 – No Needs Never
7.30 – JM Barrie
8.00 – Scarlet Seymour
8.30 – Ticks The Boxes

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