Friday horse racing tips 13 December – Murphy’s 6/5 chance can strike at Doncaster

Saturday jumps best bets. Selections for Newcastle, Kempton and Fairyhouse.Saturday jumps best bets. Selections for Newcastle, Kempton and Fairyhouse.

A further five UK and Irish horse racing fixtures head to post throughout Friday, with day one of the International Meeting taking centre-stage of the day at Cheltenham where the Grade Three BetVictor Handicap Chase is the highlight of day one.

Elsewhere, there is further jumps racing from both Bangor and Doncaster; while all-weather action in the evening comes from the Chelmsford polytrack, as well as from Dundalk in Ireland who also race on their polytrack surface.

Bangor (jumps) – 11.50 – 3.20pm (7 races)
Doncaster (jumps) – 12.00 – 3.30pm (7 races)
Cheltenham (jumps) – 12.10 – 3.40pm (7 races)
Chelmsford (flat,aw) – 4.00 – 7.30pm (8 races)
Dundalk (flat, aw) – 5.15 – 8.45pm (8 races)

BRIAN HEALY’S NAP OF THE DAY FOR FRIDAY 13 DECEMBER

BANGOR

(12.25) GOODGIRLTERESA (5/2, William Hill) ought to strip fitter for his reappearance third at Uttoxeter last month, and Kayley Woollacott’s charge can get back on the scoresheet.

The Stowaway mare was beaten around twenty lengths on that occasion, which was his first run in almost nine months, and he had won twice over fences last term with successes at Ffos Las and Chepstow where he won under a penalty on the latter occasion.

The form of that reappearance has been boosted by the winner scoring again since, and she should come on for her return effort. She’s been eased 1lb in the weights, while her rider’s 5lbs claim adds further credence to her chances and she could go close here if building on her promising run last time.

(2.10) SAME CIRCUS (7/2, Paddy Power) might just have done too much out in front when last seen out at Ascot, but she stuck well to her task once headed to eventually finish fourth and she caught the eye rallying well having looked beaten.

Donald McCain’s charge had won the time before at Aintree, beating Smackwater Jack by a neck on her return to hurdles following more than six months off the track, and racing here off the same mark where Brian Hughes takes over in the saddle then she could go close to a return to winning ways.

The Brian Boru mare is 2-2 here, albeit both wins have been gained over fences, but she could still have scope from this mark and can give a good account back at this venue over the smaller obstacles this time around.

11.50 – Royal Act
12.25 – Goodgirlteresa
1.00 – Bob Ford
1.35 – Flanagans Field
2.10 – Same Circus
2.45 – Glockenspiel
3.20 – Chuvelo

Bangor are racing on Friday.

DONCASTER

(12.35) MERCIAN KNIGHT (6/5, Paddy Power) shaped well in a decent bumper contest at Newbury back in March which was won by Mcfabulous, and Amy Murphy’s charge stepped up on his hurdles debut at Southwell last month to finish a close runner-up behind Terrierman last month.

That was the Saint Des Saints gelding’s first run in almost nine months, and he appeared well suited by the marked step up in trip where the front pair had pulled well clear of the rest of the field, sticking well to his task without quite matching the winner.

However, he has a 7lbs pull at the weights for less than one length, and he was conceding both race-fitness and experience of hurdling to the winner. With the run under his belt, he could prove a different proposition now and can turn the tables now on better terms.

(1.10) SCHIEHALLION MUNRO (9/4, Paddy Power) won twice over hurdles last term, making the frame on three other occasions from his five starts over timber, and Micky Hammond’s charge made a winning return from a break and switching to chasing at Catterick last month.

The Schiaparelli gelding ran out a six lengths’ winner, travelling strongly and scoring impressively having shown a good turn of foot, and there likely is more to come from him in this sphere.

This demands more from him as he bids to follow up taking on a useful rival in Knight In Dubai; but having proven consistent over hurdles last term, he could follow a similar pattern over the larger obstacles and he can continue to run well.

12.00 – Fiddlers Bow
12.35 – Mercian Knight
1.10 – Schiehallion Munro
1.45 – Mr Scrumpy
2.20 – Horatio Hornblower
2.55 – Floating Rock
3.30 – Ziggy Rose

CHELTENHAM

(12.45) PYM (5/4, Paddy Power) was a useful sort over hurdles last term, but Nicky Henderson’s charge has already surpassed those efforts since being sent chasing and the Stowaway gelding can follow up that latest success.

He won twice over hurdles last term, and having made a solid transition to chasing when finding only one too good at Huntingdon, he duly stepped up on that run to go one better and get off the mark at Ascot latest, beating Highest Sun by three lengths.

He won a shade readily despite showing a tendency to hang, but he can continue to improve in this discipline and every chance he can strike again here if the longer trip doesn’t catch him out.

(3.05) NEVERUSHACON (10/1, William Hill) shaped really well faced with the Punchestown banks on his last start in the Risk Of Thunder Chase, and Jessica Harrington’s charge was only beaten just over one length behind Yanworth on that occasion where he was trying to give the former Grade One winning hurdler 5lbs.

The Echo Of Light gelding meets that same rival on better terms for this rematch, now receiving 8lbs from Philip Hobbs’ star, and he could make full use of that concession to turn the tables here where his good claiming rider can take off a further 3lbs of his burden.

He hasn’t won over obstacles since scoring over considerably shorter at Limerick last July, and while he tries a considerably longer trip here, he has shaped as if he might appreciate a stiff test of his stamina so could well find improvement for the extreme trip.

He is thoroughly unexposed over the unique demands of these obstacles, and given his big pull at the weights with Yanworth here then he rates a definite player in this contest and can go well.

12.10 – Glory And Fortune
12.45 – Pym
1.20 – Robinshill
1.55 – Chequered View
2.30 – Onefortheroadtom
3.05 – Neverushacon
3.40 – Kilbricken Storm

Neverushacon can win the Cross-country Chase at Cheltenham on Friday.

CHELMSFORD

(4.30) IN THE NIGHT (13/8, Paddy Power) shaped well on his debut at Wolverhampton in October, held back by inexperience and not given a hard time yet still managing to finish just over two lengths’ fourth behind Fashion Royalty.

Charlie Appleby’s Shamardal gelding ought to have learned plenty from that first experience, and while the form has taken a couple of knocks since, he is the type to improve for the run and prove an altogether different proposition now for his yard which excels with its’ juveniles.

He could prove a tough nut to crack if showing progress on the back of that debut, and he can get off the mark at the second attempt.

(5.30) BO SAMRAAN (6/1, Coral) has shown progressive form since returning from a break, winning three of his four starts which includes on his last outing at Southwell where Mark Johnston’s charge ran out a near-two lengths’ winner over Jabbaar.

The Sea The Starts colt had also won on testing ground on turf at both Catterick and Pontefract, but he has placed several times on faster ground and on tapeta, so the switch to polytrack on which he makes his debut here shouldn’t present too much of an issue.

He could still have more to offer, and while the form of his last win perhaps isn’t the strongest, he nonetheless can post another big run where it would come as no surprise to see him go close.

4.00 – Notforalongtime
4.30 – In The Night
5.00 – Swansdown
5.30 – Bo Samraan
6.00 – Split Down South
6.30 – Kerrera
7.00 – Griggy
7.30 – Grisons

Chelmsford race on Friday evening.

DUNDALK

(5.45) ASSURANCE (Evens, Ladbrokes) stepped up markedly on her debut on turf at the Curragh back in September to finish a close third here last month, and Jim Bolger’s charge can improve again to get off the mark at the third attempt.

That debut effort came in the Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes which suggests she’s well thought of, and while she failed to beat a rival home she stepped up on that experience latest with a solid run in defeat.

The Teofilo filly was only beaten one length in that contest, making a good proportion of the running but keeping on well once headed, and she likely has better still to come.

She can continue to show improvement, and that latest run arguably sets the standard so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him firmly in the mix here where he can open his win account.

(7.45) ROYAL HIGHNESS (15/8, Paddy Power) is still a maiden after seven career starts, but the Dream Ahead filly sets the standard on her form to date and may be capable of ending her winless streak here.

Henry de Bromhead’s charge has proven to be a largely consistent sort, finishing in the frame in her last three outings which includes being beaten only a neck latest over one mile at this venue. However the drop to seven furlongs is no issue, and he bagged an earlier silver medal over this trip in October.

While the draw hasn’t been kind, she almost overcame an outside berth last time out, and she had a subsequent winner behind. A similar effort here over the shorter trip might be enough then to see her get off the mark, and she ought to go close.

5.15 – Santorini Sun
5.45 – Assurance
6.15 – Plum Perfect
6.45 – Slade Runner
7.15 – Lady Zell
7.45 – Royal Highness

BRIAN HEALY’S BEST BETS FOR FRIDAY 13 DECEMBER

12.25 Bangor – GOODGIRLTERESA (5/2, William Hill)

12.35 Doncaster – MERCIAN KNIGHT (6/5, Paddy Power)

12.45 Cheltenham – PYM (5/4, Paddy Power)

1.10 Doncaster – SCHIEHALLION MUNRO (9/4, Paddy Power)

2.10 Bangor – SAME CIRCUS (7/2, Paddy Power)

3.05 Cheltenham – NEVERUSHACON (10/1, William Hill)

4.30 Chelmsford – IN THE NIGHT (13/8, Paddy Power)

5.30 Chelmsford – BO SAMRAAN (6/1, Coral)

5.45 Dundalk – ASSURANCE (Evens, Ladbrokes)

7.45 Dundalk – ROYAL HIGHNESS (15/8, Paddy Power)

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