Friday horse racing tips 29 November – Osborne’s 3/1 chance can strike at Kempton

Kempton race on their all-weather surface on Tuesday.Kempton race on their all-weather surface on Tuesday.

Get Brian Healy's Friday horse racing tips, best bets and race-by-race selections for all of the day's UK and Irish racemeetings.

Five UK and Irish horse racing meetings go to post on Friday, and day one of the Winter Festival at Newbury takes centre stage in the afternoon, featuring two Grade Two contests with both the Berkshire Novices’ Chase and the Long Distance Hurdle going to post on a cracking racecard.

There is also jumps racing in Ireland at Limerick, although sadly Doncaster’s scheduled jumps fixture has been abandoned.

Friday’s all-weather action meanwhile comes from Southwell’s fibresand surface in the afternoon, while in the evening there is polytrack action from both Kempton and Dundalk in Ireland.

Newbury (jumps) – 12.15 – 3.35pm (7 races)
Limerick (jumps) – 12.30 – 3.50pm (7 races)
Southwell (flat, aw) – 12.55 – 4.15pm (7 races)
Kempton (flat, aw) – 4.30 – 8.00pm (8 races)
Dundalk (flat, aw) – 5.15 – 8.45pm (8 races)

Brian Healy gives his Friday horse racing tips, best bets and race-by-race selections for every UK and Irish racemeeting.



(1.20) FAUSTINOVIC (5/2, Bet365) showed plenty on his racecourse debut here back in March when finding only Mcfabulous too good in a bumper, and Colin Tizzard’s charge found a jolt of improvement switched to hurdles for his reappearance at Carlisle latest where he again filled the runner-up berth.

Beaten four lengths behind Glenduff, the Black Sam Bellamy gelding was making his return from eight months off the track and may just have needed that return to action; but he is expected to strip fitter for that effort, and he could show improvement for that first experience of hurdling to go one better.

With Colin Tizzard’s yard in good heart at present, he looks one who could have a decent future and every chance he can get off the mark in this contest.

(2.25) A cracking contest despite the small field, and both Champ and BLACK OP (11/4, Bet365) made taking and impressive returns when winning their respective races, although narrow preference is for Tom George’s charge who benefited from a change of tactics to score easily at Stratford.

The Sandmason gelding struggled last term over fences and hurdles, beaten on both chase starts – admittedly behind Defi Du Seuil and Lostintranslation respectively – before spending the second half of the season over hurdles where he was disappointing.

However, he had wind surgery ahead of his return to action last month and made every post a winning one as he jumped well throughout to bully his field and run out an easy winner over Mr Antolini where he was value for more than the official winning margin.

That form has been knocked a couple of times since, but he could do no more than win and open to plenty of improvement he can follow up if similar tactics help elicit further progress.

12.15 – Coconut Splash
12.50 – Khage
1.20 – Faustinovic
1.50 – Glen Forsa
2.25 – Black Op
3.00 – Paisley Park
3.35 – Dolphin Square

Black Op can win at Newbury on Friday.


(1.05) POSEIDON (7/4, William Hill) has made the frame in each of his last three starts, and the Born To Sea gelding may be able to get off the mark now.

Charles Byrnes’ charge chased home the high-class Abacadabras at Gowran Park on his reappearance from four months off the track back in October, and following a run on the level he finished third behind Anything Will Do latest at Punchestown, and a repeat of either of those performances might be good enough to see him home in front.

Beaten just over one length latest, he kept on well without quite being able to match the winner; but his earlier runner-up effort was a smart effort, and he looks the one to beat here.

(2.10) KINGDOM BRUNEL (13/2, William Hill) has had just three starts in this sphere, and Philip Fenton’s charge has shown improvement with each run so may be able to make his presence felt here to get off the mark.

The Mastercraftsman gelding was a fair sort on the flat for David O’Meara prior to joining this yard, and he was last seen over timber finishing a decent fourth behind Cayd Boy at Wexford last month.

He’s had a fruitless spin on the flat since, but he could have more to offer over hurdles now he goes handicapping where a mark of 110 doesn’t look overly prohibitive, and he could go well here.

12.30 – Kilcarry View
1.05 – Poseidon
1.40 – Muyam Spirit
2.10 – Kingdom Brunel
2.45 – King Thou
3.20 – Moyode Lady
3.55 – Fairyhill Run


(2.00) SOCIOLOGIST (15/8, William Hill) bounced back to form when finding only one too good at Nottingham in October, finishing less than one length adrift of Born To Please, and Scott Dixon’s charge can get back to winning ways at a venue where he has won in the past.

The Society Rock gelding hadn’t been in the best of fettle following his last success here last November, which came from a significantly higher mark than this; but if he can replicate that last outing then he could well go one place better stepping back up in trip.

(4.15) RITCHIE STAR (6/1, Bet365) found only one too good at Newcastle last time when dropped to this trip, and Ben Haslam’s charge could go one better here if handling the switch to fibresand.

The Lilbourne Lad gelding was beaten only one length behind Proceeding on that occasion, keeping on well but just unable to quite match the finishing effort of the winner.

However, first-time blinkers now applied may help deliver another small jolt of improvement, and only 2lbs higher in the weights he remains with some scope to do better.

12.55 – Honey Gg
1.30 – Al Batal
2.00 – Sociologist
2.35 – Bo Samraan
3.10 – Burtonwood
3.45 – Suitcase ‘n’ Taxi
4.15 – Ritchie Star

Southwell are racing on Friday.


(5.30) SHERIFFMUIR (10/3, Paddy Power) had shaped with promise on his debut last July when finishing third to the smart Momkin, and John Gosden’s charge returned from 440 days off the track latest to find only one too good at Lingfield in October where he was beaten just over two lengths behind Reine De Vitesse.

The War Front colt wore cheekpieces on that occasion, and there could be more to come from him on the back of that effort where he got to the front but was unable to sustain his effort to the line, and he may have needed the outing.

He is expected to come on for that run and with the potential to improve he can go one better here.

(6.30) JERSEY WONDER (3/1, Bet365) could be worth chancing here given he is likely to get an uncontested lead, and the Zoffany gelding could prove tough to pass if allowed to stride on.

Jamie Osborne’s charge was a winner on turf at Windsor back in July, and he has been working his way back into form following a break where he latterly was denied only by a neck behind Pianissimo over two miles here earlier in the month.

Only run down late on that occasion, he turns out here from the same mark where a repeat of that effort could be good enough to see him going one place better.

4.30 – Midnight Drift
5.00 – Bee Able
5.30 – Sheriffmuir
6.00 – Last Page
6.30 – Jersey Wonder
7.00 – Royal Dancer
7.30 – Violet’s Lads
8.00 – True Belief

John Gosden can saddle a winner on the Kempton card on Friday evening.


(6.45) SHORE STEP (15/2, Ladbrokes) won last time out over the reopposing Aloysius Lilus, and while that came on turf the Footstepsinthesand gelding might be able to replicate the dose on this surface.

Johnny Murtagh’s charge had been beaten a neck behind Plough Boy on the sand at Laytown in September, and he stepped up on that performance to run out a half-length victor latest where he made all over the five furlongs trip before staying on strongly.

Six furlongs is no problem, and while he is slightly worse off at the weights with his last-time victim he could be worth chancing to confirm the form given he is thoroughly unexposed on the all-weather but ran well on the beach on his penultimate start.

5.15 – Varna Gold
5.45 – Alabaster
6.15 – Never Before
6.45 – Shore Step
7.15 – Turf Range
7.45 – Almost A Dream
8.15 – Confident Kid
8.45 – Munfallet


1.05 Limerick – POSEIDON (7/4, William Hill)

1.20 Newbury – FAUSTINOVIC (5/2, Bet365)

2.00 Southwell – SOCIOLOGIST (15/8, William Hill)

2.10 Limerick – KINGDOM BRUNEL (13/2, William Hill)

2.25 Newbury – BLACK OP (11/4, Bet365)

4.15 Southwell – RITCHIE STAR (6/1, Bet365)

5.30 Kempton – SHERIFFMUIR (10/3, Paddy Power)

6.30 Kempton – JERSEY WONDER (3/1, Bet365) (NAP)

6.45 Dundalk – SHORE STEP (15/2, Ladbrokes)