Friday horse racing tips 6 December – Hills’ 15/8 chance can Brush off Newcastle rivals
Brian Healy gives his Friday horse racing tips, best bets and selections for every UK and Irish horse racing meeting going to post throughout the day.
Five more UK and Irish horse racing fixtures take place on Friday with afternoon jumps racing from Sedgefield, Exeter and Sandown where it is day one of the Tingle Creek Festival which features the Grade Two Winter Novices’ Hurdle.
Meanwhile, in the evening there is all-weather action under the floodlights on Newcastle’s tapeta surface, as well as on polytrack in Ireland at Dundalk.
Sedgefield (jumps) 12.05 – 3.20pm (7 races)
Exeter (jumps) – 12.25 – 3.40pm (7 races)
Sandown (jumps) – 12.45 – 3.30pm (6 races)
Newcastle (flat, aw) – 3.15 – 7.00pm (8 races)
Dundalk (flat, aw) – 5.45 – 8.45pm (7 races)
BRIAN HEALY’S NAP OF THE DAY FOR FRIDAY 6 DECEMBER
(12.35) Gavin Cromwell doesn’t send many runners to Sedgefield, so his DAKOTA BEAT (5/4, Bet365) could be worth sticking with to land his hat-trick following earlier successes at Kilbeggan and Hexham in bumpers in recent weeks.
The Beat Hollow gelding latterly ran out an eight lengths’ victor over Neville’s Cross, scoring readily, and he can continue to find progress faced with hurdles in what looks a decent opportunity for him to land his three-timer.
He sports a tongue-tie for this first foray over hurdles, and having shown ability in bumpers he could prove a tough nut to crack switching his attentions to timber.
(1.40) AGAMEMMON (15/8, William Hill) ran well on his recent reappearance at this venue last month, and Henry Oliver’s Getaway gelding could be worth siding with to go one better here.
A winner for Tom George previously, he found only Late Date too strong on his last run which was his first in five months; but likely to strip fitter for that performance he could do better here and he can compete from the same mark.
While he’s not the most consistent, he could go well if building on that latest outing and it might be worth chancing him in a race where all six runners have a question to answer.
12.05 – Alltimegold
12.35 – Dakota Beat
1.05 – Masters Apprentice
1.40 – Agamemmon
2.15 – Minella Trump
2.45 – Calivigny
3.20 – Western Run
(12.55) LE CAMELEON (6/1, Paddy Power) shaped well in a strong Newbury bumper back in March, finishing around eight lengths’ sixth behind Mcfabulous, and Nick Williams’ charge stepped up on that outing faced with hurdles for the first time when beaten less than two lengths behind Holly James at Ffos Las last month.
That was his first start in more than eight months, and the Great Pretender gelding ought to strip fitter for that run where he could do better here with the benefit of that experience now under his belt.
He finished third last time, unable to sustain his effort, and he can show improvement here.
(2.35) ESPOIR DE GUYE (9/4, William Hill) was a winner in France prior to joining Venetia Williams, and the Khalkevi gelding improved for wind surgery on his second start over hurdles to find only one too good at Warwick back in March.
However, he showed plenty of promise as a chaser when finding only Simply The Betts too good on his chase debut at Chepstow last month, beaten four lengths, and he’s likely to come on for that reappearance where he can show improvement at the second attempt over the larger obstacles.
He finished ahead of a trio of subsequent winners in that first attempt over fences, and in receipt of weight all round from this field he ought to go close.
12.25 – Tactical Manoeuvre
12.55 – Le Cameleon
1.30 – Kateson
2.05 – Rosserk Abbey
2.35 – Espoir De Guye
3.05 – Holdbacktheriver
3.40 – Time To Tinker
(1.20) DAREBIN (15/2, Coral) has a decent record at this venue with three wins and three places from eleven starts here, and the It’s Gino gelding can follow up his recent return to winning form at Kempton last month where Gary Moore’s charge scored by three-parts of a length over Prairie Town.
A thee-time winner last term, including over course and distance in January, he rounded off last campaign with a Plumpton walk-over, and following a couple of pipe-openers he registered that latest success where he made all the running before keeping on well to score with the front pair pulling clear of the remainder.
The third from that contest has won since, and a 4lbs rise remains workable so it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him remain competitive from this mark back at this venue, and he can double up on his win tally for the season under Jamie Moore who sides with the seven-year old over the yard’s other runner in the race.
(3.30) POP THE CORK (4/1, Ladbrokes) showed some fair form on the flat, but since switching to hurdling following five months off the track Jonjo O’Neill’s charge has shown improved form, getting off the mark at the second attempt.
He had chased home the reopposing Guardia Top on his debut over timber at Perth in September where he was trying to give that rival 4lbs at the weights following the claim of rider Jonjo O’Neill Jr, and he was beaten five lengths in a race where he may just have needed the run and racing a shade too keenly for his own good.
That winner has improved, registering a subsequent win and runner-up effort in his next two outings; but now tried in a handicap he could be fairly treated on these terms with the prospect of improvement despite giving his last-time conquerer further weight and his rider being unable to claim.
He won readily latest at Uttoxeter, and with the potential for better to come he could well prove the answer here in a trappy finale.
12.45 – Goshen
1.20 – Darebin
1.55 – My Way
2.25 – Over The Top
2.55 – Plantagenet
3.30 – Pop The Cork
(3.50) SCHUMLI (6/1, William Hill) wasn’t seen to best effect at Wolverhampton latest, but she did win at the same venue the time before and could be capable of getting back on track.
David O’Meara’s Swiss Spirit filly doesn’t have the most convincing profile, but she posted a career-best effort on her penultimate outing and the form of that win has been franked with the runner-up from that race winning next time.
She struggled last time, perhaps unsuited by the steady pace, and while she probably doesn’t have much leeway from this mark she ought to go close if able to match the pick of her form in what looks a winnable contest.
(5.00) BRUSHWORK (15/8, William Hill) is 2-2 in his career, scoring both wins over this course and distance, and Charlie Hills’ charge can land the hat-trick.
The Kyllachy gelding was impressive in denying Futuristic here in September, but he stepped up on that performance next time with a defeat of Wings Of Dubai, scoring by three lengths easily.
He looks a potentially smart performer who could easily have better to come, and thoroughly unexposed on his handicap debut he could make light work of an initial rating of 85.
3.15 – Hooflepuff
3.50 – Schumli
4.25 – Glen Force
5.00 – Brushwork
5.30 – Al Suil Eile
6.00 – Goethe
6.30 – Summer Daydream
7.00 – Aquarius
(5.45) IORONTA (15/2, Paddy Power) offered something to work on when finishing fourth on debut over this course and distance last month, and the Bated Breath filly can show improvement for that first experience to do better here.
John Oxx’s charge finished two lengths’ fourth behind So Suave, racing in a first-time hood and showing her inexperience early before running on well from the rear once the penny dropped.
She ought to have learned from that initial outing where it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see her step up on that performance and she could get off the mark at the second attempt.
(7.45) SKY SEVEN (7/2, Unibet) is a dual-winner at this venue, and the Helmet colt has returned to something like his best form in his last starts since being fitted with cheek-pieces, latterly finding only Charcor too strong by one length when last seen out last month.
The Helmet colt steps up even further in trip for this latest outing, and he can continue to give a good account of himself from just 1lb higher in the weights although this looks a solid field of rivals facing Mick Halford’s charge.
However, given his improved performance since being fitted with the headgear he could find some further improvement and this step up in trip could help him to find more progress.
5.15 – Dash D’or
5.45 – Ioronta
6.15 – Tyrconnell
6.45 – Drombeg Duke
7.15 – Theobald
7.45 – Sky Seven
8.15 – Narynkol
8.45 – Royal Admiral
BRIAN HEALY’S BEST BETS FOR FRIDAY 6 DECEMBER
12.35 Sedgefield – DAKOTA BEAT (5/4, Bet365)
12.55 Exeter – LE CAMELEON (6/1, Paddy Power)
1.20 Sandown – DAREBIN (15/2, Coral)
1.40 Sedgefield – AGAMEMMON (15/8, William Hill)
2.35 Exeter – ESPOIR DE GUYE (9/4, William Hill)
3.30 Sandown – POP THE CORK (4/1, Ladbrokes)
3.50 Newcastle – SCHUMLI (6/1, William Hill)
5.00 Newcastle – BRUSHWORK (15/8, William Hill)
5.45 Dundalk – IORONTA (15/2, Paddy Power)
7.45 Dundalk – SKY SEVEN (7/2, Unibet)