Friday horse racing tips – Best bets across the day’s UK horse racing fixtures
Friday’s fixture list of horse racing across the UK takes in five meetings with action on the flat on turf and the all-weather as well as over the sticks. We look through the day’s racecards and pick out our Friday horse racing tips and best bets on each card.
We’re almost at the weekend and a cracking day of racing for British Champions Day is right around the corner; but Friday sees five meetings going to post across the UK where the day’s flat racing comes from Haydock and Redcar on turf in the afternoon, and also from Newcastle in the evening on their all-weather surface.
Meanwhile, there are also two jumps racing fixtures taking place with action over the sticks at Uttoxeter and Fakenham. In all 39 races will unfold across the day’s quintet of racing meetings and we’ve looked over each of the racecards to give our Friday horse racing tips and best bets.
FRIDAY HORSE RACING TIPS – BEST BETS AT UTTOXETER, HAYDOCK, FAKENHAM, REDCAR & NEWCASTLE
1:10 Haydock – Watch On Racing TV Fillies’ Novice Stakes (Plus 10/GBB Race) Cl4 (2yo) 6f
WREA GREEN has shaped with some promise in her two starts to date, still looking inexperienced in her latest outing at Catterick ten days ago where the Mayson filly finished third behind Country Charm.
She showed she can handle these conditions on that occasion and it was perhaps inexperience which held her back given she was slow to leave the stalls and racing keenly early. But she warmed to her task and was finishing off well late which suggests this longer trip might be in her favour and she can improve.
This looks a decent contest with several potential improving sorts in opposition; but there’s likely better to come from Tim Easterby’s charge who can step up on her efforts to date.
1:50 Uttoxeter – Visit attheraces.com Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl3 (4yo+ 0-135) 2m6½f
EDEN DU HOUX showed some decent form over hurdles last term, contesting a Grade Two at Cheltenham last November and getting off the mark with a success at Chepstow in January.
David Pipe’s charge wasn’t able to follow up in two subsequent outings although his last outing saw him finish a good fourth behind Mcfabulous in a Grade Three contest at Kempton and that form is working out well.
The Irish Wells gelding is a former point-to-point winner so could well be suited by this switch to chasing and he could go well in this sphere where his mark looks fair judging on his hurdles form. Assuming he’s fully wound up ahead of this seasonal return and first crack at fences then it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him going close.
2:23 Uttoxeter – Free Tips Daily On attheraces.com Handicap Hurdle Cl2 (3yo+ 0-145) 2m7½f
POETIC RHYTHM hasn’t gone on from his 2017/18 exploits where he won twice at Grade Two level and had a crack at the Albert Bartlett Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival; but the Flemesfirth gelding could get back on track here if fully wound up ahead of his return to action.
Fergal O’Brien’s charge has been winless since landing the 2017 Challow Hurdle although he’s only had six starts since and he was off the track for more than one year following a short-lived spell over fences where he finished runner-up at Wetherby.
His last start saw him finish third to Any Drama over hurdles at this course back in February and the handicapper has eased him 2lbs in the weights following that effort. He goes up in trip here which might suit him better now and representing an in-form yard he ought to give a good account on his seasonal bow.
3:05 Redcar – Best Flat Races Live On Racing TV Handicap (Div II) Cl6 (3yo+ 0-65) 7f
INNER CIRCLE hasn’t won since scoring on his final start for Roger Fell from a mark higher than this, but the Choisir gelding has been in good form since returning from lockdown for Mark Loughnane where he has made the frame in all but one of his starts.
The latest of those came in heavy ground at Leicester earlier this month where he was beaten three lengths by John Clare, crossing the line in the runner-up spot with the front two pulling six lengths clear of the remainder.
Recent efforts suggest his time out of the winners’ enclosure might be coming to an end and he looks to hold solid claims of going one place better here from the same mark and with conditions no problem.
3:10 Fakenham – Champions Day Form Study On attheraces.com/Ascot Handicap Hurdle (Fakenham Double Up Bonus Race) Cl4 (3yo+ 0-120) 2m4f
TAYZAR has been improved by a wind operation winning both starts this term at Warwick and Sedgefield under this rider and the Kayf Tara gelding can continue his good spell here.
Ruth Jefferson’s charge doesn’t have many miles on the clock for a nine-year old but he has shown improved form following wind surgery and he gave the impression there was more in the locker when landing a comfortable success latest at Sedgefield over this distance.
He has a penalty to carry for that win but he looks worth sticking with in his current vein of form while rider Theo Gillard is unbeaten on him and the pair could extend their perfect partnership here.
4:25 Newcastle – Visit attheraces.com Handicap (Div I) Cl4 (3yo+ 0-80) 1m2f
SET IN STONE was no stranger to the winners’ enclosure in her younger days and the Famous Name mare can get back to winning ways here.
She had strung together a sequence during the 2017 season when trained by Joseph Shanahan and won twice for Andrew Hughes prior to joining Rebecca Menzies where she had been campaigning over hurdles, scoring at Perth in August.
She returned to the flat at Chester last month, posting a very good runner-up effort behind Lady Sansa where she was beaten around two lengths; that form has been franked by the fourth horse home and given she can contest from the same mark here then she can go one better having won from higher marks earlier in her career.
With her yard having been amongst the winners she could be worth chancing to get back on the scoresheet here.