Friday horse racing tips – Best bets for Cheltenham, Southwell, Newcastle and Wolverhampton
Plenty of classy horse racing action goes to post as we get into the weekend and we’ve picked out our Friday horse racing tips and best bets for the day’s quartet of fixtures.
Cheltenham is the feature meeting of the day on Friday as the first of three excellent days’ racing kicks off for the November Meeting and some big names will be on show over the course of the weekend at the home of jumps racing with Friday’s big name being Tiger Roll.
Elsewhere, there is further jumps racing action on Friday from Newcastle and Southwell; while in the evening on the all-weather there is also a meeting going to post at Wolverhampton under the floodlights on their tapeta surface.
We’ve looked through each of the day’s racecards around the UK and pick out our Friday horse racing tips and best bets as we go in search of more winners.
FRIDAY HORSE RACING TIPS – BEST BETS FOR CHELTENHAM, SOUTHWELL, NEWCASTLE & WOLVERHAMPTON
12:48 Newcastle – QuinnBet Live Casino Novices’ Handicap Chase Cl5 (4yo+ 0-105) 2m7½f
EAGLE RIDGE showed some fair form over fences last term including striking a win at Musselburgh on his final outing of the campaign and the Oscar gelding can get back to winning ways here.
That success came on the back of wind surgery and while it was over a trip shorter than this he has form at this distance as well as finish runner-up over three miles in a point-to-point in Ireland earlier in his career.
Nicky Alexander’s charge hasn’t been disgraced in either run this term, finishing fourth both times and he can do better here with stronger handling likely to be of benefit having been claimer-ridden the last twice.
He was still travelling well when progress was halted last time by a mistake and he could still have scope to do better from this mark so it would be no surprise to see a bold bid with Lucy Alexander taking over in the saddle.
1:40 Southwell – Free Tips Daily On attheraces.com Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl4 (4yo+) 3m½f
BARBADOS BUCK’S fetched a fair sum out of the point-to-point sphere and the Getaway gelding ran well in a pair of heavy ground bumpers last term before making a pleasing transition to hurdling on the back of nearly 3000 days off and faced with better ground when finding only the reopposing The Bull Mccabe too strong at Stratford last month.
Paul Nicholls has his string in good form and although he was beaten almost ten lengths he could be one to turn the tables faced with more of a test of stamina and likely to be sharper for that outing.
His last time conquerer had had the benefit of a previous run but he could prove vulnerable to the selection now and he’s worse off at the weights with the Ditcheat runner who could gain revenge assuming he can build on that solid reappearance upped in trip.
1:50 Cheltenham – Mucking Brilliant Paddy Power Handicap Chase Cl2 (4yo+ 0-150) 2m
BEAT THE JUDGE showed plenty of good form over hurdles and Gary Moore’s charge has made a solid transition to the larger obstacles this term with two wins from four starts.
Those successes have come at Newton Abbot and Fontwell where he ran out an easy nine lengths’ victor over Ballywood and he wasn’t seen to best effect latest over course and distance although it is unlikely he’d have troubled the runaway winner in any case.
The Canford Cliffs gelding has been left alone in the ratings following that run and having looked to finish with running left having not been ideally placed out wide he could prove the answer here.
2:50 Southwell – Dave Bradbury Happy 60th Birthday Handicap Hurdle (Div I) Cl5 (3yo+ 0-105) 2m4½f
BARRY’S JACK hasn’t tasted success since scoring at Carlisle back in October 2017 but having run very well on his reappearance from a long absence back at that venue last month it may be worth chancing Brian Ellison’s charge to build on that effort and go one place better.
The Well Chosen gelding found only Sarasota Star too strong on that occasion, beaten eight lengths but possibly undone late on by a lack of match sharpness having gone well for most of the way before his effort flattened out.
He’s sure to improve for that run and the handicapper has given him a chance racing off the same mark here. He’s had a month off since that return so he ought to be sharper and can avoid the ‘bounce’ and he can collect here for his shrewd yard with Daryl Jacob an eye-catching jockey booking for the veteran performer.
3:35 Cheltenham – Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) (Registered As The Hyde Novices’ Hurdle) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m5f
GRAND MOGUL has a bit to find with the standard-setting Does He Know, but with Nicky Henderson’s runners beginning to find their stride it might be worth chancing the Presenting gelding to continue his progress up the ranks in the wake of his impressive victory at Chepstow last month.
A bumper winner for Gordon Elliott prior to joining this yard he struggled in two runs over hurdles last term, pulled up at Newbury and then failing to beat a rival home over course and distance on New Years’ Day.
He was off for ten months prior to making a winning reappearance last time where he ran out a seven lengths’ victor and while the bare form is nothing special he could have more to offer now with his yard hitting top form.
4:45 Wolverhampton – Play 4 To Win At Betway Handicap (Div I) Cl4 (3yo+ 0-80) 6f
LEZARDRIEUX is no stranger to the winners’ enclosure and Grant Tuer’s charge is taken to make a return to the winners’ circle here where the Due Diligence gelding arrives in good fettle.
A three-time winner on artificial surfaces as well as scoring twice on turf he has filled the frame in each of his last six starts which includes racking up wins at Pontefract and over course and distance last month; he wasn’t beaten far at Newcastle when last seen going down by only a half-length into the runner-up berth and a repeat of that should put him firmly in the mix.
The handicapper has pushed him up a further 3lbs which will demand more from him, but he remains with scope and can get back on the winning trail back at this venue.