Friday horse racing tips – Best bets for the day’s UK racecards

Friday horse racing tips and best bets

We head into the weekend with another round of UK fixtures on the flat and over the jumps; our tipping team have looked over the day’s meetings to pick out our Friday horse racing tips and best bets.

Another weekend comes around and Friday’s fixture list takes in four meetings around the country on the flat and over the sticks.

The afternoon action sees the second day of racing at Ayr for their Ayr Gold Cup meeting and there is Listed action on the card as well as the competitive Ayr Bronze Cup which could offer up clues towards any draw advantage for Saturday’s big feature race.

Meanwhile there is also racing from Newbury which also features Listed action on the card; while jumps racing comes from Newton Abbot. Completing Friday’s fixture list is an evening all-weather card at Kempton and our tipping team have looked through the day’s racecards to pick out our Friday horse racing tips and best bets.


2:10 Ayr – British EBF Stallions Harry Rosebery Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (2yo) 5f

Ger Lyons has his string in good form and GEOCENTRIC can make a successful raid on this Listed prize.

The lightly raced Kodiac filly was a winner at Navan in July on just her second outing, beating Speedacus by two lengths having finished a good runner-up on debut behind the useful Hadman.

That victory was followed up by a very good second behind Sacred Bridge in the Group Three Round Tower Stakes at the Curragh and that form looks very solid with the fourth horse in that race since running well in a Group One.

Easing back into Listed company she should have little qualms about dropping back to the minimum trip and with no shortage of pace likely in this contest she can make her presence felt for her in-form team.

Friday horse racing tips. Trainer Ger Lyons can mount a successful raid at Ayr in the Roseberry Stakes.

Friday horse racing tips. Trainer Ger Lyons can mount a successful raid at Ayr in the Roseberry Stakes.

2:20 Newbury – Dubai Duty Free Nursery Handicap Cl3 (2yo 0-90) 7f

NUANCE has progressed with each start and got off the mark at the third attempt when scoring at Chester in August when getting the better of Prosperous Voyage, landing the odds by a half-length under this rider.

William Haggas’ Frankel colt has since seen that form stand up well with the runner-up making the frame in successive starts in Group company and given he appeared to win a shade readily he’s surely better still to come now stepping into the handicap ranks.

He’s been given a mark of 87 which looks very lenient and could underestimate his potential to progress so there’d be no surprise to see another big performance from the well-bred sort who ought to go close here.

2:45 Ayr – Arran Scottish Sprint EBF Fillies’ Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo+) 5½f

DANDALLA hasn’t kicked on from her excellent juvenile season where she was a Group Two winner and finished fifth to Alcohol Free in the Cheveley Park Stakes, but it might be worth giving Karl Burke’s charge another chance.

The Dandy Man filly has failed to trouble the judge thus far this season but she did run well for fourth in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot and she hasn’t been seen to best effect in starts at Pontefract or in the Beverley Bullet last time where she was drawn on the wing but made good late progress into fifth.

A straight five furlongs should be ideal for her and there should be sufficient pace in the race for her to latch onto; while the prospect of rain will enhance her chances. Should she recapture her best form then she could go well and every chance she can bounce back to winning form.

3:30 Newbury – Dubai Duty Free Cup Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo+) 7f

This race could come soon enough for D’BAI just six days on from a near miss at Doncaster last weekend, but if Charlie Appleby’s charge is none the worse for those exertions the Dubawi gelding could get back to winning ways.

The smart performer isn’t getting any younger and concedes a few years to his rivals, but he showed up well to win a Meydan Group Two in February and looked in need of the run when returning from six months off here in the Hungerford Stakes behind Sacred.

Only beaten one length by Glorious Journey last time having conceded first run he could go one better here with a repeat of that effort assuming a six day turnaround doesn’t leave him short in a competitive affair although he does represent an in-form yard and a big run wouldn’t come as a surprise.

Friday horse racing tips. Newton Abbot is racing over the sticks on Friday.

Friday horse racing tips. Newton Abbot is racing over the sticks on Friday.

3:38 Newton Abbot – Handicap Hurdle Cl5 (4yo+ 0-105) 2m1f

Better ground and first-time cheekpieces when returning from a break saw SERGEANT turn in a much improved effort with a breakthrough win over this course and distance and it might be worth chancing Milton Harris’ charge to repeat the dose.

The Nutan gelding had been a fair sort on the flat in Germany prior to joining this yard where he showed glimpses of ability over timber last term; but he took a big step forward on his seasonal debut to beat Gerard Mentor by two lengths, scoring readily on his first try in a handicap and he can improve for that effort.

He was 1lb out of the weights on that occasion but he travelled noticeably well and won going away to suggest there was more still in the locker and he can defy a 9lbs rise in the handicap.

6:00 Kempton – Unibet New Instant Roulette Handicap Cl5 (3yo+ 0-70) 7f

Lightly-raced RAJMEISTER looks worth chancing to get off the mark and the Showcasing colt ought to go well here.

Tom Clover’s charge has shown up well on both starts over this course and distance to date and he ran better than the result when third to Motorious last time out, caught further back than ideal but keeping on well for the bronze medal.

That form has been franked since with the winner going in again and there’s likely to be more pace to this contest which ought to suit; while he races from the same mark as last time and there’d be no surprise in seeing him turn in a big performance here.

7:00 Kempton – Unibet 3 Uniboosts A Day (Jockey Club Grassroots Stayers’ Series) Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-80) 2m

YAGAN won his first three starts of the new campaign where he was stepped up in trip, scoring twice on turf and then gaining a narrow advantage at Lingfield on polytrack back in June and the Australia gelding lost no caste in defeat when beaten by Bailarico over this trip back at Lingfield on his next stat.

Sir Mark Prescott’s charge returned from the thick end of three months off following that run to finish third of five at Lingfield again behind Arabescato and with that under his belt he might be able to get back to winning ways here.

He might want a decent pace to aim at in order to be seen at his best so he wouldn’t want this to be a tactical affair, but he’s likely to be suited by the long straight here and still unexposed as a stayer he can make his presence felt here where he remains open to improvement.