Friday racing best bets – Horse racing tips for Warwick, Fontwell, Hexham and Newcastle
We take a look over another day of horse racing action and pick out our Friday racing best bets and tips for the day’s quartet of racing fixtures across the UK.
As we enter into another weekend Friday sees four meetings heading to post with afternoon racing action over the sticks from the cards at Warwick, Fontwell and Hexham; while on the all-weather in the evening there is a fixture at Newcastle under the floodlights.
Having looked over each of the day’s racecards around the UK we’ve picked out our Friday racing best bets and tips at each fixture as we go in search of a few winners to kickstart Breeder’s Cup weekend!
FRIDAY RACING BEST BETS – RACING TIPS FOR WARWICK, FONTWELL, HEXHAM & NEWCASTLE
1:35 Warwick – Bet At racingtv.com Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (3yo+ 0-115) 2m
SORBET is progressing steadily over hurdles and while the Passing Glance mare has yet to open her acccount it appears only a matter of time before she does get her head in front.
Lucy Wadham’s charge has hit the cross bar in each of her last three starts, the latest of which came when returning from almost seven months off over this course and distance where she was beaten around five lengths by Pink Sheets. That rival did have the benefit of race fitness however and was following up an earlier success, while the third won next time out so the form looks solid enough.
Only raised 3lbs for that, she might have been guilty of being given too much to do but a repeat effort ought to see her firmly in the mix and she can open her win account here.
2:10 Warwick – Racing TV Profits Returned To Racing Handicap Chase Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 3m1½f
THOMAS SHELBY failed to register a win for Alan King but the Witness Box gelding has managed to strike twice for Caroline Bailey and could be worth chancing to register a third win.
A winner at Huntingdon last December he made the frame in each of his next three outings prior to running out an easy winner on the back of a short break at Bangor latest when beating Marble Moon by twelve lengths.
The third horse home in that race has won since and while the handicapper has hit him with an 8lbs rise in the ratings which will demand more he could build on the success to follow up although there is a slight issue that the drying ground may not be altogether suitable.
2:00 Fontwell – Call Star Sports On 08000521321 Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+ 0-110) 3m2f
CROSSLEY TENDER was strong in the betting when making a return to winning ways at Newton Abbot last month and the Sulamani gelding can follow up here back over hurdles where he can compete from an unchanged mark.
Paul Henderson’s charge was winning for the first time since scoring at Plumpton and while both of those wins came over fences he has run well over the smaller obstacles with a couple of placed efforts earlier in his career and his latest run over timber saw him finishing fourth at Plumpton in Feburary.
Both wins have also come on heavy ground but he has placed over hurdles on quicker conditions so ought to have little problem with conditions here and due to go up 4lbs he looks weighted to go close as he bids to follow up his recent win.
2:20 Hexham – Esther Sidgwick Memorial Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 1m7½f
KNIGHT DESTROYER’s form over hurdles has been patchy although he did manage a win at Uttoxeter back in October 2017 and register a few efforts in the frame prior to getting back to winning ways when last seen at Taunton in January.
Jonjo O’Neill’s charge ran out a two lengths’ winner on that occasion over Karakoram where the heavy ground held no fears and he appeared to win a shade easily although that form perhaps isn’t particularly strong.
He now makes his chasing debut and while not ideally bred for the larger obstacles he wouldn’t be the first from this yard to improve now tackling fences. He’s been handed a fairly stiff-looking mark for his chase debut, bit with no doubts over the trip or ground he might be worth chancing to make a winning switch to this discipline and he can go well under Brian Hughes.
3:10 Fontwell – Read Davy Russell’s Exclusive Blog At starsportsbet.co.uk Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (3yo+ 0-125) 2m3f
Anthony Honeyball’s team are in excellent heart and GUSTAVIAN can continue the trainer’s good spell.
The Mahler gelding twice finished runner-up in bumpers but took a forward step when successful on his hurdles debut at Exeter back in January, beating Tricky Customer by four lengths and that one has won since.
Last seen finishing a good second to Espion at Uttoxeter in March having undergone wind surgery and despite pulling hard and making a series of mistakes he finished well and a first time hood being applied may yield some improvement. Likely to have more to offer now stepping into a handicap his mark of 120 could prove workable and every chance he can make his presence felt in this contest.
7:00 Newcastle – Bombardier “March To Your Own Drum” Handicap (Div II) Cl6 (3yo+ 0-65) 7f
CHOSEN WORLD rarely runs a poor race at this track and the Intikhab gelding can follow up his recent runner-up effort by going one better.
Julie Camacho’s charge is a three-time course and distance winner and the gelding has also made the frame here on numerous other occasions so is well-suited by this surface and he looked the winner when last seen here over course and distance last Friday before being outbattled by the eventual victor where he went down by three-parts of a length.
Cheekpieces are redeployed for this latest run and he’s won three times in the headgear so their return may help focus his energies and he meets his last-time conquerer on 4lbs better terms for less than one length defeat last time.
That concession of weight swings the balance in his favour so he could overturn recent form and gain some revenge now.