Friday racing best bets – Tips for Newbury, Ayr, Catterick & Kempton
With four meetings going to post across the UK on Friday we look over the day’s horse racing action and pick out our Friday racing best bets and tips for every fixture.
A busy Friday awaits punters with four meetings heading to post across the UK including the second day of the Ayr Gold Cup meeting where there is Listed action on the racecard at the Scottish track.
Meanwhile elsewhere there are further fixtures on the level at Catterick and Newbury which also boasts Listed action.
Completing the Friday line-up is a twilight fixture under the floodlights at Kempton on their all-weather surface. We’ve taken a look over all the day’s horse racing action and pick out our Friday racing best bets and tips for every fixture going to post.
FRIDAY RACING BEST BETS – NEWBURY, AYR, CATTERICK & KEMPTON TIPS
2:10 Ayr – EBF Nursery Handicap Cl2 (2yo) 6f
DENZIL’S LAUGHING has improved for the switch to handicapping on the all-weather in recent runs, finishing fourth at Wolverhampton earlier in the month before landing a breakthrough win back at that venue latest.
Keith Dalgleish’s charge has to carry that form back onto turf but the Mehmas colt is chanced to do so having scored readily last time by five lengths and could be well treated under his penalty which he can defy to follow up.
The strong pace in each of his last two outings has clearly helped and he should get a similar scenario here so while he does need to find another jolt of improvement stepping into a higher class of handicap he is one going the right way and there may be more to come.
2:55 Catterick – Millbry Hill Nursery Handicap Cl4 (2yo 0-85) 7f
BASILICATA ran no sort of race at York last time out, but that was in a much deeper race than this and Mark Johnston’s charge can quickly bounce back easing in grade.
The Iffraaj filly had won twice previously to that start, scoring wins at Kempton and Newmarket and looking a useful prospect; she had also finished runner-up on her other starts but compromised her chances in her last outing when slow and awkward from the gates and she was possibly amiss given she never got involved and jockey William Buick wasn’t hard on her.
This is easier and the handicapper has eased her 1lb following that run which has been boosted since and it would come as no surprise to see her leave that last poor effort behind where she can take advantage of this drop in grade to strike a third career win.
3:20 Ayr – Arran Scottish Sprint EBF Fillies’ Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo+) 5½f
Irish raider BACK TO BRUSSELS looks worth chancing to follow up his latest Cork success and Fozzy Stack’s charge can take this Listed prize back to his Tipperary stable.
The Starspangledbanner filly was a debut winner at Navan last April prior to bumping into Siskin at the Curragh on his next start and he has largely performed with credit since in Group Three and Listed company which includes finding only Sonaiyla too good at Cork in the Sweet Mimosa Stakes back in July.
Fifth in the Phoenix Sprint Stakes at the Curragh behind Glen Shiel two starts ago, she ran out a ready winner of an Auction contest at Cork when last seen and if she can carry that level of performance back into Listed company then she ought to go well.
Open to further improvement still, she is suited by the conditions and every chance she can deliver a big run to collect this valuable prize.
4:05 Catterick – Bet At racingtv.com Handicap (Div I) Cl6 (3yo+ 0-60) 7f
TADAAWOL hasn’t won for some time but the Kyllachy colt could be set to end his losing run here and Roger Fell’s charge should go close.
A previous course and distance winner, his form has been patchy since scoring his last victory at Carlisle last May; but he went close latest to ending his winless streak when beaten only a short-head behind Mr Millarcky at Leicester where he almost overcame a slow start with the front pair pulling clear of the rest.
That winner has gone in again since and having been rated much higher in the past he could take advantage of this low rating which sees him well-in at the weights given he’s due to go up 3lbs in future runs while Paula Muir can use her 3lbs claim this time and the race should be run to suit.
Although not the most consistent nowadays, he can post a big effort if remaining in similar form to last time and no surprise to see him going close again with this better ground no issue.
4:15 Newbury – Dubai Duty Free Cup Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo+) 7f
Most of these have something to prove at present including KINROSS who has failed to fire this term but might find this grade more suitable.
Ralph Beckett’s charge looked a very smart prospect when trouncing rivals at Newmarket on his debut and he was far from disgraced subsequently when thrust into the Vertem Futurity Trophy where the tapeta at Newcastle may not have suited as he trailed home fifth behind Kameko.
The Kingman colt has struggled this term in Group One races at Newmarket and Deauville, but he produced a better performance with sights eased at Haydock last time in the Superior Mile where he finished around three lengths’ fourth behind Top Rank, possibly unsuited by the soft ground.
He returns to seven furlongs on better ground here, while the further drop in class into Listed company could see him go well and he can get back on track in this contest.