Friday racing best bets – Tips for Newbury, Doncaster, Southwell and Chelmsford
Friday’s UK horse racing fixture list sees another four meetings going to post including day one of the Newbury Winter Festival. We’ve looked through all four racecards and pick out our Friday racing best bets and tips at each fixture.
Some high-class horse racing action goes to post on Friday where four meetings head to post including the opening day of Newbury’s Winter Festival which features two Grade Two contests with the pick of the day’s racing being shown on ITV Racing.
Elsewhere there is further jumps racing going to post at Doncaster, while Southwell are racing for a second day on their all-weather fibresand surface. Completing Friday’s quartet of racing fixtures is an evening all-weather card at on the Chelmsford polytrack under the floodlights.
With plenty of racing action to look forward to we’ve assessed the day’s UK horse racing action and pick out our Friday racing best bets and tips for each racemeeting. Can we find a few winners to go into the weekend?
FRIDAY RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR NEWBURY, DONCASTER, SOUTHWELL & CHELMSFORD
12:05 Southwell – Bombardier British-Hopped Amber Beer Selling Handicap Cl6 (3-6yo 0-55) 7f
BOLD DECISION has just one success to his name which came at Bath back in July but Tony Carroll’s charge might be able to get back on the winning trail having run well on each of his last two starts.
The Zoffany gelding has also made the frame in three of his last four outings – all on the all-weather – including over six furlongs here two runs ago and he was beaten only two lengths at Kempton when last seen last month.
He sports blinkers now for this latest run and eased 1lb in the handicap he could find some improvement to land a relatively modest contest with Ben Curtis riding.
12:35 Southwell – Betway Handicap Cl5 (3yo+ 0-75) 1m4f
NOTATION might not have stayed the longer trip in the deep ground when last seen at Redcar earlier in the month but Mark Johnston’s charge can do better back on this surface having won over course and distance the time before when beating Hermocrates by a neck.
The Poet’s Voice filly had made the frame in both starts in maidens last term, looking a progressive sort and she took a big step forward to register that success last month.
Forgiven her disappointing run latest where she beat only one home she could bounce back with a better effort and proven on this surface ought to go well with a good 5lbs claimer in the saddle now.
12:25 Doncaster – Sky Sports Racing Sky 415 Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl4 (4yo+) 2m5f
BOBHOPEORNOHOPE shaped nicely when making a winning hurdles debut at Exeter earlier in the month and with the Kim Bailey team continuing in good form then the Westerner gelding can improve on that performance to follow up.
A point-to-point winner previously he had shaped with promise in a pair of starts in bumpers last term but looked appreciative of the stiffer test when switched to hurdling for his reappearance where he ran out a two lengths’ victor over Ask A Honey Bee.
He’s penalised for that success although the form looks decent and he’s likely to progress on the back of that performance given it was his first of the campaign. Likely to be sharper he can improve to follow up that success.
12:45 Newbury – Ladbrokes Daily Odds Boosts Chase (Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase) (Fulke Walwyn Trophy) (GBB Race) Cl3 (4yo+ 0-140) 2m½f
ERITAGE looked a chaser to follow when scoring with plenty in hand on his debut over fences at Ludlow last month and Paul Nicholls’ charge can double up here where he should have improvement to offer on the back of that reappearance.
The Martaline gelding had won both a bumper and hurdles contest but impressed with a ready success over the larger obstacles latest although he benefitted from the fall of Goa Lil who was clear when falling at the last.
Although he’d have been beaten in that first run he shaped well and is likely to improve markedly for that outing which will have sharpened him up and taught him plenty so it would be no surprise to see him progressing on the back of that introduction to strike here on merit.
2:00 Doncaster – Download The At The Races App Handicap Hurdle Cl5 (3yo+ 0-105) 2m3½f
MOLLIANA has been in good fettle since returning to action this season, making the frame on all three starts and getting back to winning ways at Chepstow last month when beating Kentford Mallard by just over two lengths.
Neil Mulholland’s charge had scored his only career win prior to that success when successful at Fakenham back in March last year; but the Olden Times mare could be the type to continue to hold her form and she can strike again here.
She won a shade readily in that latest outing and while the form has taken a knock or two since she only has 4lbs more to carry and can continue to give a good account stepping back up in trip for a yard that has been amongst the winners.
2:25 Newbury – Get Your Ladbrokes £1 Free Bet Today Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 2m4f
CLONDAW CASTLE found only one too good on his seasonal return in the Old Roan Chase at Aintree last month and Tom George’s charge can improve for the outing to go one better.
The Oscar gelding was progressive over fences in the 2018/19 season where he won twice and finished fourth in the Arkle at the Cheltenham Festival; he continued to progress last term in a light campaign, getting back to winning ways at Warwick in February although he wasn’t seen out again until that recent return.
He’s likely to be sharper with that run under his belt where he was beaten just over one length behind Nuts Well and with that form having since been franked he can make his presence felt again having been raised just 2lbs for that run.
6:45 Chelmsford – tote.co.uk Handicap Cl5 (3yo+ 0-75) 7f
FROZEN WATERS can get off the mark at the fifth attempt having found only one too good the last twice in starts at Newmarket and Haydock respectively.
Richard Hannon’s charge was beaten only by a neck on each of those occasions in softer ground, latterly behind Plymouth Rock when running on well without quite matching the winner.
A drop back to seven furlongs with blinkers now applied could deliver some further improvement and he makes his debut on polytrack which assuming doesn’t prove an inconvenience might coincide with a first career win for the promising No Nay Never colt who can progress on the back of those encouraging performances.