Friday racing best bets – Tips for Newmarket, York, Chepstow and Kempton
We pick out our Friday racing best bets across the UK’s scheduled flat and jumps racing action where some top-class equine action awaits punters including the start of the winter National Hunt season.
There’s plenty for punters to look forward to on Friday with some top-class horse racing action going to post around the country, including the start of the winter jumps season at Chepstow where the Grade Two Persian War Hurdle takes centre-stage.
On the flat there is Group One action from Newmarket with the Bet365 Fillies’ Mile on day one of the Future Champions Festival; while York’s card includes the rearranged Group Three Cumberland Lodge Stakes.
Completing Friday’s fabulous quartet of horse racing fixtures is an evening card on the all-weather at Kempton which has some competitive handicap action and we’ve looked over all four of the day’s cards to bring readers our Friday racing best bets and tips for the day’s racing.
Can we find some more winners? Check our our tips and best bet selections below!
FRIDAY RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR NEWMARKET, YORK, CHEPSTOW & KEMPTON
2:25 Newmarket – Godolphin Lifetime Care Oh So Sharp Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies) Cl1 (2yo) 7f
Joseph O’Brien sends over THINKING OF YOU to contest this Group Three prize and the American Pharoah filly can make the trip worthwhile for the Irish handler by taking this Group Three prize.
A good winner on her debut at Limerick, she was subsequently unlucky to meet with defeat in the recent Weld Park Stakes where she met trouble in running when travelling well and the winner got first run on her.
She ran on well late once in the clear to go down by little over two lengths and she could quickly bounce back to winning ways on this occasion where the forecast soft ground will hold no fears given her debut victory came in similar conditions. Also open to plenty of improvement on the back of just two starts she ought to go close with Ryan Moore in the saddle and every chance she can collect the win.
2:45 Chepstow – Dragon TV And Film Studios/EBF Mares’ “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle (EBF Mares’ NH Nov Hdl) Cl4 (4yo+) 2m3½f
BORN IN BORRIS has to give weight to this field but Colin Tizzard’s charge looked a useful sort last campaign when making a winning introduction over hurdles for his new yard having previously won a point-to-point.
The Arcadio mare showed a good attitude to repel Hollymount Holly in soft ground at Wincanton back in March and there’s likely plenty more in the locker stepping up to this stiffer test where the more galloping track might show her in a better light.
This looks a decent race on paper with some promising rivals in opposition; but she could prove a decent hurdling prospect and every chance she can give the weight away successfully to strike in this contest.
3:35 Newmarket – bet365 Fillies’ Mile (Group 1) Cl1 (2yo) 1m
Unbeaten INDIGO GIRL has looked a top-class prospect in registering a pair of victories at Yarmouth and Doncaster, latterly taking the May Hill Stakes in good fashion and John Gosden’s charge can land a hat-trick of wins here to maintain her perfect record.
The Dubawi filly had won impressively in soft ground when scoring a debut success and she stepped up markedly on that performance when raised significantly in class latest, running out a three-parts of a length winner over Dubai Fountain and others.
That was an excellent performance given she gave up a couple of lengths at the start and was awkward leaving the stalls. She also still looked green at the business end of the race and she can further progress for that experience which hinted at even better to come.
Having won easier last time than the bare margin might suggest, there’s no telling how good she could be and every chance she can uphold her unbeaten record here with another success in the day’s feature race.
3:45 York – Parsonage Hotel And Cloisters Spa Handicap Cl3 (3yo+ 0-95) 5f
COPPER KNIGHT has lost his way somewhat this term but Tim Easterby’s charge is a capable sort at his best and he could be worth chancing here to get back on track having shaped better than the bare result at Haydock last month when finishing sixth behind Came From The Dark.
The Sir Prancealot gelding won this prize in 2018 and although winless since picking up a Listed prize here last campaign he might be able to build on that latest outing to get back on the winning trail and end his losing streak.
Following an encouraging return at Newmarket in June he has gone the wrong way; but he acts well on this track and from his current rating of 93 – 13lbs below his last winning mark – and dropping into a Class 3 contest he ought to be capable of going close with these conditions unlikely to faze him as a former soft ground winner.
He’s a four-time course and distance winner and he can enhance that record with a return to the winners’ enclosure here in a race where he’s handicapped to go close.
4:25 Chepstow – Unibet 3 Uniboosts A Day Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race) (Div II) Cl4 (4yo+) 2m
BRAVEMANSGAME might have found the heavy ground against him when disappointing in a Listed bumper at Ascot when last seen, but Paul Nicholls’ charge could bounce back faced with hurdles on his return to action.
A winner between the flags prior to joining this yard the Brave Mansonnien gelding showed ability when finishing third behind Soaring Glory in an Ascot bumper in November; but he could only finish sixth when last seen behind Israel Champ with the reopposing Soaring Glory finishing runner-up.
He could prove a different proposition now however tacking obstacles and with the potentially better ground likely to suit; while wind surgery in the wake of that latest outing might well deliver a jolt of improvement.
With the Ditcheat stable having started off well he could be worth chancing to do better now facing hurdles and every chance he can make his presence felt.
6:45 Kempton – Unibet 3 Uniboosts A Day Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 6f
ATALANTA’S BOY isn’t the most consistent, but David Menuisier’s charge is taken to get back to winning ways in this contest and the Paco Boy gelding can go close.
He has landed two wins from five starts this campaign, scoring at Chelmsford in June on his return from more than seven months off and he was thought good enough to tackle the Stewards’ Cup at Glorious Goodwood although he beat only two home in that contest where he raced from 2lbs out of the weights.
He got back on track with a win back at Goodwood next time and contested the Silver Cup at Ayr latest where he finished down the field although things didn’t go to plan on that occasion having been slowly away and then hampered mid-race.
Better than he was able to show on that occasion he has since been eased 1lb and he could go well back on polytrack having won well on his only previous start on the surface. Forgiven that last run and with a decent draw to operate from in this contest it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him firmly in the mix at the business end of the race.