Friday racing best bets – Tips for the day’s racemeetings
Brian Healy looks over the horse racing card for Friday and gives his Friday racing best bets and selections in every race.
The latest spell of bad weather has washed out two of Friday’s jumps racing cards with only Ffos Las left to fly the flag for the day’s racing over the sticks following the loss of Sandown and Leicester.
There is plenty of all-weather action however with an afternoon polytrack racecard at Chelmsford; while in the evening there is racing under the floodlights at both Wolverhampton on tapeta, and also Dundalk in Ireland on their polytrack surface.
Chelmsford (flat, aw) – 2.00 – 4.45pm (6 races)
Ffos Las (jumps) – 2.15 – 5.00pm (6 races)
Dundalk (flat, aw) – 5.15 – 8.45pm (8 races)
Wolverhampton (flat, aw) – 5.30 – 8.30pm (7 races)
Brian Healy casts his eye over all four meetings and gives his best bets and tips in every race throughout Friday.
FRIDAY RACING BEST BETS AND TIPS AT A GLANCE
2.35 Chelmsford – SCHERZO (9/4, Bet365)
2.50 Ffos Las – MISS ZIP (9/4, Betway)
3.10 Chelmsford – KRAZY PAVING (4/1, William Hill)
3.55 Ffos Las – HEAVENLY PROMISE (7/1, Paddy Power)
5.45 Dundalk – EGLISH (7/4, Bet365)
6.00 Wolverhampton – DECONSO (9/1, Paddy Power)
6.45 Dundalk – ANFAASS (5/1, William Hill)
7.00 Wolverhampton – HILL HOLLOW (11/8, Bet365)
CHELMSFORD RACING TIPS
SCHERZO (9/4, Bet365) shaped with plenty of promise on debut when finishing runner-up behind Salsada at Newcastle last month and with that outing under her belt the Golden Horn filly can go one better.
Richard Fahey’s charge was beaten less than one length, running on well having ran green early; but the experience won’t have been lost on her and open to progress she can get off the mark at the second attempt with this step up in trip looking very much in her favour.
KRAZY PAVING (4/1, William Hill) has a good record here, winning three of his six starts which includes his last two visits to the Essex venue.
Olly Murphy’s Kyllachy gelding ran out a neck winner over Watheer on that occasion, keeping on well and the form has been franked since by the runner-up.
A7lbs rise in the weights demands more from him in this latest outing, but a recent wind operation certainly appears to have delivered some improvement and given her good record at this venue she looks worth keeping onside to land the hat-trick.
2.00 – Officer Drivel
2.35 – Scherzo
3.10 – Krazy Paving
3.40 – True Belief
4.15 – Vexed
4.45 – Long Call
FFOS LAS RACING TIPS
(2.50 Ffos Las)
MISS ZIP (9/4, Betway) has stepped up her game since being fitted with blinkers, winning both starts following a short break and the Getaway mare can land a hat-trick of successes here.
Evan Williams’ charge latterly ran out a two lengths’ winner over Clondaw Fixer at Sedgefield last month, scoring readily. This slightly shorter trip is a concern given she has looked to need every yard of the longer trip in her two wins and there’s a chance this race could be tactical with no confirmed front runner in the field.
Nevertheless, with the conditions likely to be very testing the emphasis should switch to stamina which will suit her and she looks worth chancing to strike again despite the lesser distance.
(3.55 Ffos Las)
HEAVENLY PROMISE (7/1, Paddy Power) landed the third leg of a hat-trick when successful over this course and distance back in November and Fergal O’Brien’s charge almost landed a four-timer under a penalty at Southwell next time.
Although the Presenting mare never featured at Hereford on her last start over fences where she was never in the race, she posted a better run back over timber last time and could build on that returning to the larger obstacles.
She finished six lengths’ runner-up last time out at Lingfield, not helped by a couple of mistakes; but she features on a mark that should remain workable and Cheltenham Gold Cup winning jockey Paddy Brennan takes over in the saddle. Having had a breather since that last outing she could do better here back over fences and she can make her presence felt.
2.15 – Martha Brae
2.50 – Miss Zip
3.25 – Big Chip And Pin
3.55 – Heavenly Promise
4.30 – Barntown
5.00 – Sir Mangan
DUNDALK RACING TIPS
EGLISH (7/4, Bet365) is on a roll at present, winning her last three starts of which two came at this venue.
Adrian McGuinness’ charge won last time out despite perhaps finding six furlongs on the sharp side, eventually prevailing by a neck over Chanell Eclipse. That runner-up filled the same spot on their next outing and the Heeraat filly may be able to continue her winning spree here back up in trip.
She doesn’t have the best of the draw, racing from one of the outer boxes, while she has a 5lbs rise in the handicap to contend with which leaves her with top-weight in this claimer. Nevertheless, she should appreciate the return to a longer trip and if still in form for this latest run then she can land a four-timer.
ANFAASS (5/1, William Hill) hasn’t won for a while but the Vale Of York went close to snapping his losing streak over this course and distance back in January when beaten less than one length behind Iron Blue.
Thomas O’Mara’s charge had been out of sorts prior to that better performance which saw him caught close home by the winner.
He’s only been raised 1lb in the rating for that near-miss and given he was a winner here back in November 2018 from a 10lbs higher mark than his current rating then he is entitled to go one better here if able to repeat that level of form.
5.15 – Sceptical
5.45 – Eglish
6.15 – Jon Ess
6.45 – Anfaass
7.15 – Fifth Fleet
7.45 – Irish Ambassador
8.15 – Kellmar
8.45 – Billyfairplay
WOLVERHAMPTON RACING TIPS
DECONSO (9/1, Paddy Power) made an underwhelming return to action last month following more than five months off the track when beating only two home behind Three C’s. However the Dandy Man gelding has never really shown his best on the fibresand and he might well have needed that run in any case.
He ought to strip fitter for that outing however and he could bounce back returned to this track where he is a three-time course-winner the last of which came here in August where he ran out a near-four lengths’ victor over Cauthen.
Dropped 1lb in the weights he should be sharper with a run under his belt and he can post a better effort back at this venue so no surprise if he gets involved.
HILL HOLLOW (11/8, Bet365) can get off the mark at the fourth attempt and the Helmet gelding has shown a decent level of ability in his starts thus far.
David Simcock’s charge returned from three months off the track to finish around four lengths’ third at Kempton when last seen in January, beaten behind Plantadream, possibly doing too much. That form looks fair however and there might be more in the locker.
Despite the presence of last-time winner Fair Star in opposition this looks a winnable race and he could get a soft lead in front; he could hard to peg back if that transpires and he can open his account in this contest.
5.30 – Sonnet Rose
6.00 – Deconso
6.30 – Brigand
7.00 – Hill Hollow
7.30 – Thunderbad
8.00 – Hooflepuff
8.30 – Arzaak