Friday racing best bets – Tips for the day’s racing fixtures across the UK
Friday racing best bets across the UK
The Punchestown Festival continues in Ireland but so does the Friday horse racing action in the UK where five more fixtures head to post around the country; we’ve picked out our Friday racing best bets and tips.
Another five UK horse racing fixtures on the flat and all-weather goes to post on Friday although the bulk of the day’s attention will again focus on the Punchestown Festival which hosts its’ fourth day of racing action.
The day’s afternoon racing action on turf comes from the cards at Goodwood, Musselburgh and Chepstow; while there is a hunter chase meeting in the evening at Cheltenham.
Completing the Friday quintet of horse racing fixtures in the evening is an evening all-weather fixture on the tapeta at Newcastle. We’ve looked over all five meetings taking place to pick out our Friday racing best bets.
FRIDAY RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR CHEPSTOW, MUSSELBURGH, GOODWOOD, CHELTENHAM & NEWCASTLE
2:55 Chepstow – Download The Casumo App Today Handicap Cl5 (3yo 0-70) 1m
POWER STATION showed improved form in the wake of wind surgery when finding only a well-handicapped rival at Leicester six days ago and Richard Hannon’s charge can build on that effort to go one better and open his account.
The Footstepsinthesand colt crossed the line a little over two lengths adrift, staying on well but unable to match the winner. This extra furlong then ought to suit and could elicit another jolt of progress.
Due to go up 2lbs in future runs he can compete here from the same mark as last time, but Thore Hammer Hansen’s claim eases some of his burden and if this doesn’t come too soon he can get off the mark.
3:05 Musselburgh – William Hill Scratch Of The Day Handicap Cl6 (4yo+ 0-65) 1m1f
FORESEEABLE FUTURE won on his second career start when trained by James Tate and the Harbour Watch gelding ran his best race to dare for current handler Ruth Carr when beaten only a neck by Takeonefortheteam in an amateur riders’ contest at Doncaster.
The six-year old has seen his career punctuated by lengthy absences; he ran twice for this handler in 2020 following more than two years off the track and was subsequently off for another 200 days before returning at Wolverhampton in February.
He may just have been made too much use of out in front in that contest having been hampered early and having been kicked three lengths clear at the furlong pole he couldn’t sustain his effort to the line.
Despite the defeat though it was a good effort and off the same mark with a professional rider taking over he might be able to go one better stepping up again in distance.
3:35 Musselburgh – William Hill Play Responsibly Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-80) 5f
FASHION ADVICE has won two of her last three starts, scoring wins at Newcastle in February and when last seen over course and distance earlier in the month.
Keith Dalgleish’s Dandy Man filly ran out a ready winner on that occasion from Afandem who reopposes here; but despite being significantly worse off at the weights here she can uphold that form.
Her earlier Newcastle win has since seen a couple of subsequent winners come out of that race but she remains relatively unexposed on turf having had just six starts on the surface and she has a decent record on grass and under this rider so another big performance could be on the cards.
3:50 Goodwood – Whispering Angel Handicap Cl4 (3yo 0-85) 1m
Mark Johnston enjoys plenty of success with the runners he sends here and HEADINGLEY can take another decent prize back to Middleham.
The Dawn Approach colt has won his last two starts, scoring at Chelmsford in October and subsequently making a winning reappearance from almost six months off at Redcar earlier in the month, beating Villeurbanne by a half-length.
Making all the running that day he had enough in reserve to hold off the runner-up and he could be given the lead again here where he may prove hard to peg back if handling this more undulating track as he steps into the handicap ranks from a potentially lenient mark.
6:45 Cheltenham – JRL Group Open Hunters’ Chase Cl4 (5yo+) 3m2½f
GARDE VILLE is on a winning run and the veteran Kapgarde gelding can strike another win.
Patricia Rigby’s charge arrives here having won his last three starts in hunter chases and point to points, latterly scoring at Ludlow nine days ago when holding off Bletchley Castle by one length.
That was his second defeat of that rival and this stiffer test of stamina could prove right up his street so a four-timer very much looks on the cards with Immy Robinson taking 5lbs off his back.
This looks a decent contest and he’s just one of a handful of runners who arrive in form; but given his spell of victories in recent starts he can continue the good work to strike again and land a fourth straight win.
7:25 Newcastle – quinnbet.com Handicap Cl3 (4yo+ 0-95) 7f
MOLLS MEMORY finished a close third on her only previous try on this surface a couple of seasons ago and Ed Walker’s charge could be worth chancing back on tapeta having shaped well on her return from a break at Musselburgh earlier in the month.
The Helmet mare had won at Newbury back in October, beating Jumaira Bay and although she failed to fire last time she bounced back following almost five months off the track to finish fourth at Musselburgh latest under this rider.
She was only beaten just over two lengths having met with some trouble and she could make her presence felt here off the same mark back on this surface on which she’s unexposed.