Friday racing best bets – Tips for the day’s UK racemeetings

Friday racing best bets over the sticks and on the flat.Friday racing best bets over the sticks and on the flat.

Friday racing best bets and tips

Another round of UK horse racing fixtures comes to punters where there is plenty to look forward to across the day’s meetings and we’ve picked out our Friday racing best bets and tips for the action.

Punters head into another cracking weekend of horse racing action with four more meetings to unravel including the unofficial ‘start’ of the new National Hunt season at Chepstow over the sticks where the Grade Two Persian War Novices’ Hurdle is the main event of the afternoon at the Welsh track.

Elswehere, there are classy fixtures at both York and Newmarket where there is Group One action on the agenda with the Bet365 Fillies’ Mile and the ITV Racing cameras will have the best of the afternoon action across all three meetings.

Completing Friday’s line-up is an all-weather fixture in the evening which will take place under the floodlights at Newcastle on their tapeta surface. In all there will be 30 races going to post across the day’s quartet of fixtures across the country and we’ve picked out our Friday racing best bets and tips.


2:45 Chepstow – Unibet Persian War Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m3½f

COEUR SEREIN has won his last three starts and Jonjo O’Neill’s progressive sort can continue his improvement on his seasonal return.

The Fame And Glory gelding made hay in the handicap ranks in the first months of the year, scoring at Warwick, Newbury and Huntingdon latterly where he beat Valtor by two lengths, readily.

He drops back markedly in trip ahead of his return which is a slight concern given he improved for a test of stamina, although he did win at around a similar yardage to this at Warwick in March to kick-start his winning run.

There could be better still to come from him this term now tackling Graded races and he looked well up to making his mark at this level when readily defying his mark last time out. Assuming he’s fit to go at the first time of asking this season then he ought to be competitive and can go close.

Friday racing best bets. Team O'Neill can win the Persian War Hurdle with Coeur Serein.

Friday racing best bets. Team O’Neill can win the Persian War Hurdle with Coeur Serein.

3:00 Newmarket- Godolphin Stud & Stable Staff Awards Challenge Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (3yo+) 7f

CHINDIT has been something of a cliff horse this season for this pundit but there’s surely a big prize in him and the Wootton Bassett colt can get back on the winning trail.

Richard Hannon’s charge was 3-4 last term, only meeting with defeat when down the field in the Dewhurst; but he resumed winning ways at Newbury on his return in the Greenham and he’s been running better than his bare form figures suggest since.

He met with trouble in running when finishing fourth behind Lavender’s Blue in the Celebration Mile but finished off the race well and he isn’t one to give up on just yet. This doesn’t look quite as deep a race as he’s been contesting and while still a competitive heat he can come out on top here.

3:20 Chepstow – Paul Ferguson’s Jumpers To Follow 4-Y-O Hurdle (A Limited Handicap) (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo) 2m

CABOT CLIFFS can get back to winning ways here following his seasonal break and Dan Skelton’s charge can pick up on the progress he made last campaign where he was a three-time winner and rounded off the season with a very good second in a Huntingdon novice when last seen.

The Gleneagles gelding struck following a break at Uttoxeter back in October last year before running well in Listed and Graded company at Cheltenham; but he posted back-to-back wins returning from another breather when twice going in at Warwick and wasn’t disgraced in tackling the Fred Winter at the Cheltenham Festival despite only finishing midfield.

Possibly unsuited by the sharper turns of Huntingdon last time he could be better suited by this venue and with the potential for better to come this term he can make his presence felt if fully tuned up ahead of his return.

Friday racing best bets.  Trainer Dan Skelton can saddle a winner on the card at Chepstow.

Friday racing best bets. Trainer Dan Skelton can saddle a winner on the card at Chepstow.

3:50 York – Casumo Dare To Be Different Handicap (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo 0-105) 1m6f

FLEURMAN has won two of his last three starts and the Mastercraftsman gelding can add another win to his record here.

Ralph Beckett’s charge has proven progressive since switching to the handicap ranks, scoring at Salisbury in MAy and bouncing back from a defeat at Doncaster next time to regain winning ways over this longer trip back at Salisbury in July.

He positively bolted up on that occasion, scoring an eleven lengths’ victory over Tralee Hills and while the bare form probably isn’t much to brag about he’s surely capable of better despite this being a much more competitive contest.

The handicapper certainly hasn’t missed him with a 12lbs rise in the weights and he has an absence to defy; but he could be well treated here and it might have been a wise move by connections to keep him fresh and protect his mark.

He can show further progress back from a break and no surprise if he were to go close here with the conditions unlikely to be much of a problem.

4:10 Newmarket- bet365 Old Rowley Cup Handicap (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo) 1m4f

Lightly-raced MOSHAAWER can take another forward step here having gone close in a very competitive Melrose Handicap at York back in August and the Frankel colt can get back to winning ways dropping to a more suitable distance.

Roger Varian’s charge had won each of his first two starts following his seasonal break, scoring at Kempton in June and following up in July when beating Valley Forge at Doncaster. Subsequently third at Newcastle he came off worst behind Valley Forge upped in trip at York last time although he was only beaten a half-length.

The form of his Newcastle third has been franked with the runner-up and fourth both winning since and his Melrose form is also looking quite strong so he might be worth siding with here from 5lbs higher with the potential for further improvement to come.

Friday racing best bets.  Newmarket is back in action on Friday with the Fillies' Mile the highlight of the day at Flat HQ.

Friday racing best bets. Newmarket is back in action on Friday with the Fillies’ Mile the highlight of the day at Flat HQ.

4:20 York – Copper Knight – Winning Most Horse At York Handicap Cl3 (3yo+ 0-95) 5f

MID WINSTER has been running better than her bare form figures might suggest this term, often there or thereabouts and the Burwaaz mare resumed winning ways at Doncaster in July, beating Tenaya Canyon by one length.

Paul Midgley’s charge has largely been in good form since, finding only one too good over course and distance in August and running well in defeat when crossing the line in fifth in the Ayr Silver Cup on his last start where she raced down the middle of the track and led that group.

She had twosubsequent winners behind her that day and off 3lbs lower in the weights here allied with a slight ease in class she ought to go well and can make her presence felt if handling the slower ground.

5:55 Newcastle – Cazoo Handicap Cl6 (3yo+ 0-60) 1m

DEBATED has got back on track switching to this surface for his last couple of runs following a disappointing spell on turf, making the frame on both course and distance starts in recent weeks and the Bated Breath gelding can get off the mark.

Philip Makin’s charge was beaten only a half-length into third behind Boy In The Bar over C&D in September and he went one better next time back here although still came up short by a similar margin behind Pacino seven days ago although a repeat of that effort would put him in the mix here.

He can race off the same mark as last time here before going up 2lbs in future and he should continue to be involved at the finish.

8:30 Newcastle – Free Replays On Handicap Cl5 (3yo+ 0-70) 5f

ANOTHER ANGEL has hit the crossbar in recent outings and the Darak Angel gelding can get back on the scoresheet.

Anthony Brittain’s charge is no stranger to success at this venue with seven victories over course and distance to his name although he hasn’t won for more than a year which came off 4lbs higher than today’s rating.

He has placed also from marks in the 70s so he’s very capable of getting the job done and a wind operation has seemed to help him as he’s reeled off three straight runner-up efforts in recent weeks where he’s been beaten one length or less on each occasion.

The last of those saw him denied by a short-head behind Buniann where he was run down on the line and he can go one better this time around from just 1lb higher.