Friday UK racing best bets – Tips for Sandown, Perth, Doncaster, Worcester and Chepstow

Friday UK racing best bets. Tips for the day's meetings over the sticks and on the flat.Friday UK racing best bets. Tips for the day's meetings over the sticks and on the flat.

Friday UK racing best bets and tips

Another busy afternoon of UK horse racing action awaits punters and we’ve picked out our Friday UK racing tips and best bets for each meeting over the sticks and on the flat.

Punters have another five UK horse racing fixtures to take in on Friday where there is action both over the sticks and on the level with ITV Racing also on the agenda with live coverage from two of the day’s fixtures.

The ITV Racing cameras will have the best of the day’s action from Sandown where four races feature on Friday’s televised schedule; while Doncaster are also racing on the flat on Friday.

Meanwhile the Highland National is the feature of the afternoon at Perth and that race also makes it onto the day’s ITV Racing schedule; while further jumps racing comes from Worcester and Chepstow in the evening.

We’ve looked over all the day’s action to pick out our Friday UK racing best bets and tips.


2:25 Sandown – bet365 Gordon Richards Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m2f

This looks a very strong renewal and THUNDEROUS can make a winning return to action.

Mark Johnston’s charge has won four of his five starts with his sole defeat coming on his seasonal reappearance last campaign when taking in the Listed Fairway Stakes at Newmarket; he was beaten two lengths on that occasion but stepped up on the run to deny Highest Ground by a neck in the Dante Stakes at York.

The Night Of Thunder colt hasn’t been seen since so fitness is a slight concern given his defeat on his return last June; but the yard can get one ready and have started the season well. He rates the type who could improve as a four-year old and he can give a good account of himself here with conditions no problem.

He likely will need to find some measure of improvement but that wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him step up again this term and he can make his presence felt.

Friday UK racing best bets. Mark Johnston can saddle a winner at Sandown.

Friday UK racing best bets. Mark Johnston can saddle a winner at Sandown.

2:50 Doncaster – Sky Sports Racing Sky 415 Handicap Cl4 (3yo 0-85) 1m2f

COLONEL FAULKNER never recovered from a stumble when turning in at Musselburgh earlier in the month where he eventually finished third behind Naamoos and it might be worth giving Archie Watson’s charge another chance having shown progressive form previously.

The Wootton Bassett gelding had made the frame on each of his first two starts prior to getting off the mark in a French maiden at Deauville and that form looks solid. He wasn’t disgraced back from a break latest and he kept on well following his unlucky stumble but he had given up too much ground and momentum to claw back.

He can race here from the same mark and this extra distance could unlock some further improvement so he could quickly bounce back to winning ways in this small-field contest.

3:15 Perth – Edinburgh Gin Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (4yo+ 0-140) 2m4f

KAKAMORA is progressing well over hurdles and the former winning pointer got off the mark under Rules when beating Chasamax at Huntingdon following three months off the track last month.

Tom George’s Great Pretender gelding had finished runner-up in each of his two previous starts including behind Faivoir who has won 3-4 since including a Grade Two contest and he won comfortably latest so likely has more to offer now he tackles handicaps.

A mark of 122 might underestimate his potential to do better and with the longer trip here likely to suit he can follow up his last-time win for a yard which does quite well with its’ runners at this venue.

3:50 Perth – William Hill Fair Maid Of Perth Mares’ Chase (Listed Race) (GBB Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 3m

ZAMBELLA was just beginning to get into the race when falling in the new Mares’ Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival last month and if none the worse for that spill Nigel Twiston-Davies’ charge can bounce back with a win.

The Zambezi Sun mare fell three out when just getting competitive and she had shown good form previously, winning three times following a switch to the larger obstacles – all Listed contests – before finding only Annie Mc too good at Warwick in February.

Her stamina for this trip has to be taken on trust but she shapes as if she’ll get this far and this track ought to suit; while the form of that Cheltenham run is strong and a repeat of the run assuming she stays upright this time could see her get back on the winning trail.

Friday UK racing best bets. Zambella can get back to winning ways at Perth.

Friday UK racing best bets. Zambella can get back to winning ways at Perth.

4:35 Worcester – Fergal O’Brien Enjoys Racing At Worcester Mares’ Handicap Chase Cl4 (5yo+ 0-110) 2m7f

AGENT VALDEZ got back on the scoresheet when successful at Sedgefield earlier in the month and if arriving here in the same heart then the Arvico mare can follow up.

Fergal O’Brien’s charge had won at Leicester in December, beating Lord Sparky by the thick end of 30 lengths; but he struggled in subsequent runs although he was an early casualty at Warwick on his return from a couple of months off prior to beating Liffeydale Dreamer latest by nine lengths.

He’s only up 3lbs for that success and this longer trip is no issue with him having won over the distance in the past so another big performance wouldn’t come as a shock and he can go in again.

4:40 Sandown – Handicap Cl3 (3yo 0-95) 1m2f

JUAN DE MONTALBAN progressed with each run last term, getting off the mark at the third attempt when readily seeing off King Frankel at Goodwood and the Lope De Vega colt can follow up here on his reappearance.

Andrew Balding’s runners have started the campaign well and he handled heavy ground no problem in that last success, although he had proved previously that he was just as effective on better ground.

He won cosily having looked slightly outpaced two out, rallying strongly and winning going away; there’s surely better to come from him now tackling handicaps and an initial mark of 84 could underestimate him so it would be no surprise if he were to turn in another big run on his reappearance and he could be smart this term.

Friday UK racing best bets. Andrew Balding can send out a Sandown winner.

Friday UK racing best bets. Andrew Balding can send out a Sandown winner.

7:35 Chepstow – Burnham Plastering Weston Super Mare Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 2m7½f

GET THE APPEAL has been in good form this term since falling at Exeter in November, only once finishing out of the frame in five subsequent starts which includes a pair of successes at Musselburgh and Wincanton latterly where she ran out a wide-margin winner under this rider.

Paul Nicholls’ runners have ended the campaign in fine fettle and the Getaway mare won easily when last seen out on Sunday with 17 lengths separating her and the runner-up although it might have been more had his rider not eased him down.

Connections turn her out under a 7lbs penalty which may not prove enough of a burden to preventing a repeat assuming this doesn’t come too soon and the return to three miles is no issue so it wouldn’t be a huge shock to see the Ditcheat runner firmly in the mix again.