Friday UK racing tips – Best bets at Market Rasen, Ascot, Chester, Nottingham and Ripon
UK horse racing tips on Friday 7 May
Another busy day of horse racing action around the UK awaits punters and we’ve looked over the day’s equine schedule to pick out our Friday UK racing tips and best bets.
Horse racing across the UK continues unabated and the Friday schedule plays host to another quintet of racing fixtures on the flat and over the sticks.
Chester is again the main event of the day with the third day of the Boodles May Festival featuring the Group Two Huxley Stakes and the pick of the action will be shown live on ITV Racing.
Elsewhere there is further flat racing action at Ascot with a decent card on the agenda at the Berkshire venue; while in the evening there are also fixtures on the level at Nottingham and Ripon.
Completing the Friday line-up is a jumps racing card at Market Rasen and 36 races in all will unfold collectively over the course of the day across the day’s meetings. We’ve looked over all the day’s action to pick out our Friday UK racing tips and best bets.
FRIDAY UK RACING TIPS – BEST BETS AT MARKET RASEN, ASCOT, CHESTER, NOTTINGHAM & RIPON
1:20 Ascot – tote+ Placepots Pay More Apprentice Handicap Cl3 (4yo+ 0-90) 2m
Cheekpieces seemed to deliver a jolt of improvement to HIROSHIMA who struck at Ayr back in September and ran well in defeat in both subsequent starts over successive shorter trips at Doncaster including a very good fifth in the November Handicap off this mark.
John Ryan’s charge shaped well in defeat despite looking in need of the run at Nottingham in a much better race than this behind Sir Ron Priestley and that one has since won a Group Two, while the runner-up has filled the same spot behind Stradivarius next time.
While the Nathaniel gelding is unlikely to hit such dizzy heights having found himself out of his depth in that Listed contest last time, he is capable of winning a race at this easier level and he should make his presence felt with the benefit of a run under his belt.
If he can replicate the sort of form he showed in the November Handicap last term would give him solid claims and it wouldn’t be a shock if he were to get back to winning ways.
1:45 Chester – tote+ Placepots Pay More Earl Grosvenor Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-105) 7½f
REVICH has a decent record at this venue and the Requinto gelding can get back to winning ways.
Richard Spencer’s charge won twice over course and distance last term and rain well in defeat at Ascot subsequently when finishing a close fifth behind Documenting in the Porsche Handicap although he was disappointing on his final start of the season following a break at Doncaster in November.
He’s bounced back well however this term, posting a creditable sixth in the Lincoln Handicap and fourth at Newbury last month in the Spring Cup which represents some good form and he can continue to remain competitive here eased 1lb and back at this venue where he’s run well previously.
Operating from the plum inside draw he can make his presence felt and it wouldn’t be a shock to see him in the mix here.
2:00 Market Rasen – Unibet “You’re On” Handicap Chase Cl3 (5yo+ 0-130) 3m
AS YOU LIKE turned in his best effort for some time when finishing third at Southwell last month and Jonjo O’Neill’s charge might be able to build on that effort to get back to winning ways here.
The Beneficial gelding struck his previous win at the same venue last July off 8lbs higher, going close to a follow-up victory at Perth the following month before the wheels came off somewhat although it is possible that soft ground over the winter wasn’t altogether to his liking.
He had better ground back at Southwell latest which is likely a reason for his better form and he’s handicapped to go very close off this mark if he can back up that better recent effort returning to this venue where he’s won in the past.
2:35 Market Rasen – Unibet Victor Lucas Memorial Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (4yo+ 0-135) 2m7f
BALLYHOME makes his return from an absence but Fergal O’Brien’s charge can make his seasonal debut a winning one here.
The Westerner gelding goes well at this venue, winning his last two starts over fences at this venue last term as well as twice making the frame over hurdles in between those wins.
His last outing saw him run out a five lengths’ victor over No Getaway here in November and that form has been boosted with the runner-up, third and fifth horses home all winning since.
He’s only 2lbs higher in the weights here but Liam Harrison’s 5lbs claim helps to ease his burden at the weights and he’s proven in the past he can go well fresh so a big run wouldn’t come as a surprise here with this return to three miles unlikely to prove any problem.
3:30 Ascot – tote+ Biggest Dividends Handicap Cl3 (4yo+ 0-95) 6f
FRESH showed steadily progressive form last term and James Fanshawe’s charge could get back on the winning trail here having shaped as if in need of the run at Kempton last month.
The Bated Breath gelding had won at Kempton last August and although he failed to add to his tally in three subsequent runs he ran well in defeat on all three starts where he twice finished runner-up including when beaten a nose by Stone Circle in a decent Ascot handicap.
He’ll surely be sharper for his reappearance at Kempton last month where he finished three lengths’ fourth behind Desert Safari and both the winner and fourth have come out to win since to boost the form.
Racing off the same mark here he now has a tongue-tie to aid him and the headgear could unlock some improvement so he could well make his presence felt back on turf at this venue.
4:20 Chester – tote+ Chester Plate Handicap Cl2 (4yo+) 2m2½f
ELYSIAN FLAME had been in good form over hurdles, winning at Carlisle in March before returning to the level to strike a win at Newbury last month and the Champs Elysees gelding can follow up here.
Mick Easterby’s charge had a neck to spare over Almighwar in that last outing and he had been generally progressive on the flat before heading over timber.
He carries a 3lbs penalty for that sucecss but this step in trip shouldn’t be an issue giving his hurdling experience with the softer ground no issue he should be capable of a big run here.
7:30 Nottingham – MansionBet Blog Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-85) 1m½f
BONNEVAL can end the winning run of Rains Of Castamere here and James Fanshawe’s lightly raced Siyouni gelding can get off the mark for the season switching to handicaps for the first time.
A winner in soft ground at Redcar on her second start last term he returned from seven months off the track to post a very creditable third behind Troll Peninsula at Kempton at the end of March, beaten around four lengths.
Possibly made too much use of on that occasion he should be a lot sharper now and an opening mark of 76 may underestimate his potential for better to come. He can continue his improvement and every chance he can resume winning ways here.
7:50 Ripon – Affordable Ownership With Titanium Racing Handicap Cl5 (3-4yo 0-70) 1m2f
CASILLI was a winner at Beverley last November and got back on the scoresheet back at that venue in April following six months off with a defeat of Bankawi, scoring by three-parts of a length.
The third horse home in that race has won since to give the boost a form and the Cacique filly is only 3lbs higher here as she bids to follow up so she could still be well-treated especially with Joanna Mason’s 5lbs claim and the rider has won on the selection before.
She has to show she can win away from Beverley – both wins at that track – but she could have more to come upped in trip and she can win again.