Friday’s Lucky 15 – Our UK Racing Best Bets on February 4
Horse Racing Tips on Friday, February 4
There are four meetings spread across Britain on Friday, February 4th with the action coming from Catterick, Chepstow, Lingfield and Newcastle. Our expert tipster has produced their best bets across the cards, which make up our advised Friday Lucky 15.
Barnaviddaun (2:25 Chepstow)
Former progressive Irish hurdler BARNAVIDDAUN has certainly not set the world alight since going to David Bridgwater and has now failed to complete in his opening three starts for new connections. Despite his recent blemishes over the larger obstacles, there is still reason to believe he has the intrinsic ability to make up into a very smart chaser.
David Bridgwater has wasted little time in embarking on a chasing career with his imposing nine-year-old and although his recent spins over fences have resulted in unseating jockey Brendan Powell, Barnaviddaun has travelled supremely well on both occasions and was in the process of giving smart novice prospect Dusart a scare at Leicester last time out.
Lofty entries at the Cheltenham Festival suggest that Barnaviddaun is very well thought of and if ironing out those mistakes in the closing stages, the nine-year-old could rate much higher than a mark of 135 and he is certainly worth another chance at the odds.
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Mouseinthehouse (3:30 Chepstow)
Breeding suggests that MOUSEINTHEHOUSE could be primed to run a big race for trainer Evan Williams as his eight-year-old tackles a stamina-sapping trip for the first time.
Although both of his chase wins have come over 2miles, recent efforts have suggested that a test of stamina is exactly what he needs at this stage of his chasing career. Mouseinthehouse has only raced once over further than 2m4f in his career and that came on seasonal return at Ffos Las over 3miles where he ran his best race for some time, staying on well in the closing stages and pulling 15l clear of the eventual fourth.
Two subsequent starts at Chepstow can be easily forgiven as Evan Williams’ charge was dropped back to 2m3f on his penultimate outing before being unsuited by the attritional conditions last time out which resulted in him being pulled up.
Now 5lb lower than when catching the eye at Ffos Las three starts back, Mouseinthehouse remains thoroughly unexposed as a stayer and can provide Evan Williams with another winner.
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Hartland Quay (4:15 Catterick)
Small field sizes seem to be the order of the day at Catterick on Friday but the concluding race on their seven-race card offers a chance for one at a slightly bigger price. HARTLAND QUAY hasn’t had many starts for trainer Nigel Hawke but since returning from a mammoth absence of over 2 years away from the track, the seven-year-old has not been devoid of promise in his last two starts.
After returning from a 758-day layoff, Hartland Quay showed up well for the majority of the contest against race-fit rivals at Uttoxeter before a tired fall saw him depart three from the finish in the extended 2m3f contest.
Nigel Hawke’s charge certainly stripped fitter for that return to action when posting his best performance so far when making late headway to finish fourth over 2mile at Exeter last month, suggesting a return to further would very much suit the seven-year-old.
The likes of course regular Snowed in and recent winner Note Volatus should ensure this is run at a decent gallop and that could play into the hands of Hartland Quay off a 3lb lower mark after that career-best effort last time out.
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Khurumbi (5:15 Newcastle)
This appears to be a competitive novice event with both How impressive and Sip And Smile looking to follow up on recent course winning debuts. However, they could both find it difficult conceding penalties to their rivals who all shaped with promise on their debut outings at Newcastle, including KHURUMBI who attracted market support when finishing fourth in a fillies maiden contest over course and distance.
Despite running green in the early stages, Ed Bethell’s filly stayed on well in the closing stages once the penny had finally dropped to finish fourth under jockey Rowan Scott. That maiden event looks to have been a pretty strong affair considering the fifth, third and second have all scored since.
Now returning as a three-year-old, Khurumbi can hopefully build on that encouraging debut run and clearly possesses enough ability to play a leading role in the finish on Friday.