Horse racing best bets on Friday – Tips for Newmarket, Newbury, York, Aintree and Hamilton
Horse racing best bets on Friday 14 May
Five more UK horse racing fixtures head to post throughout Friday with further action both on the flat and over the sticks. With plenty to look forward to we’ve picked out our horse racing best bets throughout the day.
Another busy fixture list of horse racing awaits punters on Friday where five more meetings head to post across the UK on the flat and over the jumps.
The final day of the Dante Festival meeting at York takes centre-stage again and the best of the action will feature once more on ITV Racing; while further afternoon flat racing cards sees the start of the Lockinge Meeting at Newbury as well as racing from Newmarket on the Rowley Mile course.
Moving into the evening and Hamilton are racing on the flat, while there is also jumps racing taking place at Aintree. We’ve looked over each of the day’s five meetings to pick out or horse racing best bets on Friday.
HORSE RACING BEST BETS ON FRIDAY – TIPS FOR NEWMARKET, NEWBURY, YORK, AINTREE & HAMILTON
1:35 Newmarket – Read Joseph O’Brien On Betting.Betfair Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-80) 7f
It might be worth giving another chance to IDOAPOLOGISE who won twice as a juvenile, scoring wins at Thirsk and Newcastle and adding to his tally last term when successful at Beverley in September where he beat Tukhoom.
Ed Bethell’s charge was likely unsuited by softer ground at Musselburgh on his final start of the campaign in the Concorde Handicap; but he returns here back on quicker ground and this is an easier assignment returning to Class 4 company.
Still relatively unexposed and with few miles on the clock as a four-year old he could still be capable of better and if fully wound up ahead of this reappearance then he can go close.
2:10 York – Oaks Farm Stables Fillies’ Stakes (Registered As The Michael Seely Memorial) (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo) 1m
SNOW LANTERN looked a classy sort when readily landing a good Newbury maiden contest last month and Richard Hannon’s charge can build on that success here to strike again upped to Listed company.
The Frankel filly had run promisingly on debut last term, finding only Zabeel Queen too good who has gone on to make the frame in Group Two company; she also beat several subsequent winners and appeared to win a shade cosily on her return to action, scoring by almost two lengths and just being pushed out.
That race too has thrown up a couple of winners since and she rates a very exciting prospect who can improve again and she’s worth a chance at this higher grade.
2:25 Newbury – Casumo Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-100) 6f
It might be worth giving a chance to MAJOR JUMBO who perhaps isn’t as good as he was but still remains a capable sort and he should strip fitter for his reappearance at Wolverhampton following more than five months off.
The Zebedee gelding hasn’t won since scoring in a Listed contest at Chester back in August 2019, but he’s largely run well in defeat since in Pattern company and if running up to something like his best form then he could prove the answer here despite taking on lesser exposed rivals.
He’s been given a chance by the handicapper who has eased him a further 2lbs in the weights following his reappearance, while a promising claimer can take a further 7lbs off his back so he’s weighted here for a big run back on turf.
If he can build on his reappearance then he ought to go close here and Kevn Ryan’s charge can get back on the scoresheet.
4:25 Newbury – Casumo Proud To Sponsor British Racing Handicap Cl4 (3yo 0-85) 1m3f
ANNANDALE showed progressive form last term, winning two of his three starts and the Australia colt has carried on the good work this campaign where he has built on a promising runner-up effort on his seasonal reappearance to win at Nottingham last month.
Mark Johnston’s charge prevailed by a neck on that occasion, winning a shade readily in the end having travelled well into the race and the front two pulled four lengths’ clear of the remainder which included a subsequent winner.
This longer trip could unlock another jolt of improvement and while he’s 7lbs higher in the weights now the manner of that last victory suggested he had more to come so he can make his presence felt here.
4:50 York – Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Handicap Cl4 (3yo 0-80) 1m4f
KONDO ISAMI has shown ability in all three starts, making the frame each time and getting off the mark at the third attempt when successful at Chelmsford back in December with a defeat of Stiletto by three lengths.
That form has since been boosted with the fourth horse home winning twice since before being tried in Group Three company and Mark Johnston’s lightly-raced sort can continue to improve this term.
The Galileo colt steps onto turf for the first time and tackles a longer trip on his handicap debut where a mark of 82 could prove very workable with further progress likely for a yard which has won this race three times in recent years.
6:40 Hamilton – Hampton By Hilton Hamilton Park Handicap Cl5 (4yo+ 0-70) 1m½f
FLYING MOON found some improvement towards the end of last campaign to reel off a hat-trick of wins which included two over this course and distance including one under a penalty; the Sea The Moon gelding rounded off his three-timer with victory at Ayr in October and showed testing ground to be no issue on that occasion.
Mike Smith’s charge may have needed his recent reappearance at Ayr where he finished fifth behind Corndavon Lad although the ground was riding quite quick that day also which may not have entirely suited. However it was a decent performance despite the defeat and both the runner-up and third have come out to win since.
A mark of 60 remains workable for the five-year old who could appreciate a return to this course and distance and with the easier ground more in his favour he can build on his reappearance to get back to winning ways here.
7:00 Aintree – Watch On Racing TV Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl2 (5yo+ 0-145) 3m1f
JOHNBB showed the step up to three miles to be of little concern when finding only one too good in a Grade Three over course and distance last month during the Grand National Festival and given that run was his first in more than three months Tom Lacey’s charge could improve for the outing.
A hurdles winner a couple of seasons ago he has won twice over the larger obstacles over shorter trips; but he had no problems lasting home latest where he was beaten three lengths by Happygolucky, competitive until the final obstacle but unable to go with the winner.
This is slightly easier and a 3lbs rise for that latest effort could remain workable; he’s still relatively lightly-raced over fences so may yet have a bit more to come and he looks to hold solid claims of a return to winning ways here.
7:15 Hamilton – Palmaris Services Braveheart Handicap Cl3 (4yo+ 0-95) 1m4f
THE TRADER is turned out quickly just 12 days on from his victory over this course and Mark Johnston’s charge can follow up.
The Mastercraftsman gelding held off stablemate Hochfield by a neck on that occasion, battling well under this rider to hold off a strong challenge and that one did little harm to the form when running well in the Chester Cup last weekend.
He had a few of these behind him in that latest win and while he has a 5lbs penalty to carry here for that latest win he could be up to the task of defying the additional burden with Andrew Breslin in the saddle again whose 5lbs claim is noteworthy.
If the softer ground doesn’t prove an inconvenience he can overcome the relatively quick turnaround to strike again and he looks the one to beat.