Horse racing best bets on Friday – Tips for the day’s UK racing fixtures
Horse racing best bets on Friday 21 May
Another round of UK horse racing fixtures unfolds on Friday to take us into the weekend with a quintet of meetings taking place around the UK. We’ve picked out our horse racing best bets on Friday at each fixture.
Taking us into the weekend is a fixture list of five UK racemeetings on the flat and over the jumps and the afternoon racing action comes from the meetings at Goodwood, Bath and Haydock on the flat; while further flat racing action sees evening racing from Catterick.
Also unfolding in the evening is a jumps meeting at Worcester and 36 races will unfold across the day’s quintet of fixtures. We’ve looked over the day’s racecards to pick out our horse racing best bets on Friday.
HORSE RACING BEST BETS ON FRIDAY – TIPS FOR THE DAY’S UK RACING FIXTURES
1:20 Bath – Signs Express Fillies’ Handicap Cl5 (4yo+ 0-75) 5½f
BLUEBELL TIME finished runner-up behind reopposing Sarah’s Verse over this course and distance back in April with the selection being denied only by a neck despite giving that rival 10lbs including the winning rider’s claim.
Malcolm Saunders’ charge followed up that near-miss with an even closer shave at Chepstow at the end of April, denied by a nose by Flip Mode where the Coach House mare was run down close home by the winner
She reopposes with Ron Harris’ rival here on 3lbs better terms which ought to be enough to see her turn the tables if running up to her best and while that rival comes here on the back of a last time win she might be vulnerable under a penalty and having had less time between runs than the selection.
2:05 Haydock – EBF British Stallion Studs Cecil Frail (Listed Race) (Fillies & Mares) Cl1 (3yo+) 6f
DANDALLA was progressive as a juvenile, winning her first three starts which included a Group Two at Newmarket on soft ground before possibly finding quicker ground against her when tried in the Group One Cheveley Park Stakes behind Alcohol Free.
Karl Burke’s charge made a decent reappearance despite only finishing seventh behind the same rival in the Fred Darling Stakes, possibly in need in the run although the step up to seven furlongs might have stretched her stamina.
The Dandy Man filly ought to be sharper with that reappearance run under her belt and the return to six furlongs on soft ground can show her in a better light where she can get back to winning ways.
2:15 Goodwood – Height Of Fashion Stakes (Listed Race) (Fillies) Cl1 (3yo) 1m2f
READY TO VENTURE showed plenty on her debut at Newmarket last August, improving on the outing to get off the mark at the second attempt when an easy winner at Yarmouth the following month.
William Haggas’ charge was subsequently absent until returning at Ascot in April where the Kingman filly finished third to Creative Flair and with that under her belt she can get back to winning ways.
The well-bred sort was beaten less than two lengths, ridden to challenge two out but unable to match the winner for speed late on and perhaps lack of a run told late on. That winner has since finished runner-up in Listed company to give the form something of a boost and with improvement anticipated she ought to go close here.
She holds Group One entries and the step up to ten furlongs could prove a good move which can unlock another level of progress and she looks set for a big run here.
3:25 Goodwood – British Stallion Studs EBF Cocked Hat Stakes (Listed Race) (Colts & Geldings) Cl1 (3yo) 1m3f
STAY WELL finished runner-up on his sole start as a juvenile at Doncaster last September, beaten just over one length by Latest Generation where he raced green early but improved as the race unfolded.
Hughie Morrison’s charge subsequently showed improvement on his reappearance at Windsor last month when stepped up to ten furlongs, scoring easily by eight lengths from Gauntlet where he made all and despite still looking inexperienced had far too many guns for his rivals.
That form may not amount to a great deal but the Iffraaj colt in open to plenty of improvement and an entry in the Epsom Derby suggests he’s well regarded at home. This further step up in trip ought to hold no fears and while this represents a marked step up in class into Listed company he can make his presence felt.
3:50 Haydock – Every Race Live On Racing TV Handicap Cl5 (3yo 0-75) 1m
HOODWINKER shaped well on both starts on turf towards the end of last term on soft ground, finishing in the silver medal berth on each occasion before getting off the mark at the third attempt when successful over this trip at Wolverhampton in December.
William Haggas’ charge struck by a half-length on that occasion where the Fast Company filly appeared to make heavy weather of landing the win. He possibly wasn’t totally at ease on the surface however and the form while probably nothing special has been boosted.
There could be more to come from her here however and the return to a softer surface on turf will certainly hold no fears so she could go close on her handicap debut where she looks fairly weighted. Open to improvement she can make her presence felt.
8:20 Catterick – Every Race Live On Racing TV Handicap Cl5 (4yo+ 0-70) 1m6f
BOLLIN NEIL won twice last autumn on soft ground including over this course and distance and Tim Easterby’s charge can get back on the scoresheet here.
The Haafhd gelding possibly just needed his reappearance at Wolverhampton in April in an amateur riders’ contest although she wasn’t seen to best effect; however she stepped up on that effort to chase home Let Me Be over two miles here earlier in the month and could be capable of going one better.
That winner positively bolted up despite running in snatches and looked ahead of his mark in posting a seven lengths’ verdict. This however doesn’t look as strong a race and with solid form to his name around this venue he could go well with Ella McCain taking off 5lbs.
8:40 Worcester – MansionBet Faller Insurance Mares’ Handicap Hurdle Cl5 (4yo+ 0-105) 2m4f
From the bottom of the weights it might be worth chancing MISS HARRIET to go one better than her recent runner-up effort at Ludlow where Polly Gundry’s cahrge found only Arcade Attraction too strong by two lengths.
The Arvico mare had finished third the time before at Chepstow where she might have been given too much to do; but she was a shade unlucky latest where she was hampered on the flat with the winner carrying her across the track and the action might have intimidated her as she didn’t appear to go through with her finishing effort.
That form took a small boost when the fifth chased home a thriving sort recently and she can compete here from an unchanged mark before her new rating kicks in so she might be capable of taking advantage here.