Horse racing best bets – Racing tips for Friday’s fixtures

Newbury will play host to the Ladbrokes Trophy this weekendNewbury will play host to the Ladbrokes Trophy this weekend

Racing tips for Friday’s fixtures

Another cracking day of horse racing action awaits punters on Friday with four more meetings taking place and our tipping team pick our their best racing tips for Friday’s fixtures.

Plenty more horse racing action unfolds on Friday with some classy racing action featuring the first day of racing at the Showcase Meeting as we pay our first visit of the new jumps season to Cheltenham.

Elsewhere there is flat racing action from both Doncaster and Newbury with both venues hosting two-day meetings; while evening racing comes courtesy of Newcastle under the floodlights on their tapeta all-weather surface.

Across the day’s quartet of meetings there will be 30 races in all going to post and our tipping team pick out their best racing tips for Friday’s fixtures.


2:30 Cheltenham – Novices’ Chase (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 2m

The Dan Skelton team have uncharacteristically started the season slowly while Fidelio Vallis has to give away weight all round and had quite a hard race when beaten at Chepstow two weeks ago although he’ll appreciate dropping back in trip.

It might pay though to side with ANY NEWS then who made a decent first impression on his chase debut at Warwick back at the beginning of the month and Neil Mulholland’s charge can build on that first experience of chasing where he jumped well.

The Stowaway gelding was useful last term in a light hurdles campaign, winning at Bangor and rounding off his season with a sixth in the Swinton Hurdle and his chase debut saw him finish just a neck adrift of Beyond The Clouds, unable to hold off the winner between the last two but sticking well to his task to go down only by that narrow margin.

Likely to progress on the back of that experience and with the yard in fair form it is reasonable to think he could do better still and no surprise if he were to make his presence felt.

Racing tips for Friday's fixtures. Neil Mulholland can get amongst the winners at Cheltenham.

Racing tips for Friday’s fixtures. Neil Mulholland can get amongst the winners at Cheltenham.

2:40 Doncaster – Vertem Investing In The Future Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 6f

FRESH could be the answer here having run well when last seen in a valuable handicap at Ascot at the beginning of the month and a repeat of that effort could be enough to see James Fanshawe’s charge back on the scoresheet.

The Bated Breath gelding had won at Ascot in May on better ground when gaining a nose verdict over Pendleton and he’s largely run well since in softer conditions at the same venue in the Wokingham Stakes and at Goodwood in the Stewards’ Cup prior to that latest effort which saw him finish third behind Aldaary.

That form certainly looks a lot stronger now with the front two occupying the same positions in the Balmoral Handicap on Champions Day last weekend and off the same mark here he ought to go very close.

3:15 Doncaster – Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 1m6½f

Lightly-raced POSTILEO could be worth siding with dropping back in trip and Roger Varian’s charge can resume winning ways here.

The Galileo colt rounded off last term with a win at Salisbury over this trip and while winless this campaign he has run well on all starts over further, finishing runner-up in the Chester Vase and crossing the line in fourth at Haydock before posting a very good seventh in the Ascot Stakes when last seen.

He’s been given a break since but returns from a mark unlikely to be beyond him especially given how the form of that last run is working out and he should appreciate this less demanding test of stamina in the soft ground.

Assuming he’s fully tuned up ahead of his reappearance then he ought to go well off this mark and he can strike a win.

3:23 Newbury – Hot To Trot Racing Fillies’ Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 1m2f

STRAWBERRI proved progressive over the summer with a pair of wins at Haydock and Beverley, the former coming on heavy ground and Roger Varian’s charge can get back on the scoresheet following a very good third to Yorkshire Lady at Sandown when last seen.

The Gleneagles filly was beaten around three lengths on that occasion, not seen to best effect and perhaps lacking a gear on the quicker ground. However back on a much softer surface he could bounce back to winning ways with this slightly longer trip unlikely to be an issue.

Racing off the same mark she ought to make her presence felt and with a little more luck in running there’d be no surprise in seeing her in the mix.

Racing tips for Friday's fixtures. Trainer Roger Varian can saddle a winner on the Newbury card.

Racing tips for Friday’s fixtures. Trainer Roger Varian can saddle a winner on the Newbury card.

3:40 Cheltenham – 888Sport Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl3 (4yo+) 2m4f

Faivoir appeared to be idling late on when beating reopposing ANNUAL INVICTUS at Uttoxeter 19 days ago, but Chris Gordon’s charge can reverse that form here with an 8lbs pull at the weights in his favour.

The Mahler gelding was a three-time winner over hurdles last term and he made a good fist of things in that most recent chase debut where he was beaten around two lengths, staying on well but not having the pace of the winner.

On these terms though and with the stiffer test of stamina expected to suit having won over a similar distance over hurdles then he could improve for that first experience of chasing to make his mark here and he can strike at the second attempt.

3:58 Newbury – Rob Storton Lir Winner Supported By BetVictor Handicap Cl3 (3yo 0-95) 1m5½f

DOWNSMAN is a dual-winner this term, posting the latter of those victories at Leicester when the ground was heavy and Jim Boyle’s charge can go in again.

Also a heavy ground winner at Haydock the mud-loving Fast Company gelding has ideal conditions here and his last win came at the expense of In The Breeze when running out a ready one length winner and there could be better still to come.

He’s only up 5lbs for that latest win and on form he has a little bit more to do, but with the extreme conditions very much in his favour he’s expected to go well and every chance he can land the spoils once more.

6:00 Newcastle – MansionBet Proud Partners Of AWC Handicap Cl5 (3yo+ 0-75) 1m

SANDRET could be worth chancing to get his head back in front and the Zebedee gelding has proven to be a largely consistent performer despite not always getting his head in front.

Ben Haslam’s charge has finished third on each of his last two outings, most recently at Redcar behind Freak Out where he may have been given too much to do although he ran on well inside the last furlong without ever threatening to trouble the winner.

Those runs came over further than this but he is effective at this distance and he remains on a workable mark so the course winner could make his presence felt here with first-time cheekpieces now deployed which could help him.