Horse racing tips on Friday 11 December – Best bets at Cheltenham, Doncaster, Bangor and Southwell
Four meetings head to post on Friday across the UK including day one of the Cheltenham International Meeting; we’ve looked through the day’s cards to pick out our horse racing tips on Friday.
A top-class fixture awaits punters on Friday at Cheltenham where day one of the International Meeting goes to post featuring the rearranged Peterborough Chase. The eight-race card is joined on Friday by further jumps racing at both Doncaster and Bangor, while on the all-weather in the evening is a fixture on the fibresand at Southwell under the floodlights.
We’ve looked through each of the day’s racecards and pick out our horse racing tips on Friday across the UK. Can we find a few winners?
HORSE RACING TIPS ON FRIDAY – BEST BETS AT CHELTENHAM, DONCASTER, BANGOR & SOUTHWELL
12:05 Cheltenham – International Decorative Surfaces Novices’ Chase (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 3m1½f
HOLD THE NOTE might be worth chancing to get back to winning ways and Mick Channon’s charge can go close with the stiffer test expected to suit the Jeremy gelding.
A bumper and hurdles winner he fared well over fences last term, making the frame in three of four starts which included a Listed contest here during the Cheltenham Festival in the race won by Imperial Aura and also in the Hampton Chase at Warwick the time before.
Possibly just in need of his reappearance at Wetherby in OCtober he wasn’t disgraced back in a Grade Two at Newbury last month where he finished fourth to Next Destination and he can do better back in an easier contest where a first-time visor could elicit some improvement.
Forecast rain is another plus and no surprise to see him involved in the finish in this contest.
12:32 Doncaster – Download The At The Races App Handicap Chase (Northern Lights Middle Distance Series Qualifier) Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 2m3f
OSCAR WILDE is given another chance having shaped better than the bare result at Sedgefield seven days ago where the Oscar gelding perhaps failed to get home in the softer ground over the longer trip and Sue Smith’s charge may prove better suited back at this shorter distance.
A winner over this trip at Sedgefield in January, heavy ground might have been against him on his final start of the campaign but he stepped up on previous efforts this term with that third behind Manwell latest where he led over the second last but was unable to sustain his effort and he weakened from the last.
He has a shorter trip here which could serve him well along with less testing ground and he might be able to get back on the scoresheet in this discipline where he remains relatively unexposed.
12:40 Cheltenham – Catesby Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (3yo+ 0-140) 2m1f
BENNY’S BRIDGE could only finishin sixth behind Tegerek here back in October on his seasonal debut, but Fergal O’Brien’s charge is taken to bounce back and the Beneficial gelding could prove a different proposition now he has a run under his belt.
A two-time course winner he ran better than the bare result in that return to action, hampered by a faller when just creeping into contention which cost him a few lengths and he then made a bad mistake at the last although held at the time. He was also giving the winner more than one stone in weight but the pair meet on vastly revised terms and the result could be different this time around.
Likely to be sharper with that outing under his belt he can build on that encouraging return to action and the dual-course winner can go close under Paddy Brennan.
12:55 Bangor – Racing Welfare Handicap Chase Cl5 (4yo+ 0-105) 2m4½f
KHAIRAGASH was put up by this column eight days ago and Venetia Williams’ charge almost collected at Leicester, beaten less than one length behind Go As You Please and assuming this doesn’t come too soon then the Sinndar gelding may be able to go one better.
A Ffos Las winner last May he also finished runner-up at Stratford prior to shaping as if amiss at Market Rasen last July. Absent subsequently for more than one year, he probably needed his return but he showed up well latest in first-time cheekpieces and he can progress upped in trip.
The headgear he wore last time out is retained and he can compete from the same mark in a race that doesn’t look particularly deep so he may be able to get back on the scoresheet with this longer distance a potential source of improvement for the lightly raced seven-year old.
2:17 Doncaster – Sky Sports Racing Sky 415 Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (3yo+ 0-140) 2m3½f
Nicky Henderson saddles two in this race headed by the impressive Glynn who won well when last seen; however a few of the Seven Barrows runners have appeared to need their first run this term and it might pay to side with CARYS’ COMMODITY who will have no fitness issues and arrives here searching for a hat-trick.
Jonjo O’Neill’s charge has won three of his last four starts, winning at Catterick back in January and having possibly failed to see out three miles on his return at Cartmel in August has won both starts since.
Those victories came at Fakenham and Wincanton latterly where he was gutsy in seeing off And The New, getting up close home. A subsequent 4lbs rise in the weights might underestimate her potential for further improvement and every chance she’ll go close again here.
4:45 Southwell – Play Ladbrokes 5-A-Side On Football Novice Auction Stakes Cl5 (2yo) 7f
MAJESTIC TEJAAN made a decent first impression when scoring readily at Newcastle last month, running out a three lengths’ victor over Dabirstar and the Zoffany filly can improve to follow up here.
Richard Fahey’s charge looked potentially useful, making late ground from the back and appearing to win comfortably; that form has taken a couple of knocks so it is debatable how strong the form is but she caught the eye nonetheless and there could be better to come.
She has to back up that performance now trying fibresand, but if the different surface doesn’t present a problem then she could go close in her follow-up bid and every chance she can remain unbeaten.
6:45 Southwell – Bombardier Handicap Cl5 (3yo+ 0-75) 7f
LEXI THE ONE made a winning breakthrough over this course and distance in November where the Dandy Man filly ran out an easy five lengths’ winner over Holiday Magic and Richard Fahey’s charge now chases a hat-trick of wins having doubled up back over course and distance eight days later under a penalty.
On that occasion she struck by a half-length from Le Reveur, finding plenty to see off the runner-up with the pair pulling four lengths clear. That runner-up has done little harm to the form and this mark of 71 might not prove beyond her with the potential for better still to come.
If continuing in her current vein of form over course and distance then she could well strike again despite this appearing a deeper race than the one she tackled last time out.