Horse racing tips on Friday – Best bets for the day’s UK racing fixtures
Horse racing tips on Friday 2 July
More UK horse racing action goes to post on Friday and we’ve looked over the day’s racecards where we’ve picked out our horse racing tips on Friday and best bets at each meeting.
Another busy Friday of UK horse racing action awaits punters on Friday as five fixtures head to post over the sticks and on the flat where the feature meeting of the day comes from Sandown and the first day of the Coral Summer Festival.
Elsewhere on the flat in the afternoon there is a meeting at Doncaster, while Newton Abbot are racing over the sticks. The evening action meanwhile consists of two meetings on the flat with fixtures at Haydock and Beverley.
In all 33 races will unfold across the day’s meetings and we’ve assessed the action to pick out our horse racing tips on Friday and best bets at each meeting.
HORSE RACING TIPS ON FRIDAY – BEST BETS FOR THE DAY’S UK RACING FIXTURES
2:10 Doncaster – Follow At The Races On Twitter Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-80) 1m
SIX STRINGS has been in good form since his switch to Grant Tuer, winning twice at Catterick and Wetherby and bouncing back from a lesser effort under a penalty to find only one too good in a better race than this at Redcar last month.
The Requinto gelding was beaten less than a length on that occasion and the form wasn’t done any harm when the fourth horse home went one better next time.
He conceded first run in that last run, finishing strongly to take the silver medal close home and he’s only up 3lbs so could have further improvement to come and back down in class he can go close here.
2:30 Newton Abbot – St Austell Brewery Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 2m5f
NIKAP has yet to get off the mark over fences in six attempts and despite falling on two occasions she’s shown enough over the larger obstacles to suggest she’s well up to winning in this sphere.
Nigel Hawke’s charge was far from done with when coming to grief at Worcester last time, still travelling well when falling mid-race and the Kapgarde mare might be worth chancing here to put in a clear round and get off the mark.
The tongue-tie she wore for the first time in that last run is retained and if she’s none the worse for her latest spill then it wouldn’t be a surprise if she were to go close here assuming she can put in a clear round.
2:45 Doncaster – Sky Sports Racing Sky 415 Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-100) 5f
INDIAN SOUNDS won three of his last four starts last term but has taken a little while this campaign to get going, finishing down the field in his first two starts but turning in a much improved effort latest over this course and distance when finishing a close third behind the reopposing Jawwaal and Caspian Prince who has won twice since.
Paul Midgley’s Exceed and Excel gelding was only beaten a head on that occasion, outpaced before finishing well and he is 2lbs better off with Michael Dods’ runner this time so could overturn that form now.
He probably need s a little more on the balance of his form to do so but that wouldn’t be a surprise given he appears to be running into form judging on that latest effort and he ought to co close here if he can build on that latest better effort.
4:05 Sandown – Davies Insurance Services Gala Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m2f
Progressive JOHN LEEPER probably found the test of the Epsom Derby too much to handle but Ed Dunlop’s charge can quickly bounce back to winning form here.
The Frankel colt had shown some ability in his sole juvenile start and he took a big leap forward this term to register wins at Newcastle and Newmarket, the latter coming in Listed company when readily running out a two lengths’ winner over Tasman Bay in the Fairway Stakes.
That one has since finished runner-up again in a Group Two at Royal Ascot and the selection arguably ran better than the bare result at Epsom despite beating only three home having made an eye-catching move into contention running out of Tattenham Corner before failing to get home.
This is easier and the return to this shorter trip is likely to prove a big benefit so there’d be no surprise in seeing him returning to winning form given he remains open to further progress still.
5:35 Haydock – racingtv.com Handicap Cl5 (3yo 0-70) 1m2f
WE STILL BELIEVE might be worth sticking with having won last time out and the Lawman gelding can improve again to follow up here.
Ben Haslam’s charge has won two of his four starts this term, landing victories at Newcastle in January and getting back on the scoresheet at Hamilton latest when running out a two lengths’ winner over Carrigillhy having looked appreciative of the stiffer test.
The runner-up along with the sixth horse home in that race have both won since and a 5lbs rise in the weights remains workable given he could pull out even more improvement over this additional furlong.
6:38 Haydock – Follow @RacingTV On Twitter Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-85) 6f
MR WAGYU has been in excellent heart this term, reeling off a three-timer including under a double-penalty at York last month and the Choisir gelding might have been feeling the effects of a busy spell when disappointing at Pontefract when last seen.
That was his fourth run in little over a fortnight and it came in a stronger race than this where he finished ninth behind Music Society.
John Quinn’s charge might benefit from a longer break than the twelve days he’s had since that last run but this is an easier contest and he might be worth chancing to bounce back with course and distance winning form already in the book although there’s an argument the handicapper has his measure now.
However given how he defied his double-penalty two runs ago he may still have some scope and if he’s no longer feeling the effects of his busy spell then he could go close here.
7:53 Beverley – Walkington Handicap Cl5 (3yo 0-70) 5f
AVA GO JOE has to give weight away to this field on his handicap debut but Tim Easterby’s charge is open to plenty of improvement and the Dragon Pulse gelding can win again.
He’s bettered his finishing position with every run in novice and maiden company, getting off the mark with victory over this course and distance last month where he struck by a neck from Motorious and the manner of that victory suggests there might be more in the pipeline to come as he switches to the handicap ranks.
A mark of 72 could prove to be very fair given he can improve and while he has to concede weight to this field he’s much less exposed than the majority of these rivals and he can progress to add another win to his tally.