Racing best bets on Friday – Racing tips for the day’s UK racemeetings
Racing best bets on Friday 23 July
A busy day of horse racing is in store on Friday with a line-up of six fixtures going to post around the country on the flat and over the sticks. We’ve looked over the day’s racecards to pick out our racing best bets on Friday.
As we head towards another weekend of racing Friday’s fixture list takes in six meetings around the country on the flat and over jumps and there is some quality racing taking place with Group and Listed contests.
Friday’s afternoon racing action on the flat comes from the cards at Thirsk and Ascot, while Uttoxeter are racing over the sticks as the day’s sole jumps racing fixture. Meanwhile the evening racing takes in a trio of fixtures on the level at York, Chepstow and Newmarket’s July Course.
In all 41 races will unfold across the day’s racemeetings around the UK and we’ve looked over each of the day’s racecards to pick out our racing best bets on Friday.
RACING BEST BETS ON FRIDAY – RACING TIPS FOR THE DAY’S UK RACECARDS
2:20 Thirsk – Sky Bet Go-Racing-In-Yorkshire Summer Festival Nursery Handicap Cl3 (2yo 0-95) 6f
All four of these have claims but FLAMING RIB could hold the strongest case for victory and Tom Dascombe’s charge can get back on the scoresheet here.
The Ribchester colt was a winner at Nottingham in May prior to turning in a very good second in the Woodcote at Epsom and he bounced back from a lesser effort to finish third at Ascot when last seen, keeping on well once headed but unable to get back at the winner.
He was only beaten a half-length on that occasion and cross the line clear of the fourth horse; he’s only been raised 2lbs but Pierre-Louis Jamin takes the reins and the rider’s 5lbs claim is noteworthy in allowing the selection to compete from a theoretical 87 rating so every chance of a big run here where he might get an easy lead in front.
2:30 Ascot – John Guest Racing Brown Jack Handicap Cl3 (3yo+ 0-95) 2m
SPEEDO BOY won this race in 2018 from 6lbs higher in the weights but a hurdles win aside later that same year the Vision D’etat gelding has failed to add to his tally.
Ian Williams’ charge has run a number of solid runs in defeat however and comes here on the back of successive runner-up finishes at Goodwood and Chester where he’s only been beaten a neck both times.
Up 2lbs for his latest near miss he remains well treated on his old form and a return to the scene of his last success could spark him into putting his best foot forward here.
2:40 Uttoxeter – Storm Right Home Improvements Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+ 0-110) 2m7½f
It has been a while since GET AN OSCAR last tasted victory but Peter Bowen’s charge has been running well of late, finishing runner-up in her last two hurdles starts at Ffos Las and Worcester latterly and the Getaway mare can resume winning ways.
Her last win came from a mark of 101 at Market Rasen back in August 2019 and while winless since she’s run a number of creditable races in defeat; the form of her last run has been boosted with the winner going in again since and she’s certainly handicapped on her best form of ending her losing run here.
She could be worth chancing to go well in this contest as a result and she can make her presence felt in what looks an open race.
3:00 Ascot – British Racecourses Join Sunflower Lanyard Scheme Valiant Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies & Mares) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m
Indigo Girl sets a clear standard on last season’s form but the Dubawi filly may just need this reappearance and could prove vulnerable to race-fit LIGHTS ON who is progressing with every start and arrives here on the back of an impressive success in Listed company at Pontefract last time where the Siyouni filly ran out a ten lengths’ winner.
Sir Michael Stoute’s charge has also scored wins at Nottingham and here over the distance in May prior to contesting the Kensington Palace Stakes where she ran better than her bare result might suggest.
Her latest win saw her beat a 105-rated rival by ten lengths to take the Pipalong Stakes and with further improvement likely she could take the beating here with fitness assured.
6:22 Newmarket – Rich Club With Rich Energy Nursery Handicap (Jockey Club Grassroots Nursery Series Qualifier) Cl4 (2yo 0-85) 7f
FALL OF ROME has yet to strike in three career runs to date but the Frankel gelding has run to a decent level and can get off the mark here.
Runner-up to the smart Go Bears Go on debut he has since finished third on both subsequent outings at Goodwood and Haydock, beaten around two lengths each time and he could be well served by this step up in trip which can unlock another level of improvement.
Switching to a handicap now he could be fairly weighed off a mark of 83 and Charlie Appleby’s charge ought to make his presence felt here where he can open his win account at the fourth attempt.
6:40 Chepstow – Dunraven Windows Handicap Cl6 (3yo 0-60) 7f
INCORRIGIBLE is still a maiden but the Oasis Dream filly has shown enough in her starts to suggest she can win races and Richard Hannon’s charge can get off the mark here.
She had run well at Brighton in June when finishing fourth to Iva Reflection and it is possible the softer ground latest at the same venue may have been against her and she needed plenty of time to hit top gear.
Once she got going she ran on strongly though and there could be better to come from her back on a quicker surface. The handicapper has also eased her 1lb in the weights while Luke Catton can take off another 7lbs so she’s well weighted as a consequence off a theoretical 49 rating which it would be no surprise were she take advantage of.
7:52 Newmarket – Rich Energy Sugar Free Handicap Cl5 (3yo 0-70) 1m
MODEL ACTRESS had looked a potentially smart type in posting successive runner-up efforts either side of a break and Richard Hannon’s charge can bounce back here from a lesser effort last time on the Rowley Mile course at this venue.
The Dansily filly might have been amiss on that occasion, eventually beating only two home and crossing the line some 20 lengths adrift of the winner. However the form could prove useful given the winner won a Listed race next time and she could do better taking in a relatively low grade handicap on her debut in this sphere.
She’s been handed a mark of 72 which could prove lenient assuming she can shrug off that lesser effort last time out and no surprise if she were to make a bold bid for a first win.
8:00 York – Gallop Racing Handicap Cl3 (4yo+ 0-95) 1m
It could be worth giving another chance to KETTLE HILL who bombed out when sent off an odds-on favourite at Redcar back in April; the Gleneagles gelding might have been amiss however and a subsequent break might have done him a world of good.
William Haggas’ charge had won twice prior to that run, scoring at Windsor last July and making a winning reappearance from eight months off at Wolverhampton in March, beating Hundred Isles by three lengths.
For whatever reason he didn’t give his running last time he remains a promising sort who could step up now trying a handicap where an 85 rating could prove to be very workable and there’d be no shock in seeing an improved effort now back from a break.