Racing best bets on Friday – Tips for the day’s UK flat and jumps meetings

Racing best bets on Friday. Tips for the day's meetings on the flat and over the sticks.Racing best bets on Friday. Tips for the day's meetings on the flat and over the sticks.

Racing best bets on Friday 1 September 30, 2021

Friday sees another round of UK horse racing fixtures where four more meetings head to post around the UK on the flat and over the sticks. Our tipping team has picked out their racing best bets on Friday and tips for each of the day’s racecards.

Punters have plenty more horse racing action to look forward to on Friday with fixtures going to post on the flat and over the sticks around the country and 27 races will unfold in the afternoon and early evening.

The afternoon racing sees Listed action on the card at Ascot with the Noel Murless Stakes taking centre stage, while Fontwell and Hexham both go to post over the sticks. Meanwhile Newcastle takes place in the evening on their tapeta surface.

Our tipping team take a look over the day’s action and have picked out their racing best bets on Friday.


1:35 Fontwell – Visit Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (3yo+ 0-135) 2m1½f

CHAMPAGNE CITY could the one to side with in a trappy contest despite there being only five runners.

Tom George’s charge arrives here having won three of his last four starts, latterly scoring following three months off the track at Worcester last month when running out a four lengths’ victor over Solstalla.

That form looks quite solid with the runner-up and third both running well since and a 4lbs rise leaves him still well treated on his previous form as he’s won before from this mark and placed from higher in the past.

This slightly step up in trip will hold no fears and if turning out here in similar form to recent efforts then he ought to go well again and he can add to his tally.

Racing best bets on Friday. Tom George can saddle a winner on the card at Fontwell.

Racing best bets on Friday. Tom George can saddle a winner on the card at Fontwell.

2:55 Hexham – Lords Of The Ring Race Day Novices’ Handicap Chase Cl5 (4yo+ 0-105) 3m

REAL ARMANI returns from a break of almost five months here and if fit to go at the first attempt back Julie Walton’s charge can make his reappearance a winning one.

The Sulamani gelding has shown improved form since undergoing wind surgery, winning twice in the spring over this course and distance and making the frame on all three subsequent outings.

Last seen finishing runner-up behind Gameface over C&D where he was beaten five lengths he only gave way late in that contest and a 1lb rise in the weights could prove workable assuming he’s fit from his absence.

Given his record here however it might be worth chancing that he arrives here at the top of his game and he can give a good account.

3:05 Ascot – Harrogate Water B Corp Noel Murless Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo) 1m6f

SCOPE won on his debut and sole start last campaign when going in at Newbury and Ralph Beckett’s charge has been running better than his bare results this term attest, twice finishing in the frame in each of his first two starts before posting a very creditable fifth to Yibir at York in the Great Voltigeur Stakes.

The Teofilo colt probably found the test of the St Leger too much but he could bounce back here with his sights eased and a big run wouldn’t come as a surprise now.

He comes out best at the weights here on official ratings and would be giving the progressive Chalk Stream 4lbs in a handicap; while the form of the season’s final Classic took a small boost when the third-placed horse finished runner-up last weekend in a Group Three at the Curragh.

Entitled to progress given he’s lightly raced he ought to go well and he can get back to winning ways here.

Racing best bets on Friday. Colin Tizzard can saddle a winner on the card at Fontwell.

Racing best bets on Friday. Colin Tizzard can saddle a winner on the card at Fontwell.

3:20 Fontwell – Get Hugh Taylor’s Tips On Handicap Hurdle Cl5 (3yo+ 0-105) 2m3f

At a big price it might be worth chancing on the unexposed ALLSFINEANDANDY who offered little on the flat but has placed twice from three starts over hurdles and Colin Tizzard’s charge could have more to offer.

The Dandy Man gelding had finished fourth on his debut in this sphere at Newton Abbot prior to a lesser run at Stratford next time out. But his latest run behind a 111-rated rival back at Newton Abbot was a big step forward where he found only Beholden too strong but had pulled more than 20 lengths clear of the third.

This further step up in trip could unlock more improvement and having been handed a mark of just 80 for his handicap debut he could well prove ahead of that mark if showing some progress on the back of that last outing and racing off a feather weight he could post a big run.

3:30 Hexham – Colin Woodward’s Retirement All The Best Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (3yo+ 0-130) 2m4f

GLINGER FLAME won this race twelve months ago from 2lbs higher in the weights and Nicky Richards’ charge can follow up if none the worse for his recent spill at Kelso where he slipped on the flat and crashed out of the race won by Iolani.

The Daylami gelding had been lightly raced in the wake of his last course and distance success, finishing third at Uttoxeter in June before having a breather ahead of his Kelso return where he didn’t get past the fourth obstacle.

Despite that mishap he could be worth chancing back here from an attractive handicap mark and assuming his exit last time hasn’t dented any confidence then he could further enhance his good course record where he’s only been beaten once in five starts here.

3:40 Ascot – Design Work Studios Handicap Cl2 (3yo 0-105) 6f

BICKERSTAFFE can get back on the winning trail following a creditable run to finish sixth in the Ayr Silver Cup where he was drawn on the high side and the Mayson colt can go well here if this doesn’t come too soon.

A dual-winner this term with victories at Pontefract and over course and distance in July he bounced back from a lesser run in the Stewards’ Cup consolation race with that Ayr effort where he was only beaten four lengths despite being on the unfavoured side of the track.

Back on his proper mark now he could have more to offer and this doesn’t look quite as strong a contest so there’d be no surprise if he were to go well here and resume the winning trend.

Racing best bets on Friday. Ascot is one of the day's meetings and hosts the main event of the day.

Racing best bets on Friday. Ascot is one of the day’s meetings and hosts the main event of the day.

8:00 Newcastle – Download The Attheraces App Handicap (Div II) Cl6 (3yo+ 0-55) 1m

BAWAADER was a winner at Ayr back in July off this mark and it may be worth chancing on David Thompson’s charge to get back on the up here.

The Dark Angel gelding has placed from higher marks in the past including over course and distance although he hasn’t won on the all-weather and indeed that Ayr victory is his sole win to date.

However he went close latest to doubling his tally at Hamilton last month where he met with trouble in running before running on well and he succumbed by less than one length. That form is fair and he’s been left alone at the weights ahead of his return to the all-weather where a repeat of that last outing might prove good enough here.