Racing tips for Friday 18 June – Best bets for the day’s UK racemeetings
Racing tips for Friday’s UK fixtures on the flat and over the sticks
There is plenty more UK horse racing action for punters to take in on Friday with five more fixtures including day four of Royal Ascot. We’ve picked out our racing tips for Friday’s UK fixtures and best bests on each card.
Another cracking day of horse racing action awaits punters on Friday with five more fixtures heading to post on the flat and over the sticks and the feature meeting of the day again comes from Royal Ascot where it is day four of the premier flat racing fixture.
Elsewhere there is also action on the flat at Redcar, while Market Rasen are racing over the sticks in the afternoon. Meanwhile, the evening racing takes in fixtures at Newmarket on the July Course and also Goodwood.
We’ve looked over all five of the day’s racecards to pick out our racing tips for Friday and best bets throughout the day.
RACING TIPS FOR FRIDAY 18 JUNE – BEST BETS AT ASCOT, MARKET RASEN, REDCAR, GOODWOOD & NEWMARKET
2:50 Market Rasen – MansionBet’s Betstival Bet 10 Get 20 Handicap Hurdle (Div II) Cl5 (4yo+ 0-100) 2m4½f
MIDNIGNT AURORA has struggled somewhat since scoring readily at Plumpton in March, but Dan Skelton’s charge could take advantage of this drop in grade to get back to winning ways.
The Midnight Legend mare struck by twelve lengths on her return from a short break back in March, but she has perhaps been in the grip of the assessor although her mark is sliding somewhat and she has been dropped another 2lbs following that last run which saw her finish some 16 lengths’ third to As High Say.
That was a stronger race than this however and the winner has since gone in again over fences; she might be worth chancing given this ease in class and her mark easing to get back on the winning trail.
3:05 Ascot – King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2) (Colts & Geldings) Cl1 (3yo) 1m4f
ALENQUER had the subsequent Epsom Derby winner Adayar in arrears when making a winning return to action in the Sandown Classic Trial back in April and William Haggas’ charge can continue to improve having had just three starts.
The Adlerflug colt was a winner on debut at Newbury last August, beating Tasfeeq by three lengths and he subsequently lost no caste in defeat when denied by Fancy Man in Listed company next time at Haydock.
The step up to ten furlongs seemed to suit him on his return and he’ll be sharper for that first run in eight months while the form has certainly taken a big boost not only from the runner-up but the fourth and eighth horses home who have both won since in Listed company.
There’s surely more to come from him and he looks the one to beat in this Group Two prize with the further step up in distance a potential source of further improvement.
3:15 Redcar – racingtv.com/freemonth Claiming Stakes Cl5 (3yo+) 7f
GET FUNKY takes on some thoroughly exposed sorts in this claiming contest and Tom Dascombe’s charge can get off the mark on just his second career start with improvement anticipated from the son of Pearl Secret.
Runner-up on debut in a Wolverhampton maiden contest where she was beaten just over one length she has seen that form boosted and she comes into this race still unexposed switching to turf where she can progress on the back of that first experience.
This easier grade can see her get off the mark now as she takes on some exposed sorts and she ought to go close.
5:35 Ascot – Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 1m4f
QUICKTHORN doesn’t have many miles on the clock and the Nathaniel gelding can follow up his latest victory with another success here.
Hughie Morrison’s charge struggled to get competitive in a couple of soft ground maidens during the 2019 campaign, but he improved last term to win and place at Kempton in two starts on polytrack before making a successful return to action following another ten months’ absence at Haydock last month.
He was visually impressive that day, travelling strongly into the race before asserting easily to win by the thick end of ten lengths and there’s likely more to come despite the handicapper having taken a dim view of that run and hitting him with 13lbs rise in the weights.
That bare form leaves him with a little bit of improvement still to find but the likelihood of a strong pace here will help and he can produce another big run here.
6:45 Goodwood – Tribute To Carol Phillips Handicap Cl3 (3yo 0-90) 1m4f
Lightly-raced RUSHMORE comes into this race on the back of a last-time course and distance success and the Lope De Vega colt can continue his progress to strike another win here.
Andrew Balding’s charge has improved for a step up in trip, finishing third here in May over ten furlongs behind Fairy Cakes and then stepping up on that when tried over this distance to see off Love Is Golden for a breakthrough victory.
There could be more to come from him if handling the softer ground and a 3lbs rise in the weights is lenient given his potential for better to come. This is a slightly tougher grade but he’s proven well suited to this venue and he can confirm recent form with reopposing Set Point who finished third to the selection last time.
7:30 Newmarket – Newmarket Charitable Foundation Fillies’ Handicap Cl3 (3yo+ 0-95) 7f
SPIRIT OF BERMUDA blotted her copybook two starts ago when refusing to race at Redcar in April, getting upset in the stalls and planting himself when the gates opened before exiting well behind the field.
William Haggas’ charge however readily bounced back from that with a smooth success at Leicester at the beginning of this month where she was much more relaxed and travelled well through the race before asserting.
There might be better to come from the daughter of Twilight Son although those signs of temperament earlier remain a slight worry. She’s also been pushed up 6lbs for that latest victory although the bulk of that rise has been offset by the presence of a claimer and if she can build on that latest win then she should go close again here.
8:40 Newmarket – Anawilk Interiors Fillies’ Handicap Cl5 (3yo+ 0-70) 5f
It might pay to give another chance to COLOMBE who had won on her reappearance at Windsor in May, beating Mahale by just over one length; Henry Candy’s charge wasn’t able to follow up next time out at Salisbury though when only fifth to Amor De Mi Vida although he travelled well into the contest before finding nothing when asked for effort.
The Mehmas filly can be forgiven that blemish as she had looked progressive prior to that and a mark of 69 remains very workable if she can find some improvement.
There is a slight worry she’ll do the same again if in contention and down tools but if she can be coaxed to see the race out better then she could get back on the scoresheet.