UK free racing tips for Friday – Best bets on the flat and over jumps
UK free racing tips for Friday
There is some classy racing action going to post on Friday across the country on the flat and over jumps and our tipping team pick out their UK free racing tips for Friday ‘s fixtures.
There’s some cracking horse racing action going to post on Friday both on the flat and over the sticks where four meetings are scheduled to take place.
The afternoon action sees flat racing from Newmarket while Uttoxeter and the first day of Wetherby’s Charlie Hall Chase Meeting are both on the agenda over the sticks.
Completing the Friday line-up of fixtures is a meeting on the all-weather in the evening under the floodlights at Kempton on their polytrack surface and our tipping team pick out their UK free racing tips for the day’s racing meetings.
UK FREE RACING TIPS FOR FRIDAY – BEST BETS ON THE FLAT & OVER JUMPS
1:30 Wetherby – bet365 Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) (Div II) Cl4 (3yo+ 0-110) 2m5½f
NOT WHAT IT SEEMS is proving steadily progressive over hurdles since landing a Sedgefield bumper last December, in the process of running well when falling at Catterick but making the frame on all three subsequent starts – all at this venue – and finding only one too good latest when denied by one length behind Glencassley.
That was his first start in more than six months and he’ll be sharper now with that under his belt and switching to the handicap ranks here he may be fairly treated off 108 with the potential to further improve.
There’d be no surprise to see him firmly in the mix in a competitive contest and he can make his presence felt here.
1:55 Newmarket – 888sport British EBF Conditions Stakes Cl3 (2-3yo) 6f
BAHRAIN PRIDE can get back to winning ways having shaped well on his recent return from almost a year off when finding only one too good at Kempton and the Kodiac colt can go one better.
Simon and Ed Crisford’s charge won each of his first two starts last term, landing a Listed contest at Ripon on the second occasion and he wasn’t disgraced subsequently tackling Pattern company in starts at Newbury and here on his final run of the season when finishing five lengths’ fourth behind Winter Power.
He’s had wind surgery since and was absent for days short of a full year before posting that solid reappearance and he could go close if building on that performance.
2:30 Newmarket – Irish Stallion Farms EBF “Bosra Sham” Fillies’ Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (2yo) 6f
There’s a slight worry that this might be one run too many for DESERT DREAMER but the Oasis Dream filly can make her presence felt if all is well.
Stuart Williams’ charge will be making her tenth start of the season in this contest where she’s a dual-winner and she’s acquitted herself well in Pattern class through the summer months, twice finishing runner-up here and finishing third in Group Two company either side of a solid fifth in the Cheveley Park over course and distance.
Better ground here as opposed to the heavy surface she tackled last time in France will suit and her form to date sets a solid standard. Assuming a hard season hasn’t left a mark then she ought to go well again and she can get back to winning ways.
2:48 Uttoxeter – Kalahari King Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl3 (4yo+) 2m
MINELLA DRAMA brings some solid form from hurdles into this sphere and Donald McCain’s charge can make a successful transition to the larger obstacles.
The Flemensfirth gelding twice placed between the flags in Ireland prior to joining this yard and he won three of six starts over hurdles last term which included a Listed contest at Market Rasen as well as twice finishing runner-up in Grade Two races, the last behind the exciting My Drogo at Aintree in April.
He could well make up into a smart chaser if bringing that level of hurdles form to this discipline and with point-to-point experience to call upon for his in-form yard then there’d be little surprise in seeing him make a winning debut over fences.
3:50 Wetherby – Cash Out At bet365 Handicap Chase (Listed Race) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+ 0-155) 2m3½f
It might be worth chancing THE BIG BITE who has a good record when fresh and Henry Oliver’s charge can make his presence felt.
The Scorpion gelding was very useful over hurdles, contesting in Graded company at both the Cheltenham Festival and Aintree Grand National Meeting before going over fences where he was a winner on his second start in that discipline for Tom George.
He’s since had four starts for this yard, winning at Aintree last November and he would have gone close to victory in the Greatwood Gold Cup at Newbury in March where he led over the last and looked in control before jinking left and almost running out at the elbow. He was disappointing next time at Cheltenham but maybe didn’t act on the track and he can do better back on a flatter layout.
He’s won twice on seasonal debuts in the past and if returning here at his best then he could post a big performance.
6:30 Kempton – Unibet 3 Uniboosts A Day Nursery Handicap Cl4 (2yo 0-85) 7f
ALTRAIF is given another chance having not been seen to best effect last time out and John and Thady Gosden’s charge can do better this time around.
The Kodiac colt is a course and distance winner unlike most in this field who have little or no experience of polytrack and he had been steadily progressive prior to his latest effort at Newmarket earlier in the month where he missed the break and needed to use plenty of petrol to get in a racing position.
That effort told late on and he can be forgiven that lesser run given his earlier progression which had seen him win over course and distance and make the frame in his other starts. He tackles a lower grade now and with first-time blinkers applied which may sharpen him up he looks to hold solid claims here if bouncing back to his earlier form.
7:30 Kempton – Unibet 3 Uniboosts A Day Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 6f
RUN TO FREEDOM got back on the scoresheet when successful over this course and distance earlier in the month and Henry Candy’s charge can go in again.
The Muhaarar colt’s record at this course is 211 and he’s also a winner on turf having struck at Newmarket in August; his latest win was a career best and his first attempt over six furlongs which posed him no issues as he ran on well having travelled strongly throughout and won going away.
This could be a little more tactical and he has a 6lbs rise in the weights to overcome, but he’s one who looks to be going the right way and with his good record here he has to be respected so every chance he can strike another win.