UK racing best bets on Friday – Tips for the day’s fixtures around the country
UK racing best bets on Friday 3 September
Another busy day of horse racing goes to post across the country with some competitive flat racing action and we’ve looked over the day’s fixturelist to pick out our UK racing best bets on Friday and tips for each meeting.
A busy day of horse racing action awaits punters with five meetings going to post around the country on the flat where there are fixtures both on the all-weather and on turf.
In all there will be 35 races going to post throughout the afternoon and evening where there are meetings on turf at Haydock and Ascot as well as Newcastle on the all-weather during the day; while the evening fixture list takes in another turf racing card on the flat at Pontefract and an all-weather fixture at Kempton.
We’ve looked over each of the day’s racecards around the country to pick out our UK racing best bets on Friday and tips for every fixture.
UK RACING BEST BETS ON FRIDAY – TIPS FOR THE DAY’S FIXTURES ACROSS THE COUNTRY
2:20 Haydock – The Tin Man Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-100) 6f
GOLDEN APOLLO hasn’t won since taking the 2019 Ayr Silver Cup and the Pivotal gelding isn’t the easiest to catch right these days where he’s as likely to throw in a howler as a good run. However he turned in one of his better efforts when finding only one too good in the Great St Wilfred Stakes latest.
Tim Easterby’s charge was beaten just over one length by Justanotherbottle, running on well from the back but unable to land a telling blow on the winner. That form has been done no harm since with the winner since going close in the Beverley Bullet last weekend.
The handicapper has left his mark alone following that run which leaves him 2lbs below his last winning mark and if continuing his good form ought to go close.
3:20 Newcastle – However You Play, Play Bet UK Handicap (Div I) Cl6 (3yo+ 0-65) 7f
BRAZEN BOLT is relatively lightly-raced and posted a career best to get off the mark over this course and distance last month, beating Twisted Dreams by just over two lengths.
John Quinn’s Brazen Beau gelding ran out a comfortable winner on that occasion and this is arguably an easier assignment as he drops back into a Class 6 contest.
The handicapper has raised him 6lbs for that breakthrough victory but there could be more to come from him now he’s got his head in front and turning out again over course and distance he can stage a repeat performance which can see him win again.
3:40 Ascot – National Racehorse Week Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 1m
FANTASTIC FOX was napped by this column when winning three weeks ago and we stick with Roger Varian’s charge to get the job done again here.
The Frankel colt has been in good form either side of a lesser effort at Royal Ascot in June, winning at Hamilton in May and bouncing back to winning ways when last seen at Haydock last month where he ran out a ready winner from Bakersboy.
That form has taken a few knocks and he has more on his plate not upped 6lbs and taking in a stronger race, while he faces much quicker ground now than was the case last time out. However his Hamilton win came on good ground so he should handle the conditions and open to further improvement should make his presence felt again.
6:00 Pontefract – Volkswagen Van Centre Leeds Optional Claiming Handicap Cl2 (4yo+) 1m
STREAK LIGHTNING is relatively lightly raced and has already tasted victory four times in his career for Mark Johnston, the latest of those victories coming when last seen contesting a Beverley seller.
The Night Of Thunder gelding ran out a six lengths’ victor over Cindy Looper on that occasion and the race has since thrown up a pair of subsequent dual-winners. He’s since joined Ruth Carr and makes his debut here for his new yard.
Having won with plenty in hand last time it is interesting that he returns to handicapping for his new yard from 7lbs lower in the weights while Joanna Mason can take off a further 3lbs so he’s handicapped to go close here and ought to make a bold bid for all this is a good bit tougher than his past assignments.
6:15 Kempton – Try Our New Price Boosts At Unibet Fillies’ Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-80) 1m
SPIRIT OF THE BAY is progressing well and arrives here on a hat-trick of victories; the Cable Bay filly can oblige punters by collecting first prize here despite taking a step up in class.
Clive Cox’s charge has struck wins over this course and distance and Chepstow latterly, beating Top Class Angel by the thick end of two lengths for the latest of those wins.
She showed some signs of temperament on that occasion, swishing her tail under pressure but ran out a ready winner nonetheless and a 6lbs rise looks workable given she’s open to further improvement.
This is tougher but she’s in form and proven over course and distance so no surprise to see another bold effort now.