UK racing tips on Friday 25 June – Best bets for the day’s horse racing action
UK racing tips on Friday 25 June
A busy day of horse racing action awaits punters on Friday with six meetings heading to post around the country and we’ve picked out our UK racing tips on Friday and best bets for the action.
There’s plenty of racing action for punters to take in on Friday with a crop of six meetings heading to post around the country on the flat and over the sticks as we head into the weekend.
Friday’s fixture list sees afternoon flat racing from the cards at Yarmouth and Doncaster, while Cartmel are racing over the sticks as the day’s sole jumps racing fixture.
The evening action meanwhile sees a trio of fixtures on the flat with both Chester and Newmarket racing on turf with the latter on the July Course, while the start of the Northumberland Plate Festival on the all-weather track at Newcastle completes the Friday line-up.
In all there will be 43 races unfolding across the day’s meetings and we’ve looked over each of the day’s racecards to pick out our UK racing tips on Friday.
UK RACING TIPS ON FRIDAY – BEST BETS FOR THE DAY’S HORSE RACING ACTION 25 JUNE
2:15 Doncaster – Sky Bet Proud To Support Macmillan Handicap Cl5 (4yo+ 0-75) 6f
ABATE won twice last term, landing wins at Thirsk and Ayr as well as run some good races in defeat and Adrian Nicholls’ charge can get back on the scoresheet here.
The Bated Breath gelding has appeared to be working up to something since returning from six months off, three times making the frame including when beaten only two lengths by Mr Wagyu at York recently in a stronger race than this.
He drops into a Class 5 contest here having contested at higher levels and his current 75 rating puts him on his last successful mark from last term although he did finish third off 80 later that campaign so he’s well treated here on his old form and he can take advantage of the lesser grade to get back to winning ways.
2:35 Yarmouth – Quinnbet 2nd To The Favourite Special Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-80) 5f
KINGSHOLM showed some progressive form on the all-weather last term, winning twice at Wolverhampton and the Tagula gelding possibly needed his first run back from almost eight months off at Lingfield earlier this month.
James Fanshawe’s charge couldn’t find a change of gear late on in that contest but he can do better now with that outing under his belt and dropping back to the minimum trip having contested over six furlongs in that reappearance.
Stefano Cherchi can take off a handy 5lbs ahead of this assignment and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him doing better this time around now he’s had a run and he could be worth chancing to get back to winning ways.
3:00 Cartmel – 100% Racing TV Profits Back To Racing Handicap Chase Cl5 (5yo+ 0-100) 2m5f
JOLY MAKER hadn’t won in nine attempts following his last win at Bangor last August when getting back on the winning trail at Huntingdon latest under this rider, running out a half-length winner over Air Hair Lair and it might be worth chancing Jonjo O’Neill’s charge to go in again.
The Saddler Maker gelding was taking advantage of a reduced mark, running on well late to get up close home and the return to a longer trip shouldn’t present any issue although a 5lbs rise in the weights will make life a little tougher although he has placed off higher marks in the past and should remain competitive.
He wasn’t always fluent at his obstacles last time but still managed to win and if he can put in a more polished jumping performance then he ought to go well and he can collect again here.
5:10 Doncaster – Download The At The Races App Handicap Cl6 (3yo 0-60) 6f
COMETH THE MAN has returned this season in decent fettle, making the frame in all but two of his six outings, most recently denied by only a head behind Truth In Jest at Redcar six days ago where he wore a first-time hood.
David O’Meara’s Dandy Man gelding travelled strongly into that contest and met a little trouble in running on the rail; but he still managed to briefly get to the front before being gunned down late by the winner who battled back strongly to regain the lead close home.
He can compete here from the same mark before going up in the weights in future runs and he may be able to take advantage here if the headgear has the same positive effect and assuming the run doesn’t come too soon.
7:05 Chester – tote & EBF Supporting #RacingWithPride Fillies’ Handicap Cl3 (3yo+ 0-90) 1m2½f
BABINDI was thought good enough to have a crack at a Group Three last term and while she failed to cut much ice at that level she might have found the soft ground against her.
Back from seven monts off she’s since found only one too good in starts at Newmarket and Ripon latterly, beaten only a nose by Barn Owl in that last run. William Haggas’ charge could get off the mark now if finding another chunk of improvement back in a handicap.
That latest run came in novice company, but she had been denied only one length on her handicap debut the time before and off the same mark here the Frankel filly can go one better this time around. The third from that last outing has won since and she ought to make her presence felt here.
7:20 Newcastle – William Hill Hoppings Fillies’ Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m2f
ZEYAADAH won all three starts as a juvenile which included a Listed contest and the Tamayuz filly showed further progress on her seasonal debut in the Cheshire Oaks when beaten only one length by Dubai Fountain where she wasn’t seen to best effect.
Roger Varian’s charge bombed in the Epsom Oaks, appearing not to handle the track and weakening quickly out of contention from a challenging position in the straight to beat only one home. That one has however won since in a Listed contest and it might be worth chancing her to bounce back.
She won her only previous all-weather start – albeit on polytrack – when scoring at Chelmsford in August last year and taking a drop back in grade for this latest outing she can do better returning to a more conventional layout over this shorter trip.
7:30 Newmarket – Rich Energy Two Drinks One Taste Fillies’ Handicap Cl3 (3yo+ 0-90) 6f
ICE STATION ZEBRA has won four of her seven career runs with her most recent coming when last seen at Kempton earlier this month where the Showcasing filly got the better of Arabic Charm by a neck on her return from almost seven months off.
Ralph Beckett’s charge had won on her last start last term at Southwell to add to two earlier turf victories and returning to turf for this latest outing she could land her hat-trick now.
She showed plenty of resolution to grind out the victory latest and that run will have sharpened her up so better could be expected now from just 2lbs higher back on turf although this is a stronger contest.
Nevertheless she ought to go well and the lightly-raced filly could have more to offer so no surprise to see her in the mix again.
8:45 Chester – Roodee Handicap Cl4 (3yo 0-85) 1m2½f
RIVAL had been running well in defeat prior to making the breakthrough with a successful handicap debut over this course and distance and Andrew Balding’s charge can double up.
The Iffraaj gelding was building on an earlier fourth on his seasonal reappearance to score a shade readily from Military Mission, making all the running over this longer trip and finding plenty in front to win cosily.
That form has been boosted with the fourth winning next time, while the runner-up ran a good race in finishing fifth to Surefire in the King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot and further improvement could see him defy 6lbs rise in the weights.
Proven over course and distance he should make his presence felt again in this contest and no surprise to see him in the mix once more.