Friday 13 September horse racing tips – Fahey’s 2/1 chance has big Prospects of Chester success

Chester are racing on Friday as five UK and Irish racemeetings go to post.

Chester are racing on Friday as five UK and Irish racemeetings go to post.

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for Friday’s UK and Irish racemeetings, including day three of the Doncaster St Leger Festival.

Five more meetings head to post throughout Friday, and day three of the Doncaster St Leger Festival takes centre-stage once again where the ITV Racing cameras will be in attendance for the Group Two Doncaster Cup and the Group Two Flying Childers Stakes.

Meanwhile, there is further action on the flat from Chester and Sandown in the afternoon, and Salisbury in the evening.

Completing the Friday fixture list is day six of the Listowel Harvest Festival which boasts both flat and jumps racing action.

Chester (flat) – 1.50 – 5.15pm (7 races)
Listowel (mixed) – 1.55 – 5.55pm (7 races)
Doncaster (flat) – 2.10 – 6.00pm (8 races)
Sandown (flat) – 2.20 – 5.35pm (7 races)
Salisbury (flat) – 4.35 – 7.10pm (6 races)


(3.00) NOBLE PROSPECTOR (2/1, Bet365) has proven himself to be a consistent and fairly useful sort, finishing no worse than fourth in any of her starts which include a win at Wolverhampton latest where the Elzaam gelding beat Robero by a short-head.

Richard Fahey’s charge was stepping back in trip on that occasion, but he returns to ten furlongs for this latest outing which is no issue for the three-year old who had finished a close third the time before over this distance.

He is only 3lbs higher in the weights here, and with Megan Nicholls on board again, the pair can combine for another success back on turf.

(4.40) HEREBY (10/11, Ladbrokes) is progressing well, winning three of her five career starts to date which includes two of her last three, and the Pivotal filly arrives here in search of a hat-trick of wins.

Ralph Beckett’s charge had the reopposing Gossip Column behind – a winner since – when scoring here in August, and she followed up with a success over Doctor Cross at Pontefract next time out.

She showed a good attitude to rally well and get back up once headed, and a subsequent 4lbs rise in the weights looks workable with the potential for further improvement to come. She could still have some secrets from the handicapper, and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see another big effort here.

1.50 – Cognac
2.25 – Lexi The One
3.00 – Noble Prospector
3.30 – International Man
4.05 – Mayne
4.40 – Hereby
5.15 – Salam Zayed

Ralph Beckett

Ralph Beckett can get amongst the winners at Chester on Friday


(2.30) CRACKING NAME (9/2, William Hill) stepped up on her previous few efforts to get back on the winning trail at Tipperary last month, and the Famous Name mare could be worth chancing to follow up here.

David Marnane’s charge was a three-time winner last term, scoring at Cork, Tipperary and Naas, and although runs earlier in the season were a shade underwhelming she bounced back with a bang to beat Tribal Path by just over two lengths latest.

That form is fair, and she won with some authority although the handicapper’s decision to push him up 9lbs does look harsh, and this will require a career-best effort. Nevertheless, she could be worth chancing to deliver in what looks a winnable contest, and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see her get firmly in the mix.

(3.40) FORMAL ORDER (4/1, William Hill) has largely been running well without getting his head in front, but Johnny Murtagh’s charge could be worth chancing to gain a first win here and get some reward for a series of consistent efforts.

Runner-up in two of his last three starts, including being beaten a head behind De Name Escapes Me at Roscommon back in June, the Iffraaj gelding bounced back from a lesser effort in a warm heat at Galway to finish just over one length behind Takarengo back at Roscommon and a repeat of that effort might be good enough here.

Just outbattled by the winner, the front pair had drawn readily clear of the rest of the field and he has been eased 1lb in the weights since so should remain competitive at the weights.

Still with the potential for better for his in-form yard, he can go close here and no surprise to see him gain a first career win.

1.55 – Ivy Avenue
2.30 – Cracking Name
3.05 – Pepper’n Salt
3.40 – Formal Order
4.15 – The West’s Awake
4.50 – Golazo
5.25 – Ellipsism
5.55 – Janet’s Charm


(3.45) A’ALI (11/8, Ladbrokes) saw his winning run ended on the all-weather at Deauville last time out in the Group One Prix Morny; but Simon Crisford’s charge can bounce back here having struck previous wins at Ascot and on the Deauville turf previously.

Both those successes came over five furlongs and in Group Two company, with the Society Rock colt running out a ready winner of the Norfolk Stakes on softer ground and then proving quicker conditions to be no issue when beating My Love’s Passion in the Prix Robert Papin.

Possibly just stretched by six furlongs latest, he ought to appreciate this return to a stiff five furlongs and he could make amends here with a return to winning ways if the even quicker conditions – unraced on ground quicker than good – don’t prove an inconvenience to his chances.

(5.30) Course and distance winner FLAVIUS TITUS (3/1, Bet365) could be worth forgiving his latest run in the Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood where the Lethal Force gelding failed to beat a rival home.

Roger Varian’s charge wasn’t unfancied for that contest having been sent off at 9/1; but he weakened as if amiss on his first start in two months, and he may be best judged on earlier efforts which saw him win two of his previous three starts.

Both those successes came at Newmarket, latterly beating Louie De Palma by a neck, and he had also won at this venue over seven furlongs last June prior to some consistent performances in defeat although he failed to run up to form in a Goodwood contest last August so perhaps the Sussex track doesn’t play to his strengths.

He could be worth chancing then back at the scene of one of his previous wins, and with his earlier Newmarket form working out quite well it wouldn’t come as a big shock to see him bounce back here.

2.10 – Mot Juste
2.40 – Saroog
3.10 – Stradivarius
3.45 – A’Ali
4.20 – Mothalam
4.55 – Maori Knight
5.30 – Flavius Titus
6.00 – Sandret


Stradivarius is hard to oppose in the Doncaster Cup on Friday


(3.20) GLOBAL STORM (11/4, Paddy Power) appeared to spurn a winning chance at Chelmsford last month, but Charlie Appleby’s charge is given another chance and the Night Of Thunder colt can get off the mark at the third attempt.

Having found only one too good on debut at Doncaster where he finished around three lengths’ adrift of Valdermoro, he subsequently chased hom Moolhim where he was denied by a half-length. He had tried to make all, but once headed he battled on to the line without quite matching the winner and there may be more to come from him.

He has the ability to get involved, and further improvement will certainly put him in the mix so he is perhaps worth chancing to go one better than earlier starts and land a breakthrough win.

(3.55) CASANOVA (7/2, Bet365) bolted up following a break when routing Great Esteem and others at Wolverhampton last month, and the Frankel gelding can build on that outing to follow up despite this being a stronger race.

John Gosden’s charge had gone close in a novice back in April behind the smart Le Don De Vie, but subsequently failed to back up that run at Beverley the following month. Gelded in the aftermath, he was absent for almost four months before returning to action on the all-weather latest and now making his handicap debut he could have more to offer.

Despite racing keenly last time, he had plenty in reserve and readily drew clear for an easy win, and he has been handed a workable opening mark ahead of his debut in the handicap ranks so he could take advantage.

2.20 – Spreadsheet
2.50 – Our Oystercatcher
3.20 – Global Storm
3.55 – Casanova
4.30 – Haddaf
5.05 – Bedtime Bella
5.35 – Secret Art


(5.40) LOVE POWERFUL (11/10, William Hill) has progressed with each start, getting off the mark last time out at Windsor when beating Company Minx last month. That rival has since run respectably at Doncaster since during the St Leger Festival meeting, while the fourth and fifth horses home have both registered subsequent wins.

That is some decent form which the Gutaifan filly brings into this race, and Richard Hannon’s charge looks to have been given a lenient opening mark ahead of her handicap debut.

Open to improvement she could well prove a tough nut to crack here if progressing as hoped, and no surprise to see her following up in this contest.

(7.10) HAWRIDGE STORM (9/2, Coral) has shown a fair level of form in his handful of starts to date, finishing runner-up at Goodwood and Ffos Las latterly where he found only Motfael too good by six lengths.

The winner looked a useful sort, but Rod Millman’s charge didn’t help his own cause with a slow start although he ran on well late without posing a serious threat to the winner.

Those runner-up efforts set a relatively moderate standard, but the Intello gelding should continue to remain competitive in an ordinary contest, and he can get off the mark here.

4.35 – Red Missile
5.10 – Qaaddim
5.40 – Love Powerful
6.10 – Grisons
6.40 – King’s Advice
7.10 – Hawridge Storm