Friday 19 July horse racing tips – Ryan’s 13/8 chance set to strike again with Newbury success

Hamilton are racing on Friday.

Hamilton are racing on Friday.

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets across all of Friday’s UK and Irish racemeetings.

Eight meetings go to post on Friday across the UK and Ireland, and the day’s flat racing comes from the fixtures at Nottingham, Haydock and Newbury where there is Listed action, as well as from Killarney in Ireland as the Summer Festival meeting draws to its’ conclusion.

In the evening meanwhile there is further action on the flat from the meetings at Hamilton where there is Listed action, and also from Pontefract, and the July Course at Newmarket.

Completing Friday’s fixture list is a jumps racing card in Ireland at Kilbeggan.

Nottingham (flat) – 1.45 – 5.05pm (7 races)

Killarney (flat) – 1.55 – 5.10pm (7 races)

Newbury (flat) – 2.00 – 5.15pm (7 races)

Haydock (flat) – 2.10 – 5.25pm (7 races)

Kilbeggan (jumps) – 5.35 – 8.50pm (7 races)

Newmarket (flat) – 5.45 – 8.55pm (7 races)

Hamilton (flat) – 6.00 – 9.15pm (7 races)

Pontefract (flat) – 6.25 – 9.05pm (6 races)



(2.50) QUEEN OF KALAHARI (9/2, Bet365) has found a good vein of form in recent outings, landing three consecutive silver medals before making a breakthrough and getting back on the scoresheet with a defeat of Ventura Secret at Hamilton latest.

Les Eyre’s Lethal Force gelding seemed to find a jolt of improvement for the application of cheekpieces, and he struck by a neck in an amateur riders’ contest.

He dug deep that day for the win, and a 2lbs rise doesn’t look prohibitive so he could double up here with a similar effort.

(4.00) ASIAN ANGEL (11/4, Ladbrokes) has returned from a break in good heart this term, finishing runner-up to Amjaady on his handicap debut at Leicester in June prior to getting off the mark at Ayr next time out where he was an impressive five lengths’ winner.

Mark Johnston’s charge might have found the run coming too soon at Windsor three days later when beaten two lengths into third under a penalty behind Fox Vardy – his third run in a fortnight – and he can bouce back here having been given more of a breather between runs.

The Dark Angel gelding drops back to ten furlongs for this outing, and in receipt of weight all round from this field he can take advantage to get back to winning ways.

1.45 – Visible Charm

2.20 – Lexington Quest

2.50 – Queen Of Kalahari

3.25 – Expressionism

4.00 – Asian Angel

4.30 – Oasis Prince

5.00 – Salam Zayed

Nottingham are racing on Friday.

Nottingham are racing on Friday.


(3.30) SHOULDA LIED (5/1, William Hill) showed some decent form in middle-distance handicaps on the flat during the 2017 season, after which Willie Mullins switched the Henrythenavigator gelding to hurdling where he was a Tipperary winner in July last year.

Subsequently shaping as if amiss at Galway, he pulled up for a second successive start at Ballinrobe in April although he might have needed that run; he has since run respectably back on the flat at Bellewstown, finishing fourth and he can improve on that outing here.

He was beaten around eleven lengths on that occasion, but the increased emphasis on stamina here ought to be more in his favour and he can post an improved effort on the back of that performance.

(4.35) GARDENS OF BABYLON (4/7, Paddy Power) raced twice on the flat for Aidan O’Brien, after which the Camelot gelding moved to trainers’ son Joseph for a spell hurdling, and the four-year old proved himself a smart performer in that sphere.

A Punchestown winner, he finished in the frame in his next four starts which included in the Triumph Hurdle back in March where he finished third to Pentland Hills; he subsequently rounded off his season with a win at Punchestown, beating Notebook by six lengths

Stepping up considerably in distance for his return to the flat, he looks very hard to oppose if he can translate his hurdles form back onto the level and he is thoroughly unexposed on the level so every chance he can return from a break with a win.

1.55 – Burning Lake

2.25 – Marchons Ensemble

2.55 – Yuften

3.30 – Shoulda Lied

4.05 – Ellaat

4.35 – Gardens Of Babylon

5.10 – The King


(2.30) NASAIYM (7/4, Bet365) showed plenty of promise when finding only one too strong on her debut at Thirsk in May, beaten less than one length behind Althiqa; James Tate’s charge can build on that first run to get off the mark at the second attempt.

The More Than Ready filly ran on well late having raced green early, and that experience won’t have been lost on her. The third has since won, albeit in a claimer; but that run sets the standard, and she ought to improve for this furlong longer trip.

It would come as no surprise then to see her take a forward step with that experience under her belt, and while she faces some interesting debutantes from several top yards, she can benefit from that first outing to get off the mark at the second attempt.

(3.40) REPARTEE (13/8, William Hill) made a winning debut at York back in May, romping to an impressive five lengths’ success over Forbidden Land, and Kevin Ryan’s charge can improve for the experience to follow up and confirm himself as a potentially smart prospect.

The Invincible Spirit colt had five lengths to spare at the line, readily drawing clear, and he looks sure to have better to come on the back of that performance. Connections elected to swerve Royal Ascot with their expensive purchase, and she could be one to keep onside in the second half of this campaign.

With the potential for better still, she arguably sets the form standard on that debut success and no surprise if she were to build on the run to extend her winning record to two wins from two starts.

2.00 – Encipher

2.30 – Nasaiym

3.05 – Sea Of Faith

3.40 – Repartee

4.10 – Kiefer

4.40 – Fortune And Glory

5.15 – Jungle Juice

Newbury race on Friday

Newbury race on Friday


(2.40) JM JACKSON (6/5, Coral) can get off the mark at the fourth attempt, and Mark Johnston’s charge boasts the strongest form in this field having chased home subsequent Norfolk Stakes runner-up Ventura Rebel on debut, and then again finding only one too strong in the Listed National Stakes at Sandown on her next start.

The No Nay Never filly was a shade disappointing in the Group Three Albany Stakes where she weakened quickly out of contention; but back in much calmer waters here, she could bounce back returned to novice company.

Her form to date makes her hard to oppose, and this looks a good opportunity for her to open her win account.

(3.50) MONDAIN (7/2, Ladbrokes) failed to land his hat-trick in a slightly muddling race at Salisbury latest, but Mark Johnston’s charge is given another chance and he looked a progressive sort previously when registering wins at Lingfield and Hamilton respectively.

The Dubawi gelding put himself on the back foot in that contest by jumping a path three furlongs out, costing himself a couple of lengths and some momentum from which he was unable to recover.

Beaten almost four lengths there, he could still have more to offer and this mark of 77 remains workable judging on his earlier defeat of Qawamees at Hamilton, and he is worth another chance.

2.10 – Dreamweaver

2.40 – Jm Jackson

3.15 – Pendleton

3.50 – Mondain

4.20 – Mubtasimah

4.50 – Hey Jonesy

5.25 – Grey Spirit


(6.40) MISTY MILLIE (4/1, Ladbrokes) hasn’t won since scoring at Down Royal last May, and Garvan Donnelly’s charge has proven herself to be rather hit or miss since, both over hurdles and on the flat.

Her last hurdles start saw her finish just over two lengths’ fourth behind Polished Steel at Punchestown back in May, and she has had two runs on the flat since which include finishing a close third at Roscommon lat month.

The Dylan Thomas mare could be worth chancing back over hurdles and in a slightly less taxing affair than the one he found himself in on his last start over timer; while the booking of Rachael Blackmore is a plus, and the pair could go close here if the six-year old can replicate that Punchestown performance.

(7.45) PRESENT IN COURT (9/2, Bet365) won twice last term over hurdles, scoring at Downpatrick and Worcester in first-time cheekpieces before being absent for eight months.

Gordon Elliott’s Court Cave gelding was disappointing on his return to action when beating only three horses home behind My Sister Sarah at Punchestown in May, probably needing the run, and he ought to be sharper now with that outing under his belt.

He switches to chasing for this latest run which comes after a near-three months’ layoff; but if fit to go on his return and assuming he takes to this discipline then he could go close although this isn’t an easy introduction to chasing.

5.35 – Gambling Mistress

6.05 – Razoul

6.40 – Misty Millie

7.10 – Eimear

7.45 – Present In Court

8.15 – Tesseract

8.50 – Santana Plessis


(6.15) Charlie Appleby’s juvenile debutantes are always worth a second look here, and the Godolphin handler saddles two in the race with slight preference for NATIONAL TREASURE (2/1, Bet365) who can make a winning debut.

The Camelot filly fetched a big sum as a yearling, and she is a well-related sort to several high-class winners so could well prove herself to be a smart sort in a very open contest.

James Doyle sides with the daughter of Camelot, who is closely related to a Breeders Cup winner, over the yard’s other representative which could prove significant and she can get off the mark at the first time of asking in a race which should be informative.

(7.20 ) WHISPERING BEAUTY (6/4, Ladbrokes) found only one too strong on her debut, but the Arch filly can put that experience to good use to get off the mark here at the second attempt.

William Haggas’ charge showed definite inexperience in that first outing, slowly away and racing green early before running on well; while she was no match for the winner she will have learnt plenty from the run and she can step up.

She could prove a different proposition now with that run under her belt, and no surprise if she were to go one better on this occasion.

5.45 – Junoesque

6.15 – National Treasure

6.45 – Saikung

7.20 – Whispering Beauty

7.50 – Ornate

8.25 – Lady Dancealot

8.55 – Fighting Temeraire

Charlie Appleby can get in the winners circle at Newmarket

Charlie Appleby can get in the winners circle at Newmarket


(6.35) BYLINE (11/10, Paddy Power) shaped well on his debut at Ayr last month, finding only one too good behind Gobi Sunset, and Kevin Ryan’s charge is entitled to improve for that experience.

The Muhaarar colt was denied by little under one length on that occasion, running green and outpaced early before finishing strongly, and the outing ought to bring him on considerably.

The third horse home from that race has won since, and the stiff finish here ought to suit so every chance he can go one better to get off the mark at the second attempt.

(7.05) HOLMESWOOD (7/4, Bet365) hasn’t won for a while, while his form of late has been largely disappointing.

The Mayson gelding appeared to lose his way for Michael Dods towards the end of last season, although he did go close in an Ascot handicap at the beginning of October; while his first two starts for new handler Julie Camacho were underwhelming.

Those outings did come in some hot York handicaps however, and following wind surgery he showed a bit more of his old sparkle to finish just over one length fourth behind Secretinthepark back on the Knavesmire seven days ago.

He wasn’t seen to best effect that day, but this small-field scenario ought to suit and a 1lb drop in the rankings now leaves him 8lbs below his last winning mark. It ought to be only a matter of time before he capitalizes on his tumbling handicap mark, and it could come here.

6.00 – Strong Steps

6.35 – Byline

7.05 – Holmeswood

7.40 – Air Raid

8.10 – Mackaar

8.45 – King And Queen

9.15 – Poet’s Pride


(7.30) DAPPER MAN (7/4, William Hill) has gone from strength to strength this term, winning his last four starts which include a Chelmford win latest under a double-penalty where Roger Fell’s charge still ran out an easy five lengths’ winner over Big Time Maybe.

The Dandy Man gelding returns to turf here, and the assessor has had his say with a 9lbs rise in the weights which forces him into a better grade.

However, given his current rude health and excellent run of form he is worth sticking with to make it a five timer despite this demanding a career-best effort from his revised mark. He started his winning run at this venue back in May, and a return here could help him continue his good spell, and he can strike again.

6.25 – Tomfre

6.55 – Mankayan

7.30 – Dapper Man

8.00 – Star Of Southwold

8.35 – Lady Scatterley

9.05 – Musharrif