Friday 2 August horse racing tips – Scott’s 5/2 chance can strike under Hayley Turner at Bath
Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for Friday’s UK and Irish racemeetings including Glorious Goodwood and the Galway Festival.
Seven UK and Irish horse racing meetings go to post on Friday, and day four of the Glorious Goodwood Festival is headed by the Group Two King George Qatar Stakes which spearheads a card also featuring a trio of Group Three races.
Elsewehere in the afternoon, there is all-weather action on the flat from Wolverhampton, while Bangor are racing over the sticks.
In the evening meanwhile, the Galway Festival enters its’ fifth day with another mixed flat and jumps racing card featuring the Guinness Handicap.
In addition, Bath, Musselburgh and Newmarket are also all racing on the level on Friday evening.
Wolverhampton (flat, aw) – 1.30 – 4.50pm (7 races)
Bangor (jumps) – 1.40 – 5.00pm (7 races)
Goodwood (flat) – 1.50 – 5.15pm (7 races)
Bath (flat) – 5.05 – 8.20pm (7 races)
Newmarket (flat) – 5.20 – 8.30pm (7 races)
Musselburgh (flat) – 5.30 – 8.40pm (7 races)
Galway (mixed) – 5.10 – 8.25pm (7 races)
(3.10) MITIGATOR (10/3, Paddy Power) is on a roll since being fitted with blinkers, winning two of his last three starts and arriving here chasing a hat-trick of wins having struck at Lingfield and Yarmouth latterly three days ago.
Lydia Pearce’s Delegator gelding ran out a comfortable four lengths’ winner on that last occasion, and this looks no tougher a contest than that last outing.
He has to prove as effective on tapeta, but he is a polytrack winner and a 6lbs penalty may not be enough to prevent him from landing the three-timer if taking to this surface.
(4.20) INVICTUS SPIRIT (5/2, Bet365) looked potentially useful when finishing a good third on his debut at Windsor last month, and Sir Michael Stoute’s charge can improve for that experience to get off the mark at the second attempt.
The Frankel colt looked in need of the experience on that occasion, where he was beaten three lengths but clear of the remainder, and the experience won’t have been lost on him.
He looks sure to improve on the back of that introduction, and given that many of the yard’s runners often benefit from a first run then he ought to go close here.
1.30 – Atyaaf
2.00 – My Motivate Girl
2.35 – Distant Chimes
3.10 – Mitigator
3.45 – Effernock Fizz
4.20 – Invictus Spirit
4.50 – He’s A Laddie
(2.10) ALDRIN (7/2, William Hill) isn’t the most reliable of customers, but he is capable when in the mood and the New Approach gelding won twice last term with successes at Worcester and Market Rasen following wind surgery.
He disappointed inbetween wins however, underlining his inconsistency; but he shaped well on his reappearance at Worcester last month following seven months off, and if he can run to a similar level here then he ought to go close.
A subsequent winner was behind that day, and having been eased 2lbs in the weights he could be worth chancing for all he’s not guaranteed to put his best foot forward.
(2.45) GONE PLATINUM (7/1, Ladbrokes) is 2-3 at this venue, and Dai Rees’ charge is taken to get back to winning ways having run well in the recent Summer Plate at Market Rasen when last seen out 13 days ago.
The Mountain High gelding had struck earlier back-to-back successes at Ffos Las over hurdles and Market Rasen over fences before reverting to the smaller obstacles to find only Floki too strong back at Ffos Las in June.
Subsequently fifth in the Summer Plate, although beaten 30 lengths, he survived a bad blunder two out which possibly robbed him of a chance at finishing closer than he did, and taking in an easier contest now having been eased 1lb in the weights and returning to a track which he knows well then he could bounce back.
1.40 – Quivvy Lough
2.10 – Aldrin
2.45 – Gone Platinum
3.20 – Illustrissime
3.55 – Civil Unrest
4.30 – Istimraar
5.00 – Chanceiton
(3.00) DARK VISION (14/1, William Hill) has lost his way since winning the Vintage Stakes at this meeting twelve months ago, but the Dream Ahead colt could be worth sticking with back at this venue where he could go close to a return to winning ways.
Mark Johnston’s charge has been rather in-and-out this term since an encouraging run at Chelmsford back in April; but he ran his best race of the season when beaten just under two lengths into fourth behind Walkinthesand at Newmarket when upped to ten furlongs.
A strongly-run mile could suit, and first-time blinkers are now applied in the hope that the headgear can elicit a return to last season’s Group Two-winning form and he remains fairly treated off 103 so it would be no surprise to see him go well despite having a wide draw to content with.
(5.15) COUNTRY (5/1, Ladbrokes) stepped up markedly on his debut at Doncaster in March to register subsequent wins at Redcar and Ripon, and William Haggas’ Dubawi gelding can make it a hat-trick of wins switching now to handicapping.
A decisive four lengths’ winner at the Cleveland venue in April, he found another jolt of improvement to readily see off three rivals latest, and an opening mark of 88 looks potentially lenient.
He sports first-time cheekpieces for this latest outing, but he looks a nice prospect who can progress again and it would be no surprise to see him firmly in the mix here.
1.50 – Jubiloso
2.25 – Momkin
3.00 – Dark Vision
3.35 – Battash
4.10 – Homespin
4.40 – Mirage Dancer
5.15 – Country
(5.40) MAYBELLENE (5/2, Bet365) was never a factor in the Weatherbys Super Sprint last time out, but the run came on the back of three months off and George Scott’s charge may just have needed that run.
The Camacho filly had finished third on each of her previous starts, beaten less than one length on the second of them behind Baileys In Bloom at Beverley, and a repeat of that effort may be good enough to see her get off the mark back in a less demanding affair.
Likely to be sharper for that reappearanace, she ought to go close if running up to her official rating of 70, and she can give a good account of herself here.
(6.45) Emma Lavelle doesn’t run many on the flat, and LE TORRENT (7/2, Paddy Power) can get back to winning ways on his second start for this handler having gone close on the all-weather on his yard debut last month.
The Sir Percy gelding was a fair sort for Simon Dow previously, winning five times in all for that handler which included here; he subsequently was beaten only a neck on his latest outing behind Encryption and returns to turf where he looks to hold strong claims from just 1lb higher in the weights.
That was his first run in four months, and he is 2-3 at this track so if taking a forward step from that reappearance effort then he ought to go close here.
5.05 – Twpsyn
5.40 – Maybellene
6.10 – Broadhaven Dream
6.45 – Le Torrent
7.20 – Albanita
7.50 – The Daley Express
8.20 – Jaganory
(5.45) ALPINE STAR (2/1, Bet365) represents a yard in decent form, and having shaped encouragingly on her debut at Leopardstown in July, the Sea The Stars filly can find improvement to get off the mark at the second attempt.
Jessica Harrington’s charge was beaten just under two lengths into third in that outing, not knocked about and that outing will have taught her plenty so there’s every chance now of improvement to come.
The form of that debut effort has been franked by the winner and fourth both winning since – the former in Group Three company – and she could well be the answer here with the potential for better still to come.
(7.25) HAZEL BAY (6/5, William Hill) has had a few goes to win without success, but the Iffraaj filly sets a pretty stiff standard on her form to date and Dermot Weld’s charge can get off the mark here.
She has made the frame in all five starts to date, never finishing worse than fourth and placing twice in Listed company in outings at Naas and Cork respectively. She was last seen finishing third to Tipitena at Roscommon in a first-time hood, beaten just one length, and a repeat of that effort could be enough as she returns from a break.
The runner-up has since won twice, while there have been further winners come out of those horses who finished behind, and now tried in blinkers with a step up in trip likely to also suit then she could prove a tough nut to crack.
5.10 – Kerosin
5.45 – Alpine Star
6.15 – Treasure Chest
6.50 – Mr Adjudicator
7.25 – Hazel Bay
7.55 – Raffaello
8.25 – The King
(5.50) CAMBRIC (5/1, Bet365) found improvement switching to handicaps when running out a ready winner over Sea Art at Salisbury in June, and Roger Charlton’s charge can get back on the scoresheet here.
The Australia filly had shown only moderate form in a trio of maiden and novice races beforehand, but she won well on her handicap debut and wasn’t disgraced off an unsuitably slow pace latest at Leicester when beating only one home behind Global Falcon.
She gave herself plenty to do in any case having missed the start, but the winner of that race has won again since, and she could be worth chancing to leave the form of that run behind here where she remains potentially well-treated off a mark of 68.
(7.00) BATTLE OF MARATHON (6/1, William Hill) hasn’t won for some time, with his latest success coming on the all-weather back in December 2017. However, John Ryan’s charge may be about to end his losing streak judging by a solid run at Yarmouth latest, and a repeat of that effort may be enough.
The War Front gelding was beaten only by a neck on that occasion behind Percy Prosecco, slowly away, but he finished with a rattle and probably would have won in a few more strides.
He is unchanged at the weights for this latest outing, and the presence of Cieran Fallon on board could prove the catalyst for a return to winning ways.
5.20 – Aperatif
5.50 – Cambric
6.25 – Lazuli
7.00 – Battle Of Marathon
7.30 – Fighting Temeraire
8.00 – Art Song
8.30 – Tawny Port
(6.35) WAR WHISPER (7/2, Coral) struggled last term in the wake of back-to-back wins at Pontefract and Carlisle, but Paul Midgley’s charge hinted at a revival when finding only one too strong at Beverley last month and a repeat of that effort may be good enough here to see the Royal Applause gelding get back on the scoresheet.
His last win came from a mark of 78, and following that latest runner-up effort behind Only Spoofing he is only 4lbs higher now than that last winning rating.
The form of his near miss has been franked by the winner scoring twice since, and he had pulled clear of the third horse home so a similar effort ought to put him firmly in the mix and it would be no surprise to see him get back to winning ways here.
(8.40) This is a tougher assignment than he has been contesting in recent runs, but BE PERFECT (3/1, William Hill) can continue his good spell of form having won two of his last three starts, and the Street Cry gelding can find another jolt of improvement to strike again.
Ruth Carr’s charge ran out a three lengths’ winner over Sheila’s Empire latest at Catterick, staying on well to score and a subsequent 3lbs rise in the weights doesn’t look overly harsh given he arrives in excellent heart here.
THis slightly longer trip will be of no consequence to the veteran, and if continuing in his current vein of form then he can go close for all this is a more difficult task facing him.
5.30 – Above
6.00 – Etikaal
6.35 – War Whisper
7.10 – Flight Of Thunder
7.40 – Battle Of Waterloo
8.10 – Kaafy
8.40 – Be Perfect