Friday 23 August horse racing tips – Haggas’ 6/4 chance can land hat-trick of wins with Goodwood success
Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets across all of Friday’s UK and Irish racemeetings.
Eight UK and Irish horse racing meetings will go to post on Friday, including the third day of the York Ebor Festival meeting where the Group One Nunthorpe Stakes is the feature race of the afternoon on another cracking card on the Knavesmire.
There is also afternoon flat racing from Ffos Las and Newmarket where there is action on the July Course.
Meanwhile, Friday’s evening racing comes on the flat from Salisbury and Goodwood, and also on the all-weather from Chelmsford; while there is a cracking card in Ireland at the Curragh which features the Group Two pairing of the Debutante Stakes and the Futurity Stakes.
There is also a jumps racing fixture going to post in Ireland on Friday evening at Killarney.
Ffos Las (flat) – 1.45 – 5.05pm (7 races)
York (flat) – 1.55 – 4.50pm (6 races)
Newmarket (flat) – 2.05 – 5.30pm (7races)
Killarney (jumps) – 4.45 – 8.00pm (7 races)
Goodwood (flat) – 5.00 – 7.35pm (6 races)
Curragh (flat) – 5.10 – 8.10pm (8 races)
Salisbury (flat) – 5.15 – 7.50pm (6 races)
Chelmsford (flat, aw) – 5.45 – 8.45pm (7 races)
(2.15) SKONTONOVSKI (9/2, Bet365) was clearly held back by inexperience early on his debut at Newmarket earlier in the month, but with that experience under his belt the Harbour Watch colt is taken to do better this time around.
Richard Spencer’s charge ran on well late in that contest once the penny finally dropped, and he crossed the line in fifth although beaten around four lengths.
He finished ahead of a next-time winner, and he can improve for that first run with this extra furlong likely to be in his favour.
(3.25) REQUITED (11/4, Coral) won a shade cosily at Lingfield latest when beating Fairy Fast by three-parts of a length, and it could be worth chancing Hughie Morrison’s charge to quickly follow up under a penalty.
The Requinto gelding also won at Southwell last August, but he failed to build on that success in two subsequent outings prior to eight months off the track.
He disappointed on each of his first three starts back, although there is a suspicion that he is stretched by six furlongs, and he posted a better effort in first-time cheekpieces back at this minimum trip when finishing third at Nottingham prior to getting back to winning ways latest.
A 6lbs penalty demands more back on turf, but he could prove equal to the task and find some improvement to defy his burden at the weights and strike again.
1.45 – Lexington Quest
2.15 – Skontonovski
2.50 – Breath Of Air
3.25 – Requited
4.00 – Last Look
4.35 – Motfael
5.05 – Born Leader
(1.55) MANDARIN (12/1, Paddy Power) is progressing well on turf, and Ian Williams’ charge can find another jolt of improvement to quickly get back on the winning trail.
The Lope De Vega gelding is relatively lightly-raced for a five-year old, and he appeared to relish the step up to this trip when winning at Newmarket earlier in the month with a ready success over Past Master.
Third subsequently in the Shergar Cup Challenge behind Indianapolis, where he was beaten only a half-length, he was possibly just given too much to do that day having been held up in rear before running on late. The manner of his finishing effort suggested that he’d have got up to win in another few strides, and the improving sort could have more to offer.
He has only been raised 1lb following that last outing, and while this is more demanding stepped up into Class 2 company, he is going the right way and remains unexposed at this trip.
(4.15) MOLATHAM (4/1, William Hill) found only one too good on his debut at Ascot last month, and Roger Varian’s charge can take a forward step here with that run under his belt.
The Night Of Thunder colt was beaten just a neck behind Mums Tipple, shaping as if a stiffer test might suit; but he stuck well to his task and the experience won’t have been lost on him.
The first four home finished in a heap, but the form has been boosted by the fourth and fifth horses home both winning on their next starts, while the winner ran out a hugely imprssive winner here on Thursday, and with the potential for improvement stepping up to seven furlongs he can go one better here to open his own win account.
1.55 – Mandarin
2.25 – Stradivarius
3.00 – Spartan Fighter
3.35 – Ten Sovereigns
4.15 – Molatham
4.50 – Biometric
(2.40) DREAM WORLD (9/2, Bet365) has won three times since joining Michael Appleby from Ireland, posting her latest win at Chepstow in July on her return from a short break.
The Dream Ahead filly has also won at Doncaster and Yarmouth, but she was unable to back up that latest win when disappointing at Yarmouth earlier in August where she perhaps was made too much use of.
She is probably better than she showed on that occasion, and she is worth another chance where she remains on a workable mark; she could bounce back here under stronger handling, and she is taken to get back on the scoreboard.
(4.25) BEYOND THE CLOUDS (5/2, William Hill) has proven himself a prolific winner over hurdles, winning three times prior to contesting the Scottish Champion Hurdle, and Kevin Ryan’s charge could prove to be a useful flat performer judging by his recent Ripon win where he ran out a ready winner over Navajo Pass.
He found plenty that day to hold off the runner-up who has won since, and an opening rating of 84 as he switches to handicapping now could well prove to be lenient.
With the potential for improvement on the level the Peintre Celebre can collect back-to-back wins, and with his smart form over hurdles to call upon he could take some stopping here.
2.05 – Thread Of Silver
2.40 – Dream World
3.15 – Royal Crusade
3.50 – Romola
4.25 – Beyond The Clouds
4.55 – Mina Vagante
5.30 – Majaalis
(5.55) STATIC JACK (6/1, Paddy Power) has improved since switching to Gavin Cromwell from Ellemarie Holden, and the Heliostatic gelding had lost his way for his old handler, failing to complete the course on his final pair of starts prior to his move.
Runner-up on his debut for Cromwell at Down Royal in June, he duly went one better at this venue the following month with a defeat of Goodnightgodbless, and likely to have further improvement he can follow up.
He travelled well into that contest, and taking up the running over the last hurdle he asserted and won with something to spare. That form looks fair, and although he has more on his plate from 8lbs higher in the weights and taking in a stronger race he could have more to offer for his top yard.
(6.25) SAYO (10/3, William Hill) was a Naas winner last January, and the Dalakhani gelding may have needed his return at Galway at the beginning of the month which was his first start in 16 months.
Willie Mullins’ charge pulled up in that outing, not given a hard race, and the outing should have sharpened him up considerably so he should strip much fitter this time around.
Switching to the larger obstacles could elicit some improvement, and the 2018 Triumph Hurdle third could prove a tough nut to crack if taking to chasing.
4.45 – Get A Price
5.20 – Miss McIlroy
5.55 – Static Jack
6.25 – Sayo
6.55 – Westland Row
7.25 – The West’s Awake
8.00 – Feux De Bois
(6.05) COTAI AGAIN (9/4, Paddy Power) has hit the crossbar on each of his last two outings, and the Kodiac colt can go one better here with the potential for improvement on his handicap debut.
Charlie Hills’ charge stepped up on a much-needed debut to find only Knight Shield too strong at Newbury in July, and he found another jolt of improvement to chase home Malvern at Brighton earlier this month when beaten only one length.
He looked as if a step up in trip might suit, and while the form of that last run hasn’t worked out so far, he can find further progress upped to seven furlongs so every chance he can go one better here with a first-time hood deployed for his handicap debut where he features on a workable opening mark.
(7.35) GHAZIYAH (6/4, Bet365) is 2-2 this term and the Galileo filly can land a hat-trick of successes here.
William Haggas’ charge needed the experience on her debut at Doncaster last October, but she showed the benefit of that introduction to win at Thirsk on her reappearance where she beat Siglo Six by three-parts of a length.
She improved again to win at Chelmsford, finding plenty for pressure, and she likely has more to offer switching to a handicap where she turns out under a 3lbs claimer which could make her opening mark a lenient one.
5.00 – Lethal Angel
5.35 – Volkan Star
6.05 – Cotai Again
6.35 – Open Wide
7.05 – Whistler Bowl
7.35 – Ghaziyah
(5.40) CABOT HILLS (2/1, William Hill) shaped well on his debut at Leopardstown last month, finding only Free Solo too strong despite looking in need of the experience, and the Gleneagles colt is likely to progress.
Aidan O’Brien’s charge – one of X in the race for the trainer – was beaten five lengths on that occasion, running on late and he is likely to come on a bundle for that debut run which ought to have taught him plenty.
The fourth horse home has won since, and with the potential for better and partnered by Ryan Moore then it would be no surprise to see him going close here.
(7.40) ALTAIR (9/2, Bet365) shaped as if amiss when failing to beat a rival home at Royal Ascot back in June, and Joseph O’Brien’s charge is given the opportunity to bounce back in a much easier race.
The Australia filly was a Dundalk winner back in January, and having possibly just needed her run at Navan in a Listed race in April, she got off the mark with a neck defeat of Fancy Feet at Gowran Park.
She was eased off and allowed to come home in her own time at Ascot, and that run is easily overlooked given she had looked a potentially progressive sort in her earlier win.
She makes her handicap debut here from a mark of 93, and given another chance she can prove that Ascot run to be all wrong in this less taxing assignment.
5.10 – Mostaqqer
5.40 – Cabot Hills
6.10 – Karashala
6.40 – Love
7.10 – Armory
7.40 – Altair
8.10 – Kodiqueen
(6.20) WALKONBY (10/3, Ladbrokes) improved on a couple of lesser efforts when winning a Newmarket seller earlier in the month, and the Sixties Icon filly can follow up here.
Mick Channon’s charge had three-parts of a length to spare over Lexington Quest, running on late to get up close home and the front three had pulled seven lengths’ clear of the rest.
Now tried in a handicap, a mark of just 61 could prove to be very lenient indeed given she is open to plenty of improvement, and with the step up in distance likely to prove a positive then she can follow up here from her basement mark.
(7.20) JUST MY TYPE (9/4, William Hill) has improved in recent runs since returning from a break, finishing third at Goodwood behind Neon Sea before finding only Saikung too good at Haydock latest where the Iffraak filly was denied by less than one length.
The front pair had pulled clear of the rest, and the winner has won since to give the form a boost along with the third horse home who also scored next time out.
A drop to seven furlongs ought not to present an issue for Roger Varian’s charge who showed enough speed to suggest the lesser trip will hold no fears, and with the potential to improve on the back of that handicap debut then he could go one place better here from just 1lb higher in the weights.
5.15 – Fieldsman
5.50 – Cosmic Power
6.20 – Walkonby
6.50 – Governor Of Punjab
7.20 – Just My Type
7.50 – Cambric
(6.15) Aljari could prove hard to beat with the benefit of race-fitness, but the returning WHISPER ALOUD (7/4, Bet365) gets a narrow vote to come out on top and Mark Johnston’s charge can defy a six-month absence to win here.
The Swiss Spirit filly made a good impression when successful on this surface at Kempton back in March, beating Gabriela Laura cosily, and while that form has taken a few knocks since she could be open to improvement so it would be no surprise to see her step up on that form.
She gets 5lbs from Aljari which could prove crucial, and while she has to overcome an absence the yard’s runners rarely lack for fitness and she could be worth chancing.
(7.15) ALNADIR (5/2, Paddy Power) has hit the crossbar in three of his last four starts, and Simon Crisford’s charge can gain some reward for his consistency with a return to winning ways.
The Noble Mission gelding was a Nottingham winner last October, after which he had an eight month break; he has returned with runner-up efforts at Windsor, Bath and Brighton, and not beaten far on either of his last two outings he can get his head in front now.
He is unchanged at the weights and this doesn’t look the strongest of races. He disappointed on his only previous all-weather start, but if handling the surface then he ought to go close here.
5.45 – Foad
6.15 – Whisper Aloud
6.45 – Deconso
7.15 – Alnadir
7.45 – Zwayyan
8.15 – Mon Frere
8.45 – Corinthian Girl