Friday 26 July horse racing tips – Oxx’s 4/1 chance can make winning return to action at Down Royal

John Oxx can saddle a winner on Friday evening's Down Royal racecard.

John Oxx can saddle a winner on Friday evening’s Down Royal racecard.

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for Friday’s UK and Irish horse racing meetings.

Eight UK and Irish horse racing meetings go to post on Friday, where there is afternoon flat racing action from Ascot where there is Listed action, and also from Thirsk; while over the sticks there is a meeting at Uttoxeter.

Meanwhile, a busy evening schedule sees flat racing from Newmarket, Chepstow and York where there is Listed action on the card; while in Ireland there is a flat racing card from Down Royal which also has Listed action, and a jumps racing card from Wexford.

Ascot (flat) – 1.50 – 5.15pm (7 races)

Uttoxeter (jumps) – 2.00 – 5.25pm (7 races)

Thirsk (flat) – 2.10 – 5.40pm (7 races)

Down Royal (flat) – 5.35 – 8.35pm (7 races)

Newmarket (flat) – 5.35 – 8.40pm (7 races)

Chepstow (flat) – 5.45 – 8.45pm (7 races)

Wexford (jumps) – 5.50 – 8.55pm (7 races)

York (flat) – 6.00 – 8.30pm (6 races)



(3.00) SLEEPING LION (9/2, William Hill) could be worth chancing to get back on the scoresheet here with the Teofilo gelding stepping up markedly in trip.

A dual-winner last term, scoring at Kempton and Newbury, he has placed twice this season prior to disappointing at Ayr latest behind Island Brave although he missed the break badly that day and never got involved.

His current mark remains workable if able to show his best form, and likely to be suited by the longer trip here he is worth chancing to get back on the mark eased slightly in grade.

(3.35) MAIN EDITION (14/1, Coral) has the ability to go close if at her best, but Mark Johnston’s charge has shown signs of temperament in her races. However, she is taken to get back on track with her sights eased.

The Zoffany filly showed high-class form last term, winning four of her first five starts which included two Group Three contests, and she also made the frame behind Just Wonderful when finishing third in the Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket.

She was probably in need of the run in the Nell Gwyn Stakes on her return, after which she struck at Dusseldorf with a win in the German 1000 Guineas, although she ran a shocker when last seen out at Ascot in the Coronation Stakes although she may have been amiss.

Dropping back into Listed company from that Group One she contested last time, she could bounce back to form and a repeat of that win in Germany could see her go close here.

1.50 – Dubai Paradise

2.25 – Man Of Promise

3.00 – Sleeping Lion

3.35 – Main Edition

4.10 – Anythingtoday

4.45 – Jumira Bridge

5.15 – Texting

Main Edition can get back to winning ways at Ascot on Friday

Main Edition can get back to winning ways at Ascot on Friday


(3.10) GET AN OSCAR (10/3, Unibet) has made the frame in each of her last four starts, and the Getaway mare can gain some reward for her consistency by winning here.

Peter Bowen’s charge went closest to getting off the mark over hurdles when denied only by a half-length behind Glanvilles Guest at Worcester back in June, finishing runner-up for the second race in succession having also landed a silver medal at Worcester the time before.

She latterly finished third at Perth, beaten seven lengths behind Always Tipsy, although that form doesn’t look too bad with both that winner and the runner-up going close since.

Meanwhile, she turns out here from the same mark and with a blinkers/tongue-tie combination now tried, she could find some improvement to get off the mark over timber now.

(4.55) REALLY SUPER (15/8, William Hill) showed some decent form on the flat for Ralph Beckett prior to joining Amy Murphy, and the Cacique mare has shown up well in a series of starts over timber which includes a pair of wins at Worcester last autumn prior to posting a decent run in a competitive handicap at Cheltenham in October.

Absent following that run until having a spin on the flat at Nottingham in April, she subsequently finished a close third on here return to hurdling at Market Rasen earlier in July where she went down by less than one length behind The Sweeney.

Still relatively unexposed over timber, she can race from the same mark here and a repeat of that outing could be good enough here to see her get back to winning ways.

2.00 – Camlad Kingfisher

2.35 – Annie Angel

3.10 – Get An Oscar

3.45 – New Millenium

4.20 – The Swagman

4.55 – Really Super

5.25 – You Caught My Eye


(2.45) BALTIC STATE (7/4, Paddy Power) shaped quite well on his debut at Ayr earlier in the month, and with the benefit of that experience under his belt Kevin Ryan’s charge is expected to find some improvement.

The Dandy Man colt was beaten just under two lengths by Volatile Analyst having made most of the running but just unable to hold off the front pair. That outing was over six furlongs however, and a drop to the minimum trip could see him get off the mark at the second attempt.

He showed good speed that day, and likely to improve it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him strike at the second attempt.

(4.30) The consistent MONDAIN (6/5, Bet365) looks hard to oppose here, and Mark Johnston’s charge can get back on the scoresheet and gain some reward for his good form.

The Dubawi gelding has won two of his six starts this term, scoring back-to-back wins at Lingfield and Hamilton prior to being thwarted in his hat-trick attempt at Salisbury next time when finishing third behind Berrahri.

The Johnston runner however almost bounced back to winning ways when denied only by a half-length at Haydock latest, and he turns out here from the same mark so could well take advantage if the longer trip doesn’t catch him out.

2.10 – Imperial Gloriana

2.45 – Baltic State

3.20 – Lethal Laura

3.55 – Aberama Gold

4.30 – Mondain

5.05 – Local History

5.40 – Spot Lite

Thirsk race on Friday afternoon

Thirsk race on Friday afternoon


(7.35) GUISEPPE GARIBALDI (4/1, Paddy Power) was smart last term for Aidan O’Brien, winning twice which included a Listed contest at Leopardstown, and the Galileo colt made the frame in a handful of subsequent runs in Group Two and Group Three company before heading to the Arabian Gulf and Ahmed Kobeissi.

However, he cut little ice in that environment, and he has since returned to Ireland and into the care of John Oxx for whom he makes his return to action.

His last run saw him finish down the field in Group One at Doha, but this is a much more winnable race on his return and on the pick of his form last season then it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him going close if still at that level despite a five months’ break.

(8.35) MALLACOOTA (4/1, William Hill) has yet to open her win account, but the Australia filly has shown some abiluty so far in her starts and Jessica Harrington’s charge isn’t taken lightly as a potential winner here.

Fourth latest at Navain in a first-time visor, she was beaten around five lengths behind Maricruz where she wasn’t helped by being hampered late on although she was beaten at the time.

However, now stepped back up in trip and with cheekpieces tried now opposed to a visor she wore last time, she remains capable of better and she can find some further improvement to go close in a race that may not take a great deal of winning.

5.30 – Millisle

6.05 – Early Call

6.35 – Enough Said

7.05 – Royal County Down

7.35 – Guiseppe Garibaldi

8.05 – Dromana

8.35 – Mallacoota


(6.10) LAIKAPARTY (15/8, Paddy Power) shaped well on her recent Lingfield debut where the Havana Gold gelding found only Company Minx too strong by a nose.

Archie Watson’s charge suffered a bump in that race, and it was perhaps inexperience which eventually beat him given the way he hung under pressure to surrender the lead to the winner.

The front pair had pulled clear of the rest, and he is sure to have learnt from that experience so it would come as no surprise if he were to prove a different proposition now.

He can build on that debut experience to go one better.

(6.40) MAKING HISTORY (Evens, William Hill) had shown some useful form in a trio of maiden and novice starts, and Saeed bin Suroor’s charge took a big step forward when bolting up on his handicap debut at Leicester earlier in the month with a four lengths’ defeat of Danny Ocean.

The Dubawi colt made all on that occasion, and the step up to seven furlongs clearly suited the Godolphin runner who could be capable of winning again despite carrying a 6lbs penalty for that success.

One of two runners in the race for Godolphin, he ought to prove hard to beat with a repeat of that effort, and he can strike again here.

5.35 – Song Of The Isles

6.10 – Laikaparty

6.40 – Making History

7.10 – Baba Ghanouj

7.40 – Passion And Glory

8.10 – Hydroplane

8.40 – Swift Approval

Saeed bin Suroor can saddle a winner at Newmarket on Friday evening

Saeed bin Suroor can saddle a winner at Newmarket on Friday evening


(6.15) BERMUDA SCHWARTZ (10/3, William Hill) could be worth chancing to strike at the third attempt having run well latest, and if Richard Hughes’ charge handles this drop back in trip then he can get off the mark.

The Outstrip colt was building on a fairly encouraging seventh on his debut at Newbury when chasing home Alpinista, and he was just over two lengths adrift at the line at Epsom latest.

That was over seven furlongs, but he perhaps wasn’t helped by missing the break although he showed decent speed thereafter to get back into contention and he kept on well late without seriously threatening the winner.

He still finished clear of the third, and that run gives him solid claims assuming the drop back in distance doesn’t catch him out.

(7.15) LAPIDARY (7/4, William Hill) has improved with each start, getting off the mark at the third attempt when successful over six furlongs at Lingfield last month.

Heather Main’s charge ran out a one length winner over Real Smooth on that occasion, and the Kodiac filly may have better still to come on the back of that run as she goes back up in trip ahead of this handicap debut.

The assessor looks to have handed her a fair mark, and open to further progress she can win again here.

5.45 – Misu Pete

6.15 – Bermuda Schwartz

6.45 – Broadhaven Dream

7.15 – Lapidary

7.45 – Glamorous Crescent

8.15 – Road To Paris

8.45 – So Near So Farhh


(6.50) OFFICERS MESS (11/2, Bet365) has gained his sole success to date at this venue, and the Beat Hollow gelding can get back on the scoresheet here having run well latest, and a repeat of that effort may be good enough.

Conor O’Dwyer’s charge was beaten four lengths into third last time out at Tipperary behind Helly Hansum, briefly hitting the front between the last two hurdles but eventually unable to match the finishing effort of the front pair who pulled away from him.

Now back at the scene of his sole career win and racing from the same mark as when successful, he could go close in a very winnable race.

(7.50) As a dual-winning pointer, SHAWSHANK (11/4, Bet365) could be worth chancing to return to winning ways back over fences.

Paul Nolan’s charge cut little ice in his first few tries over the larger obstacles around the turn of the year, but having won at this venue over hurdles in June he wasn’t disgraced next time in a decent Roscommon contest earlier this month and if he can carry those performances back over fences then he could go close.

The Presenting gelding has been handed what looks a very workable mark on his chasing handicap debut, and back at the scene of his last win he can do better in this discipline.

5.50 – Cotton End

6.20 – Ourauldman

6.50 – Officers Mess

7.20 – Stylish Moment

7.50 – Shawshank

8.20- Motcomb Street

8.55 – Blue Heather


(6.30) TRICKY DICKY (9/1, William Hill) arrrives here in good heart for a yard which has been enjoying a successful spell in recent weeks, and the Holy Roman Emperor gelding could get back to winning ways here.

The six-year old has only one finished out of the frame since joining this yard from Olly Murphy, and he has already racked up three wins for his current handler which includes two starts ago at Pontefract witha defeat of Highly Sprung before being denied back there latest under a penalty by only a neck behind Magical Effect.

He seems to save his best for that venue, but he has gone well here previously in his career and he can continue his good run of form with another solid performance here from a mark which may not be beyond him.

(7.30) KIRSTENBOSCH (11/4, Bet365) has looked a potentially smart prospect in winning both her starts to date, and with the potential for better yet James Fanshawe’s charge can land the hat-trick here.

The Mount Nelson filly struck on her debut at Redcar, beating Universal Effect by almost four lengths, after which she stepped up in trip to rout Inference and others by five lengths at Chelmsford last month.

A subsequent winner was behind that day, and she showed a useful turn of foot to strike readily so there is likely more to come from her. This doesn’t look the strongest of fields for what is a Listed prize and likely to improve further given that she is much less exposed than her rivals then she can land the three-timer.

6.00 – Chance

6.30 – Tricky Dicky

7.00 – Boosala

7.30 – Kirstenbosch

8.00 – Alexander James

8.30 – Amplify

York race on Friday evening

York race on Friday evening