Friday 27 September horse racing tips – O’Brien’s 11/10 chance can scale winning heights at Newmarket

Aidan O'Brien can get amongst the winners at Newmarket on Friday.

Aidan O’Brien can get amongst the winners at Newmarket on Friday.

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

Six UK and Irish horse racing meetings head to post across Friday’s fixture list with day two of the Cambridgeshire Festival spearheading the day’s action where the Group Two Shadwell Joel and the Shadwell Rockfel Stakes are the deature races of the day at Flat HQ.

There is also flat racing from Haydock on Friday, as well as jumping from Worcester and also Downpatrick in Ireland.

Friday’s all-weather racing action meanwhile comes from Newcastle on tapeta, and also Dundalk in Ireland on polytrack where the Group Three Diamond Stakes goes to post.

Downpatrick (jumps) – 1.35 – 5.00pm (7 races)
Newmarket (flat) – 1.50 – 5.20pm (7 races)
Worcester (jumps) – 2.00 – 5.30pm (7 races)
Haydock (flat) – 2.15 – 5.40pm (7 races)
Dundalk (flat, aw) – 5.15 – 8.45pm (8 races)
Newcastle (flat, aw) – 5.25 – 8.30pm (7 races)


(2.05) MR MOONDANCE (4/1, William Hill) was only narrowly denied by the reopposing Greenandwhitearmy over this course and distance last month, but Mark Michael McNiff’s charge can gain some revenge here.

The Windsor Knot gelding was beaten less than one length on tht occasion, perhaps just doing too much and getting caught near the line.

He’s not so well treated at the weights for this rematch, but he does have professional assistance in the saddle now which may help and he can give another good account.

(3.50) SCOTCH QUAY (9/4, Paddy Power) won three times over hurdles in the spring, but the Arakan gelding saw his progress stall following a short break although he shaped as if he may have a future chasing when finishing third at Listowel earlier in the month behind Djingle.

Eoin Griffin’s charge was beaten a fair distance, keeping on from the back but never a serious factor in the race. However, that experience won’t have been lost on him and he can show improvement for the run to do better here.

He wasn’t given a particularly hard time, and if he were to translate his best hurdles form to the larger obstacles on this second start over fences then he could get back to winning ways.

1.35 – Ya Boy Ya
2.05 – Mr Moondance
2.40 – Cushinstown Finest
3.15 – Nibblers Charm
3.50 – Scotch Quay
4.25 – Global Racing
5.00 – Shaw’s Bridge


Daahyeh can get back on the winning trail at Newmarket on Friday


(3.00) DAAHYEH (11/8, William Hill) has been beaten in each of her last two outings, but it is hard to crib either effort and the Bated Breath filly can get back to winning ways here.

Roger Varian’s charge had won her first two outings, beating subsequent dual-Group Two winner Raffle Prize on debut prior to striking in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot. Although she came up short behind Raffle Prize in the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes on the July Course here, she lost no caste in defeat in finishing runner-up behind that rival.

Subsequently beaten only three-parts of a length behind Love in the Moyglare Stud Stakes latest, a repeat of that effort could make her very hard to beat back in Group Two company and she sets a pretty stiff standard.

Still unexposed over seven furlongs, having had her first start over the longer trip latest, she could have better still to offer and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see her get back on the scoresheet assuming this latest outing doesn’t come too soon just twelve days on from her Curragh outing.

(4.45) MOUNT EVEREST (11/10, Bet365) probably needed his reappearance at Leopardstown during Irish Champions Weekend, eventually finishing fourth of nine runners behind Norway in a Group Three contest. However, Aidan O’Brien’s charge can step up for that return and could get back on the scoresheet here.

The Galileo colt showed good form as a juvenile, winning over one mile at the Curragh last August prior to going down only by a short-head behind the high-class Japan at Naas on his next start in the Group Two Beresford Stakes.

Absent until that reappearance earlier in the month, he travelled well for a long way but was unable to quite muster a finishing effort at the business end where he crossed the line just under two lengths’ adrift of the winner.

Thoroughly unexposed over this trip, he should prove much sharper now with that run under his belt and with the potential for better still to come he gets the vote to get back on the scoresheet.

1.50 – Maqsad
2.25 – Star Terms
3.00 – Daahyeh
3.35 – Benbatl
4.10 – New World Tapestry
4.45 – Mount Everest
5.20 – Escape The City


(2.35) FOLLOW THE BEAR (11/10, William Hill) really got his act together over hurdles over the summer months, winning three times in succession between May and July, latterly beating Angel Of Harlem by just over one length.

Nicky Henderson’s King’s Theatre gelding switches to chasing on his reappearance from a short break, but he has the scope to make a chaser so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him translate his useful form over timber to the larger obstacles.

He is bred for this game, and he could prove a tough nut to crack with a clear round of jumping.

(4.55) THE VOLLAN (7/2, Bet365) has to concede a double-penalty to this field, but Charlie Longsdon’s charge arrives in good health and may be able to defy his burden at the weights to win again.

The Scorpion gelding was a winner at Southwell back in June, improved by a tongue-tie, and he rattled the crossbar in each of his three subsequent outings which include twice here in July and August before resuming the winning trend at Uttoxeter latest.

He won by an easy nine lengths that day, sauntering clear of Doubly Clever who in turn was clear of the rest, and while he certainly hasn’t been missed by the handicapper as a result he could well have further improvement to come and can defy his burden to strike again.

2.00 – Malangen
2.35 – Follow The Bear
3.10 – Stream Lady
3.45 – Rakhine State
4.20 – Ballyellis
4.55 – The Vollan
5.30 – Ventura Dragon


Worcester are racing on Friday


(2.50) WHATABIRD (6/4, William Hill) shaped well on her debut, finding only one too good over this course and distance when beaten just one length behind Brookside Banner, finishing off her race strongly, and the third horse home in that race has run well in defeat since.

Richard Fahey’s Gleneagles filly had been left with plenty to do having ran green early; but she caught the eye with her finishing effort, and with the experience unlikely to have been lost on her she can step up for that initial outing to get off the mark at the second attempt.

(4.00) PRAXEOLOGY (5/2, Unibet) bounced back from a lesser effort at York in August to resume winning ways at Chester, and Mark Johnston’s charge could follow up here.

A dual-winner earlier in the season, including on soft ground at Salisbury in June, the Dark Angel colt struck a shade cosily over Ainsdale latest and he is only 3lbs higher on this occasion.

He is proven in soft ground and so these conditions ought not to present an issue, so it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him deliver another big run despite having to concede weight to this field.

2.15 – Bombero
2.50 – Whatabird
3.25 – Jamais Assez
4.00 – Praxeology
4.35 – Goshen
5.10 – Young Fire
5.40 – Earl Of Harrow


(6.45) EARLY CALL (5/1, Ladbrokes) beat the reopposing Tie A Yellowribbon at Navan last time out and Michael Mulvany’s charge can confirm that form.

The Tough As Nails gelding had won at the same venue back in July, and he bounced back from a couple of lesser runs to strike a shade cosily latest, scoring by a neck.

He is slightly better off at the weights for this rematch, and he can confirm those places if translating that form to the all-weather.

(7.15) BLENHEIM PALACE (5/2, Ladbrokes) lost no caste in defeat when finishing a close third behind Norway at Leopardstown during Irish Champions Weekend, and Aidan O’Brien’s charge can get back to winning ways here.

The Galileo colt has just one success to his name, which came at Navan back in April; but he has kept good company and the reapplication of blinkers could well elicit another jolt of improvement so it would be no surprise to see him going close here

5.15 – Blue Uluru
5.45 – Peaceful
6.15 – Johan The Great
6.45 – Early Call
7.15 – Blenheim Palace
7.45 – Moktamel
8.15 – Yamato
8.45 – Crystal Pool


Newcastle are racing on Friday evening on the allweather


(6.00) BE PROUD (5/2, William Hill) has proven himself to be a consistent performer in recent runs, finishing runner-up three times in his last four outings; but the Roderic O’Connor gelding could land an overdue first win here.

Jim Goldie’s charge finished a good fourth here two starts ago behind Gleaming Arch, beaten just over one lenth, and he was subsequently only denied by a neck latest when finishing a neck runner-up behind Power Player at Ayr latest despite being 3lbs out of the handicap.

He is due to go up 3lbs in the weights in future, but his young rider takes off a good chunk of his burden and the pair can combine to land the win.

(7.00) HOME BEFORE DUSK (6/1, Ladbrokes) was a winner here back in August, beating Kilbaha Lady by a neck, and Keith Dalgleish’s charge can get back on the scoresheet having been denied only by a nose latest over one mile back at this venue.

The Medicean gelding had also won here in June, and he perhaps was just given too much to do last time out where he just failed to overhaul the winner.

He turns out here from the same mark, and due to go up 3lbs in the weights in future runs he could take advantage of this mark to get back on the scoresheet.

5.25 – Sweet Celebration
6.00 – Be Proud
6.30 – Punjab Mail
7.00 – Home Before Dusk
7.30 – Ubla
8.00 – Futuristic
8.30 – Epeius