Friday 30 August horse racing tips – Morrison’s 6/4 chance set to bloom again with Sandown success

Sandown are racing on Friday

Sandown are racing on Friday

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for Friday’s eight UK and Irish racemeetings.

Friday takes in eight UK and Irish horse racing fixtures where the afternoon racing action comes from Thirsk and Sandown on the flat, and over the sticks at Bangor.

Meanwhile, the evening racing action takes in further turf racing on the level from Hamilton, and also from the Curragh in Ireland where the Group Three Snow Fairy Stakes is the headline alongside the Irish Cambridgeshire.

There is also evening all-weather action from Newcastle and Wolverhampton who are both racing on their tapeta surface, as well as jumping action from Down Royal in Ireland.

Bangor (jumps) – 1.50 – 4.40pm (6 races)
Thirsk (flat) – 2.00 – 5.15pm (7 races)
Sandown (flat) – 2.10 – 5.00pm (6 races)
Curragh (flat) – 4.20 – 7.50pm (8 races)
Wolverhampton (flat, aw) – 4.30 – 7.35pm (7 races)
Down Royal (jumps) – 4.35 – 7.40pm (7 races)
Hamilton (flat) – 4.55 – 8.00pm (7 races)
Newcastle (flat, aw) – 5.45 – 8.45pm (7 races)


(3.30) PRETTYLITTLETHING (4/1, William Hill) returned from a lengthy absence to get back to winning ways at Ffos Las in July, and Neil Mulholland’s charge lost no caste in defeat on her next outing at Perth where she found only only one too good by little under three lengths.

The Tajraasi mare had the reopposing Zolfo behind, but she can confirm that form, and she was finishing the race off well which augurs well for this return to a longer trip having possibly just finding two miles too sharp in that last outing.

Likely to continue in form, she has struck up a good rapport with this rider and the pair should remain competitive so no surprise to see another bold bid.

(4.40) FOR JIM (11/8, Bet365) won twice over fences during the summer, scoring at Uttoxeter and Hexham, and Jennie Candlish’s charge got back to winning ways over hurdles latest at Perth where the Milan gelding ran out a nine lengths’ winner over General Allenby.

A first-time visor there seemed to work wonders, and while he has been hit with a 9lbs rise in the weights he could have more to offer if the headgear continues to have a positive effect. He may still be ahead of the assessor despite that weights hike, and kept to hurdles he could prove a tough nut to crack.

1.50 – Miss Brooklyn
2.20 – Chasma
2.55 – Ruthless Article
3.30 – Pretty Little Thing
4.05 – Dream Machine
4.40 – For Jim


Bangor are racing on Friday


(2.30) MAID IN MANHATTAN (9/4, William Hill) is on a roll at present, and the Fame And Glory mare arrives here in excellent heart having won three of her last five starts since joining Rebecca Menzies and finishing runner-up on those beaten occasions where she was denied by a half-length or shorter.

Her latest run saw her beat Diodorus by almost two lengths, staying on well and winning a shade cosily at Catterick in a four-runner race from which both the third and fourth horses home have won since – one over obstacles and one on the flat.

A 4lbs rise in the weights for that outing doesn’t look unduly harsh, and she can continue her good spell of form to win again.

(3.40) BIELSA (9/2, Bet365) returns from a three months’ break, but despite his absence he could be up to maintaining his unbeaten record here.

Kevin Ryan’s charge struck at Redcar in October, beating It’s A Wish by a half-length, after which he returned to action at Doncaster in May to score by the same margin over Dreaming Away. The fifth horse home in that race has since rattled off a hat-trick of wins, reaching a mark of 85 in the process, and so an opening rating here of 87 on her handicap debut looks workable.

Much less exposed than her rivals and with the potential for improvement, she looked potentially smart last time out and she has shown she can go well fresh as well as handle different underfoot conditions. She ought to be competitive as a result on this reappearance, and she can extend her unbeaten run to three wins from three starts.

2.00 – Overpriced Mixer
2.30 – Maid In Manhattan
3.05 – Fast And Free
3.40 – Bielsa
4.15 – John Kirkup
4.45 – Beautiful Gesture
5.15 – The Big House
5.45 – Mansfield


(2.40) INDIAN RAJ (5/2, William Hill) had been in decent fettle prior to registering a win over course and distance in July, beating a subsequent winner, and Stuart Williams’ charge can get back on the scoresheet here.

The Iffraaj gelding won two of his three starts last term, and having returned from a lengthy break with a solid fourth of 13 runners at Ascot in May, he performed with credit behind smart sorts Danzeno and Raucous respectively prior to that success over Han Solo Berger.

Only beaten around two lengths at Windsor latest behind Harry Hurricane, he wasn’t helped by a slow start and then being denied a clear run; he can continue to remain competitive as a result where he turns out from the same mark, and he could still have more to offer as a lightly-raced sort.

(5.00) GERANIUM (6/4, William Hill) arrives here on a hat-trick of wins having already struck at this venue and Newmarket in recent weeks, and Hughie Morrison’s charge can strike again.

The Sakhee’s Secret filly latterly ran out a six lengths’ winner over Mina Vagante at the latter venue last Friday, readily kicking clear in the style of a horse that has further improvement to come, and a 5lbs penalty for that success leaves her well-in at the weights given she is due to go up a further 6lbs in future races.

She looks sure to mount another bold bid for a three-timer where she looks well-handicapped, and with the potential to improve further she gets the vote to come out on top again.

2.10 – Crime Of Passion
2.40 – Indian Raj
3.15 – Lord Campari
3.50 – Marhaban
4.25 – Skyman
5.00 – Geranium

Hughie Morrison

Hughie Morrison can get amongst the winners at Sandown.


(4.20) MOGUL (Evens, Ladbrokes) is likely to prove hard to beat if building on his promising runner-up effort on debut at Gowran Park earlier in the month, and Aidan O’Brien’s charge is expected to improve for the experience.

No match for the winner, finishing some five lengths adrift of easy winner Geometrical, that form took a boost when that winner went on to finish third behind Armory in the recent Group Two Futurity Stakes.

He wasn’t given a hard time in that race, but he ought to have learned plenty from the experience and can do better this time around where the well-related sort ought to go close.

(5.20) GUILDSMAN (5/1, Bet365) lost all chance at the start of the Richmond Stakes when last seen out, but Archie Watson’s charge can bounce back here with a big performance.

The Wootton Bassett colt made an impressive winning debut prior to posting an excellent third in the Coventry Stakes on his next outing at Royal Ascot where he was beaten less than one length behind Arizona.

Subsequently fourth at Newmarket in the Group Two July Stakes, he was never a factor at Goodwood latest where he reared at the start and gave up some lengths before being badly hampered early in that contest and losing his position. He wasn’t given a hard time thereafter, and that run is best ignored.

This is easier than recent assignments, and he could still have some further improvement to offer so is chanced to bounce back.

4.20 – Mogul
4.50 – Cayenne Pepper
5.20 – Guildsman
5.50 – Arcanears
6.20 – Simply Beautiful
6.50 – Ice Cold In Alex
7.20 – Imposing Supreme
7.50 – Moktamel


(5.35) RED JASPER (15/8, William Hill) possibly failed to get home over seven furlongs at Yarmouth back in July at Chelmsford, but dropped back to six furlongs in two subsequent outings Michael Appleby’s charge has shown better form in defeat.

Fifth on turf at Yarmouth behind Mr Kiki, unsuited by the way the race developed, the Showcasing gelding was beaten a neck latest behind Come On Girl at Kempton and a repeat of that effort might be enough to see him go one better here.

That was his first try in a handicap where despite hanging right he drew clear of the remainder, and he could take advantage of his current rating given he is due to go up 6lbs in future races. Assuming he takes to tapeta then he could go one better here and open his win account.

(7.05) CAPE VICTORY (3/1, Paddy Power) is taken to come out on top in this contest, and the Dawn Approach colt can get back to winning ways.

James Tate’s charge has proven himself to be a consistent sort, only once finishing out of the top three which includes a win at Musselburgh in May, and he was denied only by a head here on has last outing over one mile behind Engrossed earlier in the month.

He was only denied on the post that day, and a 1lb rise in the weights looks workable if he can repeat that effort upped to a slightly stiffer test which shouldn’t pose an issue, and every chance he can get back on the scoresheet in a competitive heat.

4.30 – Tour De Paris
5.05 – Dandilion
5.35 – Red Jasper
6.05 – Take Me To The Sky
6.35 – Fairy Fast
7.05 – Cape Victory
7.35 – Mojave


Wolverhampton are racing on Friday evening


(6.10) WEIHNACHTS (11/10, Coral) could be good enough to pick up an ordinary race, and Philip Rothwell’s charge is chanced to get off the mark here.

The Beat Hollow gelding finished runner-up at Clonmel last February, finding only Rakhine State too good when denied by a short-head, and although he failed to back up that run in two subsequent starts he posted a better effort back from a break although no match for the winner when finishing runner-up at Roscommon behind Ificudiwud.

He ought to be sharper with that run under his belt, and this doesn’t look a race that will take a lot of winning so a repeat of that last run could be good enough to see him get off the mark here.

(6.40) DOCTOR DUFFY (2/1, Bet365) has been in good heart this term, winning his first two starts over hurdles at Killarney and Kilbeggan having previously won a Cork bumper last October, and he has since finished runner-up in two of his three subsequent outings which include being denied only by a half-length behind Everybreathyoutake back at Killarney earlier in the month.

Charles Byrnes’ charge had pulled five lengths’ clear of the third and rest, and he might have won but for some sloppy jumps at his obstacles. However, he can be given another chance given he is holding his form well and it would be no surprise to see him post a big effort here as he bids to get back to winning ways.

4.35 – Laura Bullion
5.10 – Echo Park
5.40 – Blackyellowred
6.10 – Weihnachts
6.40 – Doctor Duffy
7.10 – Back To Bataan
7.40 – Above The City


(5.25) FLYLIKEANEAGLE (2/1, William Hill) has to give away weight all round to this field, but Mark Johnston’s charge looked a potentially useful sort when beating Yoshimi at Beverley latest and is open to improvement.

The Free Eagle colt struck by just over one length on that occasion, making all and finding plenty in front to hold off his rivals. He ought to have more to offer on the back of that success which came in the wake of a promising debut second, and the form of that first run is working out quite well.

He has to give upwards of 7lbs here, but he could have further progress still to offer and he can strike again here despite his weight concession to some promising rivals.

(6.55) SAPA INCA (4/1, William Hill) found another jolt of improvement to score at Ascot during the Shergar Cup meeting, and Mark Johnston’s charge can continue her good spell to strike another win here.

The Galileo filly had proven a consistent sort this season, progressing with each run and opening her account at Newbury in June where she beat Group Stage by five lengths in softer ground. Having then finished third and runner-up on her next two outings, she ran out a ready winner latest over Never Do Nothing, and a 4lbs rise could still leave him with scope for better yet to come.

This will demand a shade more from her, but she could have more to offer.

4.55 – Singe Anglais
5.25 – Flylikeaneagle
5.55 – Be Bold
6.25 – Never Be Enough
6.55 – Sapa Inca
7.25 – Deinonychus
8.00 – Piazon

Mark Johnston

Mark Johnston can saddle a winner on the card at Hamilton on Friday evening


(6.45) ENTRUSTING (4/1, Bet365) had looked progressive this term in a pair of runs over this trip at Redcar and Windsor respectively, finishing third on each occasion.

James Fanshawe’s charge subsequently finished around five lengths’ fifth behind Ouzo at Nottingham when last seen, but the Nathaniel gelding surely found the drop in trip against him on that occasion while a steadily-run race was another negative and he wasn’t seen to best effect.

He’s been given the best part of three months off since that outing, which has seen five different winners come out of the race, and he could be worth chancing back up in trip to do better.

(8.45) THREE C’S (9/2, Paddy Power) got off the mark at the second attempt for his new yard when successful over course and distance earlier in the month, and the Kodiac gelding can follow up here.

George Boughey’s charge was ending a losing run stretching back too last November where he struck over one mile at this venue, and the handicapper has only pushed him up 4lbs for his neck defeat of Vincenzo Coccotti who has gone on to win since.

Still fairly treated at the weights despite his rise in the rankings, he can build on that return to winning form to follow up here.

5.45 – Autonomy
6.15 – Monica Sheriff
6.45 – Entrusting
7.15 – Ishebayorgrey
7.45 – Cape Palace
8.15 – Smugglers Creek
8.45 – Three C’s