Friday 5 July horse racing tips – Stoute’s 5/4 chance on a Mission to win at Haydock
Brian Healy assesses Friday’s UK and Irish horse racing meetings and gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for every racecard.
Friday’s fixture list of UK and Irish horse racing action takes in a eight fixture schedule where afternoon racing on the flat comes from the meetings at Sandown and Doncaster, while Newton Abbot are racing over the sticks.
In the evening, there is all-weather action from Chelmsford, as well as further action on the flat from the meetings at Haydock and Beverley.
In Ireland meanwhile in the evening there are meetings on the flat at Bellewstown, and also over the sticks at Wexford.
Newton Abbot (jumps) – 1.40 – 4.55pm (7 races)
Sandown (flat) – 1.50 – 5.05pm (7 races)
Doncaster (flat) – 2.00 – 5.15pm (7 races)
Bellewstown (flat) – 5.10 – 8.55pm (8 races)
Chelmsford (flat, aw) – 5.25 – 8.40pm (7 races)
Wexford (jumps) – 5.35 – 8.45pm (7 races)
Haydock (flat) – 5.50 – 9.00pm (7 races)
Beverley (flat) – 6.10 – 8.50pm (6 races)
FRIDAY 5 JULY NAP SELECTION
(2.40) COURT DUTY (7/2, Ladbrokes) has progressed well over fences this term, finishing fourth on his reappearance at Bangor and then posting back-to-back runner-up efforts prior to opening his chase win account at Uttoxeter last month with a defeat of Ratoute Yutty.
The Court Cave gelding ran out an easy five lengths winner on that occasion, and there could be better still to come from him despite the handicapper hitting him with a 6lbs rise in the weights.
If he turns up here in similar mood then he could prove a tough nut to crack as he bids for a repeat, and given his consistent form this term already then he looks likely to give another good account so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him collect the top prize again.
(4.20) RIVER OF INTRIGUE (4/1, Paddy Power) was a winner over fences at Plumpton for Fergal O’Brien last October, and having subsequently joined with John O’Shea, the Indian River gelding has found a decent vein of form, finishing runner-up at Wincanton in March before going one better back there the following month.
He beat Cucklington by a neck on that occasion, and he lost no caste in defeat subsequently when denied by Fortunes Hiding at Ffos Las in May where he was denied only by a half-length.
He is creeping up the weights as a result of his good recent spell, but he may be worth chancing to continue in form and he can get back on the scoresheet here.
1.40 – Parody
2.10 – The Jam Man
2.40 – Court Duty
3.15 – Angel Of The North
3.45 – Definite Winner
4.20 – River Of Intrigue
4.55 – Belfast Banter
(2.30) BAADIRR (13/8, Bet365) was given a tender introduction on debut when finishing seventh at Newbury in May behind Light Angel; William Haggas’ charge subsequently built on that outing to find only one too good next time back at the Berkshire track behind Mottrib.
The Showcasing colt was sent off favourite for that run, but he had no answer to the winner although the pair pulled clear of the rest. The winner looked useful, scoring by almost three lengths over the selection, and the form looks fair with that horse and the third home both running well in defeat since.
Soft ground possibly didn’t show him in the best light, and he can find improvement back on a better surface where he can get off the mark at the third attempt.
(3.05) BINT SOGHAAN (9/4, William Hill) has found only one too good on both outings to date either side of an eight months’ break, and Richard Hannon’s charge – one of two in the race for the trainer – can get off the mark at the third attempt.
The Dark Angel filly was beaten around two lengths on her reappearance run at Chepstow last month behind Red Armada, unable to sustain his effort although he may just have needed that run.
A drop in trip for this latest outing could prove to be a good move, and she gets 7lbs now from Lady Lawyer who beat the selection when she made her debut on the all-weather at Kempton last October.
It could be a different story now however, as that one hasn’t been seen since and the Hannon runner can make full use of her race-fitness advantage as well as the weight she receives from that rival to score here.
2.00 – Raheeb
2.30 – Baadirr
3.05 – Bint Soghaan
3.35 – Jalaad
4.10 – Tamreer
4.45 – Promissory
5.15 – Gas Monkey
(3.25) Royal Line looked a Group horse in the making when winning the November Handicap last term from a mark of 105, but John Gosden’s charge might just need his return to action from eight months off the track and ELARQAM (2/1, Paddy Power) can get back to winning ways at the expense of the Dubawi horse.
Mark Johnston’s Frankel colt was a Group Three winner on just his second start as a juvenile, and while he was winless in four outings last term he nevertheless ran several highly creditable efforts which include finishing a close third behind Thundering Blue in the Group Two York Stakes last July.
Wind surgery in the off-season has seem him find another jolt of improvement, and he built on a promising return to action at Newmarket behind Zabeel Prince to get back on the scoresheet at Goodwood with a defeat of Willie John in the Listed Festival Stakes before finishing a good third behind Addeybb in the Wolferton Stakes where the soft ground might not have seen him at his best.
Beaten just over two lengths having led into the final furlong, he was no match for the easy winner, while he was only caught late for the runner-up spot by Magic Wand. The form of that run has been done no harm with that horse and the fourth home – Latrobe – both going close in respective Group Two runs next time, and he could take advantage of his race-fitness over the Gosden horse to get back on the scoresheet despite having to give that one 3lbs at the weights.
(4.35) IMPHAL (9/2, William Hill) won four times during the 2017 campaign, winning between 1m5f and two miles on turf and the all-weather when trained by Marcus Tregoning.
The Nathaniel gelding was winless last term despite posting some solid runs, including finishing third to runaway winner Lil Rockerfeller at Goodwood, although his time with his previous handler ended on a low note when he shaped as if amiss behind Soldier In Action back at Goodwood on his final outing of the campaign.
Subsequently he joined Gary Moore, and following nine months off the track he made a pleasing return to action despite finishing sixth behind Nuits St Georges back at Goodwood last month, beaten around three lengths but shaping as if he’d be better for the run.
A drop back in distance for this latest outing ought not to prove an issue, and racing from the same mark as when making that return he could build on the run to do better with Ryan Moore in the saddle now.
1.50 – Exalted Angel
2.20 – Liberty Beach
2.55 – Riot
3.25 – Elarqam
4.00 – Elector
4.35 – Imphal
5.05 – Lunar Deity
(5.45) YUFTEN (6/5, Ladbrokes) won four times for John Feane prior to joining current handler Adrian McGuinness, and the Invincible Spirit gelding wasn’t disgraced on his first outing for this yard when finishing five lengths’ sixth behind Mokhalad at Bellewstown two days ago.
That was a stronger race than this, and the eight-year old drops back into a claimer for this latest outing where he could be hard to beat if running to the level of form he showed two runs back when scoring at Limerick from War Hero and the reopposing Tennessee Waltz.
Despite not being the force of old, he remains a force at this level and it would be no surprise to see him getting back on the scoresheet here.
(7.20) EIGHT AND BOB (6/5, Paddy Power) was a three-time winner over hurdles last term, and Willie Mullins charge made a successful return to the level when beating Walkabout at Tipperary last month.
The Big Bad Bob gelding scored with plenty in hand despite only winning by three-parts of a length, and the handicapper has reacted with a 10lbs rise which demands more. However, he could still have better to come in this discipline, and he remains well-treated on his form over hurdles.
He can continue to give a good account, and every chance he can follow up here.
5.10 – Marchons Ensemble
5.45 – Yuften
6.15 – Sunset Nova
6.45 – Wild Bob Cat
7.20 – Eight And Bob
7.50 – Lethal Steps
8.25 – Coolongolook
8.55 – Thecraicisninety
(6.00) TARSEEKH (4/1, Bet365) registered his last win at this venue back in February, beating Percy Toplis from just 2lbs lower in the weights, and Charlie Wallis’ charge can get back to winning ways here.
The Kyllachy filly has gone close the last twice, beaten only around a length each time, with her latest runner-up effort coming over course and distance behind Magicinthemaking where she was denied only by one length having been run down late by the winner.
The pair were clear of the rest, and she can gain some reward for her recent consistency by landing the win here from just 1lb higher in the weights than last time.
(7.35) BEAUTY OF DEIRA (11/4, William Hill) ran well in defeat on her debut at Newbury last month, finding only Qamka too strong, and Hugo Palmer’s charge could go one better here.
The Pivotal filly was beaten just over one length, finding plenty for pressure having hit the front midway and battling on gamely only to finally crack in the last half-furlong. Despite her defeat, she still finished almost two lengths ahead of the third horse home, and that run will have taught her plenty.
There is a slight chance that that effort on soft ground might just have taken something out of her, but she is worth chancing with the prospect of improvement to come on the back of the outing and facing better ground now.
5.25 – Subjectivist
6.00 – Tarseekh
6.30 – Qutob
7.05 – Nahaarr
7.35 – Beauty Of Deira
8.10 – Dandy’s Beano
8.40 – Murhib
(6.05) POKER D’AINAY (11/10, Paddy Power) has gone close on each of his last three starts over hurdles, latterly finding only Everybreathyoutake too good at Downpatrick last month.
Although the No Risk At All gelding was no match for the winner, he was clear of the rest and this looks a decent opportunity for him to get off the mark now.
While he may not be one of the yard’s leading lights, he ought to be capable of winning a race and he gets the vote here to land the spoils.
(7.10) THE BIG LENSE (9/4, Bet365) hasn’t tasted victory since striking over hurdles at Bellewstown last August, but Gordon Elliott’s charge shaped well on his first start over fences at Punchestown in June where he found only one too strong in Count Simon.
The Court Cave gelding was beaten around four lengths, but he could find improvement for that first run over fences and this longer trip might suit. He arguably sets the benchmark, and he can progress to get off the mark over fences at the second attempt.
5.35 – Jakoby
6.05 – Poker D’ainay
6.35 – Perfect Leader
7.10 – The Big Lense
7.40 – Peregrine Run
8.15 – Tiantu
8.45 – Zola
(6.20) MAGICAL SPIRIT (7/2, Paddy Power) has only once finished out of the frame, at Beverley on his debut last July, and Kevin Ryan’s charge comes into this race having won on his latest outing at Ripon last month where he beat Queen Of Burgandy by just over one length.
The Zebedee gelding also struck at Beverley last September, and he went close on both starts inbetween his wins where he found only one too good each time.
He appeared to win a shade comfortably last time, and while a 7lbs rise demands more from him he is clearly on the right track and could have more to offer. His consistency should see him remaining competitive, and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him pick up another success here.
(9.00) JOYFUL MISSION (5/4, Coral) was undone by inexperience on his debut at Newmarket back in April, but once the penny dropped late on he finished to good effect and he can build on that first run to do better now.
Sir Michael Stoute’s charge eventually crossed the line in fourth place, just over four lengths adrift of the winner who has won again since along with the runner-up; while the eighth horse home has racked up a hat-trick of wins so the overall form looks decent.
The Noble Mission colt steps up in trip now for this second career outing, and he can find progress to get off the mark in a race that probably isn’t as deep as that debut contest.
5.50 – Little India
6.20 – Magical Spirit
6.55 – Celsius
7.25 – Lola Paige
8.00 – Jem Scuttle
8.30 – Ginger Fox
9.00 – Joyful Mission
(7.15) Lightly-raced DREAMSELLER (8/1, Bet365) faced some decent opposition in novice company last term as a juvenile, and following a break the Dream Ahead gelding made a satisfactory return to action at Redcar last month where he finished sixth of 14 runners.
Tim Easterby’s charge finished just over four lengths’ adrift on that occasion, keeping on at one pace, and the form has been boosted since with the runner-up going one place better on her next start, while the winner was denied by a half-length next time out.
The handicapper has eased him 2lbs in the weights following that last outing, and a repeat of that last run could see him go close.
(7.45) Hunterwali was impressive last time out, winning well on her handicap debut at this venue last month. However, the handicapper has hit the Kyllachy filly with a 10lbs rise, and so ANNA BUNINA (2/1, Bet365) gets the vote to get back on the scoresheet.
Jedd O’Keeffe’s Poet’s Voice filly was a winner on her return to action at Redcar back in April, beating Kodi Dream by a neck, and although a shade disappointing on her all-weather debut at Wolverhampton on her next start she quickly bounced back with back-to-back runner-up finishes at Ripon and Doncaster.
She was denied only by a nose on the latest outing behind Star Shield, with the pair putting daylight back to the third. Due to go up 4lbs in future races following that run, she is turned out again here off the same mark, and she could take advantage if she can reproduce that effort here.
6.10 – Ajrar
6.40 – Mighty Spirit
7.15 – Dreamseller
7.45- Anna Bunina
8.20 – Ginger Jam
8.50 – Kensington Art