Friday 6 September horse racing tips – Appleby’s 6/4 chance can hit Musselburgh rivals for Six

Michael Appleby (left) can get amongst the winners at Musselburgh on Friday evening.

Michael Appleby (left) can get amongst the winners at Musselburgh on Friday evening.

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

Six UK and Irish horse racing meetings go to post on Friday, with afternoon flat racing action on turf from the meetings at Haydock and Ascot, while Newcastle are racing on their all-weather surface.

There is also evening flat racing action on turf at Musselburgh, while Kempton race on the all-weather on their polytrack.

Rounding off Friday’s fixture list is an evening jumps racing card in Ireland at Kilbeggan.

Newcastle (flat, aw) – 1.30 – 4.55pm (7 races)
Haydock (flat) – 1.45 – 5.05pm (7 races)
Ascot (flat) – 1.55 – 5.15pm (7 races)
Kilbeggan (jumps) – 4.15 – 7.20pm (7 races)
Musselburgh (flat) – 4.25 – 7.30pm (7 races)
Kempton (flat, aw) – 5.40 – 8.40pm (7 races)


(3.15) GALLASIDE (6/5, William Hill) could take some beating as he bids for a hat-trick here, and Archie Watson’s charge can collect another win.

The Lucayan colt had showed some ability in finishing third on each of his first-two outings at Newmarket at Carlisle respectively before getting off the mark over seven furlongs here in June. He subsequently stepped up to this trip to register his second success at Nottingham, beating G For Gabrial.

He made most of the running that day, and while there was only three-parts of a length between him and the runner-up he appeared to win cosily. That was his first handicap start, and a subsequent 7lbs rise in the weights remains workable although with the potential for further improvement to come he could defy that hike up the ratings to land the three timer.

(4.20) ELOQUENT STYLE (4/1, Paddy Power) showed some ability amid inexperience when finishing fourth at Redcar on his debut last month, and the Dandy Man colt can show the benefit of that run to do better.

Ivan Furtado’s charge was slowly away from the stalls, and he possibly just used up too much energy pulling himself to the front where he faded late. That was nevertheless a decent performance and he ought to know more this time around.

The application of cheekpieces might help to focus him better, as he ran keenly in that debut outing, and with the potential to improve on the back of that first start he should be firmly in the mix.

1.30 – Near Kettering
2.05 – Skerryvore
2.40 – Shauyra
3.15 – Gallaside
3.50 – Ascension
4.20 – Eloquent Style
4.55 – Firsteen


Newcastle are racing on Friday


(2.20) JAANEH (9/2, William Hill) offered something to work on when finishing sixth on her debut at Yarmouth last month where she clearly looked in need of the experience behind Jovial. That run will have taught her plenty however, and William Haggas’ charge can get off the mark at the second attempt.

The Dubawi filly was beaten around ten lengths having been slowly away, and her inexperience was evident throughout where she ran green all the way to the line.

However she ought to have learned from that run, and it would be no surprise if she were to find improvement from the experience and prove a different proposition now.

(2.55) Consistency isn’t a word that can be leveled at UNABATED (8/1, Bet365) and Jane Chapple-Hyam’s charge hasn’t always fully convinced with his attitude. However, he comes here boasting decent claims of following up his recent win at Chelmsford, and the Bated Breath gelding can go close back on turf.

A three-time winner earlier in his career, which included on turf on his debut, he contested some hot races when under the care of Marco Botti; but he was susbequently absent for the better part of two years following a Chester Listed third on his final outing for that handler, and he wasn’t seen out again until finishing sixth behind Tropics on his return.

He capitalised on a falling mark to score last time out from Katheefa, and he could do the same turned out from the same mark where he is due to go up 7lbs in future. He also has the services of a 7lbs claimer for this race, so he’s weighted for a big run and he can deliver.

1.45 – Tulip Fields
2.20 – Jaaneh
2.55 – Unabated
3.30 – Wild Eric
4.00 – Alemaratalyoum
4.30 – Qarasu
5.05 – Theatro


(2.30) LAW OF PEACE (11/8, Bet365) offered plenty to work on when finding only one too strong on debut, and with that experience under his belt Charlie Appleby’s charge could prove a tough nut to crack if improving as expected.

The Shamardal colt was beaten only by a nose on that occasion by a more experienced rival, just failing to reel his conquerer, and the experience won’t have been lost on him with the pair finishing more than one length ahead of the third and rest of the field.

The winner has gone in again since, and sure to improve for that first run he is likely to take some beating here.

(3.40) WAFY (3/1, Ladbrokes) had finished runner-up in a pair of starts back from a break at Ascot and Newbury respectively, and although disappointing when last seen at York he could be worth forgiving that run.

Charlie Hills’ charge Dubawi gelding had found only Duckett’s Grove too strong at Ascot in July where his stamina may have been stretched, and he subsequently found only Qaysar too good at Newbury in August prior to that disappointing run on the Knavesmire.

He wasn’t the only one who failed to give their running however, and eased 1lb in the weights he could do better this time around.

1.55 – Bengal Bay
2.30 – Law Of Peace
3.05 – Shawaaheq
3.40 – Wafy
4.10 – Lord North
4.40 – Total Commitment
5.15 – Durrell


Ascot are racing on Friday


(4.45) Lightly-raced GAME PRESENT (Evens, William Hill) could be the answer here, having won at Downpatrick in good style back in June only to later lose the race; and Henry de Bromhead’s charge lost little caste in defeat next time when finishing fourth to Poker D’ainay at Tramore last month on his return from a short break.

The Lecroix gelding was beaten only around five lengths on that occasion, possibly just doing too much in front early. However this looks a decent opportunity for him to get back on the scoresheet in what looks a fairly moderate contest.

He had won well the time before although a prohibited substance later cost him the race; but if he can run up to a similar level here then every chance he can post another success.

(8.50) MOSSY WHITE (9/2, Bet365) found some improvement switched to a handicap latest at Kilbeggan, finding only one too strong in Riviera Sun, and Denis Hogan’s charge can get off the mark here.

The Scorpion gelding was a point-to-point winner previously, and the return of cheekpieces for that last run seemed to deliver some improvement as he was beaten only a couple of lengths at the line.

Given he remains unexposed as a chaser, a 3lbs rise looks workable and he ought to give another good account in this contest where he could come home in front this time around.

4.15 – Cocohulababy
4.45 – Game Present
5.20 – Callthebarman
5.50 – See Double You
6.20 – Oscars Den
6.50 – Mossy White
7.20 – Memories Remain


(5.00) KAIZER (9/2, Bet365) could be worth chancing to build on his most recent third-placed finish over this course and distance last month, and Alistair Whillans’ charge can get off the mark here.

A Perth hurdles winner in July, he had shown only moderate form on the level prior to that latest bronze medal finish where he was beaten only a half-length behind True Romance where he only gave way late in the day under this rider.

Both the winner and runner-up from that contest have won since, and a 3lbs rise from his own run looks very workable as a result. A repeat of that effort could be good enough to see him get his head in front in what looks a relatively weak affair, and with the yard in decent heart at present he is expected to go close.

(6.00) SIX STRINGS (6/4, William Hill) rounded off his time with Dean Ivory with a near-miss at Kempton back in January, and the Requinto gelding is taken to follow up his win at Catterick on his reappearance last month on his first outing for new handler Michael Appleby.

The five-year old had become a frustrating sort for Eve Johnson Houghton and then Dean Ivory prior to joining this yard; but he showed improved form dropped to six furlongs when running out a near-three lengths’ winner over Redrosezorro, scoring readily.

Back up in trip here, he needn’t be inconvenienced by the greater yardage and a 5lbs rise in the weights remains workable so every chance he can go close here with a repeat of that effort, and given he should strip fitter for his return to action then he could prove a tough nut to crack.

4.25 – Super Julius
5.00 – Kaizer
5.30 – Yoshimi
6.00 – Six Strings
6.30 – Jeffrey Harris
7.00 – The Big House
7.30 – Fantastic Ms Fox


Musselburgh race on Friday


(6.10) STARS IN THE SKY (6/4, Bet365) built on an encouraging debut fifth to find only one too good on her next outing, and the Galileo filly can get off the mark at the third attempt.

William Haggas’ charge appeared suited by the stiffer test that day, where she was denied only by a length behind Alpen Rose; but the pair had pulled clear of the rest and there is a suspicion that she has more to offer.

She can improve again for that second outing, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see her going close in this contest where she can open her account if the switch to this surface doesn’t catch her out.

(6.40) RIOT (5/4, Paddy Power) has done little wrong in finishing runner-up on all three career starts to date, but John Gosden’s charge has shown enough in those outings to suggest he is well up to winning a race and he could open his account here.

The Kingman colt has raced exclusively at Sandown thus far, beaten a head and a neck twice including when last seen behind Tammani back in July where he was just gunned down late in the day. That form has been boosted by the third and fourth horses both winning since, and if he can run to a similar lever or indeed improve again switching to this surface then he could prove a tough nut to crack.

This looks a decent opportunity for him to get off the mark, and no surprise if he were to come out on top here.

5.40 – Kheros
6.10 – Stars In The Sky
6.40 – Riot
7.10 – Donnybrook
7.40 – Land Of Oz
8.10 – Chil Chil
8.40 – Dobrianka