Friday 9 August horse racing tips – Believe in Bethell’s 5/2 chance at Haydock

Haydock is one of seven UK and Irish horse racing meetings going to post on Friday.

Haydock is one of seven UK and Irish horse racing meetings going to post on Friday.

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

Seven UK and Irish horse racing meetings again go to post on Friday, where afternoon racing on the flat takes place at Thirsk, Brighton and Musselburgh.

Meanwhile, the evening action takes in all-weather action from Chelmsford, while there is also flat racing action on turf from both Haydock and Newmarket as well as from the Curragh where the Group One Phoenix Stakes takes centre-stage on the evening.

Thirsk (flat) – 1.50 – 4.50pm (7 races)
Brighton (flat) – 2.00 – 5.00pm (7 races)
Musselburgh (flat) – 2.10 – 5.10pm (7 races)
Haydock (flat) – 5.05 – 8.25pm (7 races)
Curragh (flat) – 5.15 – 8.35pm (7 races)
Newmarket (flat) – 5.25 – 8.15pm (6 races)
Chelmsford (flat, aw) – 5.50 – 9.10pm (7 races)


(2.50) GRIMSDYKE (4/1, Paddy Power) found a jolt of improvement to post a career-best effort and a first win when successful at Redcar last month, scoring by a nose; Tim Easterby’s charge could be worth chancing to follow up under a penalty.

The Firebreak gelding was winning from 1lb out of the weights on that occasion, beating Perfect Swiss where he got up in the last strides.

A subsequent winner was behind him that day, and a 6lbs penalty looks fair given he could find some further progress now he’s off the mark. Assuming this outing doesn’t come too soon then he can remain competitive in a fairly ordinary contest.

(4.50) FARD (4/1, William Hill) remains a maiden after 18 runs, but Roger Fell’s charge has run well on a number of occasions despite that dismal statistic and the Dutch Art gelding can land a breakthrough win here.

Runner-up at Carlisle back in July, he hasn’t managed to match that level in a couple of subsequent outings, including over this trip latest at Catterick where he finished sixth behind Someone Exciting although his chances were compromised almost immediately by a slow start.

This doesn’t look a particularly strong contest, and he’s been eased 1lb ahead of this apprentices’ contest where Rhona Pillar can claim a further 2lbs off his back so he could be up to the task of posting a decent performance here.

1.50 – Susie Javea
2.20 – Baltic State
2.50 – Grimsdyke
3.20 – Land Of Winter
3.50 – Dan’s Dream
4.20 – Society Star
4.50 – Fard


Brighton race on Friday afternoon


(2.30) MALVERN (Evens, Paddy Power) looked a useful prospect when scoring on debut at Chepstow last month, and with Richard Hannon’s charge looking sure to improve for the experience, the Outstrip colt can make it 2-2.

He ran out a ready winner on that first run, drawing clear to beat Cosmic Power by just over two lengths with a subsequent winner further back. He certainly gave he impression that there was more to come, and if building on that performance then he could prove a tough nut to crack here.

With the Hannon runners in decent heart at present, he can continue the yard’s good spell and it would be no surprise to see a follow up.

(3.30) GENDARME (3/1, Bet365) won well at Epsom eight days ago, and the Lawman gelding can follow up here having escaped a penalty for that success given that it came in an apprentices’ race.

Alex Dunn’s charge had won in soft ground at Chepstow earlier in the season, but he got back to winning ways following a couple of lesser efforts when beating The Lords Walk latest with a head verdict.

He is due to go up 4lbs as a consequence, but connections will be looking to strike again while the iron is hot and before he goes up in the weights. A repeat of that last run could prove good enough, and it would be no surprise to see him firmly in the mix again.

2.00 – Urban Highway
2.30 – Malvern
3.00 – Cafe Sydney
3.30 – Gendarme
4.00 – Dream Catching
4.30 – Knockout Blow
5.00 – Dandilion


(3.10) ORION’S BOW (4/1, William Hill) is nowhere near as good as he used to be, but Tim Easterby’s charge remains capable of winning races as he showed when successful two starts ago at Hamilton when beating Zig Zag Zyggy by a nose to end a three-year dry spell.

The Pivotal gelding failed next time under a penalty with a poor run at York where he failed to beat a rival; but that run may have come too soon and he might be worth chancing having had a bit more time to recover here.

A smart performer in his prime where he as a 97-rated winner with a career-high of 106, he turns out here from just 78. A drop back to five-furlongs and with softer ground in his favour, he could well bounce back from that last time run to get back on the scoresheet in a winnable contest.

(5.10) EURO IMPLOSION (5/4, Ladbrokes) has hit the crossbar in each of his last three starts, and Keith Dalgleish’s charge can get off the mark here.

The Battle Of Marengo gelding was last seen finishing runner-up at Ripon three days ago, beaten just under two lengths behind Theatro where he possibly just did too much too soon and was unable to hold off the challenge of the winner.

He still finished clear of the rest, and connections turn him out again quickly in the hope he can take advantage of this current mark before he goes up in the weights. Assuming a three-day turnaround doesn’t catch him out, he can post another big effort, and it would be no surprise to see him come out on top in a race where winning form is thin on the ground among the field.

2.10 – Kwanza
2.40 – Makyon
3.10 – Orion’s Bow
3.40 – Alright Sunshine
4.10 – Northernpowerhouse
4.40 – Economic Crisis
5.10 – Euro Implosion


Musselburgh race on Friday


(5.35) DIAMOND SHOWER (1/2, Bet365) disappointed at Hamilton when last seen out last month, but Richard Fahey’s charge had looked progressive prior to that outing and she may be worth chancing to bounce back here.

The Clodovil filly had made the frame in each of her first two career starts at Redcar and Carlisle respectively, after which she lost little caste in defeat when finishing fourth to Ejtilaab at Doncaster in June.

Having latterly beaten only one home behind Twentysixthstreet, she showed signs of temperament in that race, looking a difficult ride. Despite the negative however, she could be worth another chance given she had shown ability previously, and she can still do better.

(7.20) RICH BELIEF (5/2, William Hill) has progressed with each run, getting off the mark at the third attempt when successful at Wolverhampton back at the beginning of the month, and James Bethell’s charge can follow up back on turf.

The Make Believe colt won by almost three lengths from Dark Kris, scoring readily, and while the form looks very moderate he could have more to offer now his attentions are switched to handicapping where he features on a decent opening mark.

A return to turf should present no issues, and it would be no surprise to see him find another jolt of improvement to follow up here.

5.05 – Indian Pursuit
5.35 – Diamond Shower
6.10 – On Guard
6.45 – Escape Proof
7.20 – Rich Belief
7.50 – Angel Gabrial
8.25 – Fragrant Belle


(5.45) SUN SIGN (11/2, William Hill) didn’t appear to relish a battle last time out when beaten at Navan in July, flashing her tail under pressure; but Diane Foster’s charge has shown enough to suggest she can pick up a win, and the Shamardal filly can open her account here.

She has shown race-by-race progress, bettering her finishing position each time since arriving in Ireland from France, and her last two starts have seen her beaten only one length.

Dropping back to the minimum trip here, she could be worth chancing despite her signs of temperament, and she looks capable of going close.

(6.15) ONE LAST LOOK (2/1, Paddy Power) looked a potentially useful prospect when scoring on debut at Leopardstown in June, and Ger Lyons’ charge subsequently wasn’t disgraced when crossing the line in fifth back there next time in the Silver Flash Stakes.

The Fastnet Rock filly possibly just felt the firmer ground on that occasion, but this surface could be more to her liking and the return to an easier grade can see her bounce back.

She remains capable of better, and while she has to give weight away here she could prove equal to the task to get back on the scoresheet.

5.15 – Sherpa
5.45 – Sun Sign
6.15 – One Last Look
6.50 – Siskin
7.25 – Servalan
8.00 – Super Julius
8.35 – Manqoosh

Ger Lyons

Ger Lyons can win the Phoenix Stakes with Siskin


(6.00) LEXINGTON QUEST (11/8, Bet365) has had a few goes to break his duck, but the Ivawood gelding could be worth siding with to get off the mark dropped into selling company for the first time.

Richard Hannon has his string in decent heart, and the two-year old has thus far only shown glimpses of ability in his handful of starts, with his best finish coming at Pontefract back in July where he finished four lengths’ fourth behind Ambyfaeirvine.

Stepped up in trip and fitted with cheekpieces for his last run at Lingfield later in the same month, he finished fourth there also behind Sir Arthur Dayne. But despite failing to trouble the judge in his six starts to date, he arguably sets the standard and this is a much easier assignment.

He could have more to offer over this longer trip, and with Sylvestre De Sousa in the saddle it would be no surprise to see him going close here.

(7.10) Assuming this doesn’t come too soon just six days on from Goodwood, OUTBOX (15/8, Paddy Power) can get back on the winning trail having just found the tough and progressive King’s Advice too much last time.

Simon Crisford’s charge had hit the front inside the furlong pole in that outing, looking set to go on to score; but he was outbattled by Mark Johnston’s runner to go down by a only a neck and return to form following a poor previous run.

A three-time winner last term, he sports cheekpieces for the first time here which might help, and if none the worse for that latest outing then he could prove a tough nut to crack here from the same mark which he can exploit before going up in the weights.

5.25 – East Of Eden
6.00 – Lexington Quest
6.35 – Volkan Star
7.10 – Outbox
7.40 – Mubtasimah
8.15 – Good Effort


(7.30) TOMILY (11/2, Bet365) rounded off his time with Richard Hannon with a win at Windsor, and the Canford Cliffs gelding subsequently reeled off further wins at Ayr and Catterick having joined David O’Meara.

The latter came under a penalty where he beat Alsvinder, and the five-year old went well for much of the way in a stronger race at York late in July before eventually folding into tenth where he was carrying a double-penalty.

That was a very stiff ask, and there is a possibility that the run came too soon after his earlier exertions. A 13-day break since might just be enough to see him post a better effort back down in grade, and with Jim Crowley booked for the ride he could go close to a return to winning ways.

(8.40) TWILIGHTING (13/8, William Hill) has shown only moderate form in a trio of starts in maidens, but the Kyllachy filly could be worth chancing now her sights are switched to handicaps.

Henry Candy’s charge has bettered her finishing position each time, latterly finishing seventh at Windsor back in June where she was beaten ten lengths. However, an opening mark of just 49 could be workable given a pair of winners have since come out of that race.

This doesn’t look a particularly strong introduction to handicapping, and she can find a jolt of improvement for the switch on her all-weather debut to do better.

5.50 – Constanzia
6.25 – Rain Cap
7.00 – Dream Shot
7.30 – Tomily
8.05 – Papa Delta
8.40 – Twilighting
9.10 – Barca