Friday 7 April horse racing tips – 10/3 God’s Own heaven sent for Aintree punters
Brian Healy has race-by-race selections for every meeting on Friday across the UK and Ireland, including day two of Aintree’s Grand National fixture.
Six fixtures are scheduled to take place on Friday, and there is jumps racing action from Sedgefield and Aintree, where the second day of the Grand National Festival meeting goes to post.
Elsewhere, there is racing on the flat from Leicester; while in the evening there is further all-weather action from Kempton and also Dundalk in Ireland.
Completing the day’s fixtures is an evening jumps racing card on turf at Wexford.
Aintree (jumps) – 1.40 – 5.15pm (7 races)
Leicester (flat) – 2.00 – 5.25pm (7 races)
Sedgefield (jumps) – 2.10 – 5.30pm (7 races)
Wexford (jumps) – 4.35 – 7.35pm (7 races)
Kempton (flat, aw) – 5.45 – 9.15pm (8 races)
Dundalk (flat, aw) – 5.55 – 8.55pm (7 races)
(2.20) River Wylde did nothing wrong in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle; while Moon Racer shaped as if amiss in the Champion Hurdle when pulled up, and it would be no surprise to see either going close.
However, a chance is taken on the progressive MOUNT MEWS (3/1, Paddy Power) who hacked up in the Morebattle Hurdle at Kelso when last seen, and Malcolm Jefferson’s charge looks one to keep onside.
The Saffron Walden gelding is unbeaten in three starts at the Borders venue, with his sole defeat coming over a longer trip at Wetherby where he was beaten only a neck; however, he was hugely impressive last time in romping to a near-50 lengths success over Chalonnial last time.
That race fell apart with two of the four runners pulling up; but the strong travelling sort could only do the job easily and in the manner of a horse who has plenty more to come. Fresher than either of his two rivals who contested at Cheltenham, he is worth a try at this higher level.
(3.25) GOD’S OWN (10/3, Sky Bet) goes well around this track, and Tom George’s took this prize twelve months ago following the departure of Vautour.
However, the Oscar gelding beat the same rival fair and square at Punchestown next time, and he can defend his title despite failing to add to his tally this term.
He has been running well though, finishing a close third behind Un De Sceaux in the Tingle Creek on the back of in-the-frame efforts here and Ascot; and he was travelling noticeably well in the Champion Chase until a bad blunder four fences out saw his jumping come apart, and another error two from home where he all but landed on top of the fence subsequently cost him all chance.
It is debatable whether he would have won, but he certainly would have given the front pair plenty to worry about; and if avoiding mistakes – he can throw in an odd poor jump – he should be competitive in this contest back up in trip on ground that will present no problem.
1.40 – Thomas Campbell
2.20 – Mount Mews
2.50 – Might Bite
3.25 – God’s Own
4.05 – Bouvreuil
4.40 – Constantine Bay
5.15 – Black Op
(2.30) ENDEAVOUR (9/2, BetVictor) was assumedly amiss when bombing out last time at Newcastle, failing to beat a rival home in a claimer; but Richard Hannon’s charge could leave that run behind back on turf.
The Acclamation gelding finished third on both starts on turf last term at Windsor and Brighton, possibly failing to stay the trip on the latter occasion; and he has since run only moderately in starts on the all-weather, although he wasn’t beaten far beind Little Miss Daisy at Kempton in February.
Assuming there was nothing untowards following his poor run last time, he is worth another chance and could bounce back returned to grass.
(3.40) FACE THE FACTS (15/8, Bet365) shaped better than the bare result on his sole start as a two-year old, finishing runner-up behind Youmkain at Nottingham, but appearing unsuited by the emphasis on speed.
John Gosden’s Nathaniel colt steps up markedly in trip for his return to action, which could well unlock further improvement in the Derby entrant; while a first-time hood may also help him to do better given he raced keenly on debut, and the headgear could settle him down.
Sure to progress, he looks the one to beat under Frankie Dettori and he should go close.
2.00 – Kick On Kick On
2.30 – Endeavour
3.05 – Evening Attire
3.40 – Face The Facts
4.15 – Faithful Creek
4.50 – Present Tense
5.25 – Ross Raith Rover
(2.40) CESAR ET ROSALIE (Evens, Paddy Power) won well on his debut for Neil Mulholland when posting a four lengths’ verdict over Notre Ami at Lingfield back in November; and the Network gelding has gone with plenty of promise in both starts over hurdles.
Beaten just one length behind Hint Of Grey at Fakenham last month despite hanging left, he is open to further improvement on the back of that run and should be competitive again in a winnable race.
(3.50) OUR THOMAS (2/1, BetVictor) seemed to enjoy the change in tactics and application of cheek-pieces when finishing third at Wetherby last month, beaten just one length behind Caius Marcius having lost his way somewhat previously with some poor runs.
Tim Easterby’s charge had looked a potentially smart sort when scoring at the same venue last October, following up with some in-the-frame efforts prior to a poor run at Cheltenham behind Diego Du Charmil.
He bounced back to post a runner-up effort at Kelso, but his form this term had been sketchy prior to that return to form; raised 4lbs for that effort, he remains well-treated on the pick of his old form, and he should go well again if adopting similar tactics.
2.10 – Cruising Bye
2.40 – Cesar Et Rosalie
3.15 – Taws
3.50 – Our Thomas
4.25 – Master Burbidge
5.00 – Whatdoesthefoxsay
5.30 – Miss Joeking
(5.35) ROCK ON LILLY (4/1, William Hill) remains a maiden after nine starts, but the Westerner mare has finished in the frame in two of his last three starts, beaten just over four lengths last time at Cork behind Sunset Sadie.
Tom Donohue’s charge is one of only a few runners in this race who arrives on the back of a decent last-time effort, and his 1lb rise in the weights is offset by the claim of the impressive Rachel Blackmore which sees the Westerner mare effectively 2lbs lower than when posting that latest runner-up effort.
Entitled to go well again, she looks capable of going one place better here and she should be involved.
4.00 – Tellthemnuttin
4.35 – Nanny Stone
5.05 – Seskinane
5.35 – Rock On Lilly
6.05 – Killahara Castle
6.35 – Blazing West
7.05 – St Maxime
7.35 – Minutestomidnight
(6.15) METRONOMIC (5/2, Bet365) has been running some good races in defeat, often shaping better than the bare result; and Richard Hannon’s charge may be able to get off the mark here.
The Roderic O’connor gelding has finished in the bronze medal position in two of his last three starts at Lingfield and Wolverhampton, and although only fifth last time back at the former venue he showed signs of temperament having raced keenly before being impeded.
The easy winner had pulled clear, but there was little between the runner-up and fifth; and with a bit more luck in running he might have snatched another in-the-frame finish. Dropped 2lbs in the weights, and taking a drop in class for this latest run back from a break, he looks sure to post a big effort for his in-form yard, and he can get off the mark.
(7.15) BE ROYALE (6/1, William Hill) had been in fair form prior to a short break, posting a win at Pontefract and a narrow runner-up effort here in November; and there is a possibility she might just have been rusty when making her return at Chelmsford earlier in the month when finishing third of five runners behind La Casa Tarifa.
Michael Appleby’s Byron mare drops back in trip for this latest run, and likely to come on for that last outing she could be the answer in a tricky contest.
5.45 – Whatalove
6.15 – Metronomic
6.45 – Hammer Gun
7.15 – Be Royale
7.45 – Desert Rain
8.15 – Family Fortunes
8.45 – Choral Clan
9.15 – Tidal’s Baby
(6.55) REPARE MON (3/1, Sky Bet) has improved for the switch to handicaps, scoring over this course at the end of March when upped to 1m 4f when beating Marino Marvel by one length.
Tom Mullins’ charge meets that rival again on worse terms, but she looked to win a shade cosily and is open to further improvement over this longer trip so the Big Bad Bob filly could well follow up if seeing out this longer trip.
(8.25) LIGETI (5/2, Paddy Power) stepped up on his return from a three-month break to post back-to-back wins here, and Joseph O’Brien’s charge has continued in form despite failing to add to that tally.
The Rip Van Winkle gelding has subsequently posted a pair of runner-up finishes here in March, but he hasn’t been beaten far in either of those starts and first-time cheekpieces could eke out sufficient improvement to see him get back to winning ways from just 1lb higher in the weights.
5.55 – Sirici
6.25 – Danz Gift
6.55 – Repare Mon
7.25 – Zabalan
7.55 – Set To Fire
8.25 – Ligeti
8.55 – Settle For Red