Friday racing tips – Big Storm Coming can breeze to Redcar victory

Wincanton is one of seven UK and Irish fixtures on a busy Friday.

Wincanton is one of seven UK and Irish fixtures on a busy Friday.

Brian Healy assesses Friday’s UK and Irish horse racing cards.

A busy seven-fixture schedule of horse racing fixtures go to post throughout Friday.

The day’s flat racing action comes from the cards at Redcar and Haydock; while there is plenty of jumps action with meetings over the sticks from Fakenham, Wincanton and Downpatrick in Ireland.

The evening line-up of racing action features all-weather action from the cards at Newcastle on tapeta, and Dundalk in Ireland on polytrack.

Haydock (flat) – 1.30 – 5.30pm (8 races)

Redcar (flat) – 1.45 – 5.35pm (8 races)

Wincanton (jumps) – 1.50 – 4.45pm (6 races)

Fakenham (jumps) – 2.05 – 5.00pm (6 races)

Downpatrick (jumps) – 2.20 – 5.40pm (7 races)

Newcastle (flat, aw) – 5.50 – 9.20pm (8 races)

Dundalk (flat, aw) – 6.05 – 9.05pm (7 races)


(2.35) FENDALE (7/1, William Hill) was arguably unlucky not to overhaul the reopposing Classic Seniority in the Ayr Bronze Cup, having encountered some trouble in running; but granted a clear round this time, Michael Dods’ charge can overturn that form.

The Exceed and Excel gelding has since run to a similar level with a good third at Pontefract where he was again denied a clear run; and while his come-from-behind style means he’ll need everything to drop right for him here, he is weighted to overturn Ayr form with Marjorie Fife’s runner.

Assuming he gets the gaps, he should be finishing to good effect, and still with scope from this handicap mark he can gain some due reward for solid recent efforts.

Raising Sand can follow up his Ascot win last time out.

Raising Sand can follow up his Ascot win last time out.

(3.10) RAISING SAND (9/4, Ladbrokes) could have more to offer on the back of his last-time success at Ascot.

A winner for Roger Varian back in June, he has won two of his three starts for his new handler having also registered a win at Ffos Las back in July, and there was little wrong with his subsequent runner-up effort behind Laidback Romeo at Windsor the following month.

He is going the right way and is also 2-3 under George Baker, who again is in the plate, and the pair can combine once more to enhance their partnership. Having looked to win a shade readily at Ascot last week, he is chanced in the hope he has further progression to come, and he can follow up despite a 3lbs rise in the weights which doesn’t look harsh given the manner of his last-time success.

1.30 – Hot Hannah

2.00 – Cashla Bay

2.35 – Fendale

3.10 – Raising Sand

3.45 – Trading Point

4.20 – Eldritch

4.55 – Cool Climate

5.30 – Talent To Amuse


(2.15) VOLTA DO MAR (6/1, Ladbrokes) has shaped with some promise in her outings to date, although invariably the Henrythenavigator filly has got going too late, as was the case at Hamilton last month where Richard Fahey’s charge finished well into fourth place behind Mutahaady.

Previously a runner-up at Carlisle on her handicap debut, she should appreciate this extra furlong, and could still have further improvement to come; she’s worth chancing in the hope she progresses for the longer distance against some relatively exposed rivals, and she can get off the mark here.

(4.00) BIG STORM COMING (11/4, Bet365) was unlucky not to follow up his earlier Thirsk success when finishing third to Celtic Artisan at Chelmsford on his latest outing.

David Brown’s charge was denied a clear run when attempting to deliver a challenge up the inside, forcing him to be switched out, and where he conceded first run to the winner. However, he finished well and was only beaten just over a half-length.

He had previously looked to win a shade cosily at Thirsk, beating Dark Wonder, and just 1lb higher in the weights from his last outing he can gain some compensation under Jim Crowley.

1.45 – Maghfoor

2.15 – Volta Do Mar

2.50 – Somewhere Secret

3.25 – Glorious Legend

4.00 – Big Storm Coming

4.35 – Enjoy Life

5.05 – Gabrielle

5.35 – Mcdelta


(2.25) MOONDAY SUN (9/4, William Hill) showed no sign that his progress was about to be halted when bolting up at Towcester earlier in the month, making it three wins from six starts for Nigel Twiston-Davies’ charge.

The Mizzen Mast gelding looked appreciative of the speed test there, quickening up well, and this sharp track should suit as he bids to defy a 7lbs penalty turned out nine days later.

With his yard going great-guns at present, and him still looking unexposed over hurdles and with the potential for further improvement, he can continue his upward curve to collect another win.

1.50 – Doitforjoe

2.25 – Moonday Sun

3.00 – Closest Friend

3.35 – Prettylittlething

4.10 – On Demand

4.45 – Muirfield

Nigel Twiston-Davies can get amongst the winners at Wincanton on Friday.

Nigel Twiston-Davies can get amongst the winners at Wincanton on Friday.


(2.40) CHANGING THE GUARD (3/1, Bet365) may be worth chancing back at the scene of his last success, where the King’s Best gelding was a course and distance winner in March with a defeat of Goal.

Taking advantage of the drop in grade and a lowly handicap mark, Barry Brennan’s charge hasn’t kicked on from that run; however, he could exploit this lower hurdles mark which sees him 10lbs below his last winning rating, and having gone well here in the past he gets a narrow vote to resume winning ways with Tom Dowling’s 5lbs claim further enhancing his chances.

2.05 – Throthethatch

2.40 – Changing The Guard

3.15 – Its’afreebee

3.50 – Plansberg

4.25 – Princeton Royale

5.00 – Lou Vert

Dan and Harry Skelton can enjoy a successful visit to Fakenham on Friday.

Dan and Harry Skelton can enjoy a successful visit to Fakenham on Friday.


(2.55) OUR RACHAEL (2/1, William Hill) has been set some stiff tasks over hurdles to date, but with her sights lowered she could be the one to side with here.

Tony Martin’s charge was last seen over timber posting a solid fifth behind Silverpockets here in August, since when she has ran twice on the flat where she ran a good race to finish sixth in a big-field handicap at the Curragh on her last start.

The Haatef filly could still be relatively unexposed over timber, and possibly with more to come she can win a trappy contest.

2.20 – Captain Bocelli

2.55 – Our Rachael

3.30 – Forever Dylan

4.05 – Cairnshill

4.40 – Gone Platinum

5.10 – Sean Airgead

5.40 – Dounikos


(6.35) It could be worth chancing INDIAN LANDING (8/1, Bet365) to build on his latest third at Laytown behind My Good Brother when beaten just over three lengths.

A three-time course and distance winner, Tom Collins’ charge has also made the frame on three other occasions, and his latest third-placed finish was a big step back in the right direction on the back of some disappointing efforts where he had beaten only one rival home in two of his previous six starts.

As a result, the Barathea gelding has slipped a long way down the weights, racing off just 66 here compared to his last winning mark of 84 in January 2015; clearly very well handicapped if able to rediscover his old form, a 7lbs claimer further eases his burden, and racing out of the number one stall, he could go close if putting his best foot forward.

(8.05) Lightly-raced ELUSIVE HEIGHTS (11/4, William Hill) may be the pick of Ger Lyons’ pair in this contest, and the Elusive Pimpernel gelding is taken to get back to winning ways.

Already a smart performer, he is a dual-winner with successes at Naas and Navan in the early part of the season, and he put a poor run at Galway behind him when going down by only a short-head last time over course and distance.

Raised just 1lb for that run, he should be in the shake-up if running up to a similar level.

5.25 – Room To Roam

6.00 – Delegating

6.35 – Indian Landing

7.05 – Hes Our Music

7.35 – Park Row

8.05 – Elusive Heights

8.35 – Reddot Dancer

9.05 – Royal Roslea


(6.50) COOL STRUTTER (6/1, Bet365) could be the answer to a tricky handicap contest, being the only course and distance runner in the line-up, having won here in September with a defeat of Munjally.

Karen Tutty’s charge hasn’t disgraced himself in a trio of starts since, two of which came on turf and he wasn’t beaten far into fourth here earlier in the month over six furlongs where he caught the eye doing good late work.

Back over a longer trip today, he can race off the same mark, while Gemma Tutty’s claim gives further credence to his claims; and likely to get the strong pace he needs, he Kodiac gelding can resume winning ways.

Newcastle are racing on Friday evening.

Newcastle are racing on Friday evening.

(7.20) GYPSY MAJOR (8/1, Ladbrokes) has gone well on all three course and distance starts, winning two of them, and the Major Cadeaux gelding can be forgiven a pair of lesser efforts on turf the last twice.

Gerard Moss’ charge ran out an easy winner here in August when beating Tom Sawyer by three lengths, and he showed improved form next time to beat Sugar Town by the same margin later that month.

His latest outing at Thirsk, which came behind Gaelic Wizard saw him miss the break and later meet trouble-in-running, so that run can be ignored; and back over this course and distance he can leave the form of that outing behind to get back on the scoresheet.

5.50 – High Command

6.20 – Haulani

6.50 – Cool Strutter

7.20 – Gypsy Major

7.50 – Market Choice

8.20 – Paper Faces

8.50 – Best Laid Plans

9.20 – Roaring Character