Friday’s racing tips – 15/8 NAP to Out-fox his opponents at Newmarket

Outbox (second left) running King's Advice close at Glorious Goodwood last week.

Outbox (second left) running King’s Advice close at Glorious Goodwood last week.

Our expert takes a look through all of the races taking place on Friday and selects a strong challenger in the feature at Newmarket as his NAP of the day with Coral.

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7:10pm Newmarket Unibet Handicap (96Plus Race) (Class 2) 1m4f

Corelli has bundles of ability and was clearly running over the wrong trip at Royal Ascot. Five appearances in two-and-a-half years suggests John Gosden’s colt struggles to stay good within himself and, while he’s a danger, there are a couple here who hold much stronger appeal.

Almost Midnight brings some smart form into this handicap and the three-year-old allowance boosts his chances further. However, to see the lightly-raced OUTBOX turned out so soon after a cracker of a run at Glorious Goodwood must surely mean he’s come out of the race in good heart and the in-form Simon Crisford could be celebrating another winner this evening.

Unraced as a juvenile and unbeaten in three starts as a three-year-old, Crisford’s charge lost his unbeaten record on his reappearance in a Listed contest at Chantilly, losing out to Funny Kid by just a head. Outbox then took his chance in the bet365 Trophy at the July Festival, where Andrea Atzeni’s mount shaped nicely for much of the race before running out of steam in the final furlong.

Another clash with King’s Advice followed in the Summer Handicap at Goodwood. Once again, Outbox travelled comfortably, but was a little lit-up entering the home straight and soon wheeled his way to the front. King’s Advice eventually battled back to claim a narrow win, but, considering Outbox hit the front much sooner than ideal, the way he struck to his guns and ran right through the line was impressive.

Both Crisford and jockey, Jack Mitchell are striking at a superb rate of 30% individually at the moment. Outbox has soothed my doubts as to whether he can perform on good-to-firm ground during the summer and first-time cheek-pieces could ensure the favourite’s return to winning ways. A smart victory here could ensure his spot in the Ebor later this month.