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Nicholls' charge to get back on track at Fontwell? Get Friday horse racing tips

Brian Healy 12 Apr 2019

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets across each of Friday's UK and Irish horse racing meetings.

Five UK and Irish horse racing meetings go to post on Friday with afternoon action over the sticks at Ayr and Fontwell, while Newbury are racing on the flat.

Meanwhile, in the evening there is action in the evening over the sticks in Ireland at Ballinrobe, while Kempton are racing in the evening on the all-weather.

Ayr (jumps) - 1.50 - 5.05pm (7 races)
Newbury (jumps) - 2.00 - 5.20pm (7 races)
Fontwell (jumps) - 2.10 - 5.30pm (7 races)
Ballinrobe (jumps) - 4.50 - 8.00pm (7 races)
Kempton (flat, aw) - 5.40 - 8.15pm (6 races)



(2.20) DEYRANN DE CARJAC (11/2, Ladbrokes) opened his win account when seeing off four rivals to score at Warwick back in May last year, and Alan King’s Balko gelding has since finished runner-up in his three completed starts with only a fall inbetween at Cheltenham in November when contesting the Greatwood Hurdle.

He was last seen finding only Garrettstown too strong back in January, succumbing by little over one length, and returning to handicaps from novice company he could prove to be fairly treated off this mark.

Still relatively unexposed, he could have more to offer and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a bold show here.

(3.25) RIVER WYLDE (6/1, William Hill) was a very talented hurdler a couple of seasons back, winning three times and making the frame in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle behind Labaik; but it hasn’t all been plain sailing since for the Oscar gelding since switching to chasing.

A debut chase winner at Uttoxeter, he was outgunned by North Hill Harvey next time at Cheltenham; he subsequently underwent wind surgery and was absent for more than one year before returning to action at Haydock in November.

Nicky Henderson’s charge took a heavy fall there, and it possibly left a dent in his confidence as he jumped poorly when pulled up behind Siruh Du Lac in the Brown Advisory Plate. However, he is probably still capable of good form if able to put in a clear round, and this is easier than his last outing.

He has a question to answer with regards to his jumping, but if he is able to keep mistakes to a minimum then he has the ability to go close here.

1.50 - Galvin
2.20 - Deyrann de Carjac
2.55 - Myplaceatmidnight
3.25 - River Wylde
4.00 - Boagrius
4.30 - Yeats Baby
5.05 - Follow The Bear


(2.35) ORVAR (9/1, William Hill) returns to turf having cut little ice in a trio of starts in Meydan and on the Wolverhampton tapeta over the winter; but the Dandy Man gelding could return to winning form here.

Paul Midgley’s charge won twice on turf last term, scoring at Doncaster and Beverley, the latter of which came from just 1lb below his current mark, and he ran better than the bare result last time out at Wolverhampton when last seen.

This doesn’t look the strongest of races, and he could stage a revivial back on turf from this rating and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a big run from the Dandy Man gelding.

(3.05) VIS A VIS (9/2. William Hill) made an immediate impact for Neil Mulholland, winning his first two outings at Sandown and Kempton respectively, and despite failing to add further to his tally in three subsequent outings he has run well on each occasion.

He finished fourth in last season’s Cesarewitch behind Low Sun, and he has since hit the crossbar on his next two outings at Carlisle and Wincanton over hurdles; he returns to the flat here however where he is only 3lbs higher in the weights, and following a short break he ought to be up to the task of posting a big effort.

2.00 - Separate
2.35 - Orvar
3.05 - Vis A Vis
3.40 - Happy Power
4.10 - Space Blues
4.45 - Royal Star
5.20 - Fabulist
5.50 - Millicent Fawcett


(3.15) DOUBLE TREASURE (13/8, William Hill) proved to be a different animal when returned to hurdles following a wind operation, better for a spin over fences to register back-to-back wins at Fontwell and Newton Abbot, and then chasing home Secret Investor at Chepstow in the Persian War Hurdle following another break.

Jamie Snowden’s charge might have been amiss when pulled up behind Coolanly at Cheltenham in the Hyde Novices’ Hurdle; but he’s been given plenty of time to recover, and his overall record fresh suggests he could be primed to post a big run.

He does look vulnerable at the weights against the consistent Danse Idol, but that one has found one too good on each of his last three starts, and if the King’s Theatre gelding returns here to something like his best then he can resume winning ways with a good 5lbs claimer booked.

(3.50) Only four runners, but ROMAIN DE SENAM (2/1, William Hill) gets a narrow vote to come out on top.

Paul Nicholls’ charge started the season off well following wind surgery, but he failed to complete in competitive handicaps at Cheltenham behind Baron Alco and Frodon respectively. 

However he bounced back to form when winning at Taunton in January, and he ran better than the result behind Walt when contesting the Grade Three 888Sport Handicap Chase, finishing fourth and beaten around five lengths.

This is an easier assignment, and he has the services of a top 5lbs claimer to ease his burden. He could go well as a result, and no surprise if he were to bounce back to winning form here. 

2.10 - Tomorrow Mystery
2.45 - Captain Cattistock
3.15 - Double Treasure
3.50 - Romain De Senam
4.20 - Jimmy
4.55 - Finnegan’s Garden
5.30 - Nimby


(5.10) CAPOFARO (4/1, Bet365) had struggled over shorter distances before getting off the mark when tried at a mile behind Sir Jamie at this venue last month; the Kyllachy gelding can follow up here with a repeat.

Jamie Osborne’s charge ran out a three-parts of a length winner, and the change in tactics to a more aggressive ride seemed to work well; he made all the running and he found enough when challenged to get home in front.

An outside draw here does demand that he finds another jolt of improvement; but he is unexposed over one mile and could easily have more to offer. He is only 3lbs higher in the weights here, and every chance he register another win.

(6.45) MAWAKIB (2/1, Bet365) has shown race-by-race progress, getting off the mark at the third attempt when successful at Wolverhampton in March, beating Ustath by a half-length.

That form possibly doesn’t amount to much, but Roger Varian’s charge could well have further improvement to come on the back of that success given that he appeared to win a shade readily. 

The Havana Gold colt switches now to a handicap from a mark of just 79 which could prove workable, and with the potential for further progress then he could well follow up that last time success with the run sure to bring him on.

4.35 - Hooflepuff
5.10 - Capofaro
5.40 - La Maquina
6.15 - Moraawed
6.45 - Mawakib
7.15 - Sapa Inca
7.45 - My Girl Maisie
8.15 - Dawn Commando


(6.00) LA SORELITA (11/4, Ladbrokes) was fair in France for Guillame Macaire prior to moving to Willie Mullins’ yard; and while the Martaline filly hasn’t shown her best form in four starts to date, she could be worth chancing to come good here in a relatively weak race.

Fourth on her debut for the Closutton handler, she went one better next time to land a bronze medal at Fairyhouse in January. She then ran fourth behind Sinoria at Punchestown in Listed company prior to finishing tenth of 21 runners in the Fred Winter Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

She wasn’t seen to best effect there, but she still features here from a workable mark and in this less testing company she could go close.

(7.00) THE GABBY CABBY (4/1, Bet365) showed up well on his debut at Thurles last month, eventually finishing fourth behind Dewcup, beaten around eight lengths; the Stowaway gelding could step up on that performance here and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Jessica Harrington’s charge go close.

He looked inexperienced in that outing, but the form is working out well and there ought to be plenty more in the locker to come; he can build on the debut experience to open his win account here.

4.50 - Andalusa
5.25 - Defy De Mee
6.00 - La Sorelita
6.30 - West Coast Time
7.00 - Our Jerry
7.30 - The Gabby Cabby
8.00 - Braeside

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