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11/8 chance to leave punters jubilant? Get Newbury Friday 17 May horse racing tips

Brian Healy 17 May 2019
Newbury are racing on Friday as seven UK and Irish horse racing meetings go to post. (credit:Julian Herbert/PA Wire/PA Images)

Brian Healy looks over Friday's UK and Irish horse racing meetings and gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for every fixture.

Seven UK and Irish horse racing meetings go to post on Friday, with the third day of York’s Dante Festival meeting again taking centre stage with the Group Two Yorkshire Cup being the highlight of the afternoon on the Knavesmire.

Meanwhile, Newmarket are also racing on Friday as are Newbury as the first of a two-day Lockinge Stakes meeting kicks off at the Berkshire track.

In the evening, there is further racing on the flat from Hamilton, while Leopardstown in Ireland are also racing on the level. Completing Friday’s fixture list are evening meetings over the sticks from Aintree, and also Kilbeggan in Ireland.

Newbury (flat) - 1.35 - 5.30pm (8 races)
York (flat) - 1.50 - 5.05pm (7 races)
Newmarket (flat) - 2.00 - 5.15pm (7 races)
Kilbeggan (jumps) - 5.10 - 8.25pm (7 races)
Leopardstown (flat) - 5.25 - 8.40pm (7 races)
Aintree (jumps) - 5.35 - 8.50pm (7 races)
Hamilton (flat) - 5.55 - 9.05pm (7 races)



(2.10) HABUB (11/4, Bet365) is 2-2 in his short career, with both wins coming on the all-weather; Owen Burrows’ charge could however prove just as good on turf and the War Front colt gets the vote to make it a hat-trick of successes.

A two lengths’ winner over Muneyra at Chelmsford on debut last September, he found improvement on the back of seven months off to strike a second win at Lingfield with a five lengths’ defeat of Gonzaga, and there may be better still to come switching to this surface.

The form of that last win is only ordinary, but the manner in which he won suggests he could be a potentially smart sort and he can find another jolt of progress on the back of that run to strike again.

(3.55) JUBILOSO (11/8, William Hill) made an impressive start to her racing career when running out a three lengths’ winner over Dominus at Chelmsford last month, and sure to improve for the experience she ought to be hard to beat in her follow-up bid.

The Shamardal filly raced green early, but she improved as the race unfolded and having got to the front inside the last furlong she stayed on strongly to register an impressive win.

The runner-up boosted that form next time when winning at Goodwood, and Sir Michael Stoute’s charge can show progress for that first run to strike again and make it 2-2 in her career.

1.35 - Red Armada
2.10 - Habub
2.45 - Light Angel
3.20 - Brancaster
3.55 - Jubiloso
4.25 - Arabist
4.55 - Gantier
5.30 - Grapevine


(1.50) Listed action gets the third day of the York Dante Festival meeting underway, and FLEETING PRINCESS (6/1, William Hill) is taken to come out on top in a race featuring several potentially smart fillies.

Jeremy Noseda’s Dandy Man filly made a taking first impression when scoring on debut at Yarmouth, beating Taste The Nectar by one length, keeping on well but giving the impression that the experience was probably needed.

She looks sure to improve on the back of that first outing, and with the potential for considerably to come she looks worth chancing to follow up that debut success with Ryan Moore taking the reins again.

(4.05) STARLIGHT ROMANCE (12/1, Paddy Power) ran several good races last term, winning a big field course and distance event last June from this mark and placing twice subsequently which included a run back at this venue in July.

Richard Fahey’s charge has largely struggled to get competitive on the all-weather this year, latterly failing to beat a rival home at Lingfield last month behind Goring. Despite that, she was beaten less than five lengths, and a return to turf could coincide with a better performance.

Her last success came off this mark, while she was denied by less than one length at Haydock last September from a higher rating. The Excelebration mare could then be worth chancing to bounce back to form at a venue where she boasts course-winning form, while she has also run well here on other occasions.

She can’t be ruled out on the pick of her efforts, and she lurks on a dangerous mark racing from her last winning rating.

1.50 - Fleeting Princess
2.25 - El Gumryah
3.00 - Ispolini
3.35 - Grandee
4.05 - Starlight Romance
4.35 - Good Luck Fox
5.05 - Fraser Island


(2.35) GLENN COCO (7/2, Bet365) has done all his winning on the all-weather, but the Aussie Rules gelding does have some placed efforts to his name on turf, and Stuart Williams’ charge is taken to continue his hot streak of form with another success here.

A winner of four of his last five starts, which includes his last three in a row, he latterly ran out a one length winner over Qaroun at Chelmsford where he didn’t appear to be at the end of his improvement tether having looked to win with something in hand.

He has to show now that he can continue the good work returning to turf, and he has a lower rating to work with on this surface; if he can translate his progressive form onto turf from a mark of 82 - having won from 86 last time - then he ought to remain competitive and can go close.

(3.45) Smart hurdler GUMBALL (9/4, William Hill) has found a new lease of life on the flat having hit his ceiling over obstacles, and Philip Hobbs’ charge is 3-3 since switching to the level where he latterly ran out a near-two lengths’ winner over Scaramanga at Salisbury.

Prior wins had come on the all-weather, but that success proved he could be just as effective on turf, and he could have better still to come with just a 4lbs rise in the weights to contend with. 

He didn’t appear to be at the end of his improvement last time, appearing to score a shade readily, and he is worth sticking with here under Oisin Murphy who is 2-2 on the No Risk At All gelding. This longer trip appeared to work well last time, and he can follow up here.

2.00 - Redemptive
2.35 - Glenn Coco
3.10 - Perfect Illusion
3.45 - Gumball
4.15 - Land Of Legends
4.45 - Enigmatic
5.15 - National Glory


(5.45) BRIDGE NATIVE (4/1, Paddy Power) isn’t the most straightforward or consistent, but she posted one of her better efforts when denied by only three lengths behind Pilgrim Way at Cork earlier in the month and a repeat of that effort could be good enough to see her go one place better here.

The Stowaway mare had also finished third two runs previously at Downpatrick, and she pulled clear of the third last time having tried to make all; she couldn’t hold the effort of the winner however, and the handicapper has made her life a little tougher with a 2lbs rise in the weights.

Nevertheless, despite the additional burden she should post another bold bid from the front, and she ought to remain competitive.

(7.55) THE CRAICISNINETY (9/4, William Hill) returns from six months off the track, but Padraig Roche’s charge won first time up over hurdles last term on his debut for the yard at Ballinrobe and could prove up to the task here of repeating the dose.

Also a chase winner at Sligo, he made the frame in both subsequent outings over the larger obstacles at Down Royal and Fairyhouse prior to his absence, and he was beaten only four lengths in both those starts behind Eight till Late and Ellie Mac respectively.

That form is decent, and the runner-up has won since so a mark of 122 on his return to action remains workable, while the step up in trip could be in his favour. He looks capable of a big run on his reappearance, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him get back on the scoresheet here.

5.10 - Amor Veradero
5.45 - Bridge Native
6.15 - Fiveallin
6.50 - Galilean
7.20 - Eviscerating
7.55 - Thecraicisninety
8.25 - Santana Plessis


(6.00) ATLAS (6/1, William Hill) was a course and distance winner two starts ago, running out a one length winner over Encantador, and the Acclamation gelding could get back on the scoresheet here.

Denis Hogan’s charge wasn’t disgraced subsequently when finishing fourth of 13 runners behind Have A Nice Day at Limerick latest, where he was perhaps bogged down in the softer ground. 

That contest has since thrown up a couple of winners, and he turns out here from the same mark back on a sounder surface; he ought to go well back here, and every chance he can go close in a relatively weak contest.

(6.30) Better was expected from CAPRI (11/10, Bet365) on his seasonal debut at Navan last month, but Aidan O’Brien’s charge could only finish fifth behind Master Of Reality where he was beaten around six lengths.

The Galileo colt has plenty of high class form to his name, winning the 2017 St Leger, and having won on his reappearance last term he posted several creditable efforts in defeat behind the likes of Enable and Cracksman before flopping in the Japan Cup behind Almond Eye.

Possibly just in need of the run at Navan last time, he ought to prove a lot sharper now with that run under his belt and he could turn the tables on his last-time conquerer who reopposes here on 6lbs worse terms at the weights.

If the Ballydoyle runner is able to recapture his best form on the back of that reappearance then it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him getting back on the scoresheet here.

5.25 - War Leader
6.00 - Atlas
6.30 - Capri
7.05 - Time For Mabel
7.35 - Miss Snossyboots
8.10 - Dromana
8.40 - Egrecio


(6.10) VALUE AT RISK (5/1, Paddy Power) isn’t the easiest customer to predict, but the Kayf Tara gelding is a capable performer when on a going day and Dan Skelton’s charge could be worth chancing to get back on the scoresheet here.

A Listed chase winner last April, he got back on the scoresheet at Market Rasen in January, scoring a narrow victory over Terry The Fish; subsequent efforts haven’t been entirely discouraging however despite four successive defeats, and he could go close if running up to a similar level.

Third at Ayr two starts ago, he latterly finished fifth behind Cesar Et Rosalie at Uttoxeter earlier this month, and a repeat of that effort dropped in trip and down into a Class 3 contest could be enough to see him back on the winning trail.

(8.20) THREE STAR GENERAL (10/1, Ladbrokes) has found it hard of late to get his head in front, racking up four runner-up efforts in his last six starts which includes on each of the last three occasions.

David Pipe’s Montjeu gelding latterly found only Panatos too strong on the level at Chepstow earlier in the month; but his last hurdles start saw him go down by five lengths behind Little Millie at Warwick where the longer trip may just have stretched him.

The handicapper has cut him no slack, raising him another 1lb in the weights; but a first-time visor now applied could help elicit some improvement in the six year old and he could get back to winning ways.

5.35 - Stop Talking
6.10 - Value At Risk
6.40 - Solo Saxophone
7.10 - Santani
7.45 - Sizing Granite
8.20 - Three Star General
8.50 - Merchant House


(6.25) KRIPKE (6/4, William Hill) stepped up on an encouraging return to action at Redcar in April to strike at Pontefract, beating Casement by just over one length; David Barron’s charge can follow up here despite a 4lbs rise in the weights.

The lightly-raced Fast Company gelding was a winner at Southwell last March, after which he finished third at Ripon before shaping as if amiss when beating only one home at Doncaster on his next outing.

Subsequently absent for eleven months, he returned at Redcar to go down only by one length when finishing fourth behind Give It Some Teddy; but he showed the benefit of the run to win readily next time, and he could be up to the task of defying his rise in the weights to strike again.

(7.30) CHARLES KINGSLEY (5/2, Bet365) is one of two runners in the race for trainer Mark Johnston, and the New Approach colt can get back to winning ways having rattled the crossbar on each of his last three outings.

The four-year old most recently finished just over two lengths adrift of Dance Legend at Lingfield just six days ago, and the debut Beverley winner has yet to finish worse than fourth in any of his starts. 

Despite being beaten last time, he had pulled clear of the rest and turned out quickly off the same mark he could take advantage now of this rating to add to his win tally.

5.55 - Taxiwala
6.25 - Kripke
7.00 - Granite City Doc
7.30 - Charles Kingsley
8.05 - Sandret
8.35 - Black Salt
9.05 - Oriental Splendour

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