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Will 9/2 NAP shine at Leicester? Get Friday horse racing tips

Brian Healy's race-by-race selections and best bets for Friday's UK horse racing meetings, including day two at Aintree.

Six UK and Irish horse racing meetings go to post on Friday, spearheaded by the second day of the Grand National fixture at Aintree where a further four Grade One races head up the racecard.
There is further jumps racing meanwhile from Sedgefield, while Leicester are racing in the afternoon on the flat.

In the evening, there is all-weather action with racing from Wolverhampton and Dundalk on the all-weather, while Wexford hosts a twilight card over the sticks.

Aintree (jumps) - 1.45 - 5.15pm (7 races)
Leicester (flat) - 2.00 - 5.55pm (7 races)
Sedgefield (jumps) - 2.10 - 5.35pm (7 races)
Wolverhampton (flat, aw) - 5.30 - 8.00pm (6 races)
Wexford (jumps) - 4.10 - 7.20pm (7 races)

AINTREE


(2.50) Topofthegame had a hard race when winning the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, and Paul Nicholls’ charge may just find his edge tarnished stepping out here; LOSTINTRANSLATION (3/1, bet365) meanwhile didn’t have so much of a difficult time when brushed aside by Defi Du Seuil in the JLT Novices’ Chase, and Colin Tizzard’s charge can get back on the scoresheet here.

The Flemensfirth gelding has shown progressive form this term over the larger obstacles, and early jumping issues appear to have been ironed out; he didn’t do anything wrong at Cheltenham latest where he had everything else beaten aside from Philip Hobbs’ charge.

He has shaped on more than one occasion that he might be better for a longer trip, and trying three miles now could help to deliver a jolt of improvement which may see him get back to winning ways.
This sharper trap is no problem, and he went close here over hurdles last month; while he has made the frame previously in the point-to-point sphere so he could go well with the increased emphasis on stamina sure to suit.

(3.25) Politologue and Min renew rivalry having finished 1-2 in this race twelve months ago; but while the ground may prove a shade quick for WAITING PATIENTLY (5/2, William Hill) it could be Ruth Jefferson’s star which shines brightest here with first-time cheekpieces applied.

The Flemensfirth gelding lost his unbeaten record over fences when he was brought down by the fall of Bristol De Mai in the King George VI Chase at Kempton; he subsequently travelled well for a long way at Ascot in the Ascot Chase behind Cyrname where he shaped as if he might have been in need of the run.

He didn’t have much of an answer to the bold-jumping front-runner in that contest, who kept up a strong gallop throughout and jumped with aplomb; but while well-beaten, he had Politologue two places behind him and having also beaten the same horse previously he could prove a tough nut to crack here if the ground doesn’t prove an inconvenience.

He should be much sharper now following that Ascot run which in essence was his first of the campaign following his early departure at Kempton, and we could see a different horse now to the one that was beaten last time.

1.45 - Brio Conti
2.20 - Rouge Vif
2.50 - Lostintranslation
3.25 - Waiting Patiently
4.05 - Cadmium
4.40 - Champ
5.15 - Santa Rossa

LEICESTER


(3.40) SHOWROOM (5/2, William Hill) is 2-2 in his career starts, but the Motivator gelding has clearly been difficult to train; however, Mark Johnston’s charge can win here on his latest return.

A debut winner over Ship Of The Fen at Goodwood back in September 2017, the four-year old struck again after a near-ten months absence at Redcar last June, beating Ice Pyramid by just over one length.

He’s been off again since that success, but the form of that latest run is decent and he could have more to offer switching to a handicap where he appears feasibly weighted. Still thoroughly unexposed, he can go close here.

(4.50) FIRMDECISIONS (9/2, Paddy Power) goes well at this venue, and his two career wins to date have both come at this venue.

The Captain Rio gelding struck here last June when beating a big field of rivals, including Sans Souci Bay, winning a shade readily. Although his subsequent performances were patchy, he did manage to bounce back to winning ways returned here in August where he beat Blizzard by one length.

Nigel Tinkler’s charge probably needed the run when last seen out behind Tiercel where he was beaten two lengths, and he ought to be much sharper now with the run under his belt. He’s also been dropped 1lb in the weights following that outing and a return to this track could spark a better effort.

2.00 - Zulu Zander
2.30 - Chains Of Love
3.05 - Themaxwecan
3.40 - Showroom
4.15 - Astrospeed
4.50 - Firmdecisions
5.25 - Saikung
5.55 - Dashing Poet

SEDGEFIELD


(2.40) INESSA (11/10, William Hill) hasn’t been seen out for almost seven months, but the Samum mare arrives chasing a hat-trick of wins and she could well deliver.

Dr Richard Newland’s charge was a useful performer on the flat, and following a promising hurdling introduction at Newton Abbot she went on to strike wins at Worcester and Southwell latterly, scoring by eleven lengths over Northern Beau.

The runner-up has proven a consistent sort since, notching up a string of in the frame efforts which include a win when last seen; and with the selection open to considerable improvement she could prove up to the task of making a winning return here.

(4.25) TIGERALLEY (2/1, Paddy Power) has shown some decent form over hurdles which includes registering a heavy-ground success at Uttoxeter in March; Dan Skelton’s charge can get back on the winning trail here having suffered a near-miss when last seen.

The Revoque mare ran out an eight-lengths’ winner over Astra Via, responding well to the application of cheekpieces, and she went close to a follow-up at Bangor last time out when denied only by a half-length behind Comber Mill.

Although she was a faller on her only attempt to date over fences, she could be worth chancing back over the larger obstacles with the headgear retained, and with the potential for better to come she could go close here.

2.10 - Enforcement
2.40 - Inessa
3.15 - Twotwothree
3.50 - Dead Right
4.25 - Tigeralley
5.00 - Houndscourt
5.35 – Lammturner

WEXFORD


(4.10) LETHAL STEPS (7/4, Paddy Power) made the frame in starts at Naas and Punchestown earlier in the year, and Gordon Elliott’s charge is forgiven his last outing where he beat only two home behind Band Of Outlaws in the Fred Winter Hurdle.

The Lethal Force gelding failed to respond to cheekpieces on that occasion, finding little having been held up off the pace and not finding a great deal. This however is easier, and it wouldn’t come as a big surprise to see him bouncing back in this more suitable company.

(6.20) TELL ME ANNIE (3/1, Bet365) has a patchy profile, but she isn’t alone in that regards with this field; however, the Shantou mare could be the one to side with here.

Declan Queally’s charge was a runner-up two starts ago at Clonmel behind Frankly All Talk, after which she was a shade disappointing at Navan when last seen last month.
 
She was beaten almost twenty lengths having been fitted with a visor; but she is 1lb lower in the weights now as well as being partnered with a good 7lbs claimer and at the weights she looks to hold solid claims as a result of getting back on the scoreboard.

3.35 - Halsafari
4.10 - Lethal Steps
4.45 - Edelpour
5.20 - Speaker Connolly
5.50 - Scotch Quay
6.20 - Tell Me Annie
6.50 - Battling Spirit
7.20 - Valentina Lady

WOLVERHAMPTON


(6.00) BADENSCOTCH (5/4, Unibet) found a jolt of improvement for the longer trip to readily open his account at this venue last month, and Dean Ivory’s charge can follow up here.
The Foxwedge gelding had almost three lengths to spare over Ambient, forging clear to win readily, and a 7lbs rise in the weights may not prove enough of a burden to preventing a repeat of that success.

That latest win hinted at further improvement over this longer trip, and he remains unexposed; he can go close again here.

(7.00) AGENT BASTERFIELD (5/2, Bet365) stepped up on past efforts to go close at Chelmsford four days ago, and Andrew Balding’s charge can get off the mark here.
The Raven’s Pass colt was denied only by a head behind Hypnos, with the pair trading punches all the way up the run-in and he just lost out having been narrowly outbattled.

He turns out here from the same mark, and there could be better to come from him so it wouldn’t shock to see another jolt of progress to get off the mark here.

5.30 - My Society
6.00 - Badenscotch
6.30 - Ventura Glory
7.00 - Agent Basterfield
7.30 - French Riviera
8.00 - Roma Bangkok

DUNDALK


(6.40) NEW VOCATION (9/2, Bet365) got off the mark when scoring here back in February, beating Noble Intention, and Jim Bolger’s charge wasn’t disgraced in her follow-up bid next time back over course and distance behind Yarraman.

The Vocalised filly was beaten just two lengths on that occasion, possibly doing too much too soon; but he’s been eased slightly in the weights for this attempt over an even longer trip, and if seeing out the extra yardage then it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see him going close.

(8.15) BEAU WARRIOR (6/4, Unibet) is on a four-win streak, scoring the latest of her successes at this venue three months ago when beating Empire Line by three-parts of a length.

Antony McGuinness’ Declaration Of War filly has scored all four of her wins at this course over a range of trips, and a 3lbs rise in the weights may not be enough to prevent further progress and another bold effort as she bids to extend her win sequence to five.

5.40 - Moments Linger
6.10 - Elysees Palace
6.40 - New Vocation
7.10 - Emadee
7.40 - Blastofmagic
8.15 - Beau Warrior
8.45 - Crossingoz


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