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Friday 19 May horse racing tips - Time is right for 6/1 Endless to win York's Friday feature

Brian Healy 18 May 2017
Aintree is one of eight Friday horse racing fixtures across the UK and Ireland.

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for every racecard across the UK and Ireland on Friday.

A busy Friday of horse racing takes in the third day of the York Dante meeting, where the Group Two Yorkshire Cup heads the action on the Knavesmire; while elsewhere in the afternoon there is further action on the flat at both Newbury and Newmarket.

There is plenty of horse racing action for punters to look forward to in the evening, with flat racing action from Hamilton on turf, and also Newcastle on the all-weather; while Aintree race over the sticks.

And in Ireland, there are fixtures over jumps at Downpatrick, and also at Cork where there is a flat racing card.

Newbury (flat) – 1.30 – 5.20pm (7 races)
Newmarket (flat) – 2.10 – 5.30pm (7 races)
York (flat) – 2.20 – 5.40pm (7 races)
Cork (flat) – 5.15 – 8.35pm (7 races)
Downpatrick (jumps) – 5.25 – 8.45pm (7 races)
Aintree (jumps) – 5.35 – 8.50pm (7 races)
Newcastle (flat, aw) – 5.45 – 9.00pm (7 races)
Hamilton (flat) – 5.55 – 9.10pm (7 races)


(2.35) CLEAR SPRING (13/2, Paddy Power) has thrived in this contest, winning the last two renewals and the Chineur gelding can land a hat-trick of successes despite some patchy form in the wake of those wins. 

However, John Spearing’s charge wasn’t disgraced despite appearing to need the run behind Mr Lupton at Newmarket on his return; now 3lbs lower than when winning this race twelve months ago, he can build on that seasonal debut run to win this contest again.

Hugo Palmer can get amongst the Newbury winners on Friday.

(4.45) MANCHEGO (6/1, Bet365) shaped with some promise on her debut last season at Newmarket, finishing runner-up to Cape Byron despite appearing in need of a stiffer test; so it was no surprise to see the Lope De Vega colt go one better on his return at Wolverhampton last month where he beat Dayking by a head.

Hugo Palmer’s charge could improve again now faced with an even stiffer test of stamina, and thrust into a handicap for the first time from a fair opening mark, he could follow up here with Josephine Gordon in the plate.

1.30 – Top Mission
2.00 – Westerland
2.35 – Clear Spring
3.05 – Reckless Wave
3.40 – Captive
4.15 – Nathan
4.45 – Manchego
5.20 – Bluff Crag


(2.45) SCRIBNER CREEK (8/1, William Hill) has been kept busy over the winter months since making his debut at Kempton last October, opening his account at the fourth attempt when successful at Wolverhampton in December.

The Roderic O’connor gelding added to his tally with a Chelmsford win in March, and again when successful at Wolverhampton in April prior to running a solid fourth to Thaqaffa at Nottingham earlier in the month despite that contest not being run to suit.

He should get more of a pace to aim at this time around, and he looks to hold solid claims off this mark of resuming winning ways with Charlie Bennett’s 5lbs claim potentially proving significant.

(3.55) SAIGON CITY (7/1, Bet365) represents the in-form Declan Carroll, and the Mount Nelson gelding could go close here.

Formerly a useful sort for Luca Cumani, he resumed winning ways when successful on his second start for his new yard at York, beating The Cashel Man; and he ran well on both subsequent starts in competitive contests, finishing fifth in the Northumberland Plate and then posting a solid third in the Shergar Cup stayers’ contest behind Arch Villain.

Absent after, he made his return at Doncaster in April, finishing runner-up behind Chemical Charge over an inadequate trip; the return to further is in his favour, and that Doncaster form is working out; unchanged in the weights here, he can go one better here although it is possible he may prefer further still than this distance.

1.40 – Golden Guest
2.10 – Daimochi
2.45 – Scribner Creek
3.20 – Selection
3.55 – Saigon City
4.25 – Tadween
4.55 – GK Chesterton
5.30 – Ancient Astronaut


(2.55) William Haggas has a good record at this meeting, and ON HER TOES (4/1, Paddy Power) can give the Newmarket handler another winner.

The Kodiac filly will be making her seasonal return here, conceding race-fitness to some potentially smart and unexposed types; but she was progressive herself last term, landing a hat-trick of wins which included a soft ground maiden at Windsor, so she will have no issue with these conditions.

Having won a Listed race over this trip last July, she lost nothing in defeat when thrust into the Group Three Sweet Solera Stakes where she finished third behind Nations Alexander; that form sets the standard, and if she is fit to go on this reappearance run then she should go close with Ryan Moore an eye-catching booking for the Kodiac filly.

On Her Toes could give trainer William Haggas another winner at York's Dante meeting.

(3.30) This is a strong renewal on paper, and Charlie Appleby’s ENDLESS TIME (6/1, Paddy Power) gets a narrow vote to come out on top in receipt of weight all round from this field of runners.

The Sea The Stars mare has been a prolific winner to date, winning back-to-back races in the summer of 2015, and then repeating the feat in the autumn of that year which included a Naas Listed contest where she was an impressive winner over Almela.

Having returned to action with a win at Haydock last July, she shaped as if amiss on her next start here behind Seventh Heaven in the Yorkshire Oaks; but she bounced back with a pair of runner-up finishes in French Group One contests, including behind Vazirabad in the Prix Royal Oak.

The Godolphin runner represents a yard in good form, and as a dual-winner on soft ground who has proven winning form when fresh, she boasts solid claims in this contest despite the strong level op opposition. 

But in receipt of 4lbs and with plenty in her favour, she is taken to land this prize for her in-form yard.

2.20 – Formidable Kitt
2.55 – On Her Toes
3.30 – Endless Time
4.05 – Southdown Lad
4.35 – Hells Babe
5.05 – Justanotherbottle
5.40 – Dominating


(6.20) COULD IT BE LOVE (2/1, Sky Bet) looked very green on debut at Navan last month, but the War Front filly stepped up markedly on that effort when finishing third behind Actress at the Curragh earlier in the month, beaten just over one length.

Aidan O’Brien’s charge wasn’t far behind second placed Yolo Star, who reopposes here; there shouldn’t be much between the pair again, but the Ballydoyle runner may have the greater scope to improve than his rival and gets a narrow vote to come out on top this time.

5.15 – Sioux Nation
5.50 – Burren View Lady
6.20 – Could It Be Love
6.55 – A Little Bit Me
7.25 – Venezuela
8.00 – Bee Queen
8.35 – Dixie Highway


(5.25) ATLANTIC BREAKER (3/1, Paddy Power) remains a maiden after ten starts, but the Broadway Flyer has made the frame several times in those outings, including three times over this course.

Mark Michael McNiff’s charge was beaten just over two lengths here earlier in the month behind Westland Row, and in a race that probably won’t take a great deal of winning he can get off the mark.

5.25 – Atlantic Breaker
6.00 – Prince Garyantle
6.30 – Granny Biddy
7.05 – Theturnofthesun
7.35 – Willow Grange
8.10 – Chosen Dream
8.45 - Iolani


(6.05) DEGOOCH (3/1, William Hill) has been in good form since moving to Johnny Farrelly’s yard, and the Gamut gelding could go close here given he has run well fresh in the past.

A dual winner last summer, scoring at Uttoxeter in July and then at Sedgefield in September, he ran well in defeat in all three subsequent starts which included finishing fourth in a Wetherby Listed contest. 

Only beaten four lengths there, he’s been dropped 4lbs in the weights which leaves him fairly handicapped, and with Noel Fehily booked this is easier than the Listed race he contested last time, so no surprise to see him going close.

Degooch can win at Aintree on Friday evening.

(7.10) WHATMORE (3/1, Bet365) found only one too good on his hurdles debut at Leicester back in January, splitting a pair of subsequent winners when beaten seven lengths behind Top Ville Ben; but Henry Daly’s charge ran out next time at Exeter in the Listed hurdle won by Finian’s Oscar.

That incident happened a fair way out, so it is impossible to tell whether the Schiaparelli gelding would have had any bearing on the result; he had looked a promising sort before though, and he is given another chance to confirm he earlier promise reunited with Richard Johnson in a race which should be within his capabilities to win.

5.35 – Lets Go Dutchess
6.05 – Degooch
6.40 – Free Stone Hill
7.10 – Whatmore
7.45 – Monbeg Gold
8.20 – Virgilio
8.50 – Roll Of The Dice


(6.15) TAPER TANTRUM’s (11/4, Paddy Power) losing sequence on the level is mounting up, but Michael Bell’s Azamour gelding has the ability to win this at his best.

A dual-winner over hurdles last autumn, scoring at Newton Abbot and Stratford, he possibly needed the run on his return to the flat at Chelmsford in March where he finished fifth of seven runners behind Celebration Day.

Entitled to come on for that outing, he tries tapeta for the first time, but he should go close off this mark with the benefit of a run likely to have him spot on now.

5.45 – Gold Town
6.15 – Taper Tantrum
6.50 – Endless Acres
7.20 – Toboggan’s Fire
7.55 – Fairy Lock
8.30 – Navarone
9.00 – Rey Loopy


(7.30) KENSINGTON STAR (9/2, Paddy Power) stepped up on his sole start last term where he finished third to Huge Future at Newcastle to score at Redcar on his return from an absence for new handler Keith Dalgleish, beating Sketch Book Venue.

The Pivotal gelding was beaten only a head behind the reopposing Corton Lad at this venue earlier in the month; but he meets the same rival on better terms now with that rival carrying a further penalty, and open to improvement he can gain some revenge by coming out on top this time.

(8.40) PORTLAND STREET (4/1, Bet365) won twice last term, scoring at Ripon and Carlisle; but the Dream Ahead gelding was possibly feeling the effects of his season when disappointing at Newcastle on his final start.

Bryan Smart’s charge looked in need of the run at Redcar last month, but he duly stepped up on that effort to find only Zylan too strong here earlier this month; but he is turned out here off the same mark and another forward step should see him in the mix.

5.55 – Crown Of Cortez
6.25 – Nicholas T
7.00 – Crazy Tornado
7.30 – Kensington Star
8.05 – Springforth
8.40 – Portland Street
9.10 – Sea Of Green

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