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Cowell's 5/2 chance to have the bookies feeling the heat at Bath? Get Horse Racing Tips for Friday, June 7

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for Friday's UK and Irish racemeetings.

An eight-fixture schedule of UK and Irish horse racing meetings go to post on Friday, where there is afternoon flat racing action from the cards at Bath and Brighton; while over the sticks there is racing from Market Rasen and Uttoxeter.

Meanwhile, in the evening there is further flat racing from both Goodwood and Haydock, as well as from the Curragh in Ireland where the Group Three Ballyogan Stakes heads to post.

Completing the Friday line-up is an evening jumps racing fixture in Ireland at Clonmel.

Market Rasen (jumps) - 1.50 - 5.00pm (7 races)
Brighton (flat) - 2.00 - 5.10pm (7 races)
Uttoxeter (jumps) - 2.10 - 5.20pm (7 races)
Curragh (flat) - 5.30 - 8.45 (7 races)
Bath (flat) - 5.35 - 8.50pm (7 races)
Clonmel (jumps) - 5.45 - 8.55pm (7 races)
Goodwood (flat) - 5.55 - 8.40pm (6 races)
Haydock (flat) - 6.20 - 9.00pm (6 races)

FRIDAY 7 JUNE NAP SELECTION



MARKET RASEN


(2.20) STUBBORN LOGIC (6/4, Paddy Power) posted a couple of solid runs when trained in Ireland prior to joining Dr Richard Newland, and having looked in need of his reappearance at Wincanton in April the Dylan Thomas gelding had looked set to go close next time when falling at Warwick.

The five-year old show no ill effects from that tumble however, only run down late at Fontwell latest behind Multigifted, and he could go one better here if settling a little better than he did in that last outing.

He can come good here under stronger handling, and no surprise to see him open his win account now.

(4.30) KINGS TEMPTATION (11/4, William Hill) got back on the scoresheet for the first time since winning at Huntingdon last May when scoring at Fontwell latest, beating Stormy Milan, and Ben Case’s charge is taken to follow up.

The King’s Theatre gelding isn’t the easiest to predict, and he has posted his share of poor runs inbetween those successes; but he won well latest and a 5lbs rise in the weights may not prove enough of a burden to prevent a repeat.

He has had wind surgery since that last win which might just help him hold his form a little better here, and he can go in again.

1.50 - Smith’s Bay
2.20 - Stubborn Logic
2.55 - Zig Zag
3.25 - Follow The Bear
3.55 - Picknick Park
4.30 - Kings Temptation
5.00 - Carry On


BRIGHTON


(2.30) PINK FLAMINGO (2/1, Bet365) arrives here on a hat-trick of wins having struck at Lingfield in April prior to scoring here last month when out-pointing All Back To Mine by three-parts of a length.

Also a Lingfield winner in February for Mark Johnston, the Dream Ahead filly is 2-2 since joining Martin Attwater, and a 6lbs rise in the weights for that last success could still leave him with some scope to improve further.

Assuming he can continue in similar form to recent runs then it would come as no surprise to see him going close again, and he can land the three-timer here.

(4.40) WAQT (15/8, Paddy Power) has been in good form since joining Alex Dunn from Marcus Tregoning, only once finishing out of the first four which includes wins at Lingfield and Brighton, and the Acclamation gelding can get back on the winning trail here.

The five-year old posted his last win at this venue back in April, beating Sharp Operator, and he has since finished third at Chepstown and runner-up at Bath last time out when denied only by one length behind Brockagh Cailin.

The handicapper has nudged him up another 1lb in the weights, but his mark remains a workable one and he can continue in form. With most of his rivals coming off the back of lesser runs last time out, he could be the one to side with here, and he can get back on the winning trail.

2.00 - Ivor
2.30 - Pink Flamingo
3.05 - Pour La Victoire
3.35 - Fair Power
4.05 - Message
4.40 - Waqt
5.10 - Harry Beau

UTTOXETER


(2.45) BALLON ONABUDGET (Evens, Bet365) was an Irish bumper winner for Aidan Fitzgerald, and the Arcadio gelding won’t be long in opening his hurdles win account on the evidence of a couple of starts for Tom George where he has finished runner-up twice from three starts.

Possibly amiss at Market Rasen in February, the lightly-raced six-year old bounced back following a break to run Rococo River close, going down by less than two lengths at Exeter where a last hurdle error might have cost her.

He had pulled clear of the rest however, and a repeat of that effort might be good enough here to see him getting off the mark over timber. 

(3.15) FOR JIM (9/4, William Hill) has found a jolt of improvement from somewhere to win his last two starts, and Jennie Candlish’s charge can continue inform to land a hat-trick of successes.

The Milan gelding most struck his first success at this venue when beating Alto Des Mottes over course and distance in May, and he followed up with a defeat of Prince Dundee at Hexham later in the month where he struck by eleven lengths.

Possibly helped by the omission of several obstacles on that occasion, he nevertheless could have more to offer, although the handicapper has taken no chances with a 9lbs rise in the weights. He could be the one to stick with however given his current run of form,and he can land the three-timer here.

2.10 - Catchin Time
2.45 - Ballon Onabudget
3.15 - For Jim
3.45 - Borice
4.20 - Riviere Argentee
4.50 - Shakadame
5.20 - Eddy


CURRAGH


(7.10) SOFFIA (3/1, Paddy Power) has worked her way back to form this campaign, getting off the mark for the season at the third attempt when beating Final Venture in Listed company at Naas latest; Ed Lynam’s charge can follow up despite taking a rise in class into a Group Three contest.

The Kyllachy filly won four times last term, which included twice at this track, beating Smash Williams on the latter occasion over six furlongs. She has run well on all three starts this campaign, culminating in that success where she scored readily.

This will demand more as she steps into Group company, and she probably wants better ground than she’ll experience on this occasion; but given her latest efforts she is perhaps worth chancing to post a big effort, and it would be no surprise to see her going close here.

(8.15) MY LAUREATE (10/3, William Hill) got off the mark latest when scoring at Navan last month, beating Sundance Star readily, and the Rakk filly can improve again to follow up here.

Ger Lyons’ charge has progressed for the six month break she had between finishing seventh at Leopardstown last October where she possibly failed to stay, to finish fourth at Naas on her return to action, and she ran out a comfortable winner last time with a near-five lengths’ winning margin.

She made all that day to score readily, and the handicapper has taken a dim view with a monster 15lbs hike up the ratings. However she represents a yard in good heart at present, and with the potential for further improvement she could be worth chancing to find the required jolt of progress that would see her defy her new mark with the drop in trip potentially helping.

5.30 - Alligator Alley
6.05 - Lope Y Fernandez
6.35 - Cuban Hope
7.10 - Soffia
7.40 - Riven Light
8.15 - My Laureate
8.45 - Khafaaq

BATH


(6.40) Salt Whistle Bay and NAHHAM (7/4, William Hill) are both rated the same, but Richard Hannon’s charge is taken to get back on track having failed to overcome a poor draw at Kempton latest.

The Dawn Approach gelding had won both previous starts, scoring at Kempton and also Bath when tried on turf. Despite only finishing seventh last time out, he was probably made too much use of to get to the front early from his stall position, and he weakened out of contention.

Less exposed than his rivals here, he is forgiven that effort, and with a smaller field to contend with here he can get back on the scoresheet.

(7.15) COOL SPHERE (7/4, Bet365) shaped with some promise on debut at Leicester last month, finding only Majestic Sands too strong by three-parts of a length; Robert Cowell’s charge can however go one place better here with improvement anticipated.

The Orb colt made most of the running that day, keeping on well once headed inside the last furlong, and that experience won’t have been lost on him. He showed good speed, and kept to the minimum distance for this outing then he ought to go well and he can better his debut position to get off the mark.

5.35 - Olaudah
6.10 - Spargrove
6.40 - Nahham
7.15 - Cool Sphere
7.45 - King Crimson
8.20 - Chil Chil
8.50 - Don’t Cry About It


CLONMEL


(6.45) TRANS WOOD (7/2, Bet365) has finished runner-up in each of her last two starts either side of a four-month break, and the Trans Island mare can get back on the scoresheet here.

Her last win came wen successful at Listowel last June, but she has hasn’t been beaten far in either of those near misses, latterly beaten just over two lengths behind Deilginis at Wexford.

She was only collared late having failed to match the finishing effort of the winner, and she has been raised 2lbs for that run; but she can go one better here with a repeat effort in what looks to be a fairly poor contest. 

5.45 - Exceeded Brief
6.15 - Walking In Memphis
6.45 - Trans Wood
7.20 - Go Another One
7.50 - From Eden
8.20 - Comehere Hi
8.55 - Domitian

HAYDOCK


(6.20) FELIX (3/1, Paddy Power) had looked progressive for Luca Cumani, making the frame on all three starts for the now-retired handler which included a win at Yarmouth.

The Lope De Vega colt subsequently moved to Sir Michael Stoute, for whom he ran a solid return at Doncaster when upped in trip, finishing eight lengths’ fourth behind Forest Of Dean.

Likely to be sharper for that reappearance, the form of that return to action looks fair, and entitled to improve he can get back on the scoresheet from a workable mark and representing a yard in good form.

(8.30) ASTROLOGER (3/1, Bet365) has found improvement for David O’Meara, making his debut for this yard at Wolverhampton in April where he found only one too good.

Third subsequently at Chelmsford, the Intello filly got off the mark at Beverley last month, beating Jabalay by three lengths, and she could have more to offer switching to a handicap from a mark of 81. 

With ground conditons no problem, she can find further improvement here to follow up that success and she can halt the winning run of the penalised Kylie Rules who is bidding for a five-timer but has to give a minumum of 7lbs to her field.

5.50 - Ghayyar
6.20 - Felix
6.55 - Pickett’s Charge
7.25 - Tricky Dicky
8.00 - World Title
8.30 - Astrologer
9.00 - High Above


GOODWOOD


(6.30) DARK KRIS (7/1, William Hill) ran a promising debut at Salisbury last month, finishing fifth and shaping as if he’d be better for the experience behind Symbolise. Richard Hughes’ charge can step up on that debut effort to get off the mark here at the second attempt.

The Dark Angel colt wasn’t knocked about in that first outing, but he shaped with promise and he’ll be suited by this step up to six furlongs on the evidence of that run.

Likely to improve with the run under his belt, he can do better here and no surprise if he were to go close.

(7.35) PUDS (10/3, Bet365) beat Just Glamorous by a nose here two starts ago over five furlongs, and Richard Hughes’ charge was arguably unlucky not to win back here over an extra furlong latest when denied by Lake Volta.

The Bated Breath filly was beaten just over two lengths, but he was travelling well in the race before meeting traffic problems, and by the time jockey Shane Kelly got his partner clear it was all too late to catch the winner who has since run well in defeat at Epsom.

Racing off the same mark, this is a slight ease in grade and he can get back on the winning trail.

5.55 - Ban Shoof
6.30 - Dark Kris
7.05 - Spanish Star
7.35 - Puds
8.10 - Cacophonous
8.40 - Be More


FRIDAY 7 JUNE NAP SELECTION



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