Neil Morrice brings us his best bets and tips for Friday’s racing from Newmarket, York, Ascot, Chepstow and Chester.
Race 2 No9 KING OF CLUBS (Each Way)
Trainer: Hughie Morrison – Jockey: Oisin Murphy
Intello colt KING OF CLUBS deserves close inspection from his place at the base of the handicap and representing a trainer who does especially well with three-year-old handicappers at the marquee meetings. Reunited with him is the champion jockey, onboard for his breakthrough success at Nottingham, but absent when he was second in a Class3 at Sandown last time. The selection was heavily backed on each occasion, and should again prove strong in the market.
Race 5 Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes (Group 1)
No5 QUEEN POWER (Each Way)
Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute – Jockey: Silvestre De Sousa
This looks a wide-open Group 1, and for value QUEEN POWER deserves another chance. She couldn’t get to grips with Indie Angel at Royal Ascot, but now back at her optimum distance of a mile and a quarter has a good chance of turning the tables, with Coronation Stakes winner Alcohol Free and runner-up in that race Snow Lantern others to include in exotics.
Race 7 No8 TWILIGHT CALLS (Each Way)
Trainer: Henry Candy – Jockey: David Probert
This stable has been cold, but TWILIGHT CALLS is one to take seriously now confronted with a big field of handicappers. His Group 1 winning sire Twilight Son hailed from the same yard, and Candy will have a very good idea where the selection stands now switched to a more suitable race than the four-runner handicap in which he was beaten as a 4-7 shot last time.
Race 2 William Hill Summer Stakes (Group 3)
No10 VADREAM (Nap)
Trainer: Charlie Fellowes – Jockey: Jamie Spencer
VADREAM is of serious interest in this drop back to a sprint distance after delighting her connections when third in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot. She travelled beautifully for much of the way before succumbing to Creative Force and is going to enjoy any cut in the ground in the day’s feature.
Race 3 No2 BOND POWER
Trainer, Bryan Smart – Jockey: Graham Lee
BOND POWER has shown promise on both starts for a trainer doing well with his two-year-old allocation. The son of sought after US sire War Command has seen his latest run at this course devalued, but may still have sufficient progression to take down the penalised Jilly Cooper on the way to better things.
Race 5 No14 GIVE IT SOME TEDDY (Each Way)
Trainer: Tim Easterby – Jockey: Tom Eaves
This is the time of the summer when GIVE IT SOME TEDDY tends to find some form. He signalled with his best run of the season at Carlisle last time that he’s getting ready to pop, and is well worth a small investment in a race where extended place returns are available.
Race 3 No2 ZOFFARELLI
Trainer: Ralph Beckett – Jockey: Laura Pearson
Model of consistency ZOFFARELLI has plenty going for him and appeals as a winner without a penalty following his luckless run at Bath last time. Stepping up to a mile, he was imprisoned on the rail and when in the clear ran out of real estate at the finish. He is now ridden by an apprentice who is very good value for her 5lb claim.
Race 6 No3 CHAIRMANOFTHEBOARD (Each Way)
Trainer: Mick Channon – Jockey: Rob Hornby
CHAIRMANOFTHEBOARD is a speculative choice for this sprint handicap, with his stable in the midst of a quiet spell. He will certainly be better for his comeback run at Windsor, and if further rain arrives confidence will rise for an earning run.
Race 7 No5 BONNEVAL (Nap)
Trainer: James Fanshawe – Jockey: Adam Farragher
BONNEVAL should be a bet worth waiting for in the nightcap. The Siyouni gelding is unlucky not to have won his last two on the Kempton Polytrack, and a switch back onto turf is unlikely to impair his progress in this apprentice only contest, in the hands of a rider that showed abundant promise in Ireland.
Race 1 No2 WILD FLOWER
Trainer: Adrian Wintle – Jockey: Tyler Heard
WILD FLOWER has been around the block a few times and is now with her fifth trainer. She put in an earning run-on debut for him on soft ground at Windsor, and along with Bellevarde is one of the only ones showing any form at present which should equip her for another frame finish.
Race 2 No5 JOY CHOI (Nap)
Trainer: Malcolm Saunders – Jockey: Martin Dwyer
Getting weight from her foes, JOY CHOI can continue the rich vein of form shown for her new trainer. She scored over course and distance at the end of April before frame finishes at Lingfield and Newbury. She handles cut in the ground and can give her stable a much-needed boost.
Race 3 No10 KALEIDOSCOPIC (Each Way)
Trainer: Mick Channon – Jockey: Pat Dobbs
Going in and out of season has proved costly to KALEIDOSCOPIC on her last two starts. Those underwhelming efforts are best forgotten, as she would hold strong claims in this if able to recapture her early season form. Sam Cooke is also worth inclusion in exotics, as he was way too free at Royal Ascot and remains well handicapped if he can settle.
Race 7 No6 CARNIVAL CRAFT
Trainer: Mick Channon – Jockey: Edward Greatrex
CARNIVAL CRAFT is carded to go off the rank outsider in this but is open to improvement as this is only her second start for Channon. She put in a nice bit of work on grass on Tuesday and can raise her game.