Neil Morrice brings you all of his best bets and tips for Friday’s racing coming your way from Goodwood, Haydock Park, Bath, Worcester and Catterick Bridge.
Race 2 No8 DULAS ( Nap)
Trainer: Charles Hills – Jockey: SilvestreDe Sousa
This can result in a deserving success for DULAS, who has gone 22 in as many outings this season and ran a cracker when last seen at the Chester May meeting. He receives 11lb from the useful Margub, which should be more than enough for him to gain a first career success on turf.
Race 4 No1 YEAR OF THE DRAGON
Trainer: William Knight – Jockey: Oisin Murphy
YEAR OF THE DRAGON traded short in running before finding only Teodolina his master at Ascot last time. That was a very encouraging first effort on turf, while his all-weather form stands up to close inspection. He’s worthy of top weight and can return to winning ways.
Race 5 No5 STAY WELL
Trainer: Hughie Morrison – Tom Marquand
This former Derby trial can go to STAY WELL, who should handle the easy underfoot conditions being out of a Sea The Stars mare. The son of Iffraaj impressively made all to open his account at Windsor when backed as if defeat was out of the question. This is a step up the ladder, but his trainer knows his limits and has him spot on to follow-up.
Race 7 No3 VIRGINIA PLANE
Trainer: John Quinn – Jockey: Tom Marquand
Mehmas filly VIRGINIA PLANE makes the long haul from North Yorkshire, a journey that can be rewarded. She has very good gate speed and that should lend itself to this super-fast track, where there is never any hanging about.
Race 2 No7 WILD BEAUTY
Trainer: Charlie Appleby – Jockey: James Doyle
WILD BEAUTY is on a recovery mission after going out like a light on debut at Ascot. She did stay on a little towards the finish but had more in front than behind her in the race won by Get Ahead. Importantly, she appears to have greatly benefitted from the experience, and will not be as green second time up.
Race 3 No3 DANDALLA (Nap)
Trainer: Karl Burke – Jockey: Ben Curtis
If the DANDALLA that took out last season’s Albany Stakes turns up, she should be more than good enough to take out this Listed feature. She was not disgraced on her return in the Fred Darling at Newbury, a run that convinced connections to go down the sprinting route.
Race 5 No5 FLAUNT
Trainer: John Gosden – Jockey: Martin Harley
By Frankel out of a Darshaan mare, FLAUNT should have no problems handling the soft ground. She’s had a good preparation for this first career outing and can lead home her nine rivals, all of whom have previous experience.
Race 2 No5 SHOWDIEMLAD (Nap)
Trainer: Mick Channon – Jockey: Charles Bishop
SHOWDIEMLAD made a mockery of his 33-1 price on second start at Salisbury to finish runner-up to Superior Force. The Showcasing colt impressed in his final breeze for this at West Ilsley and is ready to open his account.
Race 3 No1 PATROON
Trainer: Denis Coakley – Jockey: Charles Bishop
Very little to go on in this weak three-year-old only handicap but that makes me more confident about PATROON running a good race. The gelded son of Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Blame has been brought along with handicaps in mind and can improve.
Race 7 No5 BOOM THE GROOM
Trainer: Tony Carroll – Jockey: Cameron Noble
Veteran BOOM THE GROOM used to come good at this stage of the season, and after knocking on the door on both starts this year needs to be given the chance to take this out for a stable that is amongst the winners.
Race 1 No4 GO AS YOU PLEASE ( Nap)
Trainer: Paul Webber – Jockey: Richie McLernon
GO AS YOU PLEASE can give his trainer a much-needed change of luck by landing the opener. He’s run well on the second run back from a break in the past, and the same can ring true as he tries to better a half-length defeat by Torrent Des Mottes at Huntingdon.
Race 5 No8 MEEP MEEP MAG
Trainer: David Pipe – Jockey: Tom Scudamore
As the only distaffer in the race, MEEP MEEP MAG receives a very useful 7lb sex allowance, whilst also being all the better for her first run back at Worcester. Easy to back that day, she travelled beautifully until blowing up as lack of condition told between the final couple of flights. She will not be so ring-rusty this time around.
Race 6 No16 ALFOSKI
Trainer: Graeme McPherson – Jockey: Max Kendrick
ALFOSKI is no star, but after making the frame at Ludlow last time might not need much more in order to take a hand in this. His 13-2 starting price was easily the shortest of his career and suggests he will again attract support, now in handicaps.
Race 7 No1 YUKON MISSION (Nap)
Trainer: John Quinn – Jockey: Connor Murtagh
YUKON MISSION can prove a horse worth waiting for in the nightcap. The blinkered top weight has frustrated connections with a couple of recent near-misses, but those solid displays at Hamilton can now be bettered on this completely different sprint track where high numbers are favoured when the going is soft.
Place Accumulator Perm (Races 1-7)
6 x 6, 3 x 4, 3 x 4 x 5, 6 x 5, 3 x 1
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