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Neil Morrice: Best Bets & Tips – Friday 28 May 2021

Neil Morrice brings you all of his best bets and tips for Friday’s racing coming your way from Brighton, Carlisle, Yarmouth, Pontefract and Haydock Park.

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Neil Morrice brings you all of his best bets and tips for Friday's racing coming your way from Brighton, Carlisle, Yarmouth, Pontefract and Haydock Park.

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Race 1 No9 WHISTLEDOWN (Each Way)
Trainer: Mick Channon – Jockey: Charles Bishop

Gregorian filly WHISTLEDOWN will run green but is one of the sharpest juveniles at West Ilsley. She could be capable of mixing it will a couple of more experienced rivals at a decent price.

Trainer: Michael Madgwick – Jockey: Setefano Cherchi

A switch to turf could work the oracle for perennial bridesmaid STORMBOMBER. The five-year-old has posted four straight frame finishes on Polytrack, and though yet to score on the grass is having only a sixth career start on that surface.

Race 4 No3 SONNETINA (Nap)
Trainer: Denis Coakley – Jockey: Mark Crehan

Deserving of a first win in exactly two years is the ultra-consistent SONNETINA. She’s run well here already this season, and after troubling the judge in seven of her last eight outings is fancied to put her head in front, with conditions in her favour.

Race 8 No5 SIXCOR
Trainer: Mick Channon – Jockey: David Probert

SIXCOR didn’t quite enjoy the rub of the green when just out of the money at Chepstow, being denied a gap at a vital stage. He’s going to be more educated and streetwise for this task and can go well.


Race 2 No2 MARVEL
Trainer: Julie Camacho – Jockey: Paul Mulrennan

While there are obvious chinks in his armour, MARVEL will enjoy the stiff finish here as shown when just out of the money on seasonal reappearance earlier in the month. That gave him valued experience of the track, and he can finally discard his rogue’s badge.

Race 4 No7 SOAPYS SISTER (Nap)
Trainer: Keith Dalgleish – Jockey: Callum Rodriguez

Getting weight from her rivals, SOAPYS SISTER makes abundant appeal and can follow up her Ayr maiden success in this first handicap venture. The Hot Streak filly has shaped well in each of her three starts and should be worth following.

Race 8 No3 ZORAVAN (Each Way)
Trainer: Keith Dalgleish – Jockey: Callum Rodriguez

ZORAVAN is one I’ve been waiting for in the nightcap. You have to go back to the summer of 2018 to find his last success, but he would surely have troubled the winner Van Dijk but for meeting serious traffic problems at Ayr last time. In my book, he’s a winner without a penalty and is worth backing.


Race 4 No11 SEA KARATS (Nap)
Trainer: William Haggas – Jockey: Tom Marquand

The most interesting horse on view at this meeting is SEA KARATS, who runs in the colours carried by her sire Sea The Stars. She’s attracted support on both outings, putting in a black type finish at Newmarket when last seen on Guineas day. Pulled back into a maiden here, she should open her account on the way to better things.

Race 6 No1 ARIA ROSE
Trainer: Mike Murphy – Jockey: Daniel Muscutt

As long as this doesn’t come too soon, ARIA ROSE should make a good fist of following up his course triumph of last week. The strong travelling front-runner tackles a longer trip over which he’s probably even more effective, and can defy a 5lb penalty.

Trainer: Mick Channon – Jockey: Tom Marquand

Chestnut mare DALANIJUJO is of considerable interest on seasonal comeback for a stable firing in the winners. She hit the crossbar three times in a select campaign last year and has been given plenty of time to come in her coat. Her work’s been good, and she won’t lack for anything fitness-wise.


Race 6 No1 BOSSIPOP (Nap)
Trainer: Tim Easterby – Jockey: Cam Hardie

BOSSIPOP can prove worth waiting for as the only bet on this card in the nightcap. He’s not been beaten far on each of his last two outings, and with his stable amongst the winners has to be respected.


Race 1 No5 DANCE KING (Nap)
Trainer: Tim Easterby – Jockey: Miss E Easterby

Easterby could also hold the key to this amateur riders’ handicap with DANCE KING. The selection looked to be running into form when second at Doncaster first time back, and though in the veteran stage can send out another tune from his fiddle under a pilot that knows him.

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