After a very quiet start to the week, due mainly to the record-breaking temperatures, racing gets back into full swing with some decent action on Friday afternoon and evening.
Today’s horse racing tips feature selections from Ascot in the afternoon and York in the evening.
5.55pm York - Ghaly (Nap of the Day)
Beaten half a length on his first start for over 600 days, the Godolphin-owned six-year-old is capable of outclassing his rivals with that run under his belt.
4.50pm Ascot - Mr Big Stuff (Next Best)
The booking of jockey Ryan Moore for the Marcus Tregoning-trained Al Azhar certainly takes the eye for this mile and a half handicap, especially off a mark of only 77. The unexposed three-year-old is respected but those sentiments also apply to another horse from the Classic generation in the shape of Mr Big Stuff from the Richard Spencer stable.
The mount of Jim Crowley has yet to win in six starts but it can only be a matter of time before the son of Iffraaj opens his account based on three excellent efforts this season. Mr Big Stuff probably wasn’t at his best on Epsom’s undulations last time after a promising run at Newbury when not getting the best of runs behind winner Israr in the London Gold Cup.
It was Mr Big Stuff’s first run of the season which makes the colt look very attractively treated on a mark of 81 however, that performance being a one-length defeat at the hands of the Karl Burke-trained Al Qareem at Nottingham.
That horse has since gone on to post some cracking efforts, including a narrow defeat in a Group 3 at Newmarket’s July meeting, and is now rated as high as 107. A strict interpretation of that form gives Mr Big Stuff an outstanding chance of opening his account at the Berkshire racecourse.
5.25pm Ascot - Glamorous Breeze
Love Trophy Power did us a favour when winning as our nap selection at Yarmouth just over a week ago. And Roger Varian’s charge will be fancied by many to land a hat-trick of victories in the hands of jockey Andrea Atzeni on the fillies’ seventh career start.
A 6lb penalty could make life tough for the daughter of Bated Breath who may have to settle for a minor placing behind the Christopher Mason-trained Glamorous Breeze who escapes a penalty for last week’s cosy victory in a Chepstow apprentice handicap.
The mount of 5lb claimer Luke Catton travelled supremely well at the Welsh racecourse and off the same mark of 74, and under similar conditions, the four-year-old filly should prove hard to beat.
5.55pm York - Ghaly (Nap of the Day)
Blue For You and La Trinidad both have decent form to their name on the Knavesmire. But this one-mile handicap can go to the Godolphin runner Ghaly who should come on for his first run in 662 days when going down by half a length to the Charlie & Mark Johnston-trained Austrian Theory at Hamilton last month.
The Dubawi gelding had shown consistent form in his three starts in 2020 and time may show that trying to concede 5lb to that Group-placed horse at the Scottish track was asking a lot of the six-year-old gelding. Kevin Stott’s mount can go one better with that run under his belt.
6.25pm York - International Girl (Longshot)
Good Earth and Late Arrival are both on hat tricks in this competitive 15-runner sprint handicap. While the pair are obviously in rude health at the moment, their revised marks are going to make things tougher now, whereas the Richard Fahey-trained International Girl is beginning to look well treated off a mark only 3lb higher than when winning at Hamilton last September.
The mount of Oisin Orr has been slow to come to hand this season but looked to be running into form over tonight’s course and distance earlier in the month when finishing four lengths behind top weight Good Earth. A pull of 7lb with Michael Herrington’s charge gives International Girl a good chance of turning the tables on Tom Eaves’ mount and at a double-figure price the filly makes plenty of each-way appeal.
* Odds correct at the time of writing but subject to change.