Doncaster and Sandown in the afternoon and Haydock and Beverley in the evening provide Friday’s Flat horse racing action. Today’s tips feature two selections from the Esher racecourse and one apiece from Doncaster’s afternoon meeting and the evening card at Haydock.
Nap of the Day - Addeybb (4.05pm Sandown)
With conditions expected to prove ideal for William Haggas’s globetrotting eight-year-old, Tom Marquand’s mount should have too much class for his six rivals in this Listed contest off level weights.
2.20pm Sandown - Calling The Wind (Next Best)
After pulling like a train in the early stages of the marathon Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot, the Richard Hughes-trained Calling The Wind looked all over the winner when cruising into the lead with a couple of furlongs to go.
Those early exertions began to take their toll inside the closing stages however as the son of Authorized failed to hold off the challenges of eventual winner Stratum and runner-up Reshoun. David Egan’s mount was still beaten only just over a length and if settling better over this two-mile trip at the Esher track should prove the one to beat.
Top hurdler Not So Sleepy could go well if allowed an uncontested lead up front, while Sir Mark Prescott’s Alereta Roja would be a big danger if fit enough on her first start for 21 months.
3.20pm Doncaster - Mid Winster
Plenty of the ten runners for this five-furlong sprint handicap can be given a chance including last month’s Windsor scorer Get It and top weight Regional, who ran a promising race at Epsom on Derby Day behind Mr Wagyu.
Trainer Paul Midgley is represented by recent course and distance winner Burning Cash and the six-year-old Mid Winster, with the latter fancied to come out on top.
Ben Robinson’s mount has a fine record on Town Moor, losing narrowly in two competitive contests before beating Ed Walker’s Tenaya Canyon in a fillies handicap 12 months ago. That horse is now rated 95 following neck and head defeats in Listed sprints this season.
A cosy winner at Catterick last month, Mid Winster finished ninth in the Epsom ‘Dash’ on his most recent start and can continue his excellent form on the course with a second victory.
4.05pm Sandown - Addeybb (Nap of the Day)
Having missed both engagements at Royal Ascot due to the lively ground, connections of the globetrotting Addeybb look to have found the perfect race for the eight-year-old, who has amassed career earnings of over £3.5 million, to get back to winning ways before attempting bigger targets later in the year.
With the ground currently riding good at the track and the likelihood of some heavy showers, conditions should be perfect for Tom Marquand’s mount who, at his best, is simply in a different league to his six rivals.
Third over course and distance on his reappearance in last month’s Brigadier Gerard Stakes behind impressive winner Bay Bridge, William Haggas’s charge should strip fitter with that run under his belt and should prove too good for main rivals Regal Reality and Foxes Tales off level weights in this Listed contest.
6.38pm Haydock - Mighty Gurkha (Longshot)
On just his third career start and first in a handicap, the Kevin Philippart De Foy-trained Abu Malek is certainly interesting in this Class 4 sprint handicap off a mark of 80. The mount of David Egan could prove to be well treated. But at a double-figure price I think it could be worth taking a chance on Mighty Gurkha from the Archie Watson stable.
The phrase ‘how the mighty have fallen’ could have been coined with the four-year-old son of Sepoy in mind, as the horse was rated 101 when contesting the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup at last year’s royal meeting and now runs in this Class 4 handicap off a mark of 84.
Mighty Gurkha showed a lot of early speed in his juvenile days, which enabled him to win the Group 3 Sirenia Stakes at Kempton. For whatever reason, the horse has been slowly away in his recent races so, hopefully, a recent gelding operation and with top 5lb claiming apprentice Harry Davies on board for the first time, the talented but frustrating sprinter can recapture some of his two-year-old form tonight.
* Betting odds quoted are subject to changes.