Horse racing tips: nap of the day

Ben Linfoot is back in the top spot as he reveals his best bets at the tracks on another busy Friday.

Mr. IRRELEVANT – 8.20 Doncaster

Brandon Wilkie is an improving rider who is well worth his £5 claim at the moment and he is a great booking for the penalized Mr. IRRELEVANT in the happy last in Doncaster.

Grant Tuer’s horse has made clear progress since switching to handicaps this spring and got off to a pretty impressive start when scoring in this six-furlong ride on soft ground at Ripon on Saturday.

The win never really seemed in doubt that day and taking him out again quickly, effectively putting him off 72 under 6lb extra, means he’s still officially a pound ahead of the judge – and that’s before taking into account is taken into account the jockey’s claim (was ridden by a 3lb allowance apprentice last time).

RATHGAR – 2.05 Goodwood (NAP)

Jack Channon’s string goes very well and RATHGAR looks different with a chance to win in the William Hill Extra Place Races Handicap at Goodwood on Friday.

The son of Ulysses was castrated in the winter and returned to Chelmsford last time with a promising return, as if he had come on the run.

His only career success came at Goodwood and it will be interesting to see him on the proving ground for the first time since his good season performance 12 months ago.

CIRCUS LION – 1.40 Musselburgh

Obligatory ran well in second at Catterick last week, but he shaped up as if a return to six furlongs would suit, so I prefer to side CIRCUS LION in the 1.40 first deployment in Musselburgh.

The gray son of Aclaim made a good start in two seasons as a juvenile last September, his second to Townsend Manor at Redcar when he last saw a race that has worked out well in the context of this assignment.

He looks fast enough to win a race at five furlongs and if one is too smart for Obligatory it could be Bryan Smart’s horse.

THE CAMDEN Colt – 4.45 Newmarket

THE CAMDEN VOL in the form of a future winner on his return to Newmarket and weighing just 2lb he could make a bold bid in the William Hill Extra Place Races Handicap at the Rowley Mile.

He went into the race as the most likely winner last time, with a run-in of 1.3 on Betfair, but Hugo Palmer’s Watcha Matey just kept rolling on the other side.

Still, it was a hugely encouraging run and if Sean Levey manages to dictate the pace at the front, he could be difficult to reel in.

COOLAGH PARK – 5.10 Cheltenham

Hands up, hunter chases are far from my specialty, but COOLAGH PARK could be a sporting bet against likely favorite Iskandar Pekos in the 5.10.

Trainer Alan Hill has a good record at this meeting over the years and this ex-Gordon Elliott horse has a good record in point-to-point for his latest stable.

Favorite in all six starts since his emphatic winning debut for Hill, he ran well in second to Kimble last time and was able to give Izzie Marshall a good spin around Cheltenham.

CAPERNOITY – 5.35 Newcastle

It might be worth taking a chance on Peter Niven’s CAPERNOITY if he is a big prize in the opening student handicap over 10 furlongs at Newcastle.

This horse weighs 4lb, but he ran well at this track last time, over a mile, not far beaten as he ran out of space on his stable debut after a break, and from pedigree he should really enjoy running a to take the trip a step further.

Ryan Sexton is a standout jockey booker, his record in apprentice racing at Newcastle includes nine excellent wins at 24 at 37.5%.

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Winners of 2024…

  • Thelma’s Angel 9/2
  • Mr. Irrelevant 6/5
  • White Umbrella 5/1
  • Prydwen 3/1
  • Arthur’s Empire 2/1 (NAP)
  • Torosay 5/1
  • Garista Bay 9/1
  • Uncle Dick 6/4
  • Hidalgo Des Bordes 9/2
  • Adaay in Devon 3/1
  • Solar System 3/1
  • Outrun the storm 18/1
  • Horn cape 2/1
  • Sans Bruit 5/1 (NAP)
  • Soir De Gala 11/8
  • Ernie’s Valentine 5/1
  • Donnacha 9/4
  • Sattwaa 9/1
  • Bright white light 7/4
  • Swing tree 10/3
  • Sea invasion 7/2 (NAP)
  • Ziggy’s rocket 11/8
  • Mount Athos 6/5 (NAP)
  • Chloë’s Court 12/1
  • Royal Road 5/1 (NAP)
  • Leissières Express 13/8
  • Woodie Flash 7/2
  • Intinso 8/15
  • Notre Dame 5/2
  • Outlaw Peter 13/8 (NAP)
  • Ballyrashane 4/6
  • Politacus 4/1
  • Nell’s son 8/11
  • Nine Tenths 15/8
  • Inisherin 4/6
  • Large R 2/1 (NAP)
  • Haston Clermont 5/4
  • Choose number 5/6
  • Eleutheromanie 12/1
  • Photosynthesis 9/2 (NAP)
  • Hara Kiri 13/8 (NAP)
  • Yellow jacket 10/3
  • Prairie Wolf 6/5 (NAP)
  • Forward Plan 15/2 (NAP)
  • Better for everyone 4/1
  • Desert Master 2/17
  • Coolkill 7/2
  • Royal blue 11/4
  • Invincible Nao 7/5
  • Alnilam 3/1 (NAP)
  • Victoria Milan 6/4 (NAP)
  • Ask me early 15/2 (NAP)
  • Mereside madness 6/4
  • Lilith 6/4 (NAP)
  • Masqool 3/1
  • Diligent Harry 7/4 (NAP)
  • Gingerbred 5/2
  • Brewing 85/40 (NAP)
  • Royal Dance 3/1
  • Morphee 5/4 (NAP)
  • Dude 4/1
  • Largo Bay 10/3
  • Tune In A Box 5/4 (NAP)
  • Night on Earth 2/1
  • Issar D’Airy 11/10 (NAP)
  • Larry 11/4
  • Nurse Susan 6/4 (NAP)
  • English spirit 6/4
  • Comedian Leader 6/1 (NAP)
  • Beneficiary 5/1
  • Rare edition 11/8
  • Shantou Moon 15/2
  • Townhill 5/2 (NAP)
  • Fire Demon 11/8
  • Inspiritus 6/1
  • Sint-Davy 6/5 (NAP)
  • Goblet of Fire 10/11
  • Reigning win 6/1

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