Horse Racing tips: Pundits’ selections for Paddy’s Free to enter Pick 5 game at York on Friday

There’s £/€10k up for grabs every day and Paddy's panel are here to help.


Paddy’s Pick 5 game is back with bumper midweek editions for the York Ebor Festival, which gives you lucky lot a chance to win £/€10k every day from Wednesday to Friday!

Last weekend saw one winner of our regular Saturday £/€25k jackpot after six players shared the £/€25k jackpot the weekend before.


It’s super easy to play and even easier to get involved. There’s £/€10k up for grabs as York swings into action for day three on Friday. All you have to do to land the cash is pick five winners. That’s it!

And here to help with those selections are our top tipping taskforce of Rory Delargy, Jason Weaver, Mick Fitzgerald, Frank Hickey and Matt Chapman. Here’s what this lot fancy for Friday’s selected races at York.

13:50 Handicap

Frank: I’m siding with LORD PROTECTOR for Rob Hornby and Ralph Beckett, who has a great record at York in Handicaps. He’s well handicapped off a mark of 97 so I like him each way.

Rory: ANNANDALE hinted at a revival dropped to 1¼m at Doncaster last time, staying on late to finish fifth of 12 in a Racing League contest at Doncaster. If he can build on that, then he has a chance, and he’ll be overlooked completely in the market.

Jason: Things haven’t quite fallen right for MOKTASAAB, but he did well in the circumstances, considering where he was positioned, at the Goodwood meeting last time out. He does seem to have a little more upside and look better treated on a mark of just 96.

Mick: Brian Ellison’s charge ONESMOOTHOPERATOR ran very well over 1m4f at Ascot and this looks perfect for him. He’s a bit of each-way value.

Matt: The big question is whether MAHRAJAAN reacts kindly to cheekpieces being fitted for the first time. He might be good enough for this if going through with the effort.

14:25 Lonsdale Cup Stakes

Frank: Trueshan could well pull out if the rain doesn’t come (and it doesn’t look likely) so I’m with STRADIVARIUS. He’s six from six at York and I can’t really see him getting beat.

Rory:In the absence of rain, TRUESHAN will likely be a late defector, leaving this race at the mercy of STRADIVARIUS, and there isn’t much more to say. If it rains enough for him to run, I’d happily jump ships to Trueshan, but I fear that won’t happen.

Jason: I hope the ground is significantly easy enough for TRUESHAN to take his opportunity, as he can serve it up to Stradivarius.

Mick: I feel like I’m going off the cliff with STRADIVARIUS but for good reason, this is a track that he is unbeaten at and this could be his swansong.

Matt: It looks a straight match between Stradivarius and TRUESHAN. This speed favouring track will suit a click of Stradivarius, and I just think Trueshan is now the better horse.


15:00 Gimcrack Stakes

Frank: I’m on CLEARPOINT for Richard Fahey, with Oisin James Orr on board. I’m not put off by him stepping up in grade and Richard has been quite bullish about him, which caught my eye!

Rory: I’m having a small each-way interest in Ismail Mohammed’s NEVER JUST A DREAM, who impressed when making all at Wolverhampton, and was backed as if something out of the ordinary on his debut, only to run green.

Jason: NOBLE STYLE suffered a slight injury when making no mistake on his racecourse debut at Ascot. We had to wait three months to see him reappear at Newmarket 21 days ago and won again despite the horses down on his left-hand side getting first run.

Mick: This is a hot contest, however, I feel ROYAL SCOTSMAN has the strongest form in the book and is the safest play here.

Matt: ROYAL SCOTSMAN looked a machine in the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood having been a fine third in the Coventry at Royal Ascot. I fully expect the Paul and Oli Cole runner to come out on top under Jim Crowley.

15:35 Nunthorpe Stakes

Frank: I’m keen to take on Royal Aclaim and The Platinum Queen at their current prices – and I’m with FLOTUS. She’s won at the track and she’s drawn low.

Rory: I’ve come to the conclusion that it might be worth sticking with EMARAATY ANA who showed much-improved form to be second to Winter Power 12 month ago, and again gave the impression he was coming to the boil when sixth in the July Cup.

Jason: She could be the new sprint sensation that we have been waiting for this season and it’s significant that Andrea Atzeni stays loyal to ROYAL ACLAIM, instead of his retaining owners’ runner, Emaraaty Ana. Trainer James Tate says she does everything ‘super easy’.

Mick: ROYAL ACLAIM was so impressive at the track last time that you have to stick with her. The two-year-old gets lots of weight but this is a rough and tumble race.

Matt: I don’t see how Royal Aclaim’s form allows her to be such a hot favourite and will have a few quid eachway on the terrific HIGHFIELD PRINCESS, who loves York.

16:10 EBF Fillies Handicap

Frank: I’m taking a chance on THE FLYING GINGER, who won this race last year. She’s a huge price and she’s 4lbs lower than last year.

Rory: STATE OCCASION rather spoiled by fun when beating Rousay at Goodwood, but with that filly winning well next time, the form looks watertight, and every run this season has been a step up in form terms.

Jason: Despite a comfortable success at the Shergar Cup meeting at Ascot 13 days ago, AMANZOE has surprisingly only been given a 3lbs penalty for bringing up the hat-trick in very taking fashion. She’s going to be tight in the market, but looks incredibly hard to get away from.

Mick: STATE OCCASION was a winner at Goodwood. She’s still fairly handicapped on her best form.

Matt: AMANZOE bolted up at Ascot last time and can defy a small rise in the weights. She looks a real improver for William Haggas and Tom Marquand and I can’t look beyond her. Surely very hard to beat.

Now, before you make your picks, here’s a quick reminder of those all-important rules…

We’ll be putting up five races every day and if you can select the winner in each one you’ll bag the £/€10k daily prize at York, until we revert to the £/€25k jackpot on Saturday. All you need to do is select the winner in each one and you’ll be in with a chance of bagging that sweet, sweet cash. If there’s more than one winner – then the winnings will be split.

Paddy’s Pick 5 is available for new and existing customers with registered Paddy Power accounts in Ireland and the UK, aged 18 or over.

Customers can only qualify once for each draw and prizes will be paid out within 72 hours of the game ending.

The ever-thrilling T&Cs can be found here and you must submit your entries before the first race of Paddy’s Pick 5 is off. Good luck!



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