Horse Racing Tips: An 8 race play for Tampa Bay on Friday night

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An eight-race mixed card on dirt and turf. And, as usual, all races will be on Sky Sports Racing.

Race 1 – 16:45 – Billysbirthdaygirl @ 3/1

Race one on the dirt is over 5 ½ furlongs for 3 year old fillies. BILLYSBIRTHDAYGIRL has had a few races, her one run on dirt was the middle of these and it was in a better race than this. That was also her best career performance and she showed enough on that occasion to suggest she could have enough to win this.

Race 2 – 17:15 – U Know I B Lion @ 11/4

A tricky second race over 6 furlongs with not much decent form in the field. A chance is taken with U KNOW I B LION who can take advantage of a drop in class. All four of her victories have come at this trip and she can be played late to score here.

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Race 3 – 17:48 – West Burke @ 7/2

First turf race on the card and a tricky puzzle to solve with not much experience among these three-year-olds. The form we know of is fairly average. WEST BURKE’s third place finish in this grade two races ago is perhaps the best in the book and she could be the one to beat if she gets first run.

Race 4 – 18:19 – Snow Lion 

A big field heads to post for race 4, and it may pay to keep the faith with SNOW LION. The selection has become very expensive to follow recently, beaten when favourite in his last three races. But he was a winner in the race before that and his latest defeat was a better run than it looked. With better luck, this Kitten’s Joy gelding can chase down the pace setters and get back into the winner’s enclosure.

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Race 5 – 18:50 – Lil B Quick @ 12/1 (each-way)

Back onto the dirt now for this 6 furlong race and an each way chance is taken on LIL B QUICK. The selection was sent off a hot favourite last time out but flopped in a race that wasn’t run to suit. She is now making her debut for the Tim Padilla yard and looks overpriced on her best form in this level.

Race 6 – 19:21 –Vaunt @ 6/4

VAUNT is the one to beat here. This lightly raced 5 year old was unlucky not to overcome a long lay off last time out in a better race. That was 21 days ago and she is capable of giving weight and a beating to these rivals with that run under her belt.


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Race 7 – 19:55 – Indian Gulch @ 5/1

The penultimate race is a wide open affair over a mile on the dirt. INDIAN GULCH has reportedly been working well since joining the yard of Christos Gatis. The selection has six career victories over this trip and can score again for his new connections at a decent price.

Race 8- 20:26 – Vi Haines @ 4/1

VI HAINES hasn’t lived up to the $550,000 price tag she fetched as a yearling. But there were encouraging signs in her seasonal debut 21 days ago. That came after a long lay off and suggested that she is capable of getting her head in front in the finale.

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What do you think?