Horse Racing tips: Matt Chapman’s best bets for ITV racing on Friday evening

It's a marathon not a sprint on the ITV tellybox.

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Oh my! Terrestrial TV goes racing mad on Friday night with ITV4 showing nine races during the evening from Newbury and the Curragh and RTE getting in on the act as well.

Let’s get straight to it!

Curragh 16.40

We start in Ireland with a maiden over 1m 2f. A lot of guesswork here and so many horses open to improvement. LOUGH CUTRA has already shown he can win a race for the excellent Ger Lyons. He ran a good second at the Curragh first time up and finished third at Naas in deep ground over 1m. This trip should not be an issue and his experience will count for much.

Curragh 17.10

Next at the Curragh is a handicap over 6f. What a nightmare! That said, ARCANEARS has to go well for the top notch Michael Halford yard. A win at Dundalk was followed with a fourth at Naas on heavy ground and he looks to be improving over 6f. An each-way shout for sure.

Curragh 17.40

Another handicap comes next but this time over 7f. SIAMESE has to hump 10st for trainer Johnny Murtagh but the daughter of Kitten’s Joy might be up to the task. She was fourth on her debut at Naas before scoring at Dundalk. This trip is idela and there should be more to come.


Curragh 18.10

We go up in class here with a Group 3 over 1m2f. No douby here MYTHICAL should take all the beating for champion Aidan O’Brien. A winner at Gowran Park last season, Mythical was fourth in the Zetland Stakes at Newmarket and third in a Group 1 at Saint-Cloud in France. That should be good enough to take this.

Curragh 18.40

Now for the big one, the Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas over 1m. I’m not sure Siskin will stay this trip and Armory was thrashed in a match on heavy ground at Longchamp when last seen. So how about Padraig Beggy taking another big one at a price on VATICAN CITY?!

The son of Galileo has only raced twice, finishing fifth in a Newmarket novice before scoring at odds of 1-2 in a Dundalk maiden. It’s impossible to know how good he is, but I’ll back him each-way and hope for the best.


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Meanwhile, over at Newbury you can look forward to the following:

Newbury 16.55

Newbury’s actions begins with a handicap over 1m. There’s no doubt the one who will probably take all the beating is SOCIETY LION, who looked good over 7f at Yarmouth last season. He’ll love this trip for Sir Michael Stoute. I’ll also have a few quid on Into Faith each-way for the decent David Menuisier.

Newbury 17.25

Another handicap here over 7f. Jackstar and Blue Mist can both easily score, but I’ll have a few quid each-way on another Ryan Moore mount here in BREATH OF AIR for Charlie Hills. His runs towards the end of last season were not great, but he’s got bits of form that give him every chance including a good third at Doncaster over this trip.

Newbury 17.55

Handicap company again here over 1m4f. A very tough race to call. SLEEPING LION ended last season in tremendous shape for James Fanshawe, landing the Mallard at Doncaster over an extended 1m6f. He’s down in trip here but not short of pace and has eachway claims.

Newbury 18.25

The final action from Newbury is another handicap, but for the finale we drop to 1m2f. MOLL DAVIS should take some stopping after an unlucky run at Newcastle on June 2. The trip is no issue and should give George Scott a big effort.

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