Horse racing tips: Our traders’ 4 picks for Friday in the UK & Ireland

Four racing brains. Four picks. Simple.


James Ryan: 15:15 Kempton – House Edge

I’ve been waiting for this horse to come back out for almost three years now. After he won his maiden in October 2017 I thought he had the potential to be a Derby horse. He did a tendon in the mean time and has had a long road to recovery.

However, seeing him here as a 5-year-old having his first run in a handicap off a mark of 80 is too good to turn down. Michael Bell wouldn’t be running him unless he was in decent form. If he retains a smidgen of his ability as a 2-year-old he could have 20lbs in hand.

Niall O’Reilly: 17:25 Newbury – Bear Force One

I’ve been following this horse since recording a very fast time for the grade over course and distance at the back end of last year, and while it hasn’t paid dividends yet, there is plenty to suggest he might be worth backing here.

He was well supported on reappearance at Newmarket last week, but missed the kick and didn’t seem to handle the track particularly well, so you can put a line through that run. His best form is on fast ground though he’s bred to appreciate a bit of ease, so I’m not overly concerned about the forecast rain, while the booking of James Doyle is also a big positive to his chances.

Ryan McCue:  18:40 Curragh – Sinawann

Favourite Siskin doesn’t look to far clear of these so I think Sinawann can run a big race for Ronan Whelan. He rounded off his season last year by finishing second to Mogul who will be a warm order in Royal ascot next week but he looked to me like he could improve plenty from 2-3 given his size.

Behind him that day in Leopardstown was Cormorant, and he came out and won a Group race during the week back at Leopardstown so the form has worked out so he looks value to me.


Adam Killeen: 17:55 Newbury – Away He Goes

Away He Goes ran in three hot-looking novice races last season. On debut he finished second to Leger winner Logician, on his second start he beat the now 93 rated Passion And Glory at this course and then stepped up to a mile and a half at Newmarket, where he beat Adonijah and Passion And Glory while giving away a 6lb penalty.

He makes his handicap debut here off a mark of 95 and based on last season’s form that looks very workable.

Frank Hickey: 18.25 Newbury – Lunar Jet

Lunar Jet had a run out at Newcastle last week but his record on the all weather is very poor and I’m pretty sure that it was for no other reason than to get him spot on for his return to turf. He has only run twice at Newbury and both those runs resulted in wins, both over ten furlongs and off marks of 78 and 83 respectively.

He runs here off a mark of 87 but he did win last year at Newmarket off a mark of 91, so he is on a very competitive mark. The rain that is falling is probably in his favour, as he tends to run well when there is a cut in the ground. He makes plenty of appeal at a double figure price.

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