Horse Racing tips: Rory Delargy’s smart shouts for Friday’s ITV Racing

Rory has covered the tellybox action at Chester and Market Rasen.

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13:30 Chester – Revich

While I like Tomfre as a long-term project for the rest of the season, he’s in stall 10 here, which isn’t ideal. Boardman is also one to keep an eye on and his win at Haydock last month was impressive. With the prices, I’m going with Revich. He doesn’t quite stay a mile but he goes just under. He’s got good course form and he’s in stall one. He can hold a good pace so he’ll do me!

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13:50 Market Rasen – Royal Pretender

Royal Pretender is relatively unexposed in a race full of exposed runners. He can be better than his rating. If Royal Pretender jumps well enough, he should have plenty to win here. Alan King’s runners usually perform on their debuts and it’s a sign of confidence to chuck them in straight away.

14:05 Chester – Baryshnikov

The weather will be key here. If it’s soft, I really fancy Brentford Hope. When he’s won, he’s looked very impressive but he has disappointed once or twice. He has placed in Group company too. It doesn’t look like we’ll get his ideal weather though. I don’t know where I stand with Mujtaba. He was heavily backed in the Lincoln at Doncaster but he underperformed. I’m going to side with Baryshnikov. You get a good pace at Chester and there are a few pace-setters in here. Baryshnikov can make his move  and strike late.

14:40 Chester – Al Aasy is now a non-runner

It wouldn’t surprise me if Al Aasy and Megallan ‘flip-flopped’ in the market before the  ‘off’ and Al Aasy will likely be the strong favourite. The question is whether you trust him to get the job done? He’s essentially a Group 2 horse. The time to catch Al Aasy is at the start of the season, below Group 1 company. It could be a straightforward task for him. Ascot was one race too many last season and the track isn’t ideal for him as well.

15:15 Chester – Nate The Great is now a non runner

I quite like Nate The Great for David Probert and Andrew Balding. He’s a bit of a thinker and he’s not suited by small field faces and this Chester Cup could really suit him. He ran well last time out at Newcastle. He travels well and he will sit close to the pace. He doesn’t need cover and it gives the jockey more scope to go where he wants in the race. With places on offer, he hits the frame at least and if it all goes his way, he’s capable of winning.

15:45 Chester – Night On Earth or King Of Stars

I like Flaming Rib but the drop down to 5f seems a bold one. You also don’t see many three-year-old’s winning this. For Kings Lynn to win, he needs a bit of luck around this track. Mick Appleby has Night On Earth and King Of Stars in this one at the moment but that could change and one or both could come out. It’s quite a hard race to call but I’d wait and see if one of the Appleby runners lines up and if so, take a chance on him.

Rory Delargy’s best bets:

13:30 Chester – Revich
13:50 Market Rasen – Royal Pretender
14:05 Chester – Baryshnikov
14:40 Chester – Al Aasy
15:15 Chester – Nate The Great
15:45 Chester – Night On Earth or King Of Stars

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