Horse Racing Tips: Rory Delargy’s best bets for Friday’s ITV Racing

It's a Friday smash up of racing action across three tracks and Rory Delargy is all over it.

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1:50 Newmarket – Rogue Spirit 

Low draws will be favoured, but there is a concern that Prince of Pillo could get caught on heels if not away smartly from stall 1, and I fancy both Wodao and Rogue Spirit could get the jump on the favourite. The latter improved for the drop back to 5f when an easy winner of a nursery at Haydock, and while this is a marked step up, he did enough there to think he’s a Group horse in the making.

2:25 Newmarket – Rage of Bamby 

Plenty to consider here, but the pick is just Rage of Bamby who improved when third to Commissioning in the Rockfel Stakes over C&D last time. She races prominently and can make the most of a draw on the far rail, so looks a solid favourite.

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3:00 Newmarket – Pogo

Pogo is a hugely likeable front-runner who won the Criterion Stakes here in the summer, and found only Kinross too good at York last time. He has Sacred to worry about, but he’s sure to lead from a stall next to the rail, and will likely get first run on the filly here.

3:35 Newmarket – Commissioning 

Commissioning looked in a different class when winning the Rockfel over C&D last time, and while I’m not convinced she’s a Guineas winner in waiting, she should prove extremely hard to beat in this contest, with the step up to a mile sure to suit on pedigree.

4:10 Newmarket – Sheer Rocks 

Few can be ruled out in a difficult handicap, and a couple of outsiders to keep onside are Sheer Rocks, who was going the right way before a moderate effort in the Melrose at York, and Paradias, who has Sheer Rocks behind when an excellent second to Caius Chorister at Goodwood in July. Both are unexposed at 1½m, and have a better chance than their odds imply. 

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1:35 Chepstow – Close Cap

Cloth Cap ought to make his class tell here, and given it’s clear that the Grand National is too arduous for him, the final of this series appeals as a better long-term target. He has most to fear from last year’s winner Some Chaos, who is also fragile, and best caught fresh as a result.

2:10 Chepstow – Presentandcounting

Presentandcounting may not be the best long-term prospect in this race given he’s already had 21 starts over jumps, but he does boast the best form, and was impressive in putting handicap rivals to the sword at Worcester last month.

2:40 York – Isla Kai

Isla Kai has been below form of late, but an extended 1¼m was much too far for him last time, and he’s now 6lb lower than when a solid fourth over C&D in July. His stable is also hitting form after a quiet spell, and this front runner is capable of bouncing back to form at an attractive price.    

3:15 York – Streets of Gold

A wide draw complicates matters for Streets of Gold, but he was impressive on testing ground at the Curragh last time in a similar race, and he gives the impression he will relish the longer trip here. He will be hard to beat if getting any luck in running.

3:50 York – Post Impressionist 

Double Cherry did well to win after being hampered at Haydock last time, but Post Impressionist was arguably even more badly affected by the wayward running of Sea King that day, and his jockey was unable to ride him out through most of the final furlong that day. He gave the impression he ought to have won, and while he’s been frustrating to follow, is taken to make amends.

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