A couple of singles, and a rare double are the selections for Friday's racing. Good luck if you're following.

Newmarket 6:52

On paper this does look quite a competitive race, but I'm once again following the Side Shot form, hence why ARQOOB is my selection in this.

At the time of writing he is priced up at 6/1 which is a price I am willing to take, and it would not surprise me to see him drift out before racing starts, due to the other horses in the race, who are trained or owned by well respected people. I tipped up Classic Lord yesterday at 2/1, and that horse was in the same form line with Side Shot, but in a different race to Arqoob. However, I stated in the write up yesterday, the form around that horse is very strong, and that was on display again with Classic Lord winning. Arqoob ran a decent enough race last time at Haydock, where he travelled strongly, was boxed in on the rail and struggled for room on more than one occasion, which made life difficult. He eventually finished 5th, 3.25 lengths behind the winner, but I think with a clear run he would've at least finished second, and would've gotten a lot closer to the winner. Despite the lack of space, Racing Post rated his run 2lbs higher than his actual rating, so that goes to show how well he ran.

The drop back in trip to a mile could suit, as he did travel well over 1m 2f, so his pace might be better suited over a shorter trip. He clearly stays further, so the Newmarket uphill finish will bring out the stamina he does have.

Trainer, William Jarvis, won this race in 2019 with Arigato, so it is interesting that they've brought this horse here, as it does seem like it has been in the works for a while.

York 6:30

The jockey booking of 7lb claimer, Gavin Ashton caught my eye for ATHOLLBLAIR BOY, who is on a very tempting mark of 79.

Nigel Tinkler likes to put up apprentices on this horse, with the main one being Faye McManoman, who rides a lot for the yard. However, this time he has gone for Gavin Ashton, who has never rode for him before, and I think he is one of the apprentices to keep an eye on for the next couple of years, as he has really improved as a rider since he moved to Roger Varian's yard.

Gavin started off at Sir Mark Prescott's yard, where the opportunities were limited, due to him having two stable jockeys (Luke Morris & Ryan Tate), and not a great amount of runners. He then moved to Ian Williams, where he struggled to get winners, but since moving to Roger Varian, he has been racing quality over quantity, and must be spending a lot of time behind the scenes with his jockey coach as his technique is much better now. He has rode 3 winners from 12 rides this year so far, with eight of them being Roger's horses. This is Gavin's only booked ride for the next 14 days, and I think it's noticeable that they've jocked him up for this horse, who is well-handicapped on old form.

Fast ground over 7f would probably be this horses perfect conditions, but this 6f shouldn't be an issue as he has won over this trip before. The faster they go, the better it will probably be for the selection as he is often held up or positioned in the midfield. I think he could run a nice race, at decent sized odds, and is definitely worth an EW play.

Advised: Each Way

Double

Newmarket 8:22 & York 7:00

BHUBEZI (Newmarket 8:22) was impressive last time out in an apprentice race at Newbury, where he attempted 7f for the first time, and he clearly relished it. He is currently 4lbs well in, with him due to go up 4lbs as of next Tuesday. He get's Jonny Peate's full 7lb claim this time as well (had no claim last race), which means he is better treated, and in theory 11lbs well in, which means a repeat performance of last time will make him extremely hard to beat. The only concern would be the quick turn around of 7 days, but it's a risk I'm willing to take as he is still above EVS, which could be seen as good value. This race is harder than the previous one he contested, but as a result of that, he is racing off a featherweight of 8st 3lbs.

SILKY WILKIE (York 7:00) This horse is currently priced up at around 7/4, which isn't desperately short, but I want to back Bhubezi, and I think this horse is a perfect partner to double him up with. As always, with 2yo's there's dangers attached as they are quite dodgy, but I was impressed with his debut where you could tell there was potential with this horse. He was a breeze-up purchase, which makes it no surprise that they've dropped him back to 5f from 5.5, as he does has speed. He was a little green on debut, so hopefully the racecourse experience would've done him the world of good. He finished 2nd behind Eternal Hero, who looks a smart recruit for the Kieth Dalgleish yard, and he was giving away 5lbs to her, so that was a fair effort. If coming on from his debut, I think he'll be very hard to beat.

12:00 Bangor-on-Dee - Race: 1
Distance: 2m 3f 123y
Type: Hurdle
Class: 4
Track: Turf
No
Silks
Runner
Odds
1
Crystal Gazing
7/5428-4

3
Gordyny
61-3

5
Sinndarella
422

2
Esme Shelby
82/335-

8
Trickalight
3P21-

9
Bluebell Polka
0-7

10
Saxon Queen

4
Iroseaboveitall
7

7
Squeaky
217/PP-U

6
Southfield Megan
450P-

12:25 Wolverhampton - Race: 1
Distance: 5f 21y
Type: Flat
Class: 6
Track: AllWeather
No
Silks
Runner
Odds
1
Crystal Gazing
7/5428-4

3
Gordyny
61-3

5
Sinndarella
422

2
Esme Shelby
82/335-

8
Trickalight
3P21-

9
Bluebell Polka
0-7

10
Saxon Queen

4
Iroseaboveitall
7

7
Squeaky
217/PP-U

6
Southfield Megan
450P-

12:35 Bangor-on-Dee - Race: 2
Distance: 2m 3f 123y
Type: Hurdle
Class: 4
Track: Turf
No
Silks
Runner
Odds
1
Finisk River
2254-02

7
Isthebaropen
7602-21

3
Eyeofthescorpion
40/5122-

5
Northern Bound
54952-1

2
Goa Lil
407-369

4
Voodoo Doll
25-6284

8
Clemento
95/2-655

6
Echo Du Large
3/2P0-24

21 Comments
  1. McCririckss Ear Piece 1 week ago

    2.30 Star Caliber 3/1 NAP/NB

    3.00 Indigo Girl 11/8

    4.10 Tis Marvellous 4/1

    5
  2. postman 1 week ago

    4:00 Thirsk – Iris Dancer ***NAP*** 11/4

    2
  3. butterbean 1 week ago

    3.50 As High Say 11/8 NAP

    4.20 Pisgah Pike 6/5

    2.50 Ingleby Hollow 7/2

    EW Shouts

    3.15 Idliketheoption 6/1

    4.40 Exuding 7/1

    7.30 Sea empress 12/1 maybe even bet without fav

    2
    • recoba 7 days ago

      With you on As High Say Butterbean it’s on my tracker.
      GL

      1
    • postman 7 days ago

      Nice touch with Ingleby Hollow 👍

  4. uncle pom 7 days ago

    -11.5
    Ascot 14:30
    Star calibre 5/2 2pt win
    15:00 indigo girl 11/8 2pt win

    1
  5. ew thief 7 days ago

    Morning all well done winners yesterday
    Raymond 2.30a 11-2
    Harswell princess 3.25t 7-1
    Koeman 3.35a 12-1
    Bedford flyer 4.10a 15-2
    Excessable 6.30y 28-1
    Firmament 8.00y 8-1
    Lost my sock 8.30y 12-1
    Ew singles & ew super hienz ☘️☘️Gl all

    2
    • butterbean 7 days ago

      Like Raymond and bedford flyer as well both in my tracker. Best of luck!

  6. recoba 7 days ago

    Well done the winners yesterday. 👏🏽
    Followed a few on folk on here for some nice profit and one from my tracker won at 9/2.
    2/3 and main single in what turnout to be a Trixie in the USA (1 was NR) finished off a great day. 👍🇺🇸🐎🇬🇧

    Yankee and a single for me…

    Indigo Girl…3.00. 11/8
    As High Say…3.55. 11/8(*****)
    Silky Wilkie..7.00. 2/1
    Behbuzi…8.22. 6/4

    GL all

  7. Thebigflu 7 days ago

    Freak out 6 00@ york

  8. postman 7 days ago

    6:05 Down Royal – Acquiescent **NB** 11/4

  9. postman 7 days ago

    3:35 Ascot – Lost Eden *each way punt* 12/1

  10. spursman 7 days ago

    Small L15

    Newm 5.22 Posh Girl
    Chep 6.40 Incorrigible
    York 7.00 Silkie Wilkie
    Chep 7.40 Glamorous Breeze

    🙂

  11. azzthewigan 7 days ago

    skiddaw bramble 4.52 ew

  12. recoba 7 days ago

    Ach nothing worse than a faller but don’t think As High Say was travelling. Managed to back the winner in running but that’s as much use as tit$ on a fish.

    Still 2 to go in Yankee but onwards to USA before the prices go…

    Trixie as 2 my horses have went NR so these are the ones.

    Arlington-R6…Wellabed. 2/1.
    Woodbine-R6..Spite Store. 6/4
    Saratoga-R9…Technical Analysis 11/2

    GL all 🐎🇺🇸

    1
  13. spursman 7 days ago

    Bailey’s Warrior
    Newm 5.22

    Small E/W single

  14. postman 6 days ago

    Crashed & Burnt today. ❌❌❌

    I need a holiday and thank goodness this time next week I will have my t shirt and toothbrush packed and head for the ferry.

    Good luck with your weekend bets. ☘️

    • elvis parsley 6 days ago

      Ferry ?.
      Isle of man ?.
      Anglesey ?

      1
    • postman 6 days ago

      Rotterdam > Den Haag > Amsterdam 🍻

  15. elvis parsley 6 days ago

    Lucy Lulu 7-00 York 4-1
    ————————–
    2 singles and Double
    Tequany 8-10 Chepstow 7-4 🏇 NAP.
    Bhubezi 8-22 Newmarket 13-8
    —————————

    1
  16. elvis parsley 6 days ago

    Premium ticket 7-45 cork
    7-2 and 7-4 without rock chant.

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