- 1.45 Newbury - Remastered- 4/1 William Hill
- 2.10 Lingfield- Toybox (EW) - 16/1 Bet Victor
- 2.30 Musselburgh - Oromo - 10/1 BetHard
- 2.50 Newbury - Reallyradical - 7/1 BetHard
- 4.30 Newbury - Our Merlin (EW) - 22/1 BetVictor
Newbury is today's best horse racing meeting, the highlight, coming at 4.00, where we've got only a tentative tip.
The Brown Chamberlin Trophy, named after legendary trainer Fred Winter's grand chaser of old, is an almost 3m novices' handicap hurdle, the weights headed by the Gary Moore-trainer Larry.
Turtle Wars is the horse who most interests me though, even over this extended trip. He was nearly put on the floor numerous times on seasonal debut and, whilst pulling up at Kempton on his last run, the first five home in that race, and the ninth and 10th, have all won at least once since.
Turtle Wars does not make my it into our five daily horse racing tips, however, and I have instead endeavored to find a few big priced tips for Friday's racing.
Tip 1 REMASTERED - Newbury 1.45
Trainer David Pipe had a nice novice hurdle turn over fancied Kingsplace yesterday and could have another winner in that sphere today in Remastered. He was disappointing when fifth on his last run at Exeter, but that race has worked out really well, with the winner Getaway Trump being placed in a Grade 1 and the Betfair Hurdle.
Sixth Musical Slave, who Remastered beat despite carrying 6lbs more, has won two handicap hurdles since, including yesterday off a rating of 117. So it wasn't a terrible run and before that Remastered had won at Ffos Las by seven lengths looking in serious need of a step up in trip, which he gets at Newbury in this 2m4.5 novice hurdle.
Tip 2 TOYBOX (EW) - Lingfield 2.10
Hot favourite Azets could be a handicap snip off of a mark of 69 if repeating his latest run. However, he is plenty short enough in the betting.
The Goodwood race that Toybox ran in last year worked out extremely well with subsequent winners all over the place. She gradually improved through the season and won really nicely when last seen on the all-weather in October.
The handicapper could have been a lot harder on her - she was only raides 5lbs for a two-length win -and she could improve for the return to 1m. Trainer Johnny Portman had a winner with a similar type last week and jockey Rob Hornby is in good form too. At these odds, she is too big.
Tip 3 OROMO - Musselburgh 2.30
It appears like I have lost the plot putting up maiden Oromo to win at Musselburgh today, but there is method. Firstly, jockey Daryl Jacob goes on a rare visit to Musselburgh for only this ride. Then, trainer Karl Thornton is sending the horse over from Ireland to run at a track that he has had two winners at from only seven runners.
Oromo is a bit of a bridle horse, who travels well and sometimes finds little. However, a sharp 2m on a flat track like Musselburgh on good ground looks the perfect conditions and he ran okay on the Flat when last seen.
If Jacob can sneak him into the race and play him late, he may finally get his head in front. It would certainly not surprise me to see money for him as he has previously been the subject of gambles that failed to land.
Tip 4 REALLYRADICAL- Newbury 2.50
The key to Reallyradical may be the step up to 3m for the first time. He had good form as an Irish point-to-pointer, finishing a couple of lengths behind No Hidden Charges, who ran well at Exeter this week.
On both runs under rules since, he has stayed on at one pace, looking like he needed further and the last run was particularly interesting as it was behind Cheltenham winner Pentland Hills. The ground will be no issue for him at Newbury and it will be interesting to see how much he improves running in a handicap for the first time in what could be a weak handicap hurdle for the grade.
Tip 5 OUR MERLIN (EW) - Newbury 4.30
It takes a bit of faith to back Our Merlin, who was a winning machine last season, because he has found it harder this year off of bigger handicap ratings. I really rate his trainer Robert Walford, who can improve horses and has impressed in his role as a trainer with few horses.
Our Merlin was thought good enough to run in the Imperial Cup at Sandown a few weeks ago, but seemed to go off far too fast given the conditions. This race At Newbury seems to lack front runners and I can see him getting an easy time at the front.
If that is the case the current odds look big, especially as he is effectively 7lbs better off today as he was 7lbs out of the handicap at Sandown. Jockey Stan Sheppard takes off a valuable 3lb too, and the ground will be ideal for him.
It will be very sad to see jockey Noel Fehily bow out on Saturday after a really great career. He was both strong and sympathetic in his approach to riding, and it was notable that he made very few mistakes on the big occasion.
His final ride on Saturday could be the Harry Fry-trained Get In the Queue in the bumper. I strongly feel this is the best bumper horse in Britain and that he will give Fehily the dream send off.
In addition, keep an eye on any horse he rides in the EBF Mares' Final Handicap Hurdle - I have always liked him in mares' only races. This may be down to the trainers he rides for, but he does do well in these types of race.