Racing in the UK & Ireland on Friday comes from Hamilton, Haydock, Kilbeggan, Killarney, Newbury, Newmarket, Nottingham and Pontefract on what is a busy day of action.
The feature race on Hamilton’s evening card is a Listed contest over 1m3f and a Godolphin runner can build upon a solid performance at Royal Ascot to land the top prize at the Scottish racecourse.
3.15 Haydock – Cold Stare @ 11/4
C&D winner Cold Stare has been on a long losing sequence since 2021, however, he has been running consistently well this season, with three second place finishes, including at Ayr (7f) earlier this month.
The eight-year-old is returning to a racecourse he has done well at before, with three wins going his way at the Lancashire venue. He will appreciate the juice in the ground, while this is his optimum distance.
David O’Meara’s runner features as one of the Most Napped selections on the Betfred Betfinder this afternoon. This looks like a great opportunity for him to get his nose in front again and end his losing run.
4.45 Newbury – Asadna @ 6/5
Asadna could not have looked any more impressive when he scored on his debut at Ripon (6f) back in May. He hit the front with 1f to go in the race and he soon stretched clear of the field, prevailing by 12 lengths.
The Mehmas colt was fancied to run well in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, but he could only finish ninth of 12 runners in the race won by the impressive River Tiber. He has since moved to Alice Haynes’ yard and that may prove to be a great move for the colt as she is having an excellent season with her two-year-olds.
With a rating of 95, Asadna already sets a high standard. He can bounce back from his Royal Ascot run to get back to winning ways on his opening start for his new trainer.
7.40 Hamilton – Chesspiece @ 11/10
With two wins from his four career outings, Chesspiece has made an excellent start on the track. He has had wins on the AW at Newcastle (1m2f) and York (1m4f) on turf. The son of Nathaniel proved his stamina over 12f in the latter.
Simon and Ed Crisford’s runner stepped up in distance at Royal Ascot in the Queen’s Vase (1m6f). He finished third in that race behind Gregory and Saint George respectively. The winner of that race is a big contender for the Goodwood Cup and St Leger, so that form could look better as the season goes on.
With an official rating of 104, the Godolphin runner will need to carry top weight in this small field contest at Hamilton, but he remains open to improvement, especially over a distance that should suit the colt.