Brighton Racing Tips: Doyle can be a Force at the seaside again

 | 8th May | 

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Brighton Racecourse

There is another busy day of racing on Thursday, with seven scheduled meetings across Britain and Ireland. Among those will be the afternoon offering from Brighton, with action at the seaside venue from 14:18-16:55 (six-race card).

The going is described as 'soft; good to soft in places,' and we've selected a trio of runners to follow on the day. They include the filly Havana Force, attempting to shed her maiden tag under Hollie Doyle, a rider with an excellent record at Brighton.

Brighton Tips Thursday

  • 14:48 Brighton – Havana Force @ 3/1
  • 15:18 Brighton – Elforleather @ 10/11
  • 16:55 Brighton – Hannah's Return @ 11/2

14:48 Brighton – Havana Force @ 3/1

Hollie Doyle's visits to this south coast venue are usually worthwhile. The rider shows a 23 per-cent strike-rate across the last five seasons (20-87) with a +3.37 profit to level stakes.

She's got some decent opportunities to add to that tally on her first visit to Brighton this season.

Amongst them is the filly HAVANA FORCE for trainer Marco Botti in the 7f maiden. This three-year-old is set for her first turf start and has been very consistent in four starts on the all-weather.

Third on debut at Chelmsford over 7f in January, she's had runner-up finishes in a trio of runs at Newcastle and Lingfield since, latterly over a mile.

She hasn't been doing much wrong and, if she improves for the fitting of first-time cheekpieces here, she could well be good enough to break through on this initial turf outing.

15:18 Brighton – Elforleather @ 10/11

Eddy Greatrex is a rider in a confident spot at the moment. Greatrex, the son of Cheltenham Festival-winning trainer Warren, was a prolific apprentice early in his career but back problems forced him to quit the saddle in 2021.

Greatrex made his return at Leicester last month and did so in stunning fashion, partnering 125/1 winner Tilsworth Turf for trainer John Jenkins.

"I feel the best I've ever felt to be honest," he said of his back issues afterwards, outlining how he has been riding out for trainer Jack Channon since the winter, building towards his comeback.

Their partnership was rewarded here with a winner in ELFORLEATHER nine days ago, the gelded son of Postponed scoring over C&D to shed the maiden tag at the sixth attempt.

The first two were clear in that contest and, truth be told, the winner didn't appear to have gone too deep into the well to get that win. There may be more to come and a 6lb penalty is something he can navigate for a second Brighton success.

16:55 Brighton – Hannah's Return @ 11/2

The finale on the card is a sprint handicap over 5f and the market is likely to be headed by Wedgewood, Tony Carroll's filly coming here under a 5lb penalty for winning at Lingfield over this trip last week.

She has her chance, with Doyle on board, but she's 0-9 previously on turf, compared to figures of 4-13 on synthetics and so does have something to prove switching surfaces.

HANNAH'S RETURN is another with superb figures in this sort of grade on the all-weather, boasting wins in 17 starts for a 29 per-cent strike-rate. Three of those wins have come in her last six starts.

Like Wedgewood, she is a maiden on grass but the Holy Roman Emperor mare has just a lone start behind her on this surface, that coming at Windsor in April last year.

She's rated 1lb lower on turf when compared to her most recent AW score and will have the benefit of Liam Wright claiming 5lb in the saddle. She's found a thin race to target and her rider comes here with the confidence of a Lingfield winner last week behind him.

Horse Racing Tips from Betfred Insights.

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