It’s a fantastic Friday of racing action across Britain and Ireland with seven meetings headlined by the continuing festivals at Glorious Goodwood and the Galway Races.
Those marquee meetings are joined by cards from Bangor-on-Dee over jumps as well as Flat action from Wolverhampton (AW), Newmarket, Musselburgh and Bath on a busy day with 48 races taking place.
Amongst our Friday fancies will be one for trainer Alan King with plenty in his favour in the curtain-raiser at Goodwood.
Tritonic – Goodwood 1.50
Glorious Goodwood’s opener on day four is a marathon over more than two-and-a-half-miles and the betting is headed by the Northumberland Plate scorer Calling The Wind for trainer Richard Hughes.
They have a good chance again but TRITONIC (11/1) was within a length of Calling The Wind in the Queen Alexandra at Royal Ascot over this sort of trip previous to that in June, and Alan King’s versatile sort is now 9lb better off with the re-opposing Calling The Wind.
Always smart on the level, Tritonic was a Grade 2 winner over hurdles as a juvenile in 2021 and has mostly held his performance levels together in both codes since.
He won over 1m4f at this course last season, which bodes well, and ran some solid races in defeat over timber before that Royal Ascot effort in June.
Conditions, track and trip are all favourable and Rossa Ryan’s partner is worth an interest in this Betfred Extra Place Race (five places).
Swiss Star – Newmarket 6.20
Roger Varian is fresh from Nassau Stakes glory with Al Husn at Goodwood, part of a double on Thursday at that venue, and looks to have another potentially useful filly on his hands in SWISS STAR (5/6).
The daughter of Dark Angel was third on debut at Windsor and then second at Lingfield next time before opening her account on third start at Doncaster (6f, good) three weeks ago.
She was favourite for that contest but really was forced to work hard after Holkham Bay gleaned a very handy lead. In the circumstances, Swiss Star did well to run down the
previous Lingfield scorer, while the third home, Molaqab, was an easy winner at that same track earlier this week to give the form a solid appearance.
An opening mark of 72 looks negotiable in this racingtv.com Handicap with champion jockey William Buick for company.
Clody Flyer – Bangor 3.20
Few partnerships are more fearsome at Bangor-on-Dee than Donald McCain and Brian Hughes, the top trainer and jockey at the Welsh layout over the last five seasons.
They combine this afternoon with CLODY FLYER (10/3) in the Close Brothers Handicap Hurdle – a Betfred Free Bet if 2nd race.
He won a Borris House point-to-point last December for the excellent Colin Bowe and has maiden/novice hurdle successes at Uttoxeter and Kelso – both at two miles – in four starts for this trainer, with overall figures of 2112 in four starts under Rules.
At Southwell in June, he was second on his handicap bow delivering a performance that suggested an increased tax on stamina would favour him. He gets that extra half-mile now and it may be telling for the Bangor specialists Hughes and McCain.