Good evening racing fans, and welcome back! I have SIX selections for you to get stuck into for Friday's racing. Just to mention firstly that there is now a weekly recap show where I will review all of my selections from the previous week so head over to my YouTube channel to check that out.
Here I have my selections for Friday’s racing and I advise backing these in a Lucky63 with an extra single on my NAP and an each-way single on Cool Spirit at the prices. Thank you for all of your support so far, and don't forget to check out my socials @gingerjoeracing on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube & Facebook for daily updates!
J: Mollie Phillips / T: David C Griffiths
COOL SPIRIT gets my vote here and is very interesting even though he is up in class. He was back to winning ways at Musselburgh over 5 furlongs and was really good that day, won easily and went clear in the final 100 yards. It was a class 6 that day but the performance he gave that day was surely better than that and has a great chance of reproducing that form. He was pretty good last time out at Ripon where he finished a length back of the winner even though he didn't get a clear run until late on in the race.
I have a suspicion that he could be up to this off bottom weight and on paper only carries 8st 2lb. In the actual race however he will carry just 7st 7lb because Mollie Phillips takes off 7lb and she is riding out of her skin at the moment. She has already had 7 winners in July and looks worth her weight in gold. 4lb out of the handicap however based on her win at Musselburgh and her recent form at Ripon, does have possibilities. Next to no weight on board and could be overpriced at 8/1.
J: Tom Marquand / T: William Haggas
KETTLE HILL is a really nice 4y-o who is still open to a lot of potential and has strong credentials in this race. He built on an average racecourse debut to go on and win at Windsor next time out and won really well from Kings Knight, who has been progressive this term. He was then put away for the remainder of the season with his 4y-o campaign in mind.
He had a 238 day break and came out on his 4y-o reappearance with an impressive win in a decent stakes race at Wolverhampton and looked a real good type that day. He was then beaten at odds on favourite next time out and Danny Tudhope who was on board that day said the Gelding raced too freely. Can probably put a line through that race and he has been given a break of a 100 days since then.
That is plenty of time for connections to get the problem ironed out and I expect him to resume his progress here. The winner that day was DEFENCE TREATY who reopposes here off similar terms and may pose as the main danger but probably vulnerable to such an unexposed type like KETTLE HILL. He is short enough in the betting at 5/2 but plenty of value considering the potential he is open too. Comes from a strong stable and must have more to come.
J: Sean Kirrane / T: David O'Meara
RADRIZZANI is one I think is worth chancing here and could just be starting to get the hang of things. He won on racecourse debut before getting beaten as favourite on his next two outings. I really fancied him on his fourth run where he drifted like a barge and ran really poorly. I lost a bit of faith in him that day and he disappointed next time out too. He did however go back into my tracker after he finished runner up at Haydock. He finished just half a length behind Boudica Bay that day after ducking drastically right out of the stalls and has potentially started to show the promise i thought he showed early on in his career.
He stayed on really well that day and most of his racing is over 5 furlongs but this extra half furlong could play into his strengths. With that improved run and a 5lb being taken off by the valuable Sean Kirrane he could be well in here providing he turns up in the same form as he did at Haydock. He is potentially on a dangerous mark and has a big shout on these terms.
J: Pat Dobbs / T: Simon & Ed Crisford
LINE OF DESCENT made a very eye-catching performance on his racecourse debut where he finished third at Doncaster. He was really awkward out of the stalls and got outpaced but eventually managed to find a turn of foot and was a strong finisher. He was only a length behind Dhushan that day and that form has been solidly franked since. I actually put him into my tracker and was the first flat horse I put in there this season. He then finished fourth as a beaten favourite last time out and to be honest looked a shade disappointing at first but the form has worked out well and he did run well for a long way.
Although he was 2 lengths behind the eventual winner the form was still a step in the right direction and he could step forward in the right direction. He clearly has a big engine, it's just about unlocking it and when he does he could have any amount of improvement left in him making him dangerous to oppose at this stage. AURIFEROUS is likely to go off favourite but I'm taking him on. He’s had plenty of chances to get his head down in front but has lost the battle on 3 or 4 occasions now and that would be a concern for me. LINE OF DESCENT comes from powerful connections and is a big player in this.
J: David Egan / T: Roger Varian
VALYRIAN STEEL is my Next Best selection and this is actually the third time I'm tipping him up. He has been a non runner on the last two occasions and for no obvious reason. Connections may just be protecting him a little as he is a really classy type who has a lot more to offer. Highly regarded from the Varian stable, VALYRIAN STEEL has already won two really good events over this trip and is an exceptionally fast finisher. Really strong through the line on his last two and he should enjoy the Ascot track. I think he is going to take another big step forward here and is the one to beat for me.
Tactics can be varied with him as he has won from the back but also shows enough pace for me to think he could also be ridden more prominently without any issues, I think he's a really good sort to keep an eye on for the future not just for tomorrow. He travels very well, he’s versatile ground wise and has an excellent turn of foot which is a combination for success. You can at least expect him to run up to the level he did last time and that would be enough to put him bang there and with the extra improvement likely, he's a real force to be reckoned with in this contest. Big big chance!
J: Clifford Lee / T: K R Burke
SIGNIFICANTLY is my NAP selection for Fridays racing and one I am extremely keen on. He keeps surprising me and gets better and better with each run. He was good as a 2y-o but a very quirky sort who has come into his own as a 3y-o. The pure form he brings into this makes him really hard for me to see past and think he takes all the beating here. His first run as a 3y-o was really good, he finished 4 lengths back from Rohaan who went on to win at Royal Ascot.
From there he just got better and better and finished second to Creative Force next time out before finishing just 3 lengths back of Dragon Symbol who was first past the post at Royal Ascot. On that Royal Ascot day SIGNIFICANTLY shined best with a win in the palace stakes with 19 runners full of class behind him and then came back to make himself a dual winner at Ascot by winning an 18 runner handicap next time out. The most impressive part of this form is that first time he won on heavy and then the complete opposite next time where he won on good ground.
He’s extremely versatile and has a real touch of class about him. He’s been really good over 5 furlongs this year and takes on some seasoned older horses in this event but I think he is going to take the world of beating here. He already has the beating of TIS MARVELOUS who opposes here and they compete off similar terms. Of the rest I think JAWWAAL will prove popular in the betting however I think significantly is the one that could be open to more. I actually think he has a touch of class about him and think he could be a group horse in the making. SIGNIFICANTLY is almost certain to improve from his latest run and I think he is the bet of the day with any amount of improvement possible. A very good 3y-o with a bright future ahead of him.