The Daily Mail's racing tipster Sam Turner has the best bets from Friday's live CH4 action.
It is anyone’s guess which of these lightly-raced juveniles copes with both the ground and the undulations of this individualistic track but TIBR
(Best price 3-1) narrowly gains the nod for a race where confidence is modest. There has to be some ground concerns regarding the chance of Ed Dunlop’s charge given he is American bred, but the form of his Lingfield win is working out well and his yard have made a superb start to the campaign. Richard Hannon boasts an excellent record in this race so Legendary Lunch (narrowly beaten by Sea Of Snow at Windsor) is respected.
Tibr - 1pt @ 3/1
There should be few excuses for WHAT ABOUT CARLO
(Best price 6-1) today as he returns to his favoured venue and is reunited with a rider who gets a good tune from the five-year-old. Admittedly, the selection has plenty of ground to make up on favourite Dark Red here given he has finished adrift of his rival twice this season. However, What About Carlo was far from disgraced first time out this season over course and distance and he didn’t shape badly after being slowly away at Chester last time, a track which would never play to his strengths.
Felix De Vega benefitted from a terrific ride at Chester in that aforementioned handicap and remains on the upgrade so could prove a threat again.
What About Carlo - 1pt e/w @ 6/1
A nasty heat with the participation of AROD
(Best price 3-1) far from confirmed given the prevailing ground. Providing conditions haven’t deteriorated to a ridiculous extent and connections are happy to let him take his chance, Arod looks a class apart on form and, like many of his stablemates this year, the selection appeared to need his first run back at Ascot and should strip fitter for that appearance now he returns to the venue where he comfortably beat Custom Cut last year.
(Best price 7-1) was fourth to Arod at Ascot and stepped forward to score gamely over 10 furlongs at Goodwood and boasts strong each-way claims. He is also worth playing given the favourite maybe a late absentee.
Arod - 1pt @ 3/1
Decorated Knight - 0.5pts e/w @ 7/1
A tricky handicap but Jed O’Keefe has his strong in good order and conditions should be fine for INSTANT ATTRACTION
(Best price 9-1).
The selection has encountered soft ground twice this season, finishing third in the Spring Mile before being agonisingly touched off in the Thirsk Hunt Cup and a number of his stablemates have run well of late.
He should go well again today if handling the track on his first venture to today’s venue.
Of his rivals, Examiner looks a major player on the back of his fine Newmarket effort last time, while Spring Offensive is another to love cut in the ground and he was only raised 3lb for his cosy Ripon win last time.
Instant Attraction - 0.5pts e/w @ 9/1
It has been 14 years since Kazzia carried the royal blue silks to glory in this afternoon’s Investec Oaks and Godolphin will be hoping SKIFFLE
(Best price 6-1) could hit all the right notes in today’s Investec Oaks. In the daughter of Dubawi, Sheikh Mohammed’s operation has a filly bred to do the job and she looks to be improving with each race judged on her game success in the Height Of Fashion Stakes at Goodwood.
She needed all of the 10 furlongs that day to run down The Black Princess, but she coped well with the undulations and there looks a good deal more to come now she steps up in trip.
Favourite Minding already has a Classic win to her name this term courtesy of an imperious 1000 Guineas win at Newmarket. She has since finished runner-up in the Irish version, a creditable effort given she banged her head leaving the stalls, damaging a sinus in the process.
There is little doubt that should Minding see out the 12 furlongs then she has the class to destroy this field, however her Curragh experience on very deep ground was less than ideal just 12 days before today’s test and there is the issue of her stamina to boot.
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Skiffle - 0.5pts e/w @ 6/1