Friday Meydan top horse racing tip: Second time lucky for Spirit Of Light?

Tipstrr horse racing expert Steve Jones is keeping faith with the same selection that he made from last Friday's Meydan meeting, believing that there is better yet to come from Spirit Of Light.

We supported Spirit Of Light at this venue exactly a week ago, when he ran really well to finish fifth of 16 (beaten 2.25 lengths) in a handicap over the longer eight-furlong trip. 

It was his first outing for 195 days, and had he not missed the break, he would have come even closer than he did, as he finished the best of those who tried to come from further back than midfield and he was the only one in the first seven home to come from such a position, missing the places by only half a length.

With that run under his belt, he looks worth following again now back over a course and distance which saw him win his maiden.

We expected a good run from the six-year-old last week because he had won when returning from his previous break, but he also improved again in defeat on his second run back, when he was beaten just a neck in a 13-runner Listed event.

17:30 (Meydan) Spirit Of Light

Spirit Of Light has only run five times since joining Ian Williams, and the shrewd trainer looks on the verge of getting a big handicap win out of the six-year-old.

The second of those outings, which came in a strong Class 2 handicap at Chester, was over 7.6 furlongs and Spirit Of Light, racing off a mark of 100 (three pounds higher than today), finished a never-nearer third of 11, despite coming out of stall 10 (a major disadvantage at that track).

Once again, he was doing his strongest work down the home straight, something he is very likely to be doing again today, and the strong pace generated by a big field is ideal for his style.

This ground is ideal and Antonio Fresu, who partnered him for the first time here last week, will now know a lot more about him.

The yard has already enjoyed a big handicap win here this month and Spirit Of Light is in the form to provide another.

Of the others, the powerful Godolphin operation has its usual strong entry, with Shining Blue looking the best bet of their five representatives.

  • Next best bet: Shining Blue

A lightly-raced five-year-old, he won the first three outings of his seven-race career, the third of which was a handicap win over this seven-furlong trip, when ridden by Danny Tudhope, and he is carrying just three pounds more than he was then.

And he was still right in contention until the final stages of a very strong 18-runner handicap over the longer mile trip on good ground at York last season, and had that race been over today's trip, he would have gone very close and he is now three pounds lighter.

Tudhope is two from three when riding him, as well as partnering three winners and a second from just five bookings for this yard at this venue over the last couple of weeks.

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