Friday ITV Racing Tips: Best bets for the televised action at Newbury

ITV are covering five races from Newbury on Friday and we've a tip for each, plus there's news of a free bet offer not to be missed.

We'll kick off with that free bet offer which works like this...

Get up to £20 back as a free bet if your horse places second and is beaten by half a length or less - applies to ALL LIVE ITV RACES!

With that handy concession on your side, you can place your bets with a little confidence and here's a rundown of our selections - scroll down for the reasons behind them or click on the horse's names below to head straight to Planet Sport Bet. Good luck!


Jonbon (13.15 Newbury)

Mister Coffey (13.50 Newbury)

Fanion D'Estruval (14.25 Newbury)

Mrs Milner (15.00 Newbury)

Certainly Red (15.35 Newbury)

13.15 Newbury - Jonbon

Good Risk At All was an odds-on flop on his seasonal reappearance - a steadily run race not playing to his strengths on that occasion - but this dual Listed bumper winner remains an exciting prospect, and he will win one of these before too long.

However, he's up against a potentially very smart recruit to hurdles in Nicky Henderson's Jonbon, a full brother to Douvan who was purchased for £570,00 by JP McManus after winning his only point, and then repaid a small fraction of that by winning his only bumper start at Market Rasen in March.

Nicky Henderson can be amongst the winners at Newbury on Friday

Described by his trainer as a "gorgeous horse who has the looks and pedigree" and "a bit special", it'll be disappointing if he can't make a winning start, albeit he's no betting proposition at long odds-on.

13.50 Newbury - Mister Coffey

A cracking novice handicap chase which sees two very exciting prospects in Boothill and Mister Coffey trying fences for the first time, with bookies preferring the former horse.

That he has had a run this season perhaps explains why he's favourite and a solid effort it was too in finishing third behind Soaring Glory at Ascot last month. His Irish point experience - he changed hands for £120,000 - will also stand him in good stead.

As for Mister Coffey, he's rated very highly, with his trainer Nicky Henderson saying in a recent stable tour that "it will be disappointing if he wasn't near the top". As a £340,000 purchase, he ought to be!

Of the rest, Paul Nicholls' Solo has valuable chase experience under his belt and is by no means discounted. Nor is Gary Moore's Fifty Ball on the back of his highly promising chase debut at Sandown earlier this month.

It's not an easy race to call and is perhaps best watched, but the Hendo runner, whose preparation included a gallop on the course last week, is given the pick.

14.25 Newbury - Fanion D'Estruval

Fanion D'Estruval has so far failed to add to his sole chase success - that coming here in November 2019 on his British debut - but Venetia Williams' six-year-old has faced some stiff tasks since then and mainly in Graded company.

He's also been kept to around 2m and, judging by his reappearance run in the Old Roan Chase at Aintree last month, today's longer trip is what he needs to show his best.

The six-year-old looked set to be beaten a long way at the Liverpool track but absolutely flew home when the race was over to finish fourth in what was a highly competitive Grade 2 handicap won by Allmankind - Itchy Feet and Paddy Power winner Midnight Shadow filled the remaining places.

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He should come on for that run, his first for 220 days, and his stable is also in better from now (3-13 in the last 14 days), so there are good reasons to think he can defy top weight to reward favourite backers this afternoon.

As for the opposition, Morning Vicar looks to be on a stiffish mark and Phoenix Way is perhaps best watched on his first run back from wind surgery, so the biggest threat to the selection could come from Umbrigado.

David Pipe's charge is best on flat tracks like this one and will appreciate the return to fences after a couple of recent spins over hurdles.

15.00 Newbury - Mrs Milner

Paisley Park was a little disappointing on his seasonal return at Wetherby, where he his his usual flat spot earlier than usual before staying on again into third, and connections will be hoping first-time cheekpieces help him to return to something like his best.

That would certainly be good enough here but he's probably best watched until we're sure he has retained all his ability, and preference is for Irish raider Mrs Milner albeit to small stakes.

She has plenty to find on the official ratings and her Listed win at Limerick last month didn't tell us much, as she was fully entitled to win that contest against inferior rivals.

But she'll come on a bundle for it and, as just a six-year-old, it's entirely possible she could find the necessary improvement, while she is clearly a better mare on a decent surface like today's.

Mrs Milner has cope for further improvement over staying trips

Indefatigable, the winner of that aforementioned Wetherby race (Thomas Darby fourth and held on that form), is respected for all she has never looked quite top class over hurdles and might be found wanting in a truly run race 3m contest.

15.35 Newbury - Certainly Red

A competitive 3m handicap hurdle to finish on and arguably the most appealing betting medium, with good odds assured if we can land on the winner.

Eyeofthescorpion represents the bang-in-form Fergal O'Brien and he probably bumped into one when finishing second behind Take Your Time on his stable debut at Ffos Las last month, with the pair pulling nicely clear.

He's still on what looks a winnable mark of 122 and deserves his place at the head of the market, but slight presence is for Certainly Red, who is chasing a hat-trick after wins at Wincanton in March (won with loads in hand) and Chepstow on his seasonal return.

Lydia Richards' charge gave the impression that he was just doing enough at the Welsh track, so his neck winning margin doesn't do him full justice, and a further 6lb rise might not be enough to stop this improving sort going in again before the ground goes against him - he has been well beaten on soft / heavy previously.

Philip Hobbs' One For You is another improving stayer at the right end of the handicap and has to come into the reckoning, although he does tend to shift right at his hurdles and might prove best going the other way around.

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