July 16 Racing Tips: Flyin' Solo can recover from Windsor 'disaster' at Newbury

Planet Sport tipster Luke Elder is back and he's got three selections ahead of a busy day of racing at Newbury, Newmarket and Haydock on Friday, July 16.

The weekend is almost here so why not celebrate by putting on a few cheeky selections.

Here are three naps from our tipster, Luke Elder. Click the links to place a bet with Planet Sport Bet.

Short odds fancies:

Noonday Gun (1.15 Haydock)

Flyin' Solo (3.55 Newbury)

Gelhorn (8.20 Newmarket)

For full details and live odds on Friday's selections you can watch Luke or read more below.

(All odds and tips correct at time of article publication)

1.15 Haydock - Noonday Gun

Luke Elder says: "The 1.15 at Haydock is an intriguing staying contest with a mix of good and bad recent form coming into this contest. Autumn War, one of the likely protagonists in the market, is very much one of those with good recent form for the Ian Williams yard.

"Was fifth last time around at Newcastle, that was in the Northumberland Vase. Did manage to win at Wolverhampton a couple of time in the not-too-distant past.

"But, his turf form, that's where the worry kind of is. Hasn't won on turf since 2018. Has won on turf a couple of times but it was all a while ago. Autumn War at the moment, very much looks more an all-weather individual. But we will be tracking him in the near future.

"We're going to side with Noonday Gun for the Richard Hannon team. Rossa Ryan taking the ride, a pound lower then for that fourth at Sandown last time around.

"I read a good race at Doncaster when fairly well beaten but went too hard from the front. That third at York is working out pretty nicely with Spanish Kiss and Live Your Dream both coming out to win subsequently.

"Noonday Gun, I think there is a bit more to come. We can even take Noonday Gun each way this afternoon as well. But Richard Hannon's runner is the selection for me at 1.15."

3.55 Newbury - Flyin' Solo

Luke Elder says: "Looking forward to the 3.55, a race where there are a fair few improving sorts in the contest. The likes of Keep It Brief pulling in a career best effort last time around when winning at 50/1 at Kempton. James Doyle the man on board on that occasion.

"Laura Pearson takes a further five pounds off this time around so Keep It Brief should be respected but I'm going to side with Flyin' Solo.

"A horse who, we have done so in the past, and a success at York. That was a good effort in probably a more competitive and probably a better race than this as well.

"He was also very very naughty beforehand but once on the track, he was very very good. And also took apart a pretty good-looking field.

"Last time around, things didn't really go right at Windsor. He had to wait for a run, he was held up, had to switch wide. It was a disaster really from start to finish.

"The fact that he managed to finish in fourth place, that's testament to how well handicapped he is.

"Off the mark of 88 for the Dave Menuisier's yard, Oisin Murphy on board, I think he could still be very well handicapped. A horse, who at the end of the season, we'll see in some pretty top handicaps so Flyin' Solo for me, to continue his improvement and get to winning ways."

8.20 Newmaket - Gelhorn

Luke Elder says: "A smaller field at Newmarket this evening for their card. The 8.20 is no different for these six furlongs fillies handicap but still a race where plenty come into it in good form.

"The likes of Crazy Luck seeks a hat-trick after winning at Chester a couple of outings ago and Newbury last time around beating Velocistar. That was a good effort for the Millman team. And Lovely Breeze was a winner last time around as well.

"But we're going to go for a horse who didn't win last time around. Gelhorn who did manage to win a couple of starts ago, last time was in a pretty hot race and down to five furlongs.

"Tried to out force that pace. It was a race where they actually went very close to breaking the track record. I think it was 0.02 seconds outside of doing that. It was a well-run contest, it was a strong contest as well, I think the winner could potentially be group class in the form of Twilight Calls.

"But Gelhorn did suffer for racing close to that pace. You go back to Windsor, three starts ago, completely missed the break. Still managed to get competitive at one point though which I think speaks testament as to how good in this sort of grade Gelhorn really is.

"Marco Ghiani taking the ride as well, he's riding fantastically at the moment. But Gelhorn I think can get back to winning ways in what looks to be a tough 8.20 over at Newmarket."

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