Free horse racing selections for Friday October 12

The stage is set for the Dubai Future Champions Festival
The stage is set for the Dubai Future Champions Festival

David Clough makes Hermosa his best Friday bet and has a tip for every race in the UK and Ireland.

NAP: Hermosa 3.35 Newmarket

3
3
29-0OR: 108
5/2

Next best: True Mason 1.50 Newmarket

6
5
29-1OR: 109
4/1
Last RunWatch last race

Hermosa's recent improvement puts her front and centre in the bet365 Fillies' Mile at Newmarket.

The Group One highlight at HQ is a tricky contest to weigh up at first glance, but a safe bet on the back of current events is to side with Aidan O'Brien unless there is a very good reason not to.

Ireland's champion trainer was pretty much unstoppable here with his two-year-olds two weeks ago, and that service is likely to be resumed.

The only remaining question then is to decide which of his two contenders, in the same high-profile ownership, should get the nod.

The early market struggled to split Hermosa and Zagitova, with significant opposition from unbeaten hat-trick seekers Antonia De Vega and Shambolic - as well as Prix Morny winner Pretty Pollyanna.

It is Hermosa, though, who has emerged from whatever was ailing some in the yard in mid to late summer to state the strongest case.

She improved past her better-fancied stablemate when finishing third to Skitter Scatter in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh - and both there, and as a decisive Group Three winner at Naas since, Hermosa has appeared ready for this step up to a mile.

In the Newmarket Academy Godolphin Beacon Project Cornwallis Stakes, which opens the card, True Mason will have conditions much more in his favour than for his latest attempt.

Karl Burke's colt looked all over the winner of Newbury's Mill Reef Stakes until late in the piece when ever-softening ground and the extra furlong caught him out last month.

He was soundly beaten into second in the end by Kessaar, but still finished clear of the rest.

Back to the minimum trip, and on a much sounder surface, True Mason can demonstrate that his Prix Morny form behind Pretty Pollyanna and Signora Cabello puts him bang in the frame.

In the Godolphin Lifetime Care Oh So Sharp Stakes, another Group Three, Hidden Message fits the bill.

William Haggas' filly was very free at Yarmouth last month, but far too good as well for a novice field.

She has acquired a hood for this much more exacting assignment, and may well be up to it.

Limato had to sit out last weekend's Bengough Stakes when a last-minute absentee as the deluge set in at Ascot.

But Henry Candy's evergreen six-year-old will surely get his ground this time in the Godolphin Stud And Stable Staff Awards Challenge Stakes.

He has a favourite's chance to take this Group Two prize for a second successive year, probably at a backable price.

There are some tough handicaps to decipher at York, and it may be safer to stick with the British EBF Supporting Racing To School Novice Stakes.

Burke's Exalted Angel enters the equation as the likeliest contender with an encouraging third in the book from his one attempt in a Nottingham maiden.

Another Angel, by the same sire, carries a penalty after his emphatic success at Newcastle last week but looks primed to bring up a quick Tapeta hat-trick on his Wolverhampton debut in the attheraces.com Handicap.

The jumps season, they say, starts in earnest at Chepstow this weekend.

But that is wrong, because there is a cracking card a day early at Newton Abbot - where several potential rising stars are engaged.

There is none more promising than Gary Moore's second-season chaser Benatar, who can kick off another successful campaign in the valuable Weatherbys Racing Bank Intermediate Chase.

The six-year-old won three out of four as a novice, and signed off by finishing third at the Cheltenham Festival.

Decent ground was no problem for Benatar first time out at Ascot last year, and two miles and five furlongs is his perfect trip at this stage.

Sporting Life tips:

DOWNPATRICK: 2.00 A Place Apart, 2.30 Solindian, 3.05 Shipwreck, 3.40 Montys Angel, 4.15 Chambord Du Lys, 4.50 Ashjan, 5.25 Ballyfinboy.

DUNDALK: 5.30 Empire Line, 6.00 Lottieloveheart, 6.30 Miss Zizi, 7.00 Royal Navy Warship, 7.30 Swiss Cottage, 8.00 Claregate Street, 8.30 Mutaabeq, 9.00 Military Hill.

NEWMARKET: 1.50 True Mason, 2.25 Hidden Message, 3.00 Limato, 3.35 HERMOSA (NAP), 4.10 Rock Eagle, 4.45 Intricate, 5.20 Nashirah, 5.55 Maid To Remember.

NEWTON ABBOT: 1.40 Rouge Vif, 2.15 Benatar, 2.50 Timeforben, 3.25 Maria's Benefit, 4.00 Miss Mash, 4.35 The Flame, 5.10 Ninth Wave.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.45 Navarra Princess, 6.15 Capla Gilda, 6.45 Another Angel, 7.15 Noble Expression, 7.45 Say The Word, 8.15 Sumner Beach, 8.45 Mirbat, 9.15 Sugar Coating.

YORK: 2.05 Fastman, 2.40 Chatez, 3.15 Exalted Angel, 3.50 Canford Heights, 4.25 Holmeswood, 5.00 Limelighter, 5.35 Tawny Port.

DOUBLE: Hermosa and True Mason.


GET THE FULL PICTURE: Don't miss out on FREE video replays and our fantastic My Stable tracker. Log in now and become a Sporting Life Insider.

Related horse racing links

Like what you've read?
Help your friends Know It All by sharing this article to your social media.

Most Read Racing

The Wednesday Nap runs at Kempton1

Daily Nap: Past master

Richard Mann is back in the Nap hot-seat for Wednesday's selection and he heads to Kempton for the bet of the day.

Check out our Caspian Caviar Gold Cup preview2

Caspian Caviar Gold Cup preview

David Ord has a horse-by-horse guide to Saturday's Caspian Caviar Gold Cup and tips at 25/1 and 16/1.

Paul Townend is all smiles on Laurina at Fairyhouse3

Laurina among 11 in International

Laurina features among 11 contenders for the Unibet International Hurdle at Cheltenham on Saturday.

Chef Des Obeaux makes his chasing debut4

Tuesday's racing preview

Nick Grant makes Zip his best bet at Southwell and he has a tip for every race at the three meetings in the UK.

Check out what's being backed with Sky Bet5

The Market Place: Follow the Star?

There's money for Gabrial's Star at Southwell and we've got all the essential from the Sky Bet trading room including our view on their racing Price Boosts.

Most Read Racing

The Wednesday Nap runs at Kempton1

Daily Nap: Past master

Richard Mann is back in the Nap hot-seat for Wednesday's selection and he heads to Kempton for the bet of the day.

Check out our Caspian Caviar Gold Cup preview2

Caspian Caviar Gold Cup preview

David Ord has a horse-by-horse guide to Saturday's Caspian Caviar Gold Cup and tips at 25/1 and 16/1.

Paul Townend is all smiles on Laurina at Fairyhouse3

Laurina among 11 in International

Laurina features among 11 contenders for the Unibet International Hurdle at Cheltenham on Saturday.

Chef Des Obeaux makes his chasing debut4

Tuesday's racing preview

Nick Grant makes Zip his best bet at Southwell and he has a tip for every race at the three meetings in the UK.

Check out what's being backed with Sky Bet5

The Market Place: Follow the Star?

There's money for Gabrial's Star at Southwell and we've got all the essential from the Sky Bet trading room including our view on their racing Price Boosts.

Next Race Off

15:45 Marseille
7
(7)
Le Gitan
J: A Crastus
4
(9)
Ascot Spirit
J: B Panicucci
3
(1)
Red Duma
J: C Soumillon
6
(12)
Alets
J: R Fradet
10
(5)
Envergure
J: S Maillot
9
(6)
Shyamala
J: M Grandin
5
(2)
Dandies
J: G Millet
8
(10)
Noordhout
J: F Blondel
1
(8)
Misva
J: M Waldhauser
2
(4)
Andorre
J: S Ruis
11
(14)
Baby Silvy
J: C Pacaut
12
(13)
Via Cappella
J: N Perret
13
(3)
Jessy Love
J: V Seguy

Racing Tips

The Wednesday Nap runs at Kempton

Daily Nap: Past master

Richard Mann is back in the Nap hot-seat for Wednesday's selection and he heads to Kempton for the bet of the day.

Check out our Caspian Caviar Gold Cup preview

Caspian Caviar Gold Cup preview

David Ord has a horse-by-horse guide to Saturday's Caspian Caviar Gold Cup and tips at 25/1 and 16/1.

Chef Des Obeaux makes his chasing debut

Tuesday's racing preview

Nick Grant makes Zip his best bet at Southwell and he has a tip for every race at the three meetings in the UK.