Tom Stanley's Friday tips: Ireland can dominate at Del Mar after Big makes it look Easy at HQ

By Tom Stanley
Fri 3 Nov 2017

By Tom Stanley

It is the jumps season right? So I’ve got four selections from the Flat for Friday's action, but at least one of them has run over hurdles previously and Gordon Elliott is obviously better known as a National Hunt trainer!

In truth I find the first few months of the National Hunt season hard to get right (see last week!) and the Breeder's Cup at Del Mar is too good to avoid.

So I’ve gone with two from Newmarket and two from Del Mar. The Jumps will be in focus next week onwards.

I recently paid a visit to Fergal O’Brien’s yard for Racing UK so watch our for an update for his yard soon.

1.45 Newmarket - Revived:

This filly made her debut in horrendous conditions at Goodwood but ran with plenty of credit and the winner, Threading, went on to win the Lowther.

Revived then won dropped back to five furlongs on better ground at Ripon and she is well worth her place upped in grade here.

She was an expensive Breeze-Up purchase and shows plenty of speed, but the extra furlong will suit on pedigree and her novice win has produced winners.

I was impressed with the manner of the win last time, too, given she raced wide but still won cosily in a first-time hood (now off).

You fancy the yard quite like her, too, given the maiden in which she made her debut.

3.30 Newmarket - Big Easy:

This ten-year-old shoulders top weight but he is a well-treated course winner, who is entitled to come on for his debut for the Ian Williams yard last time.

That was his first effort on the Flat for two years and his course win came in the 2014 Cesarewitch off a mark 5lb higher.

For all that he is almost eleven, he is fairly lightly raced for his age.

His trainer is enjoying a nice time of it and I fancy he will have this horse winning before his career is out.

9.25 Del Mar - September:

I like this filly a great deal and, whilst it is no surprise Ryan Moore rides Happily given her form and draw, I would wager it was no easy decision.

September has been seen to very best effect on quick ground and she gets that at Del Mar.

She would have won the Fillies’ Mile with a clear run, and there were plenty of positives to take from that performance.

Not least that turn of foot which saw her make up so much ground late on.

It was similar acceleration to that which we saw at Ascot, something we had not seen in two subsequent starts at on easy ground.

Her draw could be better but I am not giving up on her yet and think she will prove the best of these.

10.50 Del Mar - Beckford:

Godolphin's Masar should prove a better horse returned to better ground and Charlie Appleby won this race in his first season at the helm with Outstrip in 2013.

He should head the market but I am taken worth the price about Gordon Elliott’s Beckford.

He looked a very good horse when beating subsequent conqueror Verbal Dexterity in July, but things have not gone to plan since.

He looked like he wanted further when beaten in the Phoenix Stakes over six furlongs and then looked as though seven stretched him in the National Stakes.

Heis bred to get the mile and I was greatly encouraged by Racing UK colleague Alex Steedman's interviw at Del Mar with Elliott, who seemed delighted at the tight nature of the Californian track.

I am looking forward to seeing him try to get the mile on decent ground on a tigh course. It could be just went he needs.

Tom Stanley's Friday tips: (Prices correct at 9.15am)

1.45 Newmarket: Revived at 11-1 with Coral and Labrokes

3.30 Newmarket: Big Easy at a generally available 9-2

9.25 Del Mar: September at 6-1 with bet 365

10.50 Del Mar: Beckford at 12-1 with Coral, Ladbrokes and William Hill

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