Friday Racing Tips: Fast And Loose the way to play at Thirsk

NAP of the Day: O'Brien colt can benefit from desirable conditions

There’s lots of racing to look forward to this Friday, with a whopping eight meetings across Britain and Ireland.

Flat action comes from Carlisle, Thirsk, Salisbury, Ffos Las and Wolverhampton, while National Hunt enthusiasts can start September with racing from Fontwell, Down Royal and Wexford.

Amongst our trio on Friday is Fast And Loose for trainer Kevin Ryan as he’s set to benefit from a recent comeback third at Redcar.

14:38 Fontwell – He Is A Cracker @ 15/8

A Novices’ Handicap Chase over three-and-a-quarter-miles at Fontwell that appears a good opportunity for He Is A Cracker to get on the scoresheet.

He is 0-3 over the larger obstacles but was twice in the frame at Stratford in 2021 and is lightly raced since in both codes. He made his first start over fences since 2021 when second at Uttoxeter (3m, good to soft) at the end of July, chasing home Do No Wrong – a comprehensive winner again at that Midlands venue earlier this week on his first start since.

He Is A Cracker was some 20 lengths clear of the third in that Uttoxeter contest and having been second over three-and-a-half-miles at Stratford in the past, this extra distance favours him.

He’s off the same mark here and 10lb claimer Isabelle Ryder knows him well. With the likes of Champ Royal and Our Brother John jumping fences in public for the first time, He Is A Cracker can put experience to good use and justify inclusion on the Most Napped table via the Betfred Betfinder by winning here.

15:20 Thirsk – Fast And Loose @ 6/1

Tinto had Fast And Loose behind in third when they met at Redcar (6f, good) last month but the Kevin Ryan runner is fancied to overturn the form now.

The four-year-old was having his first run in almost three months and appeared to tire having got to the front between the two-furlong and one-furlong poles. He was edged out of second on the line.

He ought to be sharper for that comeback effort and now has the benefit of a 4lb swing at these weights with his old conqueror. Tinto has now won three times this summer and has scope remaining for better from this new mark based on his best form but, in this Betfred Extra Place Race (four places), it’s worth siding with Fast And Loose to go well.

19:50 Ffos Las – Tin Fandango @ 10/1

The evening finale at Ffos Las is the Prostate Cymru Ray Murray Memorial Handicap, a stayers’ event over two miles and Tim Fandango looks a leading player for Mark Usher and David Probert.

The eight-year-old comes into this off the back of runner-up finishes at Chepstow and Newbury, both over two miles on good-to-soft/soft going, and prior to that he was a fair third here over C&D in early July.

He is only 1lb higher now and has Probert in the saddle after being partnered recently by apprentice riders. In a race where plenty of their rivals are searching for form, they look overpriced despite a poor winning strike-rate overall.