Dave Nevison's top tips for Friday: King's Lynn worth another chance

By Dave Nevison@nevisondave
Fri 2 Oct 2020

Our top tipster believes it is worth keeping the faith in an Andrew Balding-trained runner in the finale at Ascot plus has two other fancies for Friday's racing action.

3.05 Ascot: Breanski

Has been running consistently without winning this season and has been a beaten favourite twice at relatively short odds, so is testing his supporter’s patience.

However, it looked as though the drop to 6f last time didn’t suit him in a small field and the step back up might be ideal here, especially in a bigger field.

The booking of Oisin Murphy takes the eye, but it also seems certain that this race will be run at a strong pace which hasn’t always been the case ins his races this season, and it will suit him ideally.

His consistency means that his mark has not moved all season, but I don’t think that being badly handicapped is the issue with him. His wins last year came over course and distance, as well as the straight 7f at Doncaster, and he really doesn’t have any excuses on Friday.

4.50 Ascot: King’s Lynn

I wasn’t alone in thinking this horse might be a good thing for the Ayr Silver Cup, so it was most disappointing to see him finish out of the frame.

Maybe he was given an overly confident ride by Oisin Murphy when going off too quick but was definitely drawn on the wrong side as well.

Horse and jockey will be forgiven by many and I am definitely still holding on to the view that King’s Lynn may well end up better than a handicapper in time.

He does have to prove things here but his win in a big-field sales race, and his reappearance effort behind a subsequent Listed winner, still looks like very strong form.

8.30 Newcastle: War Whisper

This seven-year-old is on a very long losing run and often finds trouble in running but has an obvious chance here on the form he showed at this track earlier in the year.

His latest two runs came over a stiff 6f at Pontefract, a distance he has never won over, and was patently too much for him.

However, going back to February he was beaten just half a length off a mark of 77 over this course and distance in a competitive 0-85 handicap. That run came after a four-month absence, so I have no worries about the seven-week break here and he has now dropped to a mark of 71, which is surely enough for him to run well.

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