Three horses who will excel on Bath’s rattling-fast ground on Friday

Exclusive under Oisin Murphy leads the field in the 5f nursery from Bath

It’s a packed day of action on Friday, with meetings from Ayr, Newbury, Fontwell, Ballinrobe, Bath and Exeter. We’ll have horse racing tips for all the racing, including a NAP of the Day and Lucky 15 tips.

I’ll be focusing on Bath, however, who hosts a card headlined by the Listed Lansdown Stakes. The venue is known for its fast surface in the summer and you need a very specific type of horse to do well at the quirky venue. I’ve picked out three horses who could be set for a big day at the Somerset venue, find them below!


5.40 Bath – Rose Hip

She has something to find on ratings, but Rose Hip simply loves firmer ground. On surfaces that are Good to Firm or better, her form figures read 31112, which is a very telling statistic. Of those three victories, a pair have come over course and distance.

Winning at Ascot back in July 2020, she’s been absent since a narrow second at Leicester in September. She goes well fresh, however, so the absence will not be a concern to connections or backers. The ground is certainly in her favour and she is adept in Bath’s quirks. A prominent racer, she has a fair draw and if she’s able to get prominent early on, she’ll be a tough horse to keep out of the frame at a big price.


7.10 Bath – Lady Elysia

Winning two of her three starts at Bath, Lady Elysia was an improving mare last term. She gained both of those victories in handicaps on rattling ground off a mark of 57, racing off just a pound higher today. She was last seen at Wolverhampton earlier this month, making a very promising return from a 156-day absence.

Finishing two lengths behind Mack The Knife, she lacked the race fitness of that rival and meets him on five-pound better terms today. That could swing the advantage into her favour, especially back at her favoured Bath. With Mack The Knife at 11/10, she’s a very tempting proposition at a general 6/1.


7.40 Bath – Quarry Beach

Making her stable debut over course and distance earlier this month, Quarry Beach was a decisive winner off a mark of 62. Benefitting from a step up to the mile and the switch to firmer ground, she should have far more to offer in handicaps at this trip.

She’s only edged up two pounds for that success and given that she was competitive off marks in the 70s for previous connections, that bodes well now that she’s clearly turned the corner. She’s partnered with the in-form Kieran Shoemark and her record on Good to Firm ground reads 2221. Unexposed on both the ground and at the distance, she seems unlikely to go off at 4/1 for David Evans.


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