Channel 4 Racing Tips: Robin Hood can keep his rivals at Bay

In-form jockey Johhny Murtagh rides Robin Hoods Bay

After advising Haikbidiac at 14.013/1 on Thursday, Tony Calvin is in search of more big price winners in Friday's Channel 4 races, and here he highlights four runners that should give followers a good run for their money...

"That level of form doesn’t given Robin Hoods Bay much to find here, and the booking of the red-hot Johnny Murtagh – who did us a favour when steering Glen Moss to victory on Saturday – is a big plus."


York 15:05

Robin Hoods Bay proved that he can strut his stuff on turf at Haydock last time, and he can take the step up in class in his stride by winning the Group 3 Strensall Stakes.

He was known as an all-weather specialist before running at Haydock last time, hence his 25-1 starting price, but there was no mistaking the merit of his 1m2f handicap win there off a mark of 101.

That level of form doesn't given him much to find here, and the booking of the red-hot Johnny Murtagh - who did us a favour when steering Glen Moss to victory on Saturday - is a big plus.

This does look a very winnable Group 3 - and he was just touched off in this grade at Lingfield in March - and the step down to 1m1f shouldn't be an issue.

Back him at 8.07/1 or bigger.


York 13:55

I really like the look of Tepmokea stepping back up in trip in the opener, and think he will run a huge race at a price.

He actually finished five lengths behind Robin Hoods Bay at Haydock last time, a decent run considering he was drawn widest, and that was certainly a better effort than at Goodwood previously where his jockey reported that he threw his chance away by hanging right.

He has been dropped 3lb since those runs and now returns to the 1m4f trip over which he finished an excellent second to the progressive Star Lahib in the Old Newton Cup at Haydock last month.

I think this fast ground, course and distance winner will run a big race here at tasty double-figure odds. Back him at 23.022/1 or bigger.


York 15:40

I am going to go with a two-pronged attack in the main race of the day, the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes.

Back Swiss Spirit at 9.08/1 or better, and have a saver on Roshdu Queen at 26.025/1. Both should relish the fast ground.

Things haven't fallen right for Swiss Spirit this season. He didn't have the best of draws and was hampered late on by Moviesta in a Group 2 at Goodwood last time, and also looked a very unlucky loser when just failing to reel in Kingsgate Native in the Temple Stakes at Haydock earlier in the season.

If things fall his way here, then he certainly has the ability to pick up a big prize such as this.

Rosdhu Queen ran a shocker when last of 11 here last time and has not been helping herself with some very sloppy starts. But I am sure that her excellent trainer William Haggas will have been working on that issue at home, and it is interesting to see the cheekpieces applied for the first time.

She was all speed last season, when proving herself a high class juvenile in winning the Cheveley Park and the Lowther here, and a reproduction of her fifth to Lethal Force in the Jubilee at Royal Ascot in June puts her right in the mix here. She is no 25-1 chance in my book.


York 14:30

I think Simenon will take all the beating in the Lonsdale Cup but the price is likely to reflect that, so we will leave well alone.


Recommended Bets

Back Robin Hoods Bay @ 8.07/1 or better 15:05 York
Back Tempokea @ 23.022/1 or better 13:55 York
Back Swiss Spirit @ 9.08/1 or better 15:40 York
Back Roshdu Queen @ 26.025/1 or better 15:40 York


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