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Horse Racing Tips of the Day – Friday January 5

Both of today's selections are in action on the all-weather

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The class 5 6f handicap at Southwell this afternoon looks competitive with 11 set to go to post, but they’ve all got Simon Crisford’s GHASEEDAH to beat judging by the way she dispatched her rivals over course and distance last month to lose her maiden tag in style.

The daughter of Kyllachy was well backed beforehand having shown a good level of form on turf, including a close up third in a Doncaster maiden in July, and her backers had few worries as she stormed to victory, earning the form comment ‘soon quickened clear, very readily’.

This is tougher of course but she clearly enjoys this surface, is still unexposed and is making her handicap debut off what looks a workable mark of 67. Timmy Murphy rides and he should be able to get into a prominent pitch from stall six.

Murphy travels on to Kempton for a couple of rides and he could again be on the mark with HAPPY ESCAPE in the closing 1m handicap, although an each-way bet is advised at the forecast odds.

It’s another competitive class 5 for sure with 14 declared, but the selection caught the eye on her stable debut for Neil Mulholland over 7f at the track last time. Poorly drawn in the widest stall of all, it took her an age to get across into a share of the lead and she didn’t shirk the issue once the many challengers mounted, keeping on well for third.

Given that was her first start since June, she’s fully entitled to come in for it and today’s extra furlong is another thing in her favour as she looked ready for a step up in trip when just failing to get up over 7f here on her previous start. Murphy takes over the reigns here and I’d expect him to give her a more patient ride than last time and he’s helped in that respect by a much better draw in stall eight.

SELECTIONS

Southwell 2.40, Ghaseedah (nap) @ 11/8 Paddy Power
Kempton 8.45, Happy Escape each-way @ 10/1 bet365

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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