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Friday 19 April horse racing tips - Johnston's 7/2 chance can be a Legend at Bath

Brian Healy 19 Apr 2019
Mark Johnston can get amongst the winners at Bath on Good Friday.

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets across all of Good Friday's UK horse racing meetings.

Good Friday’s fixture list sees just three UK horse racing meetings, with All-weather Champions Day heading up the afternoon’s action at Lingfield.

There is also all-weather action at Newcastle on tapeta, while Bath are racing on turf.

Lingfield (flat, aw) - 1.30 - 4.45pm (7 races)
Newcastle (flat, aw) - 1.40 - 4.55pm (7 races)
Bath (flat) - 1.50 - 5.05pm (7 races)



(2.30) CROSSING THE LINE (11/2, William Hill) has shown herself to be a very useful sort, winning five of her last eight starts, and Andrew Balding’s charge can register another win here.

The Cape Cross filly was last seen beating Glendevon at Kempton in March, scoring by a head having battled gamely to the line with the pair pulling clear of the others. 

Andrew Balding has his horses in good heart, and while she has to overturn a heavy defeat behind the reopposing Island Of Life at Wolverhampton on her previous outing back in January, she could prove equal to the task here and all her winning form has come on turf or polytrack so racing on this surface could help her to narrow the gap.

She possibly did too much in that Wolverhampton defeat, setting a strong gallop but backing out in the last furlong; but a switch to more patient tactics last time delivered a return to form, and she can back up that success here.

(4.45) OH THIS IS US (9/2, William Hill) wasn’t seen to best effect at Wolverhampton last time, but Richard Hannon’s charge can quickly bounce back here and he is given another chance.

The Acclamation horse had won his previous start at this venue in February, beating Apex King by just over one length; but he was never able to get competitive over the shorter trip on tapeta last time out behind Above The Rest where here beat only one rival home in the Listed Lady Wulfruna Stakes.

He is better than he was able to show on that last outing, and a return to one mile on this track ought to prove a better match for his talents; he can do better here, and if able to reproduce the performance he delivered to win his last outing over this course and distance then he ought to go close.

1.30 - Lionhearted
2.00 - Amade
2.30 - Crossing The Line
3.05 - Kachy
3.40 - Deputise
4.15 - Wissahickon
4.45 - Oh This Is Us


(2.10) LUFRICIA (11/4, Unibet) shaped well on her sole start last term, finishing third behind Dupioni at Kempton back in October, and the Kodiac filly could improve for the experience to win here.

Roger Varian’s stable is beginning to find some form after a slow start to the new campaign, and with the form of that debut run working out reasonably well, there could be more to come from her this term. 

Sure to do better in time, she represents top connections and the well-bred sort can make her presence felt in what appears to be a winnable race where she can make the most of the weight she receives from the boys in opposition.

(3.55) BUZZ (15/2, William Hill) won three of his seven starts last campaign, two of which came on the all-weather at Kempton, while he also struck on turf at Newbury back in September.

Hughie Morrison’s string are in decent fettle at present, and the Motivator gelding could find some further progress having been last seen finishing four lengths’ runner-up behind Pipes Of Peace at Kempton in November. 

He wasn’t helped there by meeting in trouble in running as well as giving up some ground at the start when slowly away from the gates; but he is only 1lb higher in the ratings here, and he can be competitive again if ready to roll following a six month absence.

1.40 - Lady Kermit
2.10 - Lufricia
2.45 - Chosen World
3.20 - Magic J
3.55 - Buzz
4.25 - Smarter
4.55 - Burford Brown


(2.20) ZULU ZANDER (5/4, Bet365) stepped up on a promising introduction at Doncaster where he finished third in the Brocklesby to get off the mark at the second attempt at Leicester, and David Evans’ charge can double up on his tally.

The Bungle Inthejungle gelding ran out a three lengths’ winner over Mr Fudge, showing good speed and winning readily, and there could be better to come from him. He has to concede weight all round in a better race, but he could probe a progressive sort and every chance he can find further improvement.

(2.55) LIVING LEGEND (7/2, Paddy Power) improved from his debut here last September to get off the mark ten days later on the Lingfield polytrack; Mark Johnston’s charge subsequently returned from a six-month absence to win again, this time at Kempton where he was stepped up in trip.

Despite the narrow margin of victory, the Camelot colt perhaps won a shade easier than it appeared, and he still looked inexperienced as he hung left in the final furlong before running on again to score.

A further step up in trip could unlock additional improvement in the three-year old who could also be fairly treated off this mark pitched into the handicap ranks, and every chance he can land a hat-trick of wins now.

1.50 - Global Prospector
2.20 - Zulu Zander
2.55 - Living Legend
3.30 - Petrus
4.05 - Queen Of Desire
4.35 - Bayshore Freeway
5.05 - Acclaim The Nation

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