All-weather flat racing tips – Lingfield, Dundalk & Wolverhampton tips
Brian Healy gives his all-weather flat racing tips for Friday’s UK horse racing meetings at Lingfield, Wolverhampton and Dundalk.
Friday takes in three meetings on the all-weather with afternoon action on the Lingfield polytrack while Wolverhampton race under the floodlights on their tapeta surface.
Completing the Wednesday’ trio of all-weather meetings on the flat is a fixture in Ireland at Dundalk who are racing on their polytrack surface with an eight-race card.
Lingfield (flat, aw) – 1.50 – 5.00pm (7 races)
Dundalk (flat, aw) – 4.55 – 8.30pm (8 races)
Wolverhampton (flat, aw) – 5.15 – 8.15pm (7 races)
Brian Healy assesses all 22 races and gives his all-weather flat racing tips for Friday’s action across all three meetings.
ALL WEATHER FLAT RACING TIPS FRIDAY 21 FEBRUARY
2.25 Lingfield – VEGA’S ANGEL (9/4, Leovegas)
3.30 Lingfield – GINGER FOX (9/4, Leovegas)
4.55 Dundalk – SHARJAH (9/2, Leovegas)
5.45 Wolverhampton – BELL HEATHER (4/1, Leovegas)
6.45 Wolverhampton – LADY SANSA (7/4, Leovegas)
7.00 Dundalk – UBUME (3/1, Leovegas)
LINGFIELD RACING TIPS
VEGA’S ANGEL (9/4, Leovegas) can find another jolt of progress to get off the mark at the third attempt, and William Haggas’ charge could take plenty of beating here.
The Lope De Vega filly stepped up on a promising debut sixth at Wolverhampton last month to finish just over one length third behind Beautiful Illusion back at that venue latest.
She appeared to just lack an extra gear towards the finish and so this step up in trip might coincide with improvement, while the services of a top claiming rider could prove invaluable in this contest with his 3lbs allowance easing some of the burden.
Open to further improvement after just two starts, she can progress again and no surprise to see her going close here.
GINGER FOX (9/4, Leovegas) ought to get a strong pace to aim at here where the Iffraaj gelding can follow up his recent win.
David Loughnane’s charge has been in good form since joining this yard from Ian Williams, scoring on his first start for his new handler at Kempton in November. He has finished in the frame on both subsequent outings at Wolverhampton and Kempton respectively prior to getting back to winning ways latest with a half-length defeat of Eljaddaaf.
That race has thrown up a couple of subsequent winners and he is only 3lbs higher in the weights here so could give another good account of himself if handling this track although he should get a decent tow into the contest with a couple of front-runners in opposition.
1.50 – Brooklyn Boy
2.25 – Vega’s Angel
2.55 – Fair Warning
3.30 – Ginger Fox
4.00 – Chocco Star
4.30 – Perfect Symphony
5.00 – Hot Hot Hot
DUNDALK RACING TIPS
SHARJAH (9/2, Leovegas) isn’t the force he once was and arrives here on a long losing run where one has to go back to July 2018 to find the last occasion that the Shamardal gelding tasted success.
However, it might be worth chancing Andrew Slattery’s charge to snap that streak given his last few efforts which have suggested his time in the wilderness might be about to end sooner than later.
He was only beaten a head over course and distance two weeks ago behind Morph Speed where he was run down late in the day. He’s only been raised 1lb for that last effort and a repeat ought to see him competitive again where he can end his losing run.
UBUME (3/1, Leovegas) shaped with some promise on her debut over one mile here last month, finishing three lengths’ sixth behind Mr Mooj who was awarded the race in the stewards’ room having been hampered.
Joseph O’Brien’s charge didn’t threaten the judge on that first outing but will have learned plenty from the experience and can build on the run to do better this time around.
The drop back in trip to seven furlongs is unlikely to present too much of an issue and entitled to progress for her first run she ought to go close here.
4.55 – Sharjah
5.30 – Sheisdiesel
6.00 – Flower Garden
6.30 – Nordic Passage
7.00 – Ubume
7.30 – Dance Alone
8.00 – Lady Sonia
8.30 – Aloysius Lilius
WOLVERHAMPTON RACING TIPS
BELL HEATHER (4/1, Leovegas) isn’t the most reliable of performers, but the Iffraaj mare usually runs well at this venue and she returned to winning ways following a spell in the doldrums when successful here last month.
Patrick Morris’ charge was winning for the first time in almost a year when beating Hanati by a half-length in that contest, getting up close home for the win. She’s only been raised 3lbs for that success but she has been competitive on turf from higher marks in the past and she could be capable of following up here if arriving in similar form.
She steps back up in trip, but three of her five wins at this venue have come at this longer distance and she can give another good account.
Discovery Island could be perked up by cheekpieces, but the Godolphin runner has had a few chances and it might pay to side with LADY SANSA (7/4, Leovegas) who could improve past him to get off the mark at the second attempt.
The Lope De Vega filly finished a very promising third on her debut at Kempton last month, running on well once the penny dropped having ran green early to go down only by two lengths. She’ll have learnt plenty from that first experience and the form of that debut has been franked since with the fourth winning next time.
One of only two fillies in the race, she could make the most of the 5lbs she receives from the boys in this race and she can improve on her debut to open her account.
5.15 – Zeshov
5.45 – Bell Heather
6.15 – Moon Trouble
6.45 – Lady Sansa
7.15 – Never Alone
7.45 – Melgate Majeure
8.15 – Stormy Bay