Friday best bets and tips – Selections for every fixture
Brian Healy looks over Friday’s scheduled UK and Irish horse racing fixtures where he has Friday best bets and tips in every race throughout the day.
The loss of Sandown’s scheduled jumps fixture leaves four UK and Irish horse racing meetings to go ahead as planned and there is jumps racing going to post at Fakenham.
Meanwhile, there is an afternoon all-weather fixture at Lingfield on polytrack; while Dundalk and Southwell race in the evening under the floodlights on their respective polytrack and fibresand surfaces.
Fakenham (jumps) – 1.40 – 4.50pm (7 races)
Lingfield (flat, aw) – 2.00 – 4.40pm (6 races)
Dundalk (flat, aw) – 5.00 – 8.30pm (8 races)
Southwell (flat, aw) – 5.10 – 8.15pm (7 races)
Brian Healy looks over all four of the day’s cards and gives his Friday best bets and tips for every race.
FRIDAY BEST BETS AND TIPS AT A GLANCE
2.10 Fakenham – GREANETEEN (8/11, Unibet)
2.35 Lingfield – EMRAAN (11/8, William Hill)
3.10 Lingfield – BADRI (6/4, William Hill)
3.50 Fakenham – PENNY MALLOW (11/4, Coral)
4.10 Lingfield – BATTLE OF MARATHON (10/11, William Hill)
5.30 Dundalk – EGLISH (5/2, Paddy Power)
6.15 Southwell – SUR MER (5/2, Ladbrokes)
6.30 Dundalk – SHEISDIESEL (3/1, Ladbrokes)
8.15 Southwell – LUSCIFER (3/1, William Hill)
FAKENHAM RACING TIPS
Only three runners go to post but GREANETEEN (8/11, Unibet) is taken to continue his progress over fences and collect the hat-trick here.
The Great Pretender gelding won twice over hurdles last term, but he has taken really well to the larger obstacles and has won both his starts in this sphere at Ascot and Musselburgh respectively.
Those wins have come on hugely contrasting underfoot conditions with successes on heavy ground and on good-to-soft ground so these conditions will hold no fears.
His latest outing saw him strike a ready five lengths’ success over Cracking Destiny to win the Scottish Champion Chase and he can give the weight away to his two rivals to collect another success and land the hat-trick.
PENNY MALLOW (11/4, Coral) lost her unbeaten record over hurdles with a narrow defeat behind Lily’s Gem at Carlisle at the beginning of the month. Venetia Williams’ charge however is taken to quickly bounce back to winning ways if this latest outing doesn’t come too soon.
The Kapgarde mare had a hard race when last seen eleven days ago, battling on to the line but just unable to overhaul the winner. But she had been an impressive scorer the time before at Wetherby and a mark of 118 on her handicap debut looks workable.
She is due to go up 7lbs in future runs so she could be worth chancing to exploit her opening mark where she is open to improvement and she could get back on the scoresheet.
1.40 – Flanagans Field
2.10 – Greaneteen
2.45 – Fix Sun
3.20 – Pookie Pekan
3.50 – Penny Mallow
4.20 – Shantou Flyer
4.50 – Scarpia
LINGFIELD RACING TIPS
EMRAAN (11/8, William Hill) and Plantadream both arrive here on the back of prior wins; but Ian Williams’ charge gets a narrow verdict to double up on his win tally at the expense of his rival.
The Invincible Spirit gelding was a ready winner on his debut over course and distance, scoring cosily by almost four lengths over Marmalade Day and giving the impression he’ll be better for that first experience.
The form looks ordinary and hasn’t so far stood up well to scrutiny; but he has the potential to improve on the back of that successful debut and no surprise to see him go close here.
BADRI (6/4, William Hill) stepped up on previous efforts when equipped with a first-time tongue-tie to open his account at the third attempt, scoring over six furlongs at this venue with a three lengths’ defeat of Bring The Money.
Charlie Hills’ Dark Angel colt overcame a slow start in that success, finishing well on top and there ought to be more to come from him as he switches his attentions to handicapping where an opening mark of 80 doesn’t look prohibitive.
The extra furlong here could also prove a source of improvement and every chance he can follow up that last success here.
BATTLE OF MARATHON (10/11, William Hill) arrives in good order having won two of his last three starts over course and distance, latterly beating Renardeau by three-parts of a length last Saturday.
John Ryan’s charge had also won a stronger race than this at the beginning of January from out of the weights, and he can compete here from the same mark as when landing his latest success so every chance he can follow up here with his rider able to utilise his claim.
2.00 – Estrela Star
2.35 – Emraan
3.10 – Badri
3.40 – Makram
4.10 – Battle Of Marathon
4.40 – Famous Dynasty
DUNDALK RACING TIPS
EGLISH (5/2, Paddy Power) has a horrific draw to work from but Adrian McGuinness’ charge arrives here in good heart and in search of a hat-trick, and the Heeraat filly could be worth chancing despite her track position to land the three-timer.
She has improved with each start, making the frame on all starts at this venue which includes over this trip back in November when finding only Miss Cunning too strong. She’s since contested over seven furlongs in her subsequent runs and her outing saw her run out a ready winner.
Now 9lbs higher in the weights for that last outing she has more to do here dropping back to six furlongs where her outside draw is far from ideal. But she has shown plenty of speed in her runs to date and given her current good spell of form she could be worth chancing to defy the negatives and land the three-timer.
SHEISDIESEL (3/1, Ladbrokes) won four times in a row over this course last spring and Noel Meade’s charge has continued in good heart although she hasn’t managed to add further to her tally.
The Harbour Watch mare has proven herself to be a consistent performer, latterly finishing a good third over course and distance behind Guinivere where she was beaten only two lengths.
She’s been eased slightly in the weights and can continue to give a good account of herself so no surprise if she remains competitive.
5.00 – Pillar
5.30 – Eglish
6.00 – King’s Vow
6.30 – Sheisdiesel
7.00 – China’s Storm
7.30 – Rock On Aidan
8.00 – Roman Warrior
8.30 – Dark Magic
SOUTHWELL RACING TIPS
SUR MER (5/2, Ladbrokes) has finished runner-up on both her starts to date, the latter of which came over this course and distance and the Equiano filly can get off the mark at the third attempt here.
Robert Cowell’s charge was beaten just over one length on debut at Lion Tower over six furlongs here in January; she duly built on that effort to find only Garsman too strong latest, going down by two lengths where she was unable to sustain her effort having perhaps gone off too hard.
On that evidence she probably needs a shade more if she’s to come out on top here, but open to further improvement this could represent a decent opportunity for her to open her win account.
The switch to Tony Carroll has coincided with some better form from LUSCIFER (3/1, William Hill) who has made the frame in all three starts for his current trainer and latterly found only one too good over one mile at this course last month.
The Heeraat gelding had looked ordinary for Richard Hughes previously, failing to trouble the judge in five starts for that trainer. But he was latterly denied only by a half-length behind The Eagle’s Nest where he was only run down late.
That winner has gone in again to boost the form and dropping back a furlong here he could be worth chancing to open his account here with a repeat.
5.10 – Three C’s
5.45 – Atalanta Queen
6.15 – Sur Mer
6.45 – Sandridge Lad
7.15 – Arabian King
7.45 – Oud Metha Bridge
8.15 – Luscifer