Friday horse racing tips – Best bets at Kelso, Fakenham, Lingfield & Southwell
Friday horse racing tips and best bets
With four more meetings heading to post across the UK we’ve picked out our top Friday horse racing tips and best bets for all the day’s action.
The jumps racing action is coming thick and fast now that the cold snap has moved on and Friday’s line-up of horse racing action sees four more meetings going to post with afternoon jumps racing from Fakenham and Kelso, while Lingfield are racing on the all0weather on the flat.
Completing the Friday line-up of horse racing meetings is an evening all-weather meeting on the fibresand at Southwell.
We’ve looked over all four meetings taking place throughout the day and picked out our top Friday horse racing tips and best bets.
FRIDAY HORSE RACING TIPS – BEST BETS AT KELSO, FAKENHAM, LINGFIELD & SOUTHWELL
12:30 Lingfield – Bombardier British-Hopped Amber Beer Handicap Cl6 (4yo+ 0-65) 1m
DUTUGAMUNU struck his only career win to date over this course and distance when returning from a break in December and Richard Spencer’s charge can get back on the winning trail here.
He disappointed next time but bounced back quickly despite not being seen to best effect latest when beaten three lengths into third behind Win Win Power over this trip at Chelmsford. That form has been boosted with the winner, fourth and sixth horses home all scoring since and eased 1lb he could be ready to strike.
He won’t want this to get too tactical but he has a good draw on the inner to work from and few ride Lingfield better than Adam Kirby so he could be set for a return to winning ways in this contest.
2:30 Lingfield – Betway Casino Handicap Cl6 (4yo+ 0-65) 2m
Consistent IVAQUESTION could be worth chancing to get back to winning ways and Simon Dow’s charge can go close here.
The Ivawood gelding struck his last win at Kempton back in September last year, but he’s been competitive since that success and took the step up to two miles in his stride when last seen finishing just a half-length behind Zarafshan back at Kempton last month.
That form is fair and he can race here from just 2lbs higher in the weights. Unexposed over this trip he could have more to offer and given his consistent profile he can get involved again.
2:42 Fakenham – Sculthorpe Novices’ Handicap Chase (Fakenham Double Up Bonus Race) Cl5 (5yo+ 0-105) 2m½f
KAP AUTEUIL didn’t cut a great deal of ice over hurdles but the Kapgarde gelding has looked more assured over the larger obstacles and he showed up well at Plumpton latest when chasing home En Coeur where he was beaten just over three lengths into the runner-up berth.
Toby Lawes’ charge wasn’t unfancied to go close on that occasion as he attracted some some strong support and a 2lbs rise in the weights for that performance looks workable assuming he can build on it.
This doesn’t look the strongest of contests and he likely wouldn’t need to improve too much to take a hand in the finish so he’s chanced to go one better here.
2:50 Kelso – Edinburgh Gin Chase (A Limited Handicap) (GBB Race) Cl2 (5yo+) 2m7½f
DUC DE GRISSAY has had just four starts over fences, winning over course and distance last March on just his second outing and he returned from seven months off to post a good fourth in the Durham National at Sedgefield where he possibly needed the run.
Sandy Thompson’s Denham Red gelding likely would have won the Borders National here in December but for falling at the last fence and the handicapper has hit him hard for that run with a hefty rise up the weights.
However there could be more in the locker to come given he remains a low-mileage chaser and the drop back to three miles having taken in contests over further the last twice will prove no issue.
As a past course and distance winner he looks worth chancing to bounce back to winning form and with the potential for better still to come over the larger obstacles he can gain compensation for his last-fence fall last time.
3:50 Kelso – Racing TV Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl3 (5yo+) 2m1f
ECLAIR D’AINAY stepped up on some moderate hurdles form to get off the mark switched to chasing at Chepstow back in November where the Network gelding ran out a comfortable ten lengths’ victor over Out On The Tear and Dan Skelton’s charge can get back on the scoresheet.
He still held every chance when falling three out at Wetherby when last seen although he was under pressure when departing; however granted a clear round on this occasion he could well bounce back.
The form of his impressive chase debut win has been boosted with the runner-up and third both winning since along with the seventh horse home; while the fourth has twice finished runner-up in subsequent outings so there could be better still to come from the Skelton runner over fences and he can make his presence felt here.
7:15 Southwell – Bombardier “March To Your Own Drum” Handicap Cl6 (4yo+ 0-55) 7f
Four-time course winner THREE C’S ended a losing run stretching back twelve runs when successful over course and distance earlier in the month and the Kodiac gelding can follow up here.
George Boughey’s charge ran only had a short-head to spare at the line from The Retriever when scoring under this rider; but he goes unpenalised for that success and he’s won from higher marks in the past so he can exploit again his current rating before his new mark kicks in.
Mark Creran again takes off 5lbs in this contest which is arguably a stronger race than the one he won last time, but if turning out in the same sort of form then he can double up in this contest and further extend his good record on the fibresand surface.