Friday horse racing tips – Best bets at Musselburgh, Lingfield & Chelmsford
Friday 22 January horse racing best bets
We pick out our Friday horse racing tips and best bets for the day’s fixtures around the UK.
Ffos Las is the latest fixture to fall foul of the recent wet weather leaving three meetings to go to post on Friday where the day’s sole action over the sticks comes from Musselburgh assuming the East Lothian track survives a morning inspection; while the afternoon all-weather racing takes place on the polytrack at Lingfield.
Completing the day’s trio of fixtures is an evening all-weather card at Chelmsford under the floodlights on their polytrack surface and we’ve looked over each of the day’s cards to pick out our Friday horse racing tips and best bets.
FRIDAY HORSE RACING TIPS – BEST BETS AT MUSSELBURGH, LINGFIELD & CHELMSFORD
12:50 Musselburgh – Betway Cosmic Case Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (Novices’ Championship Hurdle Series Qualifier) (GBB Race) Cl4 (4yo+) 1m7½f
SASHENKA has rattled the crossbar in both her starts to date but the Maxios mare can make it third time lucky over hurdles for trainer Michael Scudamore.
A useful four-time winner on the flat for Sylvester Kirk she found only one too good at Wincanton on her hurdles debut and she followed up with another silver medal finish in December at Catterick where she crossed the line ten lengths adrift of Anythingforlove.
She might have finished closer and possibly even won that race had she not been badly hampered by a faller two out when still travelling well and she couldn’t recover from that loss of momentum, while she also reportedly bled so there are excuses for that defeat.
Assuming she’s none the worse then she can make her presence felt again and this could be her day to open her win account.
1:20 Musselburgh – Betway Novices’ Handicap Hurdle Cl5 (4yo+ 0-100) 2m4f
At big odds it could be worth having an each-way punt on STYLE NELSON who was an expensive purchase as a juvenile but the Mount Nelson gelding hasn’t’ really shown enough to justify his price tag in his starts so far.
He didn’t show a great deal in a trio of bumper contests including here last January when finishing sixth although he has fared a bit better over hurdles this term, possibly in need of the outing when finishing a distant fourth to Hart Of Steel at Kelso in October.
He was last seen chasing home the potentially smart Moon King over this course and distance in December where he was clear of the third despite proving no match for the winner and he switches to handicaps here which could yield improvement.
Handed a potentially lenient mark given he could yet have further improvement in this sphere after only two starts he’s far less exposed than most of these rivals and he could go well at a big price.
1:30 Lingfield – Bombardier “March To Your Own Drum” Handicap Cl5 (4yo+ 0-75) 7f
ICONIC KNIGHT might have been given too much to do over this course and distance when last seen in action earlier in the month but the Sir Prancealot gelding could be worth chancing to bounce back with Hollie Doyle taking over from an inexperienced claimer for this contest.
Ed Walker’s charge had won previously at Wolverhampton over six furlongs when beating The Cruising Lord by a nose and he wasn’t seen to best effect last time out where he was kept wide before making his effort too late but running on well.
He could benefit from stronger handling and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a big performance here.
2:25 Musselburgh – Betway Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier For The Challenger Two Mile Hurdle Series Final) Cl3 (4yo+ 0-130) 1m7½f
GOOBINATOR is a three-time winner over hurdles, scoring twice in the 2019/20 campaign and resuming winning ways on his second start back over hurdles this season at Ayr where he got the better of Mcgowan’s Pass by a short-head where he got up on the line with the front two pulling well clear.
Donald McCain’s Noble Mission gelding perhaps failed to get home at Haydock in heavy ground when last seen at the beginning of December, fading into fifth behind The Cob; however back down to two miles here and with the ground likely to be less testing he could bounce back to winning form.
This sharper track ought not to present any issues and still with the potential for better given he’s still relatively lightly-raced it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him turn in an improved effort here and he can go close.
2:35 Lingfield – Betway Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-105) 6f
None of this quintet can be ruled out but BRIAN THE SNAIL gets the vote to get back to winning ways with Richard Fahey’s charge treated as still in form despite only finishing fourth last time out.
The Zebedee gelding had been in good form on the all-weather where he won back-to-back outings at Newcastle and Kempton before being thwarted by only a half-length by reopposing Aberama Gold over this course and distance in December.
The selection was getting 3lbs on that occasion but he reversed that form when the pair clashed again latest off level weights and he can edge ahead this time around getting 5lbs from that rival.
Two other horses from that race also reoppose and there likely isn’t much to choose between them; but on these terms the Fahey runner just edges the vote and he can get back to winning ways.
6:15 Chelmsford – tote.co.uk Live Streaming All UK Races Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-105) 5f
NIGEL NOTT has a decent record here, winning three times and making the frame on two other occasions from eight course starts and the Dutch Art gelding is 2-2 over course and distance.
Michael Appleby’s charge struck the last of those successes back in December when beating Lomu by one length and he is forgiven his last outing at Southwell on New Years’ Day given it was his fourth in less than one month and he likely wasn’t suited by the fibresand surface.
He’s since been dropped 2lbs in the ratings following that lesser effort and returning to polytrack and this venue in particular he could bounce back to form and maintain his unbeaten C&D record.
6:45 Chelmsford – Racing Welfare Handicap Cl6 (4yo+ 0-65) 1m
WIN WIN POWER has yet to open his account but the Exceed and Excel gelding has shown enough in his runs to suggest he’s well up to winning and Richard Hannon’s charge could get off the mark here.
This is a drop in grade into Class 6 company and he’s been gelded since his last outing three months ago which saw him finish fifth behind Light Up Our Starts over this course and distance.
He wasn’t seen to best effect there having met with trouble in running but he can compete here from 1lb lower in the ratings in the easier grade while Thore Hammer Hansen can claim 3lbs which is a positive and on these terms he ought to go close.