Friday horse racing tips – Best bets at Newbury, Musselburgh, Lingfield and Newcastle
Friday horse racing tips and best bets
Friday’s fixture list of horse racing action sees the return of action on the all-weather as well as over the sticks and we’ve picked out our Friday horse racing best bets and tips at each meeting.
As we head into another busy weekend of horse racing action which will see the kickoff to the 2021 Flat racing season Friday’s fixture-list takes in four meetings over the sticks and on the all-weather.
The day’s jumps racing comes from Newbury and Musselburgh, while Lingfield are racing in the afternoon on their polytrack surface. The day concludes with further all-weather racing under the floodlights at Newcastle on tapeta.
We’ve looked over all four of the day’s racecards to pick out our Friday horse racing best bets and tips at each meeting.
FRIDAY HORSE RACING TIPS – BEST BETS AT NEWBURY, MUSSELBURGH, LINGFIELD & NEWCASTLE
1:00 Newbury – BetVictor Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (4yo+ 0-140) 2m½f
It could be worth chancing SEBASTOPOL back at this shorter distance having looked stretched in his last couple of efforts over further.
Tom Lacey’s charge won twice last term over hurdles from three starts in handicaps, finding a jolt of improvement fitted with a tongue-tie to win a competitive handicap at Musselburgh where he beat the useful Ashington by a half-length.
The Fame And Glory gelding probably needed the return behind Floressa in the Listed Gerry Fielden Hurdle here in November but longer trips the last twice have found him out and he could be happier back at the shorter trip.
He had a wind operation ahead of his last start at Kelso but the handicapper has dropped him 2lbs in the weights and the ground here suits so with cheekpieces now applied he could go well and can make his presence felt.
1:30 Newbury – BetVictor Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (For The Brown Chamberlin Trophy) (GBB Race) Cl3 (5yo+ 0-135) 2m7½f
ADMIRAL BARRATRY had looked a progressive sort over fences this term, winning at Fakenham in January and then going close back there next time when denied less than one length in second. However the step up to Listed company last time didn’t show the Soldier Of Fortune gelding in the best light and Lucy Wadham’s charge could be worth chancing to bounce back.
A first fence blunder looked to knock all confidence from him at Sandown last time and he was never travelling following that mistake and he was pulled up after making another error at the sixth obstacle.
This contest though ought to be more suitable back in calmer waters and given his earlier progressive runs over fences he could be worth another chance.
2:30 Musselburgh – ITM Northern Lights Juvenile Hurdle Series Final (A Handicap Hurdle) (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo) 2m½f
A useful performer on the flat all four of BREGUET BOY’s runs over hurdles have come at this venue and he has won two and made the frame in both defeats; Keith Dalgleish’s charge could go close turned out back here again.
One of three in the race for the yard the Requinto gelding was a winner when last seen in February, scoring a shade readily from Sword Of Fate having previously finished a good third behind Tommy’s Oscar the time before.
He had almost four lengths to spare when winning latest where he overcame a late mistake; that form though looks fairly useful and there could be more to come from him despite being raised 8lbs.
Given his record here he looks worth chancing to go close and no surprise to see him firmly in the mix again.
2:40 Newbury – BetVictor Handicap Chase Cl3 (5yo+ 0-125) 2m6½f
BUSTER THOMAS floundered in the mud at Ludlow over three miles latest where he might have found the trip in the testing conditions too much; but returning from a break Emma Lavelle’s charge could bounce back here.
The Westerner gelding had been in good form previously, making the frame in his four previous starts following his reappearance from a lengthy absence including chasing home Not A Role Model at Wincanton back in November and that form has taken a couple of boosts since.
This slightly shorter trip will suit as will the quicker ground and eased 1lb in the weights he could be worth chancing to get back on track with a better effort in this contest having won at Doncaster from this mark a couple of seasons ago.
2:50 Lingfield – Bombardier British-Hopped Amber Beer Handicap Cl5 (4yo+ 0-70) 1m
CAPLA CRUSADER scored his most recent win over this course and distance back in January and Chris Dwyer’s charge is taken to bounce back from a couple of lesser efforts.
The Archipenko gelding wasn’t best suited by racing from off the pace latest although he finished off well to cross the line just four lengths adrift of Visibility at Wolverhampton but he could do better back at this venue with Sylvestre De Sousa taking over in the plate.
This is quite an open contest and he’ll face competition for the lead, but he can do better back here as a former course winner and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he were to go close.
4:10 Musselburgh – ITM Northern Lights Mares’ Hurdle Series Final (A Handicap Hurdle) (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 2m4f
CALLIOPE won twice over hurdles last summer, scoring at Perth and Kelso and the Poet’s Voice mare ran well in defeat in both subsequent starts prior to a break.
Dianne Sayer’s charge may just have needed her reappearance over this course and distance earlier in the month when finishing just over three lengths behind the reopposing Millie The Mix where she was giving the winner a stone in weight.
However she could turn the tables now on that rival on these revised terms and likely to be sharper for that reappearance could prove a different proposition now so she ought to go close.
4:40 Newcastle – Betway Handicap Cl3 (4yo+ 0-95) 1m4½f
MADHEE is thriving at present with a trio of wins over course and distance in recent outings and the Oasis Dream entire might not have stopped improving yet.
Phil Kirby’s charge most recently won a shade cosily at the beginning of March, beating Great Esteem by a half-length and that runner-up did the form no harm by winning next time out while the sixth bettered his position by finishing runner-up on his next start so the form looks useful.
He also overcame a slow start to land that latest win and there may yet be better to come with just a 3lbs rise in the weights to contend with which looks workable and he ought to go close in pursuit of his four-timer.
6:45 Newcastle – Bombardier “March To Your Own Drum” Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-80) 1m
FASHION FREE has a good record here, winning twice over course and distance from four starts and Michael Appleby’s charge can get back on the winning trail having been running well in defeat of late.
The Muhaarar filly has made the frame in her last three starts most recently finding only Princesse Animale too good at Lingfield earlier in the month where she was beaten just a neck having conceded first run.
This is a slightly stronger race but she gets weight all round from this field and she could be well-treated given she’s due to go up in the ratings in future runs although the booking of Laura Pearson and her 5lbs claim catches the eye.
There looks every chance of a big run here and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see her going close with the likelihood of a strong pace sure to suit her.