Friday racing best bets – Tips for Exeter, Warwick, Lingfield and Wolverhampton
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With four more UK horse racing fixtures going to post across the UK over the sticks and on the all-weather we’ve picked out our Friday racing best bets and tips for the action.
Another busy day of UK horse racing action awaits punters on Friday with plenty of jumps racing action including the Devon National meeting at Exeter over the sticks and the fixture is joined by further jumps racing action at Warwick.
Meanwhile, all-weather racing on the flat comes from Lingfield in the afternoon while Wolverhampton in the evening is also racing on their tapeta surface. We’ve looked over all four of the day’s racecards to pick out our Friday racing best bets and tips.
FRIDAY RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR EXETER, WARWICK, LINGFIELD & WOLVERHAMPTON
1:30 Exeter – Dartmoor Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl3 (5yo+ 0-140) 3m
L’AIR DU VENT is given another chance to build on the earlier promise he had shown over fences and Colin Tizzard’s charge can bounce back from a poor run at Cheltenham when last seen in December.
He had been set to go close in an Irish point to point when falling behind Shishkin and subsequently readily won a Bangor bumper on his first start for this yard. While he struggled over hurdles he’s looked a better chaser and he built on a very good debut chase third at Chepstow to run out a ready winner at Exeter next time where he beat Milanford by two lengths.
He pulled up latest at Cheltenham but that run came at a time when the yard was going through a bad spell and it’s likely he didn’t give his true running. Now back from a break and with the yard beginning to show better form the Coastal Path gelding might be able to bounce back with a better run now switching to handicapping where a mark of 137 could prove workable.
2:00 Exeter – Chudleigh Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 2m7f
STORM FORCE BEN has improved his form markedly for a step up in trip, reaching the frame in each of his last three starts and Philip Hobbs’ charge can open his account now.
The Fame And Glory gelding twice finished third either side of nine months off the track at Exeter and Chepstow, giving up race fitness on the latter occasion. He most recently found only one too good at this venue in January when beaten just one length behind Sandymount Rose with the pair clear.
That form has been boosted with the winner going in again since as well as finishing in the frame in a Grade Two contest and he’s only 3lbs higher in the weights here so should be capable of a big run that can see him get off the mark.
2:20 Lingfield – Betway Handicap Cl3 (4yo+ 0-95) 1m2f
CRIMEWAVE was a winner for this column when gaining a third course and distance success last month and the Teofilo gelding is taken to follow up.
Tom Clover’s charge had been in good form prior to that success in making the frame in each of his previous three starts, but he got back on the winning trail when beating Athmad by almost two lengths and that form has been franked.
He’s up 5lbs for the win but given his course and distance record and arriving here on top of his game he looks sure to go well again where he can defy his career-high mark with another success.
2:35 Exeter – Join Racing TV Now Mares’ Chase (Listed Race) (GBB Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 3m
MIDNIGHTREFERENDUM is low mileage over fences, getting off the mark at the first attempt with an impressive victory over Deja Vue at Fontwell and the Midnight Legend mare was in the process of running well and still with every chance when falling four out next time at Huntingdon.
Alan King’s charge has made the frame in both starts since, finding only one too good in a Listed contest at Warwick and then finishing third behind Annie Mc at Doncaster over the Christmas Period. That latter form looks stronger now given the winner has gone in again since while the runner-up has run well in defeat in two subsequent runs.
A step up to three miles could unlock further improvement and she has the beating of a couple of these rivals from past runs so every chance of another big performance and she can get back to winning ways.
2:45 Warwick – Watch On Racing TV Novices’ Handicap Chase Cl5 (5yo+ 0-105) 2m4f
MISS GEMSTONE is still a maiden but the Midnight Legend mare has shown enough in three starts over fences to suggest she can win a race and Kim Bailey’s charge could be worth chancing to open her account here.
Runner-up on her return and chase debut at Stratford in November she was an early casualty next time at Ludlow. However she quickly bounced back with a solid third behind Princess Roxy at Fakenham and she could yet have more to offer.
A tongue-tie is now applied and she drops back a furlong here, while the handicapper has also eased her 2lbs in the ratings. She probably wouldn’t need to improve too much to take a hand in this contest and every chance she can get off the mark now.
4:35 Lingfield – Heed Your Hunch At Betway Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-85) 5f
TIN HAT hasn’t won for a while but he’s served notice a couple of times this campaign that he may be about to end his winless streak and it might come in this contest.
Eve Johnson Houghton’s Helmet gelding found only one too good last time out over six furlongs here in January where he was beaten just a head in a first-time visor. Always prominent there he couldn’t quite sustain his effort to the line and this drop to the minimum trip could bring about some winning improvement.
The form of that last win took a boost when the fourth won next time out where he beat the race-winner and with blinkers replacing the visor now he can make his presence felt from just 1lb higher.
3:53 Warwick – Budbrooke Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl2 (5yo+ 0-150) 2m4f
PRECIOUS CARGO showed a good level of form last campaign over fences having won twice from three starts over hurdles the season before and the Yeats gelding made the perfect start to his career as a chaser by beating Coole Well at Haydock before making the frame in two of his next three starts.
He fell at the Cheltenham Festival behind Imperial Aura but that form has proven very strong and he shaped very much as if he needed his return in a match at Huntingdon in November where he was beaten by Master Tommytucker. That form too has been significantly boosted and he returns from another break on the back of having had wind surgery.
His exploits last term and the fact he’s still lightly raced as a chaser suggest there could be better still to come from him and if the wind surgery has a positive effect then he could go well for a yard that appears to be beginning to find its’ stride.
6:15 Wolverhampton – Bombardier Classified Stakes (Div I) Cl6 (3yo+ 0-50) 7f
STAR ACT showed only moderate form when trained in Ireland by Adrian McGuinness where her best finish saw him beaten around six lengths into sixth at Dundalk; however the Acclamation filly showed up better on her debut for Karl Burke earlier this month at Lingfield over six furlongs.
On that occasion she was beaten just over one length by Nurse Florence, finishing off well and he step up to seven furlongs could unlock another chunk of progress given it was over this trip that she turned in her best Irish performance.
Racing here from the same mark she can make her presence felt again and in a weak contest she can get off the mark.