Friday racing best bets – Tips for Lingfield, Doncaster & Wolverhampton
Friday horse racing best bets on 29 January
With three UK meetings going to post on Friday 29 January we’ve picked out our racing best bets and tips at each fixture.
The cold and wet weather has claimed another victim with Huntingdon’s scheduled jumps racing card the latest to be claimed leaving three UK meetings to go to post throughout Friday.
Despite the loss of Huntingdon there is still jumps racing taking place at Doncaster where there is Listed action on the card at Town Moor; while all-weather racing comes courtesy of Lingfield in the afternoon, and Wolverhampton in the evening under the floodlights.
23 races in all will go to post across the day’s trio of race-meetings and we’ve looked through each of the fixtures to pick out our Friday racing best bets and tips.
FRIDAY RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR LINGFIELD, DONCASTER & WOLVERHAMPTON
1:00 Doncaster – Sky Bet Britain’s Most Popular Online Bookmaker Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl4 (5yo+ 0-120) 2m3f
DISCKO DES PLAGES won readily at Catterick last month despite making a number of jumping errors and if the Balko gelding can sharpen up that part of his game then he might be able to follow up here.
A winning hurdler at this venue last February he possibly needed the outing on his return to action following almost nine months off, eventually finishing sixth at Hexham and having unseated on his only previous chase start.
However stepped up to this trip for his last outing he ran out a five lengths’ victor over Flamboyant Joyaux despite being far from fluent at a number of his obstacles and there could be further improvement to come from him in this sphere assuming his jumping can hold up in this stronger race.
The third from that Catterick success has won since and while a 7lbs rise in the weights will demand more from him stepping into a Class 4 contest he can make his presence felt if keeping the mistakes down.
1:20 Lingfield – Play Ladbrokes 5-A-Side On Football Claiming Stakes Cl6 (3yo) 7f
EYES is turned out quickly just four days on from a luckless run at Chelmsford and Jamie Osborne’s charge can gain some compensation.
The Dandy Man filly had won the time before over the same course, scoring by a half-length from Doonbeg Farmer and she twice met trouble in running latest when trying to deliver a challenge in the race won by Baby Sham.
Eventually beaten three lengths she did well to finish as close as she did and granted a bit more luck in running she might be able to get back on the scoresheet with the drop back to seven furlongs unlikely to present an issue.
1:50 Lingfield – Get Your Ladbrokes Daily Odds Boost Handicap Cl6 (3yo 0-60) 5f
THE PRETTY WAY has found some progress following a break and switching to handicaps on the all-weather, making the frame on both her starts this term at Wolverhampton and Kempton and the Garswood filly can get off the mark now.
David Evans’ charge latterly finished only a head adrift of The Good Ting at Kempton earlier this month despite racing out of the weights where she was caught close home and that form looks strong for this grade having been franked since.
She’s been raised 3lbs in the ratings following that last outing although the rise is offset by Darragh Keenan’s 3lbs claim so she can compete here from the same mark and dropping back to the minimum trip she can open her account with a repeat of that last run.
2:37 Doncaster – Sky Bet Fillies’ Juvenile Hurdle (Listed Race) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo) 2m½f
TALKING ABOUT YOU brings plenty of experience to the table and while he has to give weight away all round to this field thanks to a penalty the Sixties Icon filly is in rude health and present and can extend her winning run.
Sean Curran’s charge is 3-4 since having undergone wind surgery, winning her last three starts of which two have come in Listed company. She latterly ran out a two lengths’ winner over Will Victory at Taunton, making most of the running and overcoming a late mistake to win a shade readily.
She had a couple of these in arrears when scoring at Aintree two runs ago and she sets a decent standard despite having to concede 5lbs. Open to further improvement still she can strike another win here where her experience and proven ability to handle the ground are big positives.
2:55 Lingfield – Betway Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-80) 1m2f
CRIMEWAVE has made the frame in each of his last three starts since returning from a couple of months off the track and the Teofilo gelding can get back to winning ways here.
Tom Clover’s charge scored his last success over this course and distance back in February last year and while his summer campaign was a bit hit and miss he’s since returned in better fettle and ran well when last seen competing over one mile at Wolverhampton earlier this month.
Not seen to best effect in finishing two lengths’ third behind Cityzen Serg he steps back up in trip for this latest outing where the excellent Laura Pearson can take off 5lbs and the pair can combine to go close.
5:45 Wolverhampton – Betway Handicap Cl5 (4yo+ 0-70) 2m½f
FLEUR IRLANDAISE arrives here chasing a hat-trick of wins and Nick Littmoden’s charge can collect.
The No Risk At All mare had shown a decent level of form over hurdles previously, winning a decent prize at Kempton a couple of seasons ago and starts last term saw him contesting at Listed level where he finished a solid fifth behind Bannixtown Glory in November.
She’s since registered a pair of course wins, one of which came over this distance and her latest saw her run out a ready winner over Flat To The Max over shorter than today’s trip where she struck by just over one length.
A 5lbs rise for that success might not prove enough of a burden to preventing another success and having won a shade cosily last time she can make her presence felt again.
7:15 Wolverhampton – Get Your Ladbrokes Daily Odds Boost Handicap Cl6 (3yo 0-60) 1m4f
THE BAY WARRIOR turned in his best performance to date on his first run following a gelding operation, beaten less than one length into fourth behind Ladywood over a shorter trip than this at this venue earlier in the month.
Mark Usher’s The Gurkha gelding suggested on that occasion that he might benefit from a stiffer test having rallied well once headed two out and he only gave way late in the day before fading in the final strides and losing places.
The third horse home in that contest has won since to give the form a boost and the selection could improve faced with this longer yardage and having been raised only 1lb in the ratings. This doesn’t look the strongest of contests and open to further improvement he ought to make his presence felt here.