Friday racing best bets – Tips for Sandown, Leicester, Lingfield and Wolverhampton
Horse racing tips for Friday 12 March
With four more meetings heading to post over the sticks and on the all-weather we’ve picked out our Friday racing best bets and tips for the day’s fixtures.
With only a few days to go until the Cheltenham Festival kicks off Friday’s fixture list takes in four meetings over the sticks and on the all-weather; the day’s jumps racing comes from Sandown and Leicester, while there is afternoon action on the polytrack at Lingfield.
Completing the day’s quartet of fixtures is an evening card under the floodlights at Wolverhampton on their tapeta surface and we’ve looked over each of the day’s meetings to pick out our Friday racing best bets and tips.
FRIDAY RACING BEST BETS – OUR TIPS FOR SANDOWN, LEICESTER, LINGFIELD & WOLVERHAMPTON
2:05 Lingfield – Bombardier British-Hopped Amber Beer Handicap Cl3 (4yo+ 0-95) 7f
ZHUI FENG lost his way towards the end of his time with Amanda Perrett, but the Invincible Spirit gelding wasted no time in getting back to winning ways on his first run for new handler Tom Ward and he can follow up here.
He had been contesting in a better grade of race for his current handler and he made the frame in four of his seven starts last campaign; he made a winning a return when beating Baby Steps over this trip at Kempton when last seen and that rival reopposes here although he disappointed on his next start.
While he’s worse off at the weights with that rival here following a 5lbs rise the booking of Ryan Moore catches the eye and if arriving in similar form then he ought to go well. He remains well treated on his old form and no surprise if he strikes again.
2:30 Sandown – Paddy’s Rewards Club Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl3 (5yo+) 1m7½f
DOSTAL PHIL was badly hampered by the fall of Antunes when only finising third over this course and distance last month and Philip Hobbs’ charge is worth another chance having looked a potentially decent chaser in the making when beating Funambule Sivola at Newbury on his chase debut.
A dual-winning hurdler he struck by five lengths on that occasion over Venetia Williams’ runner who has won since, while the third and fourth both went on to collect silver medals in their respective next runs.
He wasn’t seen to best effect last time having quickly lost his position when being badly hampered latest by his rival’s tumble; that one too has won since along with the winner but there’s likely more to come from the Coastal Path gelding on just his third chase start and he could bounce back given he remains open to plenty of progress.
4:05 Leicester – Every Race Live On Racing TV Handicap Chase Cl5 (5yo+ 0-100) 2m4f
NEWBERRY NEW ran out a ready winner two starts ago at Catterick, ending a run of disappointing performances with an easy ten lengths’ victory over Zee Man. Harriet Bethell’s charge was subsequently not disgraced when finishing third here last month.
The Kodiac gelding was contesting a stronger race on that occasion where the longer trip might have stretched his stamina; but dropping back to this sort of trip and eased back into a Class 5 contest he could quickly bounce back with a better effort.
The form of his Catterick win was boosted by the third winning next time and while this mark remains quite stiff he could post a big effort if able to reproduce that winning performance here.
4:15 Sandown – Paddy Power “4 Sleeps To Cheltenham” Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (4yo+ 0-135) 2m4f
POL CROCAN looks a progressive sort and Philip Hobbs’ charge can continue his improvement over hurdles to notch up a hat-trick of wins.
The Shirocco gelding is 2-3 over hurdles thus far in his light career, scoring either side of ten weeks off earlier in the campaign at Wincanton and he appeared to win with something to spare latest with a four lengths’ victory over Blumen Glory.
Now switching to a handicap he could prove ahead of the assessor having been given a mark of 127 and with the potential for better still to come as he steps back up in yardage he can continue his winning run here.
4:35 Leicester – Boscasports No.1 Digital Betting Shop Display Handicap Chase Cl5 (5yo+ 0-105) 2m6½f
COLONEL KEATING has hit the crossbar in each of his last three starts but the Yeats gelding might be able to make the breakthrough here.
Richard Rowe’s charge is yet to get off the mark but he’s been knocking hard on the door of late, twice finishing around a length second in starts at Lingfield towards the end of last year and he was perhaps just a shade rusty when finishing three lengths’ runner-up behind No Rematch at Chepstow latest following ten weeks off.
That form is fair with the fifth winning since and this slight drop back in trip isn’t an issue; he ought to make his presence felt again then as a result from just 1lb higher while Brian Hughes takes the ride and this could represent a decent opportunity for the Yeats gelding to open his win account.
4:40 Wolverhampton – Betway Classified Stakes (Div II) Cl6 (4yo+ 0-50) 6f
ANDRE AMAR has been in decent form since returning from an absence to post successive runner-up finishes at Southwell and here latterly and the Dandy Man gelding might be able to go one better here.
A debut winner in Ireland for Ger Lyons he’s certainly had his limitations exposed since; but he took a step forward last time when equipped with first-time cheekpieces to go down only by a short-head behind Jeans Maite here four days ago over five furlongs and a repeat of that might be good enough despite the extra furlong here.
Robyn Brisland’s charge tries six furlongs for the first time on the all-weather away from Southwell where he’s cut little ice; but the quicker surface here could show him in better light over the trip and he remains fairly weighted off this mark given his historic form in Ireland.
This likely won’t take a great deal of winning and it would be no surprise to see him firmly in the mix.
6:45 Wolverhampton – Play Ladbrokes 5-A-Side On Football Handicap Cl5 (3yo 0-70) 1m1½f
Lightly-raced SKY BRIGHT has shown race-by-race progress, making the frame in all three starts this term on the all-weather and latterly going down by only a head behind Komore over one mile at Kempton earlier in the month.
Ed Walker’s charge has seen that form done little harm since by the third horse home who almost won next time at Newcastle and the Dawn Approach filly could improve stepping up in trip for this latest outing.
She showed a good attitude in that run to battle back and she was gaining again at the line so this longer distance ought to suit and it isn’t hard to see him in the mix at the business end of this contest.