Friday TV all-weather tips – ITV Racing best bets at Lingfield and Newcastle
Friday all-weather horse racing tips on ITV Racing
We kick off the Easter bank holiday with some cracking TV horse racing action on ITV Racing and we’ve picked out our Friday TV all-weather tips at Lingfield and Newcastle.
The ITV Racing cameras are back in action on Friday with coverage of two of the day’s fixtures on the all-weather at Lingfield and Newcastle.
It is All-Weather Champions Day at Lingfield and the cameras will be at the Surrey venue for six races; while Newcastle provide four races on a ten-race live TV bonanza of racing action on ITV Racing.
Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand as usual to provide viewers with their usual expert racing tips, insights and post-race analysis on all the day’s televised racing and we’ve picked out our Friday TV all-weather tips.
FRIDAY TV ALL-WEATHER TIPS – ITV RACING BEST BETS AT LINGFIELD & NEWCASTLE
2:00 Lingfield – Betway All-Weather Marathon Championships Conditions Stakes Cl2 (4yo+) 2m
RANCH HAND is 3-3 on artificial surfaces and Andrew Balding’s charge can land a hat-trick of wins having won his last two starts on the flat either side of a break.
The Dunaden gelding won a Listed contest over two miles on his last turf start at Newmarket back in September after which he had a couple of spins over hurdles, winning at Exeter before being bogged down in the mud at Haydock and he was given some time off in the wake of that run.
He made a winning reappearance at Chelmsford last month where he held off the reopposing Rock Eagle by a neck with Lucky Deal – who also lines up – further back in third. He was giving both 3lbs on that occasion so ought to confirm the form off level weights this time around and he can maintain his unbeaten record on all-weather surfaces by taking this prize.
2:15 Newcastle – Bombardier Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-80) 7f
BROCTUNE RED saw his winning run ended when run down late over one mile here seven days ago but the Haafhd gelding can quickly bounce back assuming this run doesn’t come too soon.
Gillian Boanas’ charge is a four-time course winner and he had won his three previous starts over the one mile trip here which included a seven lengths’ defeat of Glengarry on his penultimate outing.
A drop to seven furlongs for this latest outing is unlikely to present a concern and he turns out here from the same mark as last time before going up 3lbs in future races while jockey Oliver Stammers again claims 5lbs off his back and the pair have a good record together.
The quick turnaround with just seven days between runs is a slight concern but if he’s none the worse for recent exertions then he should give another good account of himself and it wouldn’t be a huge shock to see him quickly resuming the winning trend.
2:35 Lingfield – Ladbrokes All-Weather Fillies’ And Mares’ Championships Conditions Stakes Cl2 (4yo+) 7f
Indie Angel sets the standard on his reappearance but with race-fitness on her side it may pay to side with James Tates’ SHIMMERING DAWN who had been in good form prior to a lesser run at Wolverhampton recent and the Morpheus mare can bounce back.
A winner of three of her last six starts which includes over course and distance in December she wasn’t seen to best effect when left poorly placed at Wolverhampton last month where she was beaten around eight lengths into seventh by Mums Tipple.
She might get more of a pace to aim at this time around and James Doyle takes over the saddle which is a positive move and it wouldn’t be much of a surprise to see her deliver an improved performance this time around.
2:50 Newcastle – Betway Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-85) 6f
DEVIL’S ANGEL is thriving at present and arrives on a hat-trick having struck a brace of course and distance wins under this rider and Jedd O’Keeffe’s charge can land the three-timer.
The Dark Angel gelding hasn’t won either of his last two starts by far, only by a half-length and short-head; his latest defeat of Athollblair Boy however suggested there could still be more in the locker and the narrow margins of victory could have the handicapper playing catch-up still.
He’s 4lbs higher here than when registering his last success but he ought to go well again and no surprise to see him firmly in the mix as he pursues his hat-trick under Megan Nicholls back at this venue which clearly suits.
3:10 Lingfield – Betway All-Weather Sprint Championships Conditions Stakes Cl2 (4yo+) 6f
Adrian McGuinness has snapped up Hollie Doyle to partner HARRY’S BAR in this contest and the move could pay dividends with the top prize returning to Ireland.
A smart performer at up to seven furlongs for James Fanshawe, rounding off his time with that yard with victory at Kempton back in October the Exceed And Excel gelding won his first two outings at Dundalk for his new handler which includes a Listed contest in November prior to making a winning return three months later.
Never a factor in a Riyadh raid in February he was possibly stretched by one mile latest back at Dundalk but can do better returning to sprint trips and while this outer berth isn’t ideal he can go well nonetheless.
There should be no shortage of pace for him to track which might help Hollie Doyle get him into a good position and he can go close.
3:25 Newcastle – Ladbrokes Burradon Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo) 1m
None of this quartet can be ruled out with any certainty but MEGALLAN sets a stiff standard for his trio of rivals to match with 10lbs in hand on official ratings and John Gosden’s charge can get back on the scoresheet.
The Kingman colt was a debut winner at Newmarket back in August after which he made the frame in a trio of starts including when finishing fourth in the Group Three Autumn Stakes where he perhaps wasn’t ideally suited by soft ground.
That impression was borne out when he disappointed in the Group One Vertem Futurity Trophy at Doncaster where he struggled in the heavy ground. However he bounced back following a break to find only one too good by a short-head on his reappearance in a Listed contest at Lingfield last month.
Not helped by a slow start and the race turning into something of a sprint after halfway he could do better with that outing under his belt granted a more even pace and likely to be sharper for that reappearance he could prove tough to beat here.
3:45 Lingfield – Ladbrokes 3 Year Old All-Weather Championships Conditions Stakes (Plus 10 Race) Cl2 (3yo) 6f
Diligent Harry lost his unbeaten record when narrowly denied by Rohaan over this course and distance last month but he was only beaten a short-head having missed the break and having to make up more ground than ideal. He can go well but MIGHTY GURKHA gets the vote to follow up his recent Kempton success.
Archie Watson’s Sepoy colt was thought good enough to contest the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot last June following an impressive course and distance debut success and he ran well in that Listed race to finish fifth before making the frame in a Listed race at Newbury and winning the Group Three Sirenia Stakes at Kempton.
Not disgraced in a crack at the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint in November to finish a nose-second to Victory Heights at Wolverhampton and he made a winning return at Kempton in January when battling on gamely from Zamaani who reopposes here.
Rohaan was well beaten in that contest and there’s likely more to come from the selection as a three-year old who battled back once headed to land the spoils. He was giving Zamaani 5lbs so on these terms he should uphold that form and he’s been kept fresh for this so there’s every chance he can win again.
4:00 Newcastle – Ladbrokes “Play 1-2-Free” On Football Handicap Cl4 (3yo 0-85) 1m4½f
Another small field where strong cases can be made for all four runners although narrow preference is for Mark Johnston’s GLEN AGAIN who progressed from his promising debut runner-up effort last term to fill the same spot on his return.
The Gleneagles colt then got off the mark at the third attempt when gaining a three-parts of a length verdict over reopposing Defined at Chelmsford in January, battling back well and appearing to win a shade more comfortably than the winning margin suggests.
That runner-up went one better next time while the third and fourth have both made the frame in subsequent starts so it run represents some useful form and back from a short break there could be more to come over this longer trip which looks sure to suit.
4:15 Lingfield – Betway Easter Classic All-Weather Middle Distance Championships Conditions Stakes Cl2 (4yo+) 1m2f
Bangkok had FOREST OF DEAN behind when winning the Winter Derby Trial over this course and distance and the latter duly obliged in the Winter Derby proper while Andrew Balding’s charge struggled to land a blow in the Saudi Cup.
The pair could dominate this contest with John Gosden’s charge narrowly preferred to come out on top this time around and gain some revenge on the Balding runner.
A three-time winner on turf last summer he has a very good record on the all-weather where he’s yet to finish out of the frame and has registered two wins from five on artificial surfaces. He was just run down late by Bangkok two starts ago, but ridden slightly differently latest he poached a lead turning in and held on well for a relatively comfortable success and the form was boosted when the runner-up finished third to Lord North next time in the Dubai Turf.
He ought to go well again here and while Andrew Balding’s rival will present stern opposition he could come out on top on this occasion.
4:45 Lingfield – Bombardier All-Weather Mile Championships Conditions Stakes Cl2 (4yo+) 1m
Mum’s Tipple won comfortably when stepped up to seven furlongs to regain the winning thread latest and the Footstepsinthesand gelding is dangerous to overlook if seeing out another step up in trip and tackling one mile for the first time since last season’s 2000 Guineas.
Stamina is no concern however for KHUZAAM who was improved by a wind operation ahead of the 2019 campaign, winning at Kempton and finishing runner-up in his other starts which include being denied by a short-head in a Listed contest over this trip back at Kempton.
Roger Varian’s Kitten’s Joy gelding has continued this term in good heart, twice finishing runner-up again over the winter in Listed contests at Kempton and Deauville before returning from almost three months off with a narrow victory over Highland Dress at Chelmsford in March where he won by a half-length.
That form looks solid and might even be boosted earlier in the card and the five-year old is open to plenty of improvement still given he’s low-mileage and relatively unexposed for a five-year old. That recent run will have shed any rustiness he might have felt after his time off and he could follow up that success with another victory here.