Horse Racing Tips on Friday, April 1
There are four meetings spread across Britain on Friday, April 1st with the action coming from Leicester, Newbury, Ayr and Southwell. Our expert tipster has produced their best bets across the cards, which make up our advised Friday Lucky 15.
Mark Of Gold (3.05 Newbury)
A dual Flat winner for Richard Hannon, MARK OF GOLD was picked up for 30,000 guineas at the sales last summer and has already gained two hurdles victories for current connections, both successes coming over 2m at Plumpton. At the prices, he looks worth backing to enhance that with a win in Friday’s BetVictor Gamble Responsibly Handicap Hurdle.
Mark Of Gold could only muster fourth over course and distance last month, but that effort came off topweight and on ground softer than he would ideally prefer.
These better conditions will suit Mark Of Gold, and a 2lb weights drop leaves him on a seemingly workable mark of 116, with that rating particularly lenient judged on his early-season second to the subsequent Grade 2 winner (133-rated) Aucunrisque.
Paricolor (3.40 Newbury)
David Pipe has his string in good form at present with his last five runners producing form figures of 22122. He aims to continue that run with PARICOLOR, who takes up an engagement in Newbury’s Watch Last Fan Standing Handicap Hurdle.
This gelding by Orpen proved prolific in sellers last season and has progressed into a reliable handicapper this term, finishing a 50/1 runner-up at Cheltenham in November and going one spot better at Bangor a month later.
Back from a short break, Paricolor finished an 11l fourth at Plumpton when last seen, and although this represents a step up in class Paricolor runs off a pound lower mark and this doesn’t appear, on paper at least, to be the strongest race, with the majority of these runners coming into this with something to prove.
At a double-figure price, Paricolor can be chanced to get himself back in the winner’s enclosure.
Joueur Bresilien (4.15 Newbury)
JOUEUR BRESILIEN hasn’t got the most consistent profile in the world, but he is more than adept at this level when on a going day, as shown by his Stratford victory a little over 12 months ago. The Get A Run For Your Money At BetVictor Handicap Chase sees Joueur Bresilien run off a pound lower mark than when successful at Stratford, and therefore the gelding looks well worth chancing.
Rebecca Curtis’s charge has failed to complete in two of three starts this season, but a penultimate Bangor unseat was a credible run and barring jumping errors at the final two fences Joueur Bresilien would almost certainly have had a part to play in proceedings.
That run came on heavy going, but Joueur Bresilien has won on good to firm in the past, so should have no issue with conditions, and he’s clearly well treated on the pick of his form, so in an open race looks the one to side with.
Mont Saint Vincent (4.50 Newbury)
It is a little surprising to see MONT SAINT VINCENT trading as big as 18/1 for Newbury’s concluding Download The BetVictor App Handicap Hurdle on Friday.
This Dai Walters owned 6yo runs 12 months to the day since landing a maiden hurdle at Ffos Las, where he had the now 117-rated Anax and 120-rated Road Senam comfortably held.
Mont Saint Vincent didn’t appear to take to chasing in two starts in that discipline earlier this season, but he improved for the return to hurdles when third at Fontwell last time out.
The grey travelled into that race quite menacingly, and certainly didn’t wilt once put under pressure, so going up to 3m for the first time shouldn’t inconvenience. A 2lb weights drop puts Mont Saint Vincent on a mark of 112, which looks very workable on his Ffos Las winning form, and it’s particularly notable that Sam Twiston-Davies is back aboard today for the first time since that Ffos Las win.