Friday’s all-weather tips – Three tips for Lingfield and Dundalk
Jack Haylett takes a look through the cards at Lingfield and Dundalk and picks out his best all-weather tips on Friday 14th January.
Friday’s All-Weather Tips
I think the market is all wrong for the 3:10, with the favourite, Badri, in my opinion only having moderate form thus far, and with the second in, Phuket Power, having been raised harshly for finishing second the last twice. The pair take up a huge chunk of the market here and are easily opposed.
The one I’ve decided to play is Amber Island (6/1 Ladbrokes), she represents the top team of Charlie Appleby and whilst not sending out many runners on these shores at present those that are running are in good form. I think it is notable that the selection was sent off contesting second favouritism in a much stronger Newmarket nursery when last seen, and whilst bombing out that day it was simply too bad to be true.
I am surprised the handicapper dropped her a pound for that as I cannot have it as her true running and think after a near five-month absence she should resume here with a much-improved run. She is attractively handicapped and at the prices looks to be an outstanding bet, I would be extremely disappointed were she not going close here.
I was really taken by the way Amazing News (2/1 Paddy Power) dominated his rivals at the second time of asking, breaking well he led from pillar to post and eased clear of his rivals. That run has since become all the more impressive with the second home, beaten four and a half lengths, going on to win his next two starts.
You would think there would be plenty more to come from this son of Toronado on just third start here, particularly as trainer George Scott tends to bring on his horses gradually. Admittedly the winner’s penalty he has to concede here makes things tougher, but I’m not sure how strong this race is. I would certainly have the selection in as favourite, as whilst Makram did make a promising racecourse debut, I thought it was in a pretty weak race, so whilst improvement is likely I’d be hopeful of Amazing News holding him.
The market will likely prove telling in regards the Crisford newcomer, but the rest of the field are easily looked past. Amazing News at 9/4 is too big in the context of the race, expect Callum Shepherd to bounce him out and hopefully dictate his own pace, if that is the case then it would take a very smart performance to beat him.
A rather tricky race to bet in, with five Joseph O’Brien making up the nine strong field, but I’m hopeful that given he is running so many they are just their to get a run. A market move for any of those may prove telling, but the clear standout amongst the rest of the field would look to be China’s Storm (15/8 Unibet). He has progressed with each run so far, staying on particularly well last time when beaten just three quarters of a length into second.
Another step forward looks likely, and if able to even improve at all on his allotted handicap mark of 79 then he will be going very close here. Willie Byrne’s 7lb apprentice claim is a further help, and ultimately, he has been found an ideal opportunity to shed the maiden tag now. At 15/8 China’s Storm is the one to be on and he’s the best of my all-weather tips with Racing Tips.