Friday’s all-weather tips – Tips for Newcastle, Lingfield and Dundalk

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Jack Haylett looks through the cards at Newcastle, Lingfield and Dundalk and picks out three all-weather tips for Friday 28th February.

Friday’s All-Weather Tips

Distant Goddess

I think Distant Goddess (11/8 Coral) has been found a very nice opportunity to shed the maiden tag at the third time of asking here and she will open my all-weather tips for Racing Tips.

She sets the form standard amongst the field and is open to plenty of further progression yet. Her debut third was very promising, ridden in midfield she was given an educational ride and was doing all her best work at the finish, I noted her as a sure fire future winner following that and was pleased to see her take a nice step forward second up. She bumped into one that day, but I suspect that was a decent race, and the third home has already come out and won well since to boost the form.

Distant Goddess is no superstar, but I fully expect to see her shed the maiden tag now in what looks a modest maiden. The potential fly in the ointment would be John Gosden’s beautifully bred colt; Copper Point. He boasts a wonderful page, and his trainer does often debut a smart one on the all-weather, but the application of a tongue tie for debut would be enough to put me off him.

Caius Marcius

It may seem strange backing a horse making its flat debut at the age of 9, but Caius Marcius (10/1 Ladbrokes) is far from inexperienced having raced thirty-one times already in the jumping sphere. In fact he has a great winning record, already eleven times a winner.

Rated 147 over fences then clearly this is a very talented horse, and if able to reproduce that form on the level then he would make up into a very useful performer in this sphere. This 2-miler should have more than enough pace to contest 1 mile 2 at Newcastle, and I’d be hopeful his stamina can be used to good effect here. He resumes following a four month absence, and there is the possibility he is here just for a day out and to gain a bit of fitness prior to spring targets, being a good ground horse he would be well unsuited to running on the soft ground every jumps race is run on at present. That said, the race does not look very strong at all, and think the 10/1 available is more than generous.

Top Power represents the in-form Andrew Balding team, and whilst setting the standard looks way too short at odds on. The rest of the field look average so I’m happy to take them on. Caius Marcius is advised each way with little depth to this race.

Laugh A Minute

I think the runners at the head of the market for the 8:00 take too big a percentage out of the book, and I’m happy to take a chance on one of the bigger priced runners in the field. The one I’ve sided with is Laugh A Minute (7/1 Unibet), who makes stable debut now for Adrian McGuinness.

This was a very talented gelding at best for Roger Varian – in fact you could argue the best of his form is just as good as anything else has ever run too in the field. Purchased for 100,00gns following two disappointing efforts then physically you would expect everything to be grand with the horse, and it may just be that a change of scenery will revitalise him.

Obviously following a five-month absence then you are taking a chance in regards fitness levels, but I think at 7/1 that risk is more than factored in. I think he is a strong bet at the prices, for all the market on the day may prove telling in regards readiness here.