Good Friday horse racing tips – Bank holiday best bets for the day’s all-weather meetings
Good Friday horse racing best bets and tips
It’s an all-weather racing day on Good Friday to kick off the Easter bank holiday weekend and we’ve looked over the day’s trio of meetings to pick out our Good Friday horse racing tips.
Jumps racing takes a back seat on Good Friday as three meetings head to post in the afternoon to kick off the Easter bank holiday weekend. It is All-Weather Champions Day at Lingfield where seven races go to post and the pick of the day’s action will be shown live on ITV Racing.
In addition to Lingfield there is also action on the polytrack at Chelmsford and on the tapeta at Newcastle; we’ve looked over the day’s fixtures on the all-weather to pick out our Good Friday horse racing tips and best bets at each meeting.
GOOD FRIDAY HORSE RACING TIPS – BEST BETS AT LINGFIELD, CHELMSFORD & NEWCASTLE
2:00 Lingfield – Betway All-Weather Marathon Championships Conditions Stakes Cl2 (4yo+) 2m
RANCH HAND is unbeaten on the all-weather and Andrew Balding’s charge can maintain that perfect record at the expense of Rainbow Dreamer who sets the standard.
Nevertheless the Dunaden gelding arrives in good heart chasing a hat-trick of wins and he ought to give a good account of himself where he’ll be sharper for his recent return and win at Chelmsford over this trip.
He turned in a number of highly creditable performances last term on turf including finishing fourth in the Group Three John Smith’s Silver Cup at York and sixth in the Ebor Handicap before stepping up to two miles to win the Listed Jockey Club Rosebowl Sakes, beating Withhold by a half-length and he even managed to win over hurdles.
Still relatively low-mileage for a five-year old he remains open to progress and can come out on top here given his record on this surface.
2:15 Newcastle – Bombardier Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-80) 7f
Since switching back to the all-weather last September BROCTUNE RED has only once finished out of the first four home in his starts and Gillian Boanas’ charge can get back on the winning trail here.
The Haafhd gelding won four times in that spell until being beaten a neck latest behind Kentuckyconection over this course and distance last Friday where he was just run down close home by the winner.
He’d won impressively the time before with a seven lengths’ defeat of Glengarry over the same course and distance and he should handle this drop to seven furlongs where he remains well-handicapped off this mark given he’s due to go up 3lbs in future runs.
A consistent sort he should continue to give a good account and no surprise to see him going close once more with Oliver Stammers again taking 5lbs off his back.
2:50 Newcastle – Betway Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-85) 6f
DEVIL’S ANGEL has been in good fettle this term since returing from a break, finishing a half-length third to reopposing Global Warming on his reappearance before registering a brace of course and distance wins the last twice.
Jedd O’Keeffe’s charge was conceding race-fitness to his conquerer on his debut but he was getting 9lbs from that rival and while he’s improved to win both starts since he’ll likely have to eke out a bit more to overturn that form although he’s certain to be sharper.
His two recent wins haven’t been by large margins so the handicapper may still be trying to nail him down and his latest win hinted at better to come so a 4lbs rise remains workable, while Megan Nicholls has struck up a good rapport with the Dark Angel gelding and the pair can combine again to land a hat-trick of wins.
3:10 Lingfield – Betway All-Weather Sprint Championships Conditions Stakes Cl2 (4yo+) 6f
HARRY’S BAR certainly knows how to win on the all-weather, registering multiple victories on artificial surfaces for James Fanshawe including on his final start for that handler where the Exceed and Excel gelding won at Kempton last October.
He’s continued in good form since joining Adrian McGuinness, winning his fist two outings at Dundalk which included a Listed prize and he bounced back from a lesser effort at Riyadh to finish third behind the smart Harpocrates over one mile back at Dundalk although that trip appeared to stretch him.
Returning to sprinting he could do better back over six furlongs and Hollie Doyle is an eye-catching booking on the Irish raider who despite his wide draw can come out on top with the likelihood of a strong pace sure to play to his strengths.
4:07 Chelmsford – chelmsfordcityracecourse.com Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-100) 1m2f
ZABEEL CHAMPION was progressive last term, winning twice in decent handicaps at Newmarket including the valuable Bet365 Handicap where he beat Man Of The Night.
The Poet’s Voice colt was beaten less than one length into the runner-up berth at Goodwood next time but he shaped as a non-stayer when tried over twelve furlongs at York on his final start of the campaign and this return to shorter on his reappearance ought to suit.
Mark Johnston’s charge concedes race fitness to all but one rival which is a slight worry as he looked as if he needed the run on his return last campaign.
But if fully wound up ahead of his reappearance for a yard in decent form then he can turn in a bold showing and no surprise to see him in the mix.
5:07 Chelmsford – tote.co.uk Live Streaming Every UK Race Handicap Cl6 (3yo 0-65) 1m2f
KABUTO improved for the switch to handicapping and a significantly longer trip when finding only one too good at Lingfield in March and Michael Appebly’s charge can get off the mark now at the fifth attempt.
The Helmet gelding was beaten just over one length behind Ladywood, hanging left and possibly finding his stamina stretched by the yardage. He may be better served by this drop to ten furlongs and he’s only 1lb higher so can continue to progress.
First-time cheekpieces are also deployed by the trainer for this latest outing and he should be involved again at the finish with improvement anticipated.