Horse racing tips on Friday – Best bets at Aintree, Leicester, Sedgefield and Kempton

Horse racing tips on Friday. Best bets across the day's UK horse racing meetings.Horse racing tips on Friday. Best bets across the day's UK horse racing meetings.

Horse racing best bets on Friday 9 April

Another cracking day of horse racing action awaits punters on Friday with four meetings and we’ve looked over all the day’s racing to pick out our horse racing tips on Friday and best bets at each meeting.

There’s more classy horse racing action to look forward to on Friday as four more meetings head to post across the UK headed by the second day of Aintree and the Grand National Festival.

In addition to racing over the sticks at the Merseyside track there is further jumps racing from Sedgefield, while there is also flat racing in the afternoon on turf at Leicester. Completing the Friday quartet of racemeetings is an evening fixture on the all-weather at Kempton.

We’ve taken a look through all four of the day’s fixtures across the UK where we pick out our horse racing tips on Friday and best bets for each meeting.


2:40 Leicester – Watch On Racing TV Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-80) 7f

DIRTY RASCAL won with something to spare when put up by this column four days ago and the Acclamation gelding looks worth sticking with again despite a 5lbs penalty for that success and the quick turnaround.

George Boughey’s charge had finished a close runner-up the time before at Doncaster when denied only by a neck by Tahitian Prince prior to going one better latest and the third from that Doncaster contest did no harm to the form next time.

His win last time came over six furlongs but he’s very effective at this longer trip and on turf and he could prove a tough nut to crack if this outing doesn’t come too soon. He still looks well handicapped despite his penalty and if arriving at the top of his game he can go close.

3:25 Aintree – Marsh Chase (Registered As The Melling Chase) (Grade 1) (GBB Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m4f

It might be worth chancing on a return to winning form by NOTEBOOK who could be well-served by the flatter track here and Henry De Bromhead’s charge can get back on track.

A decent sort over hurdles he’s taken his form to a new level over fences, winning his first four starts in good fashion in the 2019/20 campaign which included beating Fakir D’Oudairies at Leopardstown to open his Grade One win account and he followed up back there in February before running poorly behind Put The Kettle On in the Arkle.

That wasn’t the first time he’d disappointed at Cheltenham however and having beaten Fakir D’Oudairies again on his reappearance in the Poplar Square Chase he twice locked horns with no success with Chacun Pour Soi, finishing second and third respectively in starts at Leopardstown before again running below his best back at Cheltenham latest.

He could be better suited by a flatter, sharper track than the stiff and undulating Cheltenham so it would be no surprise to see him bouncing back at this venue and he’s not one to write off just yet that he remains capable of top form.

Friday horse racing tips. Henry De Bromhead can saddle a Grade One winner on Friday.

Friday horse racing tips. Henry De Bromhead can saddle a Grade One winner on Friday.

3:47 Sedgefield – Follow Facebook For Latest Offer Handicap Chase Cl5 (5yo+ 0-100) 3m2½f

CHASE THE WIND is very much at the veteran stage of his career but the Spadoun gelding shows little sign of losing his enthusiasm for the game and he ran out a winner latest at Uttoxeter when beating Taboo by a half-length.

He appeared to score a shade comfortably that day and Julie Forster’s charge could follow up here if in similar form with his 7lbs claimer offsetting the penalty he has to carry for that success.

A good third on his return from a short break at Wetherby the time before he has seen that form boosted and he is well handicapped on his old form so another big performance wouldn’t come as a surprise so long as this doesn’t come too soon just eight days on from that successful outing.

4:05 Aintree – Randox Topham Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (GBB Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m5f

MODUS took well to these obstacles when finishing third in the Grand Sefton Chase in December and with that experience under his belt Paul Nicholls’ charge can get back to winning ways.

The veteran Motivator gelding won three of his first four starts over fences and continued at a good level despite winning only once more in his next eight outings prior to a lengthy absence. That win came at Cheltenham in October 2018 where he narrowly beat Duke Of Navan but he was largely disappointing following that success although he did run better when sixth in the 2019 Galway Plate.

A winner on his reappearance from a lengthy break he ran well over this obstacles behind Beau Bay and off the same mark he can go close again given his record fresh.

Friday horse racing tips. Modus can win the Topham Chase for Paul Nicholls.

Friday horse racing tips. Modus can win the Topham Chase for Paul Nicholls.

4:30 Leicester – Bet At Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-80) 1m

MARS LANDING has made the frame in his last four starts and Sir Michael Stoute’s charge can get off the mark now on his seasonal return to action.

Lightly-raced for a four-year old with just seven career runs he has made the frame on five occasions in total and he was last seen finishing runner-up at Chelmsford in October behind At Ease, beaten three-parts of a length.

It is a bit concerning that he’s been a beaten favourite on each of his last three starts; however he pulled clear along with the winner when last seen and back in the handicap ranks off a workable mark he could take advantage.

He has looked temperamental in the past but if the Dark Angel gelding can focus his energies then he might be able to break his duck here.

6:10 Kempton – Unibet New Instant Roulette Handicap Cl6 (4yo+ 0-60) 1m3f

PETIT BAY is lightly raced for a five-year old, showing only moderate form in a trio of all-weather starts over a trio that was probably short of her best but stepping up on what she’d done before with some good runs on turf last term which included a win at Leicester.

The Dick Turpin mare possibly failed to stay twelve furlongs last term and she makes her reappearance here from almost nine months off the track back on the all-weather. She wasn’t beaten far latest and the winner and third have both landed subsequent wins to give the form a boost.

Mark Todd’s charge is only 2lbs higher in the weights here and still unexposed she can give a good account back from her absence and no surprise to see her firmly in the mix.