Friday Racing Tips: Three horses to follow in Britain and Ireland

 | April 05 | 

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Lingfield Park Racecourse

Jump racing holds sway across Britain and Ireland on Friday, with four of the six meetings taking place across the afternoon and into the evening involving obstacles.

First off is Wetherby before they go to Fontwell, Lingfield, Musselburgh, Wexford and Dundalk.

Among our Friday fancies is one for trainer Ruth Jefferson who created a good impression on Boxing Day and can defy a penalty.

Friday Racing Tips - April 5

  • 17:15 Lingfield - The Liegeman @ 3/1
  • 19:40 Musselburgh - Sagonige @ 3/1
  • 20:30 Dundalk - Cristal Clere @ 12/1

17:15 Lingfield - The Liegeman @ 3/1

THE LIEGEMAN needs to bounce back from a poor showing at Newcastle when last seen in February, but he was part of a leading trio who went off way too hard and suffered the consequences on a stiff track late on, with the first four home coming late and fast.

Given his prominent style of racing, it's no surprise his sole success came over course and distance on a sharper track, and Hollie Doyle has been booked for the assignment again on his return from a short break.

Placed twice off a mark of 70 on the all-weather in the winter months, the three-year-old son of Equiano is now 2lb lower, and this also represents a drop in grade. He should be well up to making his presence felt and could dictate a small field over this fast 5f from the front.

19:40 Musselburgh - Sagonige @ 3/1

Emmet Mullins sends Irish raider Jewel Of Windsor to take her chance in the closing bumper at Musselburgh. Any positive market vibes could be telling for a yard who are known for readying one for a debut victory.

However, despite having to carry a penalty, SAGONIGE is the most likely winner. Ruth Jefferson's Blue Bresil mare stayed on well to beat Backdoorflush in a thrilling finish at Sedgefield on Boxing Day, with the pair pulling clear of the remainder.

It's not easy to come from the back at Sedgefield as it's typically a track for frontrunners, so the effort can be marked up, and she has had a nice break to get ready for this assignment. Soft ground is no issue and she has every chance to double her tally.

20:30 Dundalk - Cristal Clere @ 12/1

Last but not least, we are going to take a chance on CRISTAL CLERE being able to bounce back to form stepping up in trip again after a poor showing when last of six runners behind Real Appeal over a mile at Dundalk last month.

The son of Harzand has a bit to find with a couple of his rivals on official ratings, but he's a former course winner and his last success came at Roscommon over 1m2f in September when staying on well for pressure in the closing stages.

Although he is winless in four starts over 1m4f in his career, he should appreciate this sort of trip as he ages, and he would have needed his latest run as it was off the back of an absence. Likely to be a decent price, he can surprise a few here.

Find more Horse Racing Tips here at Betfred Insights.

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