Get all the info to bash the bookies as ITV’s Matt Chapman runs you through the cards on Good Friday
THIS blog enjoyed a fine Grand National – with four selections in the big race we managed to claim the first two home and make a tidy profit. Oh yes.
Good Friday, however, is all about the all-weather with decent cards at both Lingfield and Newcastle on ITV4.
Let’s start at Lingfield, and the 2.10pm is the Marathon over nearly two miles. I’ll have a few quid each-way on WINNING STORY, who didn’t quite have the pace of Watersmeet last time.
In this bigger field and likely stronger pace I hope he’ll run well for Silvestre De Sousa.
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It’s the Fillies’ and Mares’ over seven furlongs at 2.40pm, and the one I like is MUFFRI’HA, who is perfectly boxed in stall one to get a good position. Cheekpieces should just spark her up back in trip for William Haggas.
We go sprinting over six furlongs at 3.10pm, and I like the look of LANCELOT DU LAC, who is better berthed than Pretend who needs to bounce back to his best. The selection was unlucky in this last year from a terrible draw for Dean Ivory.
The 3.40pm is the Mile, and Ennaadd will be hard to beat after a break. However I like SOVEREIGN DEBT as an each-way alternative.
He was desperately unlucky when third last time and has a good draw here. Hard to keep out the frame for Ruth Carr.
Then it’s a conditions race for three-year-olds at 4.10pm, and SECOND THOUGHT really does look the one to beat for Haggas again.
Unbeaten this season, the selection is getting better and better and has a perfect plot draw in 5.
Finally at Lingfield it’s the Classic at 4.40pm, and it’s hard to believe CONVEY won’t take all the beating for Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore.
American sprinter Lady Aurelia will have her Royal Ascot prep run at Keeneland on Saturday
DANDY’S A GENIUS
Retiring trainer Dandy Nicholls labelled a “genius” by son and former jockey Adrian
JAZZ IT UP
Marco Botti reports Aljazzi is in great form ahead of the Snowdrop Fillies’ Stakes at Kempton
Gordon Elliott is set to send a big team to the Punchestown Festival later this month
Conor McGregor arrives in style at Aintree for the Grand National after getting a private jet AND a Rolls Royce
FOX WON’T ROCK
Foxrock is likely to skip the Grand National and head to Fairyhouse for the Irish National
BOY DID GOOD
Trainer Ian Williams was thrilled with Gas Line Boy’s fifth in this year’s Grand National
RACING CARDS & RESULTS
Get the cards and the full and fast results from Thursday’s meet at Towcester
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Racing Tips – Top Tipster Steve Mullen’s best racing selections for Monday, April 10
GREND IS GRAND
Grendisar will face eight rivals as he looks to win the Easter Classic for the second time
This five-year-old looked better than ever when winning here last time.
Over at Newcastle, the 2.55pm is a tricky handicap over seven furlongs. I’ll have a small each-way bet on MUTAMID for Ismail Mohammed. My hope has nothing in hand of the handicapper but is consistent and likely to run a race.
There’s another nightmare at 3.25pm, and this trip gives GOOD RUN a fine each-way chance for Godolphin.
Matt Chapman’s TV Tips
- 2.10 Lingfield – WINNING STORY
- 2.40 Lingfield – MUFFRI’HA
- 2.55 Newcastle – MUTAMID
- 3.10 Lingfield – LANCELOT DU LAC
- 3.25 Newcastle – GOOD RUN
- 3.40 Lingfield – SOVEREIGN DEBT
- 3.55 Newcastle – SOUTH SEAS
- 4.10 Lingfield – SECOND THOUGHT
- 4.40 Lingfield – CONVEY
Blinkers may help this four-year-old dropped in trip for Godolphin. Might outstay a few of these.
Finally there’s a conditions event over a mile at 3.55pm. I like the look of SOUTH SEAS, who really impressed at Windsor last season. He ran in the Dewhurst and wasn’t beaten far. He’s the class act for me.
So best of luck everyone as we go all-weather crazy! Yeeehaaa!