Our racing tipster marks your card for Friday's action - what's left of it!
The ‘Beast from the East’ continues to have his wicked way with the racing programme and Friday’s fare hinges on Lingfield’s all-weather card passing an 8.00am inspection and a hastily arranged “jumpers bumper” card at Southwell.
I wouldn’t blame any punters for giving the latter a swerve and especially as four of the races feature an odds-on favourite. But for the more intrepid amongst us I’m going to give you my five cents on a couple of the remaining races, with previous course form the requisite for a bet.
Not all horses take to the Fibresand surface here and some positively hate the kickback, but that doesn’t apply to Philip Kirby’s SHINE BABY SHINE, who is 2-2 here, and she looks worth a small interest in the opening contest. Others are preferred in the betting and Magic Dancer, who has looked progressive over hurdles this winter, has been put in as favourite. However, this will be his first look at the track and the selection, who was a fair third over hurdles at Catterick on her latest outing and as a four-year-old mare is getting all the allowances, could make her experience tell.
Man Look has the best recent hurdle form of those set to line up in the 3:20 contest and he’s disputing favouritism with Spectator, who has also been in good form over the smaller obstacles and was a decent stayer on the Flat. However, neither have experience of Fibresand and while that’s not to say they won’t take to it, it could be worth finding one against them that has.
Step forward BROTHERLY COMPANY who won a handicap over 1m4f here in January by a comfortable margin and has been running respectably over hurdles since. Indeed, his most recent effort in that sphere, a staying-on third at Catterick 18 days, was his best to date and confirmed him to be in good heart ahead of this assignment. That his trainer Joanne Foster has struck with both her runners in the last fortnight – at odds of 6/1 and 8/1 under today’s rider Danny Cook – provides further encouragement that the six-year-old can upset his better-fancied rivals.
All odds were correct at time of posting.