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Gosden's 5/4 chance to send punters into Dreamland? Get Friday horse racing tips

Brian Healy 29 Mar 2019
Fontwell are racing on Friday as five UK and Irish horse racing meetings go to post. (credit:Credit by bettingpro)

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets across each of Friday's UK And Irish horse racing meetings.

Irish racing returns to the fixture list on Friday, and the day takes in five UK and Irish meetings with afternoon jumps racing from both Fontwell and Wetherby; while Lingfield are racing on their polytrack surface in the afternoon.

There are two fixtures in the evening, with Newcastle racing on tapeta, while Dundalk goes to post on their polytrack surface.

Lingfield (flat, aw) - 2.00 - 4.40pm (6 races)
Fontwell (jumps) - 2.10 - 5.20pm (7 races)
Wetherby (jumps) - 2.20 - 5.35pm (7 races)
Dundalk (flat, aw) - 5.45 - 8.45pm (7 races)
Newcastle (flat, aw) - 5.55 - 8.30pm (6 races)



(3.05) WARRIOR’S VALLEY (3/1, William Hill) has been in decent form of late,winning two of his last three outings.

The Mayson gelding most recently ran out a length winner over Eternal Sun at Southwell earlier in the month, but he had also registered a win here earlier in the month over Majorette, scoring by almost two lengths.

A 4lbs rise in the wake of that success looks harsh on the surface, but he could have more to offer and with the potential with further improvement he is worth chancing to follow up.

(4.40) FOLLOW A DREAM (5/4, Bet365) looked in need of the experience when finishing third of twelve runners behind Ragnar at Wolverhampton earlier in the month, but with that run under her belt the Giant’s Causeway filly could do better here,

John Gosden’s charge was beaten four lengths behind a potentially smart rival, but she ought to have learnt plenty from that run and she could well build on the outing to go close in this contest.

2.00 - Golden Guest
2.30 - Qaaraat
3.05 - Warrior’s Valley
3.35 - El Ghazwani
4.10 - Lord Lamington
4.40 - Follow A Dream


(2.40) BUBLE (7/2, William Hill) has shown improved form in his three starts since returning from a break, building on each run and getting back on the scoresheet when successful at Hereford earlier in the month.

David Bridgwater’s Milan gelding won with a little up his sleeve when scoring by one length over Good And Hardy with the pair pulling clear, and he could be well handicapped off the same mark returning back to chasing.
He was pulled up on his last start over fences, but he can be forgiven that run and he is worth hancing to get off the mark given his hurdles form.

(4.50) There is no guarantee that VEXILLUM (4/1, Bet365) will arrive here in the same form as when finishing third behind Black Anthem at Wincanton on his chase debut; but the Muhadil gelding could be worth chancing to do better here.

Neil Mulholland’s charge finished third on that occasion, beaten 25 lengths; but he could well show better form for that outing, and kept to fences from 5lbs lower in the weights then he could go close here on the pick of his form over hurdles should he choose to replicate such over the larger obstacles.

2.10 - King Muro
2.40 - Buble
3.15 - Le Ligerien
3.45 - Cybalko
4.20 - Deebaj
4.50 - Vexillum
5.20 - Felicidad

Neil Mulholland can get amongst the winners at Fontwell on Friday.


(3.25) GREY DIAMOND (7/2, William Hill) has looked a tricky ride over obstacles, but Alan King’s charge is perhaps worth keeping onside having shown some ability thus far over hurdles.

The Gris De Gris gelding won on his debut in a bumper when beating Hillary C at Ffos Las, where he got the better of several subsequent winners; but he has pulled hard on his hurdles starts to date, although he posted a very creditable fourth behind subsequent Triumph Hurdle winner Pentland Hills at Plumpton when last seen.

A subsequent winner was behind that day, and switching to handicap company then he could be well-treated off this initial mark on his handicap debut.

(4.30) SIMPLY A LEGEND (4/1, Paddy Power) showed he retained plenty of ability despite having had almost three years off the track when chasing home Thosedaysaregone at this venue back in January, going down by just over four lengths.

Alan King’s Midnight Legend gelding was a very useful sort previously, and he was giving the winner 11lbs on that last outing. He meets the same rival on the same terms once the latter rider’s claim in factored in; but with the potential for improvement on the back of that return to action then he may be able to turn the tables here.

2.20 - Denmead
2.50 - Las Tunas
3.25 - Grey Diamond
3.55 - Flowery
4.30 - Simply A Legend
5.05 - Biblical
5.35 - Always On The Run


(6.15) BLASTOFMAGIC (3/1, William Hill) travelled well for a long way when finding only a few too good here on his return from seven months off, and the Hellvelyn gelding could build on that reappearance now.

Aidrian Joyce’s charge had won twice previously, which included here in March last year, and he ought to be sharper for that reappearance where he was denied by just over two lengths behind Hee Haw.

Racing off the same mark here, he could be hard to deny with a similar effort and no surprise if he were to go close to getting back on the scoresheet here.

(7.45) SMILE AHEAD (11/4, William Hill) looked in need of the experience when finishing third behind Cautious Approach at Dundalk on her debut earlier in the month; but the Dream Ahead filly can build on that outing to get off the mark at the second attempt.

Dermot Weld’s charge was beaten two lengths on that debut effort, shaping well; but sure to improve on the back of the outing then there is every chance that she can open her account here.

5.45 - For The Trees
6.15 - Blastofmagic
6.45 - Chess Grand Master
7.15 - Tallien
7.45 - Smile Ahead
8.15 - Mulzamm
8.45 - Black Label


(6.30) ELIXSOFT (5/2, William Hill) has shown race-by-race progress, beating her previous finishing position with each start and the Elzaam filly can follow up her recent succsess.

Roger Fell’s charge most recently finished almost two lengths ahead of Insurplus at this venue seven days ago, and despite having to carry a 7lbs penalty for that success she might be able to follow up on this occasion.

She appeared to win with something to spare on that last outing, and there is a feeling that she is still unexposed; she could have further improvement to come, and despite her penalty she can follow up.

(7.30) THAAYER (11/10, William Hill) hasn’t been seen for almost four months, but the Helmet gelding could be worth siding with in this contest.

The four-year old twice finished third for previous handler Owen Burrows prior to joining Rebecca Menzies, but he showed improved form to get off the mark at the third attempt when beating the useful Matterhorn at this venue last time out when scoring by just over one length.

That win came in the wake of the application of a tongue-tie, and the form has stood up extremely well with the runner-up since scoring on all four subsequent outings; while the third has also since won two of three subsequent outings.

The runner-up from that last outing is now rated 117 which suggests that the opening mark of 81 sported by Rebecca Menzies’ charge is extremely lenient, and with the potential to improve on the back of that effort despite a near-five months’ break then he ought to go close here.

5.55 - Nevada
6.30 - Elixsoft
7.00 - Maid For Life
7.30 - Thaayer
8.00 - Everkyllachy
8.30 - Gowanbuster

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