It’s not so long ago that Good Friday was one of the few days in the calendar with zero racing, but times change and it’s now an important date in the schedule, with All Weather Finals day at Lingfield and a valuable card at Newcastle.
We concentrate on the action at Leafy and start with the Betway All-Weather Marathon Championships Conditions Stakes at 2.00.
Favourite at 10-11 is the French trained Amade and a worthy ‘jolly’ it is, too.
Winner of three races in a row at the end of last year, this 5-y-o has become an even better performer since becoming ‘sans noisettes’, taking two more events on this side of La Manche with consummate ease.
Notwithstanding today will be the Lingfield debut of both horse and jockey, we recommend a lumpy lash on Amade to get the day off to a good start.
The Ladbrokes All-Weather Fillies’ and Mares’ Championships Conditions Stakes at 2.30 is a more open-looking affair at 4-1 the field, a price that brings in Island Of Life, from the William Haggas yard. Farther down the price list is Ben Haslam‘s mare Castle Hill Cassie, which is available at 11-1 and has a 3lb pull with the fav for just half a length.
With the Haslam yard in blinding form, we think this is the way to go and recommend an each way bet at the price.
Kachy is heavy odds-on for the Betway All-Weather Sprint Championships Conditions Stakes at 3.05, having broken the track record on both it’s latest starts and it may be unbeatable. However, that was the thought last year, when it went off at 11-8 and was stuffed by a French jobbie.
On the basis that it could be deja vu all over again, we suggest an each way bet at 9-1 Forza Capitano, which has followed an almost identical route as its compatriot in 2018.
The 3-y-o Championship race at 3.40 is just too difficult for our limited brain cell and with Wissahickon 4-11 for the 4.15, we pass on that one as well.
Proceedings wind up with the Sun Racing All-Weather Mile Championships Conditions Stakes at over this CD 4.45 and here we have no hesitation in picking Oh This Is Us as the bet at 4-1.
After almost managing to give Hathal weight at Wolverhampton, Richard Hannon‘s 6-y-o stormed away with a handicap over this CD off a mark of 110, before completing its qualification criterion with a spin on Tapeta at Wolves.
Job done, prepare for today and pick up £93grand.
Over, or up, at Newcastle, the Ladbrokes Burradon Stakes at 3.20 is the most valuable race, but it’s also the most difficult to solve, so we pass.
The Betway Live Casino Handicap at 3.55 has, however, thrown up a bet in the shape of Island Brave, which is available to back at 10-1.
Winner of this race last year, Heather Main‘s 5-y-o has clearly been laid out for a repeat performance after a comeback full of promise 20 days ago. Sure to be staying on when the others have had enough, let’s hope Scott McCullagh can bring home le jambon.
Back tomorrow for Finals Day at Haddock.
Amade 2.00 Lingfield 5pts win @ 10-11
Castle Hill Cassie 2.30 Lingfield 1pt e/w @ 11-1
Forza Capitano 3.05 Lingfield 1pt e/w @ 9-1
Oh This Is Us 4.45 Lingfield 3pts e/w @ 4-1
Island Brave 3.55 Newcastle 1pt e/w @ 10-1 (4 places)