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Friday racing tips: Best bets for Dundalk, Newbury and Lingfield

29 Feb | BY Tom Gibbings | MIN READ TIME |
Friday racing tips: Best bets for Dundalk, Newbury and Lingfield

Tom Gibbings provides his three best bets from Friday's racing around the UK and Ireland.

There is plenty of action to get stuck into on Friday across Britain and Ireland, with four meetings set to take place over the jumps and on the all-weather.

Newbury provides the focus for jumps fans this afternoon following Ffos Las’ abandonment, with all-weather cards from Lingfield, Newcastle and Dundalk completing the quartet of meetings taking place on Friday.

We have three Friday afternoon and evening fancies to follow, under both codes, with one trying to enhance his Classic credentials following a couple of solid efforts in Group 1 company as a two-year-old. 

Henry out to prove Classic credentials

With the superlatives being thrown about following City Of Troy’s Dewhurst demolition job, it seems clear who Ballydoyle’s main Classic hope will be this coming Flat season. There are still plenty of classy operators hailing from the Coolmore juggernaut, however, and HENRY ADAMS / looks set to kick his campaign off in the best possible way when taking on just three rivals under the floodlights at Dundalk.

The son of No Nay Never, followed up his maiden success at Naas with a battling display in the Group 3 Tyros Stakes at Leopardstown in first time blinkers, holding on well from a fast finishing rival after looking set to score in more comfortable fashion.

A trip to Paris was his next port of call where he performed admirably at the highest level. The Aidan O’Brien-trained colt endured a contested lead throughout, which no doubt softened him up in the closing stage. He kept on gamely to not be beaten far into fourth behind a rival who is one of the leading protagonists for Classic glory in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.

Following that honourable run, a shot at the Dewhurst was his next and final engagement of his two-year-old campaign. Away well, the selection stumbled shortly after leaving the stalls, hindering his ability to be closer to the pace as is his common run-style. Further back than ideal, it looked likely the selection would fall away tamely. However, he really found his stride coming out of the dip and battled on tenaciously to finish a well held fourth behind his illustrious stablemate.

Ryan Moore makes the trip over for just the one ride and he sets the standard for all the others to aim at, suggesting Henry Adams could be set for a huge run at Dundalk. 

Destructive Demnat to run rivals ragged

Royale Pagaille, L’Homme Presse and Djelo are just some of the names that spring to mind when thinking of Venetia Williams-trained horses who proved to be significantly better than their opening handicap mark over fences. That trend looks set to continue in the form of DEMNAT / who simply made a mockery of his opening rating of 122 when blitzing four rivals at Ludlow on his first start on these shores.

Off for 961 days since last running for Francois Nicolle at Compiegne, the son of Doctor Dino proved to be rather weak in the market on his first outing since switching to the Aramstone stables. In spite of this, those concerns were completely unfounded in the five minutes and twenty seconds that followed the fall of the starters flag.

Settling front rank, the gelding wasted little time in taking Charlie Deustch into the lead, travelling enthusiastically and jumping proficiently throughout the race. The writing was well and truly on the wall for his four rivals turning for home and he simply powered clear in relentless and remorseless fashion to score by 15 lengths, despite shifting left-handed in the closing stages.

The handicapper has had his say hitting him with a 10lb rise. Nevertheless the selection looks destined to be rated much higher than his current mark of 132 and he will take all the stopping if in the same mood.

Photosynthesis looks the right formula for punters

The All-Weather championship trials day rolls into town at Lingfield and provides a very tricky puzzle for punters to solve given the highly competitive nature of the races. One who can provide the winning formula is The Rogues Gallery-owned PHOTOSYNTHESIS / .

On the colt’s first visit to the Surrey venue he made no mistake, making use of his handy low draw to get the perfect sit throughout before thundering home to land the spoils by a comfortable length from his nearest pursuer.

Sent to Kempton on his latest start, the selection, hit with a 4lb penalty for his previous success, had the widest stall to contend with. A far from perfect trip shuffled the colt further back than his jockey would have liked. The gaps simply wouldn’t go for him at any stage and he was denied a clear passage on a couple of occasions when crying out for racing room.

A sixth-placed finish was the best the son of Aclaim could manage, behind a couple of rivals he had beaten previously at Lingfield. However, a mark of 84 does not look beyond the selection and if he can make use of his good draw again around the sharp Lingfield turns then Tom Clover’s colt can book his ticket to the All-Weather championship finals day on Good Friday. 


Henry Adams (Dundalk, 19:15) /
Demnat (Newbury, 16:10) /
Photosynthesis (Lingfield, 14:37) /

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