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Good Friday racing tips: Best bets for Lingfield and Chelmsford

28 Mar | BY James Mason | MIN READ TIME |
Good Friday racing tips: Best bets for Lingfield and Chelmsford

James Mason reveals his three best bets from across Good Friday's cards, including two selections from Chemsford and another for Lingfield.

All weather racing takes centre stage on Good Friday, with three meetings across Britain. The big meeting is the All-Weather Championship at Newcastle, supported by Lingfield’s Vase day, while Chelmsford hosts a competitive seven-race card. We have three Friday afternoon fancies to follow.

Good Friday selections

Benavente / (Lingfield 14:40)
Cloud King  / (Chelmsford, 14:50)
Keady Town /   (Chelmsford 17:10)


Irish raider BENAVENTE / has strong claims of back-to-back wins after a career best effort last time. He was visually impressive, sauntering into the lead off a strong pace and easing down to win by nearly two lengths. Fully effective on Polytrack in Ireland, a switch to Lingfield should not be an issue. 

Having raced at a variety of distances this winter, he seems to have found his optimum trip and victory here will make it three in a row over a mile. Likely to be held up from his wide draw, a decent pace to aim at will be needed but he is capable of following up from a 7lb higher mark. 

Trainer Kevin Coleman has an excellent strike rate when travelling his horses over to Britain, with eight winners from 24 runners in the last five seasons.

In a competitive field, Trip to Rome is one to keep an eye on. He has shaped better than the bare result on a number of occasions since joining Ian Williams, including when not getting a clear run on his last start when well supported in the market. He remains on a workable mark. 


On a day of competitive racing, CLOUD KING / looks like banker material. He may only need a repeat of his dominant reappearance win on Tuesday evening. Very well backed in the market, he proved a class apart from an opening mark of 61.

His biggest obstacle may be avoiding bouncing from that run given he had been off the track since September, but if dealing with the quick turn around a penalty is unlikely to stop him here. 

A step up in trip and grade shouldnt pose any issues and he has the potential to rate much higher for Robert Cowell, who excels with sprinters.


A competitive field of 16 go to post in Chelmsford’s closing handicap over 12f and KEADY TOWN / , an eye-catcher last time out, is expected to go close. 

Having shown some promise in three runs as a juvenile, he duly stepped up on that form when reappearing for his handicap debut earlier this month. Last and outpaced turning in, he stayed on very well to finish second. An extra furlong today will suit on that evidence and he is entitled to be sharper for that run. 

Keady Town can enhance his trainer, Richard Hughes’ excellent run of form, operating at a 50 per cent strike rate over the last 14 days (five winners from 10 runners).

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