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Horse Racing Tips 6th April: Lingfield, Kempton and Carlisle

April 04, 2018

- Grant Whittington

While the rain and snow may continue to fall across the UK, the horse racing season continues
unabated with flat and jump meeting scheduled nationwide.

This weekend is no exception, with 11 stellar meetings scheduled between Friday and Sunday alone. Seven of these are jump races, while the four flat meetings include prestigious runs at Lingfield and Kempton.

Below, we’ll preview this weekends’ meetings, while asking where you should plan to watch racing during this time.

Lingfield, Friday 6th April

We start on Friday, with a seven-race flat meeting at the iconic Lingfield track. There are a couple of races that stand out here, although the pick of these is undoubtedly the Download The App At 188Bet Handicap at 4.30pm.

This Class 4 race will feature 12 evenly-matched runners, with the winner able to walk away with a cheque for £5,531.

Mark Johnston’s Poet’s Society is one of the key runners here, with two wins and five placed finishes during 24 career outings. This four-year-old also has four wins from 14 all-weather runs, while he’s managed to participate regularly during 2018 and competed in seven races to date.

He’s also familiar with Lingfield, although his recent form at the venue leaves a little to be desired. In fact, he’s finished fourth, fifth and seventh in his last three outings here, despite starting the last race at a starting price of 4/1. Still, he’s one of the best performers in the field this time around, and should remain competitive until the final stretch.

The Jim Boyle-trained Black Bess is likely to push Poet’s Society close, however, particularly given the five-year old’s pedigree over the flat. In fact, he’s placed in four of his last five flat race outings, while he’s finished in the top three in 12 out of 18 completed runs to date.

His last win came over a similar distance at Sandown last August, and he’ll start at Lingfield as one of the favourites.

If you’re looking for more of an outside bet, however, Andrew Balding’s Berkshire Boy could be your runner. This four-year-old is something of a wildcard, but he does have pedigree and has won two of his nine flat races to date. He also blew away a competitive field of eight when winning at Chepstow over seven furlongs last September, so he’s definitely one to watch this time around.

Kempton, Saturday 7th April

Saturday also seems some stellar, flat race action, including a hotly-anticipated, seven race meeting at the iconic Kempton Park.

There are a number of high-class races scheduled to take place here, but we’ll start with the Class 1, Betfred “Home Of Goals Galore” Snowdrop Fillies’ Stakes at 3.15pm.

With 17 talented runners and a first prize of £25,520 available, we reckon that this will be one of the highlights of the weekend, with a number of horses in contention for the hefty winners’ cheque.

The most notable of these is George Peckham’s Inshiraah, who has failed to finish outside of the top three in any of his four flat races to date. In fact, he’s won three of his last four flat races, romping to victory twice at Newmarket last July and at Wolverhampton on June 7th. He also performs at his best over shorter distances, and we expect him to be one of the early favourites this weekend.

Inshiraah is likely to face stiff competition from the talented Shenanigans, however, who has been trained by Roger Varian. The four-year-old ended 2017 in supreme form, taking a credible second place in a competitive field at Newmarket in October having won at the same course as favourite just two weeks before.

He struggled during his last outing at Kempton, however, finishing sixth and six-and-a-half lengths behind the eventual winner Tribute Act. He started this race at 13/2 as well, so he may begin here at a slight disadvantage this time around.

Kempton will also host the Class 2, Betfred “Treble Odds On Lucky 15’s” Fillies’ Conditions Stakes on Saturday, which carries a first prize of £15,563 and will be contested by up to eight select runners.

Charlie Appleby’s Dathanna is the clear favourite here, having won two of his last three over the flat (two in five overall). The precocious three-year-old is certainly improving as a runner with every passing race, having won consecutive meets at Newmarket last August before claiming a credible second-place finish at Pontefract in September.

Peggy’s Angel is also one to watch in this race, particularly with two flat race victories from just four outings. The three-year-old, who has been trained well by Jo Hughes, last won at Chester in September, but managed to claim a close, runner-up berth at Wolverhampton in March (the filly was beaten by just one-and-a-half lengths by the winner and favourite Belated Breath).

Carlisle, Sunday 8th April

If you find yourself in the mood for a spot of Sunday racing, Carlisle is the place to be. This is one of only two race meetings on Sunday (both jump events), and there’s a couple of pedigree runs to look out for here.

The pick of these is the Class 3, Read Noel Fehily At 188Bet Handicap Hurdle, which will feature around 21 runners and boasts a first prize of £7,798.

While it’s hard to pick a winner from this field (particularly given the epic, three mile and one-furlong course), the Sharon Watt-trained Too Many Chiefs is one of the stand-out performers. The seven-year-old has certainly started 2018 is sensational form, winning two hurdle meetings at Ayr in January. These victories came over a similar distance and in heavy going, so this runner certainly has the pedigree to win here.

To reaffirm this, Too Many Chiefs also boasts five hurdle wins in 16 career outings, making it a clear favourite this time around.

Keep any eye out for Oliver Greenall’s eight-year-old Late Romantic, however, who has won his last two PTP races in February and March. So, while his form over the hurdles is a little patchier, he should arrive with confidence and provide stern competition for the favourites.

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