Guide to Friday’s Racing – Key Betting Angles

Wissahickon wins the Winter Derby at Lingfield

A bumper day of racing on Good Friday with All Weather Championships Finals Day from Lingfield. All the best all weather horses from the winter season are lining up, including the winning-most horse, Lion Hearted. Mick Appleby’s charge will be aiming to make it eight wins on the artificial surfaces.

The Burradon Stakes takes place at Newcastle and is potentially a route to the Kentucky Derby, plus we have the Landsdown Stakes which is a Listed sprint for fillies at Bath.

Big Races

Wissahickon has been a force to be reckoned with on the all weather over the winter, three wins have come in relatively facile fashion. Rated 117, he’s well clear on official ratings in the Easter Classic and if everything goes to plan, he surely can’t be beat. Matterhorn has won six times on artificial surfaces over the past seven months and has done nothing but improve, he could provide the biggest danger to the favourite.

Gronkowski won the Burradon Stakes last season before going on to be second in the Dubai World Cup, owners Phoenix Thoroughbreds could have another smart one on their hands in the shape of Magic J. He was a well-backed, impressive winner on debut and with vibes from connections being strong, he could be a class above here. Daarik is unbeaten in two starts on the all weather and hails from the powerful John Gosden stable.

The Lansdown Stakes sees last years impressive Listed winner Shumookhi return for Archie Watson, she clearly looks the horse to beat considering she receives weight from her older rivals and is also the highest rated horse in the race. Queen Of Desire showed some blistering speed on quick ground last season and she remains lightly raced.

NAP of the Day

Today’s best bet runs in the All Weather Marathon and it’s the French raider, Amade. He’s five from five since stepping up to staying distances, with the last four all coming on various artificial surfaces.

His form is solid as he gave weight and a beating to Elegiac last time who won a Listed contest next time out. Partnered by star jockey Christophe Soumillon, this should go the way of Amade.

Outsider to Watch

In the Fillies’ And Mares’ contest, another French raider looks worth a second look in the shape of Silvery Mist. She racked up a hat-trick towards the backend of last season, of which two wins came on the all weather.

Just a short-head second in a Listed event at Deauville over a similar trip at Christmas, that brings a decent level of form to the table and the cobwebs were blown away with a recent run at Chantilly.

Jockey to Watch

It’s not often Jim Crowley goes to Newcastle as he’s only had 34 rides there in the past five years. But it’s very noteworthy when he makes the trip as he’s been in the winners enclosure 12 times, which equates to a 35% strike rate with a level stakes profit of £14.56. He has three rides there today, all with solid chances.

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