April 2 Racing Tips: Mighty Gurkha hoping to fire at Lingfield

Our tipster, Luke Elder, returns with selections at Lingfield and Newcastle on Good Friday.

Looking to get involved in the action on all-weather finals day at Lingfield or further up north in Newcastle? Well, look no further, as Luke Elder is back to give you the stick to bash the bookies with.

3.45 Lingfield - Mighty Gurkha

Elder says: "The 3.45 at Lingfield is a six furlong three-years-old contest and it's a wide open one, as you would expect.

"I do think though, Hollie Doyle can light up All-Weather Champions Day, much like she did Champions Day at Ascot a few months ago.

"She's on board Mighty Gurkha here, who will try and go from the front, as we expect from him.

"He's from stall seven, that's not going to be a gimme, but I don't think there are that many horses in this field that really want to go forward.

"I think there'll be many who sit on the tail of Mighty Gurkha, but none that will actually try and lead him early on.

"That will play into his strengths. He did manage to win at Kempton last time around, that was the real Mighty Gurkha as well, after he was second at Wolverhampton a couple of outings ago against quite a few of these [but] that was less than a month after his trip to America for the Breeders Cup at Keeneland.

"I do think Mighty Gurkha is back on song, though, and a little bit of a break since that last run as well is absolutely perfect.

"Diligent Harry [is] probably the main danger. I think the market is going to have this one just about spot on; yes he was beaten for the first time time around [but] he was two-from-two going into that though, one of those successes at 1/7, [but] he does the lack the experience of Mighty Gurkha, I think Hollie Doyle can take it all from the front."

4.00 Newcastle - Brown Delivers

Elder says: "Heading up north now, to Newcastle for their four o'clock contest, and we're going to side with one of the smaller fields of the day, in a mile-and-half handicap.

"Brown Delivers could be the one to side with. He's actually not won yet - the only horse in this field not to win, but he was very unlucky last time around. He was flying home to finish third, after being very badly hampered on the turn for home by Martin Smith's Morani Kali.

"I do think much better of Brown Delivers, and even his two runs before that weren't too bad.

"I was surprised the handicapper actually gave him a mark of 81 after that run, but into handicap company I think he can take a fair bit of beating.

"As I say, he's the only non-winner of the field, the other three have all managed to win, and all come here with pretty decent chances.

"The likes of Glen Again looks an impressive sort. Defined, as well, is also thrown into the mix, but I do think Brown Delivers has plenty more to come, and of course Marco Botti has had a fantastic all-weather season, as you would expect.

"Andrea Atzeni on board, it could be another one for Marco Botti, and another improver in Brown Delivers."

4.45 Lingfield - Documenting

Elder says: "Time for the 'milers' now over at Lingfield for the 4.45, I think it's a wide open contest as you would expect - every race on this card is a wide open one in truth.

"But, Documenting could represent a little bit of value for the Kevin Frost yard, he was beaten in this race a couple of years ago, [but there's been] plenty of water under the bridge since that day.

"He's a better horse now than I think he was back then. He did manage to defy a mark of 107 three outings ago, here at Lingfield.

"That's rock solid form. His last couple of performances, yes he has been beaten. Things have gone wrong on those occasions, and this would've been the aim for him throughout the course of the entirety of the winter.

"A mile, I don't really have too much of a problem with, yes he's nought from two, but those runs were quite some time ago.

"I do think a mile is within his reach now, and Documenting is one to go pretty close.

"Mums Tipple, I think, is the main danger, [although] there are plenty of them in this contest, but Mums Tipple was regarded as one of the best two-year-olds around in his juvenile season, but things haven't exactly gone right since then, back to form in more recent times, Sean Levey taking the ride for Richard Hannon, I think (he) will finish second.

"But, Documenting can get his win over a mile."