Luke Elder’s betting tips: Three Friday punts at Lingfield and Sandown

Our tipster looks ahead to Lingfield and Sandown races at 2.05, 2.30 and 3.05 for Friday.

Get your weekend off to the perfect start by getting on this tasty trio of treats at Lingfield and Sandown.

Looking to have a flutter on Friday's racing action? Well, look no further as racing expert Luke Elder is back to tell you how to bash the bookies with three selections at Lingfield and Sandown.

Racing betting tips: Friday, March 12

Zhui Feng in the 2.05 at Lingfield

Dostal Phil in the 2.30 at Sandown

Orbys Legend in the 3.05 at Sandown

2.05 Lingfield - Zhui Feng

Elder says: "The 2.05 at Lingfield is an ultra-competitive seven-furlong handicap. It's sure to be pretty tight knit at the head of the market and Going Places is probably going to be there/thereabouts in the betting as well.

"[Going Places] was a winner a couple of outings ago here at Lingfield and has got a 100% record on the all-weather at this track, albeit only in one start for Archie Watson.

"Hollie Doyle is taking the ride though and was beaten last time around. I think Going Places will go close once again, but Zhui Feng might just get the better of him.

"We're used to Zhui Feng being more of a tear away for the Amanda Perrett yard. They had a horrible season last year and plenty of their horses are well handicapped. And a few horses who were sold out of the yard, including Zhui Feng, have done pretty well.

"Of course, Zhui Feng did manage to win last time around. That was through different tactics, with Tom Ward saying that he's not really a front runner and that he prefers taking a bit of a lead at home. This was evident at Kempton last time around.

"He's not got a bad record here at Lingfield on the all weather, albeit it will need improving upon, and I do think that Zhui Feng off this handicap mark still has more to come.

"So Zhui Feng for Ryan Moore, and also for Tom Ward, to take out the 2.05 at Lingfield."

2.30 Sandown - Dostal Phil

Elder says: "The 2.30 at Sandown looks a competitive race.

"A few of these horses have met in the past and that race is probably worth focusing on. That was on February 6, where Antunes met Dostal Phil and also Beaufort West.

"Antunes didn't get very far on that occasion, making a mistake at the first and coming down. Dostal Phil also made a mistake, but was badly hampered when jumping just behind Antunes and sacrificed many, many lengths. I think [he] can be forgiven for that run.

"[Dostal Phil] was back in third place and was behind Beaufort West. Beaufort West was having his first run for Andy Irvine on that occasion, switching from the Colin Tizzard yard, who had been in absolutely rancid form all year, but he was always a horse who possessed a fair amount of ability.

"He ran at a big price in a Supreme Novices not too long ago, but he might be booked for second once again for the Andy Irvine team. I think Dostal Phil can bounce back to winning ways.

"He did win, of course, earlier on in the season at Newbury. He looked in good form on that occasion, might have just bounced last time as well along with that mistake.

"It's worth noting as well, the winner from that race, High Up In The Air, has managed to go on and score for the Gary Moore team and has been in fantastic form all season.

"But Dostal Phil, I think, can take the 2.30 over at Sandown. It's a competitive one, but Dostal Phil still looks well handicapped."

3.05 Sandown - Orbys Legend

Elder says: "When you look at the 3.05 at Sandown, you're likely looking more for horses of the future. However, in this novice hurdle, there are a couple of nice horses for the here and now.

Lecale's Article is the one that really jumps off the page. [He] was a good winner at Newbury a couple of outings ago, at a short price then, but didn't exactly step forward on that at Warwick last time around behind a horse of Dan Skelton's.

"On that form, I think [Lecale's Article] can be opposed and is likely to be a short price here as well. I think Orbys Legend is the one to oppose [Lecale's Article] - for Phillip Hobbs, Highclere Thoroughbred and Richard Johnson.

"[Orbys Legend] was a winner at Exeter a couple of outings ago and had to race The Widow Maker, whose saddle slipped early on, so really had to go a bit of a faster tempo than Richard Johnson would've liked, but still came out on top.

"[This horse] didn't win last time around, but that was in a good race, behind the likes of Martinhal, a horse we will see at Sandown this weekend. I think that form's just going to get stronger and stronger, and this race might suit perfectly.

"So Orbys Legend can get the better of Lecale's Article in the 3.05 at Sandown."

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