Friday racing tips for Wetherby, Lingfield, Southwell and Newcastle

Planet Sport tipsters sink their teeth into five races from Wetherby, Lingfield, Southwell and Newcastle on Friday, March 31.

We start with some detail on our best bets for Friday afternoon and evening, with all of our top picks listed at the bottom of the page.

Don't forget to check out the racecards, results and live odds in the Planet Sport racing live centre.

14:15 (Wetherby) Somewhat Cloudy

Somewhat Cloudy is expected to make it two from two over fences in the Join Racing TV Now Novices' Handicap Chase at Wetherby.

Snapped up for £45,000 by trainer Donald McCain after being placed in an Irish bumper two years ago, the seven-year-old has done very little wrong in nine subsequent starts in Britain.

Eight outings over hurdles yielded a solitary victory, but she was also placed on four occasions, including on each of her first three starts this season.

McCain felt the time had come to switch his seven-year-old to the larger obstacles at Market Rasen almost three weeks ago and it proved a good call, with Somewhat Cloudy jumping accurately on her way to making a successful chasing debut.

She proved that day she goes on soft ground and a 5lb rise does not look unfair ahead of her follow-up bid in West Yorkshire under champion jockey Brian Hughes.

14:50 (Wetherby) Cruz Control

Cruz Control ought to make the most of having his sights lowered in the Novices' Hurdle.

The Exeter bumper winner was thrown in at the deep end in a Grade Two bumper at Aintree last spring and it was no major surprise to see him come up short.

It clearly did him no harm, though, as he bolted up on his seasonal reappearance and hurdling bow at Newcastle on Boxing Day, earning him another step up in class for a Grade Two on Cheltenham Trials day at the end of January.

Cruz Control's jumping failed to stand up to the test at that sort of level, but he clearly has less on his plate at Wetherby and should be capable of giving weight and a beating to these rivals.

15:00 (Lingfield) Sharp Power

Sharp Power is taken to make it third time lucky in the Spreadex Sports Get £50 In Bonuses Maiden Stakes on the all-weather at Lingfield.

The Churchill gelding was a big eyecatcher when filling the runner-up spot on his first start for Richard Hughes at Kempton in mid-February and as a result went to Southwell next time as a leading contender.

He again had to make do with minor honours, this time beaten three-quarters of a length into third place after being ridden positively.

Sharp Power stuck to his task well on that occasion, making a rise in distance from six to seven furlongs look a wise move, while the booking of William Buick suggests connections mean business.

16:20 (Southwell) Angle Land

Angle Land, meanwhile, can continue her excellent run of form for Robert Cowell in Southwell's BetUK's Acca Club £5 Free Bet Handicap.

The four-year-old appears to have inherited plenty of speed from her top-class sire Mayson and is really in her groove at the moment, winning three of her last four races.

She must contend with a career-high mark of 79, but judged on the way she scored at Chelmsford a couple of weeks ago that does not look insurmountable.

17:50 (Newcastle) Rhythm N Hooves

Archie Watson appears to have provided Hollie Doyle with a likely comeback winner at Newcastle.

Doyle has been sidelined by injury since mid-January, but makes the journey to the north east for a solitary ride in preparation for the commencement of the new turf season at Doncaster this weekend.

The horse in question is Rhythm N Hooves, who looked like a winner in waiting when beaten a head by the more experienced Cuban Grey on debut at Wolverhampton.

He appeared undone by greenness more than anything at Dunstall Park and just a smidgen of improvement will make him hard to beat in the Top Odds Every Day With BetUK Restricted Novice Stakes.

Friday's selections in full: 

DUNDALK: 5.30 Lightening Army, 6.00 Hypernova, 6.30 Vee Dancer, 7.00 Relevant Range, 7.30 Wonder Spirit, 8.00 Just An Hour, 8.30 Evening Verse.

LINGFIELD: 1.20 Doves Of Peace, 1.50 Kitbag, 2.25 Toplight, 3.00 Sharp Power, 3.35 Rubina Rose, 4.05 Imperial Cult, 4.35 Bezzas Lad.

NEWCASTLE: 5.20 Soaring Star, 5.50 Rhythm N Hooves, 6.20 Golden Rainbow, 6.50 Elim, 7.20 Elladora, 7.50 Streak Lightning, 8.20 Final Account.

SOUTHWELL: 2.05 Ring Of Gold, 2.40 Kiss My Face, 3.15 Urban Road, 3.50 How Bizarre, 4.20 Angle Land, 4.50 First Charge, 5.25 Citizen General, 5.55 Amourie.

WETHERBY: 1.40 Ol'river Shine, 2.15 SOMEWHAT CLOUDY (NAP), 2.50 Cruz Control, 3.25 Dare To Shout, 3.55 Lounge Lizard, 4.25 Where's Hector, 4.55 Storm Spirit.

WEXFORD: 4.10 Demandrivingdouvan, 4.40 Desert Heather, 5.10 Pure Sirloin, 5.40 Mercury Lane, 6.10 Charlie Stout, 6.40 Fox Le Bel, 7.10 Birdie Blitz.

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