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Good Friday ITV racing tips: Best bets for Newcastle and Lingfield on March 29

Big quality all-weather racing at Newcastle and Lingfield on Good Friday for the ITV cameras to feast upon, and the Planet Sport tipsters are on the hunt for some winners on March 29.

We have six races from Newcastle's All-Weather Finals Day and another four from Lingfield's All-Weather Championships Vase Day.

Simply put, it's a big day in the all-weather calendar and we have a bumper selection of ten-races ahead of us.

We will start off with a quick run through of our ten tips, with the reasons why we've picked them further down the page.

If you fancy a punt or two, check out the Planet Sport race centre which will show you all the live odds, racecards and results.

Good luck and please gamble responsibly.

(Please be aware selections could become non-runners after article's first publication)


Friday selections:

13:53 (Newcastle) Spartan Army

14:05 (Lingfield) Bystander

14:25 (Newcastle) Fire Demon

14:40 (Lingfield) Cephalus

15:00 (Newcastle) Nine Tenths

15:15 (Lingfield) Riyami

15:35 (Newcastle) Cover Up

15:50 (Lingfield) Daamberdiplomat

16:10 (Newcastle) Elegant Man

16:40 (Newcastle) Greatgadian


13:53 (Newcastle) Spartan Army

Spartan Army can complete a four-timer in the BetUK All-Weather Championships Marathon Handicap.

Bought out of Joseph O’Brien’s yard for 170,000 guineas a couple of years ago, the five-year-old was initially campaigned over hurdles by Alan King, winning twice from seven attempts.

Having seemingly reached his ceiling over obstacles, Spartan Army has reverted to the Flat since the turn of the year and it has proved an excellent move as he has rattled off a hat-trick of victories over this two-mile distance.

A 4lb rise for his latest win does not look insurmountable and he appears almost certain to be involved in the finish.


14:05 (Lingfield) Bystander

Course and distance winner Bystander of clear interest in the BetUK All-Weather Vase Middle Distance Handicap.

The son of Dark Angel was odds-on for his racecourse debut at Redcar last spring, but finished last of six and has since been gelded and moved from Simon and Ed Crisford’s yard to join Karl Burke.

The move has clearly done him no harm as he is two from three for his new trainer and looked improved for a step up to a mile and a quarter when impressing over this course and distance last time.

A wide draw is not ideal, but if he can get off to a decent start and find himself a suitable position on the heels of the leaders, he should prove hard to beat.


14:25 (Newcastle) Fire Demon

Andrew Balding’s Fire Demon gets the vote in the BetMGM All-Weather 3 Year Old Championships Handicap.

He got the better of Media Shooter at Kempton last time out and must be respected despite stepping up in grade off a 5.5lb higher mark.


14:40 (Lingfield) Cephalus

Cephalus seeks fourth straight success in the Betmgm All Weather Vase Mile Handicap.

Gary Moore's five-year-old scored by a comfortable 2.5 lengths over course and distance earlier in the week and can continue streak of great form from current mark.

Borgi aims for back to back victories after a neck success at Southwell and shouldn't be ruled out.


15:00 (Newcastle) Nine Tenths

The booking of 7lb claimer Jack Enright gives recent Listed scorer Nine Tenths a good opportunity to defy top-weight in the BetMGM Fillies’ And Mares’ Championships Handicap.

This William Haggas-trained filly looked better than ever taking out the Listed Lady Wulfruna Stakes at Wolverhampton over seven furlongs at the start of March.


15:15 (Lingfield) Riyami

Riyami holds proven recent form over this distance. Well-beaten second attempting a two miler at Dundalk last time while won in the same conditions prior.

The five-year-old will be leading chance from near bottom of the weights in the Betuk All-Weather Vase Marathon Handicap.

Aqwaam placed on four occasions in the past five outings. Takes a step up in trip following a second at Wolverhampton


15:35 (Newcastle) Cover Up

Plenty of in-form speedsters are set to go to post for the BetUK All-Weather Sprint Handicap, the pick of which could prove to be John and Thady Gosden’s Cover Up.

The four-year-old is three from three on artificial surfaces and has twice hit the target at Newcastle.

He was hugely dominant on his most recent outing at Gosforth Park and while a 13lb rise is clearly significant, Cover Up is still on a steep upward curve.


15:50 (Lingfield) Daamberdiplomat

Daamberdiplomat was given a two month lay-off before a third over six furlongs at Dundalk. Travels from Ireland with a leading chance.

Prince Of Zenda bids for a hat-trick and could be competitive from current mark. Comfortable victory in a six furlong Newcastle contest last time.

How Impressive continues to rise through the weights with three wins from last four outings. Drops back in trip after a seven furlong success.

Apache Outlaw carries top weight after returning after a three month break with a win at Dundalk.


16:10 (Newcastle) Elegant Man


Elegant Man is backed to strike gold in the BetUK All-Weather Easter Classic.

Captain Joy, who plundered the Mile in 2016, is the only previous Irish-trained winner on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, but there is every chance that meagre tally can be added to this year.

Elegant Man has won two of his three starts to date for Adrian Murray, impressing on his Dundalk debut in October and on his most recent visit to Ireland’s sole all-weather circuit in late January.

Those two triumphs on home soil sandwich an excellent effort in defeat as he finished best of the rest behind a Breeders’ Cup hero and multiple Group One winner in Rebel’s Romance in December’s Wild Flower Stakes at Kempton, with several three-figure rated performers finishing behind him.

The son of American star Arrogate must concede weight all round in a £200,000 contest that is being run as a handicap for the first time, but is open to more improvement than most of his rivals and might just be a Group horse in the making.


16:40 (Newcastle) Greatgadian

Greatgadian is an interesting contender near the foot of the weights in the BetMGM All-Weather Championships Mile Handicap, having won once and finished second three times from four previous visits to Newcastle.


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