ATR presenter Jason 'Shark' Weaver returns to dish the dirt on Friday night's best bets
Furia Cruzada, Lingfield, Saturday, 3:20pm.
It’s one of the highlights of the all weather on Saturday with the Winter Derby at Lingfield.
I’ve been banging on about John Gosden’s mare – the unknown quantity in the line-up and she won a Grade One this time last year in Argentina. She could be anything as she makes her UK debut for the British champion trainer and has a nice draw from box four.
Gosden’s other runner Maverick Wave looks the second string to me on jockey bookings.
Of the others, Marco Botti’s Grendisar needs it all to fall right for him while Festive Fare has looked a bit awkward on both his starts at this track and hasn’t really handled the bend.
Freeze A Crowd, Wolverhampton 5.45pm
Ben Haslam’s runner showed next to nothing in three maidens and one handicap last year and starting at massive prices each time. However he returned on January 7, was well punted into 2/1 before finishing second at Chelsford City.
Drops in grade to class 7 company and with a pinch of improvement should hopefully do the business on Friday night.
Brokopondo, Dundalk, 6:30pm
It was noticeable how smoothly Johhny Levins charge was travelling at this track last Friday. He then made a big move around the outside on the turn into the home straight and that move cost him plenty more than the length and a half he was beaten by Temasek Star at the line. He’s off the same mark tonight and the handicapper has given him a real chance.
Mountain Man, Wolverhampton, 7:15pm
While it looks like he hasn’t won in 15 starts he did get his head in front in a 0-70 handicap at Nottingham before getting disqualified – so there’s nothing wrong with his attitude.
Started life handicapping on a mark of 68 and now runs off 56. He’s well drawn in stall 2 and with experienced rider Graham Gibbons taking over from a 7lb claimer he can go close.
8:00 Stone Mountain
Improved for the step up to a mile in early February when winning at this track. The handicapper raised him 7lb for that very smooth success. Surprisingly, with his pedigree stacked full of stayers, he has in the main been kept to sprinting.
He can win again tonight over the mile trip but I’ve no doubt we will see plenty more winning from him when upped to 10 and 12 furlongs in the future.
8:30 Dark Alliance
Mick Halford’s charge is finding it hard to win again on the all-weather – but he’s had very little luck recently and got checked coming out the gates behind Russian Soul last week. The step up in trip to 7f will definitely suit tonight and if he gets the rub of the green he can make amends.