Horse Racing tips: Jason Weaver’s best Friday bets at Lingfield & Southwell

Friday's all-weather action was abandoned due to Storm Eunice.

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Lingfield 13:40 – DONYA

She certainly seems to have found an extra gear since being stepped up to this 1m 4f distance on her last three starts. A very good win was sandwiched between two solid efforts from Donya and she looks on a reasonable mark of just 55 remain very competitive. Although it was a small margin victory two starts back – just 3/4 of a length – she was always well in control in the final stages and it will be hard for the handicapper to catch up with her as she only just does enough in her races. 

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Lingfield 15:15 – FOX POWER

Was picked out for 28,000 guineas at the horses-in-training sale and Fox Power made no mistake on his first try at Wolverhampton for Michael Appleby having been gifted an easy time of it up on the front end. He’s only ever had one try at Lingfield and finished a disappointing last, reportedly never travelling at any stage. He’s better than that and despite carrying a 5lb penalty, he is still way below his previous best rating of 100.

Lingfield 16:20 – MUSIC BANNER

James Ferguson’s runner steps into a handicap for the first time on a realistic looking mark of just 57. Admittedly, he is drawn a little wide towards the outside in stall 9, but I always maintain a good jockey can overcome a bad draw and our rider Daniel Muscutt is hot at the moment. Music Banner may well climb a good bit higher than his present rating and can provide his trainer with yet another winner as he’s operating at a remarkable 40 per cent strike rate at the moment.

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Southwell 16:45 – MYKONOS ST JOHN 

Looked as good as ever on his first try for new trainer Scott Dixon when winning last time and is another one who was picked up at the horses-in-training sale for just 18,000 guineas, having originally cost £110,000. Mykonos St John was gifted a very soft time of it up on the front end last time and this contest may be loaded with a bit more pace. However, he is not one dimensional at all. He also goes unpenalised for winning an apprentice race last time so looks to go back-to back off the same mark. 

Southwell 17:45 – PURPLE POWER

Another one starting off for a new outfit having been acquired from the recently retired Mick Quinn stable. I always keep an eye on the jockey bookings and Danny Tudhope is booked for just two spins on Friday evening, having previously won on Lord Glitters in Dubai last week. You’d be very disappointed if Purple Power wasn’t turning up for a very competitive spin on this one, as his other ride doesn’t look strong earlier on the card.

Southwell 19:45 – EL PICADOR

He didn’t do us a favour on his return from a lengthy absence last time at Newcastle, but that run should’ve blown away the cobwebs. El Picador could well go off a very nice price and looks an each-way proposition. Nobody wanted to lead last time, so he was up on the front end doing the donkey work. Hopefully he gets a bit more pace and something to aim at this time around. Stepping up another furlong to 1m 3f on his first try at this venue, should suit his galloping style. 

Jason’s Friday picks

13:40 Lingfield – DONYA
15:15 Lingfield – FOX POWER
16:20 Lingfield – MUSIC BANNER
16:45 Southwell – MYKONOS ST JOHN
17:45 Southwell – PURPLE POWER
19:45 Southwell – EL PICADOR

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