There is plenty of rain forecast overnight and into the morning across the UK and it was already described as Heavy at Warwick on Friday afternoon and Soft down in Sunbury-on-Thames at Kempton Park. If they race, and there has to be a question mark especially at Warwick, the mud lovers are the horses to concentrate on over the obstacles.
Best bet for the horse racing at Lingfield Park
Charlie Appleby has three running at Lingfield, two of which I have tipped before, but Jamie Spencer is booked to ride those two and after the awful ride (in my opinion) he gave Glittering Lights on Wednesday it can’t be seen as a positive especially as both will be short-priced. I am going to back the one he sends to make debut in the shape of Spring Promise in the 1.10 the mile talkSPORT Powered By Fans Fillies' Novice Stakes. A half-sister to Platinum Jubilee winner Naval Crown, the daughter of French 2,000 Guineas and Derby winner Lope De Vega could prove decent. Dam Come Alive won at Listed level over eight furlongs and it is easy to forget Naval Crown did stay a mile, and won over the trip, before reverting to sprinting. I will grab the best price I can early on Saturday on this one.
Best bet for the horse racing at Kempton Park
Pic D'orhy was jolly for the Grade Two 2m4f Coral Silviniaco Conti Chase at 2.05 but has no decent form on anything worse than good-soft and may be vulnerable if the rain really comes down - in fact might not even line-up. Stablemate Saint Calvados on the other hand has a couple of wins on heavy going to his name and though beaten by Coole Cody in match at Ascot last month the ten-year-old will be fitter for that run, has a hood fitted, and may spring a mini surprise here. I have 9-2 I took overnight.
Best bet for the horse racing at WarwickThe Grade Two 2m5f Ballymore Leamington Novices' Hurdle will likely be a real test for these young hurdlers but there is one I think may relish the underhoof conditions. Grey Dawning won a Wetherby Bumper on Heavy last year and has two wins from three starts over the sticks with his latest victory over the trip at Kempton in December. I think he is the one to be on here and have 7-2 overnight. Knowsley Road is the obvious danger but stepping up slightly in trip on bottomless going may find him out; hopefully my Skelton curse will be lifted, I have a habit of being on the Team Skelton ones at the wrong time.