Steve Hughes has two Good Friday selections
Good Friday in racing terms means only one thing these days – All Weather finals day at Lingfield. I have a selection for the finale on the card, plus one from Bath’s big meeting of the year. We had a strong Thursday at Cheltenham with a win for headline selection Kupatana (2/1), plus places for the two each-way selections, Agusta Gold (advised 9/1) and River Arrow (advised 28/1).
Bath 3.30: Mythical Madness
He is a horse with a terrible win record, but at the prices Mythical Madness still makes plenty of each-way appeal.
He is fit from a winter campaign on the All Weather which ended with a fine second at Lingfield a couple of weeks ago, so he is in form too. He is also a wide margin winner on fast ground having romped away with a Haydock handicap last summer, so this quick going at Bath should hold no concerns.
He does normally stop in front, but there is plenty of cover available in this big field for Tom Eaves to find and try to deliver him late. He has also dropped down to a rating of 92 which happens to be the mark from which he last won in that Haydock contest.
Lingfield 4.45: Oh This Is Us
To last home over a mile, Oh This Is us probably needs a sharp, turning track so in Lingfield he has the perfect venue. Certainly the 6yo has the class to compete at this level.
A cosy winner of a high class handicap over course and distance in February, his wins over the past few seasons have all come on turning tracks. Notably he impressively won a listed race at Chester last summer, and has a victory at a similar level at Haydock to his name.
He seems just as at home on sand as he is on turf as his recent win here attests to, and I would not be concerned about a heavy defeat over a furlong shorter at Wolverhampton last time as he needed to run that day to qualify for here. As such trainer Richard Hannon will surely have been aimed him with this valuable prize very much in mind.
0.75pts each-way – Mythical Madness – 3.30 Bath – 11/1 general (several bookies 1/5 odds first 4)
1pt win – Oh This Is Us – 4.45 Lingfield – 9/2 Bet365, Skybet, BetVictor