Today's Racing News: Ascot and Haydock get the full treatment on a feel like Festival Friday

Ascot and Haydock are the feature meetings of the day.

Welcome to Friday and what a busy day of action punters have today with some top-class racing all over, and Daryl Carter is here to guide you through.

"The 14:20 at Haydock is run in honour of the exceptional sprinter, The Tin Man, who won the Sprint Cup in 2018 but recently suffered a race career-ending injury on the Newmarket gallops."

Friday is stacked full of quality and racing comes from Haydock, Ascot, Newcastle, Pontefract and Kempton in Britain.

The Irish have two meetings from Down Royal and Kilbeggan.

Money Talk

Money Talk continues to highlight the Betfair Sportsbook big-money moves to keep you in the loop. This section will now highlight market moves between 1:00 am and 9:00 am.

13:20 Ascot - Captains Bar - 3/1 into 5/2
15:50 Newcastle - Khazaf - 11/1 into 6/1
16:30 Haydock - Dreamweaver 15/4 into 11/4
19:00 Pontefract - Merry Secret 11/1 into 15/2

The market says LAY!

Which horses at the head of the market are on the drift on the Betfair Sportsbook this morning?

14:45 Newcastle- Strozzi - 3/1 OUT 7/2 (and drifting)

The market suggests looking elsewhere in the 14:45, with three others backed against Strozzi who has seen no market support this morning.

Mark your card

The Betfair Sportsbook is paying extra places today!

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At Newcastle in the 14:10 Please Gamble Responsibly At betuk.com Novice Stakes, Alrehb 5.04/1, half brother to the exceptional sprinter Muhaarar will make his debut for trainer Charles Hills - of his four half brothers, two have won on debut and Hills trained both.

All eyes on the 16:20 betuk.com, Your Home For Online Betting EBF Novice Stakes at Newcastle. Roger Varian won the race in 2019 with the now 99 rated Ascension, and King Power won the race last year with the 99 rated Fivethousandtoone. King Power also ran Art Power in this race in 2019 which suggests they send a good one here.

Varian and King Power team up with Leuven Power 3.55/2.

Pontefract's feature race is the 18:00 Volkswagen Van Centre Leeds Optional Claiming Handicap where three horses are up to be claimed. Magical Wish £34,900 - Streak Lightning £19,200 - Six Strings £9,600.

Haydock remember The Tin Man

The 14:20 at Haydock is run in honour of the exceptional sprinter, The Tin Man, who won the Sprint Cup in 2018 but recently suffered a race career-ending injury on the Newmarket gallops.

At Haydock Three-year-olds have won the last three runnings of the 14:55 Bet At racingtv.com Handicap - there are two entered today. Amor De Mi Vida 10.09/1 and Macho Pride 13.012/1.

Trainer Ed Walker is looking to win the 16:30 Pareto Financial Planning Handicap for the third time in four years with Dreamweaver 4.03/1 who is two for three here at Haydock.

Ascot card as good as festival racing

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Sir Micheal Stoute looks for back to back winners in the 15:05 Victoria Racing Club Handicap at Ascot with his sole runner on the card, My Frankel 4.57/2.

Ebury 13.012/1 won on this card in 2019 and runs in today's 15:40 National Racehorse Week Handicap along with Walhaan 4.57/2, who was runner up in this race last season. James Tate books Ryan Moore for the ride on the latter, and they have a 34% strike rate when partnering.

Claiming Jockeys have won three of the last six of the 16:10 Bateaux London Handicap at Ascot and Christain Howarth looks a promising apprentice to keep on side - Aljari 10.09/1.

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Horses for courses

This section highlights horses that have won twice or more at today's tracks and could be in with a chance today.

13:10 Haydock - Miramichi - Has won here twice (40%)
16:30 Haydock - Dreamweaver - Has won here twice (67%)
19:00 Pontefract - Mr Orange - Has won here five times (20%)

Weighted to go well

"Weighted to go well" highlights horses running that are more than 10lbs below their last winning handicap mark.

13:35 Newcastle - International Law - Has won off 71 runs off 60
15:20 Newcastle - Young John - Has won off 79 runs off 60
19:00 Pontefract - Mr Orange - Has won off 70 runs off 57

Form Watch

This section highlights a trainer, owner or jockey who is in excellent current form and their runners or riders for the day.

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Jockey Callum Rodriguez is riding at a 26% strike rate in the last 14 days with five winners from his 19 rides, and he has four rides at Newcastle today.

13:00 - Monash
14:45 - Tricky Business
15:20 - Proclaimer
16:20 - Miss Calculation

Furthest traveller

Trainer Michael Dodds is today's furthest traveller with Northern Express at Ascot in the 16:45. He has travelled 259 miles.

Race of the day

Ascot's15:40 National Racehorse Week Handicap looks like a tight race on paper with a few well-handicapped horses and a couple with untapped potential to consider.

Uncle Bryn makes his return to the track after 113 days off. He was last seen finishing well beaten in the Dante Stakes at York, and this could be a prep run for the Newmarket Cambridgeshire in three weeks time as it was last week for another of the yards runners with Frankie Dettori on board.

He returns after having a gelding operation, and, in my opinion, he has enough to prove after disappointing the last twice on turf and with little to recommend him, there will surely be better 2/1 shots than this in the coming days.

Fantastic Fox was unlucky not to score on his last visit to this course when held up off a slow pace, and the race turning into a sprint wouldn't have suited him.

He brings the untapped potential to the field and arrives on the back of a victory despite the unfavoured soft ground at Haydock.

He is progressing with each run, and it's hard to ignore his Newbury piece of form behind Snow Lantern. This is only his second start on a sounder surface since then, and he has a likeable attitude.

Plenty of positives.

Walhaan is the most interesting of those outside the top two in the market and is now four pounds lower than when second in this race last term. He has been disappointing, it must be said, and cost me a fortune, but it was a step back in the right direction last time at Newbury. For all, it was a class 4 0-85.

This is much tougher, but he can play a role if he gets the strong pace he needs, although that's not guaranteed in here.

Timeform offer up three of their best bets at Haydock

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The Timeform team are back at Haydock today for day two, and offer up three of the best!

Read Timeform tips here.

A Super Saturday at Haydock

Saturday sees the feature of Haydock's three-day meeting, the Sprint Cup. A field of eleven has been confirmed for the race, with Starman, a very strong market leader.

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You don't need me to tell you Starman will be very hard to beat. Everyone with a set of eyes saw his blocked passage in the July Cup only to come home very strongly to beat nearly all of these in the process.

He can be forgiven on ground terms for his defeat in Deauville, but again I am not telling you anything you didn't know.

I will say, though, that Creative Force is a better horse away from Newmarket, and his passage in the above-mentioned July Cup was no plain sailing either - of course, you know me by now, and yes, I will back him.

Garrus shouldn't be a 41.040/1 shot either, especially as he arrives on the back of a career-best and is turned out quickly for this.

Final Word

That's all from me this week folks, hope it's been a profitable one.

Keep a positive mindset, enjoy the weekend and most of all, be lucky.

Until Monday.

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