Today's Racing News: A shower of support for Van Gogh as Curragh receives 34mm in 24hrs

Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore
Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore partner up with Wembley in the Irish 2,000 Guineas on Saturday, but market speaks for third-string Van Gogh.

Before the first Irish Classic of the year on Saturday, punters have an array of top-class meetings up and down the country on a wet and windy Friday.

"The pair were backing and laying their horse on the Exchange markets in a back-bet strategy to secure profits. A big no, no in this game if you're an owner."

Racing comes from Haydock, Goodwood, Bath, Worcester and Catterick in the UK with two bonus meetings across the Irish sea at Downpatrick and Wexford on Friday.

A quick look ahead to Saturday's biggie - which is due an inspection on Saturday morning after 34mm of rain in the last 24 hours.

Ryan out for Moore success in Irish 2,000 Guineas on Saturday

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Saturday's Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at Curragh has seen a field of 12 declare with English 2,000 Guineas winner Poetic Flare and third Lucky Vega set to renew rivalry at the Kildare venue.

Both horses will encounter different ground conditions than they did at Newmarket, with a deluge of rainfall due at the Curragh through Friday and into Saturday with an official going description of soft.

English 2,000 Guineas disappointment, Wembley, ridden by Ryan Moore, Battleground and Van Gogh make up the trio representing 11-time winning trainer Aidan O'Brien with Joseph O'Brien's Thunder Moon a notable absentee.

It looks to be one-way traffic on the Betfair Sportsbook market with the early punters siding with heavy ground French Group 1 winner Van Gogh. Punters have forced his price from 16/1 into 13/2 on Friday morning and it's no surprise given many in this field are top of the ground horses.

The race could see heavy in the official going description for the first time since Kingman's win in 2014, and Van Gogh is one of four heavy ground winners in the race - Poetic Flare, Wembley and Mac Swiney are the other three.

Betfair Ambassador Ryan Moore will be looking for his third success in the race, and you can get his thoughts here.

Read Ryan's column here.

Owners caught laying own horses on the Exchange banned

In what is a bizarre story, two owners of the horse, Near Kettering, have been excluded from the sport after they admitted placing lay bets against their horse on three occasions in 2019.

Owners Rob Drye and Helen Webster have been banned for a year from the sport after a six-hour hearing on Tuesday in which the BHA judicial panel said, "the ban on any lay betting by owners against their own horse is absolute."

The pair accepted the punishment and explained that it had been part of an efficient betting strategy using a Betfair account to place bets pre-race against their horse to shore up his odds and mitigate losses.

The pair were backing and laying their horse on the Exchange markets in a back-bet strategy to secure profits. A big no, no in this game if you're an owner; however, the BHA did say that the pair "were not acting dishonestly".

Timeform look to cash in at Catterick

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Timeform keeps the winners coming, and today's focus is at Catterick as they give you three of their best bets.

Read what the team has to say here.

Race of the day

Plenty of good action to choose from, but there looks to be a potential lay bet at Haydock in the 14:05 Cecil Frail Listed race for Fillies and Mares in which three-year-olds have taken the last two runnings and four of the previous nine.

Last Empire heads the market here after a good second at Nottingham in a similar race on seasonal return and will enjoy today's soft ground conditions. She did, however, fail to give away the weight to a progressive three-year-old in that contest, and, as many older horses find it difficult to do at this time of year, she may struggle to again.

She has to give 12lbs to all bar Ventura Diamond who finished half a length behind her at Nottingham. Although she is consistent, there are progressive horses in this field, and she may provide an opportunity for a lay bet should her current price shorten up before the off.

Dandalla wasn't disgraced on her latest start over 7f in the Fred Darling Stakes at Newbury in a race that is working out very handsomely, but she hasn't hit the heights of her two-year-old form just yet. She takes a drop back in trip to 6f and returns to some slower ground, which is a good move on the latest evidence.

Her high rating of 106 may be lofty, but she is entitled to improve and should be a significant player at the weights here on this drop in grade with the addition of a first time tongue-tie.

Twilight Spinner has questions to answer over the ground, but she left a deep impression on just her second start on a racecourse when blitzing her rivals at Ripon last time.

The time figure stood up well with the handicap won on the card by an 85 rated horse to suggest she has run up to around 95. With the weight she receives here, she wouldn't have too much to find with the principles and looks just the type this yard do well with and has a big shout if handling the ground.

New to lay betting? Check out the simple and straightforward guide here.

Rhys Williams claimed place money with huge 50/1 shot yesterday

Daily tipster Rhys Williams struck with 50/1 chance Rosy Story in Ireland yesterday, and today he has a Friday sweetener.

Read Rhys' column here.

Stat of the day

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Adam Kirby has a 25.7% strike rate when riding at Bath and has five rides - 13:20 Victory Rose, 13:50 Caturra, 15:00 First Connection, 15:35 Fight For It and 16:10 Twelve Diamonds

Cash Cow Calvin can't stop finding winners

In form, top tipster Tony Calvin has five fresh bets for the weekend.

Read Tony's column here.

Money Talk

Money talk highlighted Tipperary winner Imperial Ruler at 12/1 yesterday, but who are the Betfair Sportsbook customers backing for Friday and Saturday's racing?

Friday - Goodwood punters have been as busy as bees, with two of the market movers trained by Joeseph Tuite and Nathan Joyes has cast his eye over his three Goodwood runners here.

13:40 Goodwood - Cold Stare 4/1 into 10/3
15:25 Goodwood - Gentleman Joe 33/1 into 16/1
16.00 Goodwood - Tigerten 20/1 into 12/1
18:50 Catterick - Makyon 16/1 into 8/1
17:50 Downpatrick - Magheralin Mick 33/1 into 14/1

Saturday

15:20 Curragh - Van Gogh 16/1 into 13/2
Haydock 15:50 - Count Dorsay 10/1 into 8/1

Deadly Dudman out to stack more cash with 16/1 double

worcester.jpgAl struck gold earlier this week and landed a whopping 66/1 double and he has been out in search for Friday's cash at Worcester - Al's selections get an odds boost every day - you'll find it on the Specials page on the Sportsbook.

Read Dudman's double here.

Final Word

Saturday's cards will see their fair share of heavy rainfall, and it almost feels like the Met Office has delivered us October by mistake at the moment. I mean, heavy ground in May is not only a dampener on spirits but a right pain in the you know what as a punter.

There is top-class action as always all over the place, but it will be worth keeping an eye on the 14:50 at Goodwood as two potential Group animals go head to head in a handicap there in Aldaary and Tawleed - Ascot clues?

Over at Haydock - which will be heavy and undoubtedly see a plethora of non-runners after Friday's racing has cut it up, I thought Redarna at a wild price of 20/1 on the Betfair Sportsbook offered plenty of value and would go close in the 13:55.

Whichever way you bet this weekend, enjoy.

Until Monday, be lucky.

Follow Daryl Carter on Twitter @DarylCarter7.

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