It’s a busy day of racing action across the UK and Ireland on Friday, with meetings to get stuck into from Wolverhampton, Newmarket, Goodwood, Punchestown, Cheltenham and Newcastle.
We head to Wolverhampton for the first meet of the day, a seven-race card that runs from 13:00 until 16:35, and there are extra places being paid out in the 14:50 and 16:00.
Next up is Newmarket’s seven-race offering, the action running from 13:15 until 16:45, and there is an extra place on offer in the 15:00 while the 13:50 is Betfred’s Super Extra Place Race.
A total of two places are being paid out at a fifth of the odds in the 13:50, which has attracted a strong field of four, and Nations Pride (13/8) could be the one to beat for trainer Charlie Appleby.
The focus then switches over to Goodwood for another seven races, the action going from 13:30 until 17:00, and the extra place promotion comes into effect in the 15:15, which Bartzella is the 3/1 favourite to win.
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Attention then turns towards the ongoing Punchestown Festival and there are no less than eight races to take in at the Irish venue, starting with the 15:40 and concluding with the 19:45.
There is an extra place to utilise in the 16:15 – the Grade A EMS Copiers Novice Handicap Chase – and there could be a big battle for victory between the likes of Fighter Allen (11/4), French Dynamite (13/2) and Busselton (15/2).
We head back to English soil for the penultimate meeting of the day, a seven-race card from Cheltenham (16:40-20:10), before Newcastle’s seven-race offering (17:05-20:30) brings the action to a close.
The opener at Newcastle is covered by the ‘Free Bet if 2nd’ promotion and there could be some interest in Ed Dunlop’s Parikarma (6/1), whose last four outings have produced finishes of second, fifth, eighth and fourth.
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