There are six meetings across the UK and Ireland on Friday, with our full focus landing on the seven-race card at Chester.
The Autumn Festival Fillies’ Handicap kicks off proceedings in Cheshire at 1:35, while the action comes to a close at 5:05 with the National Racehorse Week Amateur Jockeys’ Handicap.
14:45 – River Usk @ 7/1
The first of the three selections comes in the 2:45 – the Roodee Handicap over 6f – and this looks to be one that River Usk can come out on top in.
Richard Fahey’s charge started off the year in fine fashion, with a second at Catterick followed by a victory at Beverley over a slightly longer distance than this upcoming effort.
The three-year-old has produced a couple of disappointing efforts since, ending up 11th and 10th at York and Haydock respectively, but there was a promising fourth at Chester wedged in between.
With River Usk now returning to this grade after that poor Class 3 showing at Haydock, there is every chance he will relish this test and a second win of the year could be on the cards.
15:55 – Roundhay Park @ 8/1
The second pick comes in the 3:55 – the 11-runner Expleo Handicap over 7f – and has the makings of a tight, competitive race.
Emperor Caradoc and Beauty Choice are both dangerous contenders, as is Evocative Spark, but preference here is for Roundhay Park.
The eight-year-old has had 11 runs on the Flat this season and has picked up three victories, the most recent of those coming at Ripon last time out over 6f.
Consistency has been the issue for Nigel Tinkler’s charge with the chestnut gelding finishing seventh and 13th on the outings after his two victories, however, there was a lot to like about the win at Ripon and he can follow that up with another success.
17:05 – Ugo Gregory @ 7/1
The final selection comes in the finale at 5:05 – the National Racehorse Week Amateur Jockeys’ Handicap over 7½f – where eight runners will battle it out in the Class 4 contest.
Surprise Picture should be a danger for Keith Dalgleish and demands respect, although it may be worth taking a chance on Ugo Gregory to claim the spoils.
The seven-year-old won at Beverley and Haydock earlier in the year just shy of this distance, while the grey was also a decent fourth in a Class 4 at Ripon in August.
A jump up to Class 3 was too much last time out, as Tim Easterby’s gelding finished last of 10 at Haydock, but a return to this lower grade should suit.