There’s lots of racing to enjoy on Friday as we sail into another weekend with a six-pack of meetings across Britain and Ireland in store.
Action on the Flat comes from Ascot, Haydock, Newcastle (AW), Down Royal and Kempton (AW), alongside the jumps card from Kilbeggan on Friday.
Our fancies include one for David O’Meara heading for the second afternoon of Haydock’s major autumn meeting.
15:35 Ascot – Maysong @ 6/1
Some good racing from Ascot this afternoon includes the LK Bennett Lady Amateur Jockeys Handicap over the straight mile and Maysong should go well for trainer Alice Haynes with Fern O’Brien on board.
The Mayson gelding is consistent but perhaps doesn’t win as often as connections might hope (just 3-34 on turf, placed 13 more times).
He picked up a nice prize at Sandown (1m, good to firm) in June however and comes into this off the back of finishing second at Ripon recently. His last six runs have all been in Class 2 company and he takes a drop in grade now, while still rated only 2lb higher than when successful in June.
Fern O’Brien has a win and a place from four previous rides for this trainer and Mayson appeals as a solid proposition in this Betfred Extra Place Race (four places).
15:45 Haydock – Riot @ 7/1
It’s the middle afternoon of Haydock’s Sprint Cup Festival on Friday and the feature race at the Merseyside venue is the Arete Foundation Handicap over 7f, a Class 3 contest that has attracted 11 runners.
The likes of Diamondonthehill for Michael Dods and Persuasion for David & Nicola Barron have their claims but Riot can show up well here for trainer David O’Meara in what is a Betfred Super Extra Place Race (four places).
This gelded son of Kingman scooped his second success of 2023 at Doncaster (7f, good) in July and has continued in good form since.
At Sandown and York, things didn’t unfold in optimal fashion for a horse that likes to be held up and come with a late charge, while it was a similar tale on the all-weather at Chelmsford last month.
The in-form James Doyle rides for the first time here and he does well historically when riding for the O’Meara stable, while cheekpieces return for the first time in 2023 and have served Riot well in the past.
He’s on the Most Napped table via the Betfred Betfinder and appears to hold every chance in a wide open Haydock contest.
20:30 Kempton – Medieval Gold @ 13/8
Patience could be a virtue for punters willing to wait for Medieval Gold in the Rose Roofing High Quality Torch-On Handicap at Kempton over a mile-and-a-half on Friday evening.
The William Haggas-trained Camelot gelding improved on his recent handicap debut at Newbury, finishing second to Richard Hannon’s much more experienced Graham. The runner-up was quite slow into stride in that contest, while the winner was on the front end early and poached a clear advantage at the midpoint in the race.
Given how it played out, it is probable that Medieval Gold’s late progress is worth upgrading and if he builds on that improved form now, he should score from an unchanged mark.
In this small field, Tom Marquand is likely to have much less running to do to get into contention late on and the Kempton home straight should play to his strengths, ensuring Medieval Gold is very much one to be interested in off the Most Napped table on the Betfred Betfinder for Friday’s action.