There's plenty of racing action on Friday to get punters warmed up for British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday afternoon.
There are seven race meetings scheduled across Britain and Ireland, starting with a jumps card at Uttoxeter (12.20-3.53) while further National Hunt fare comes from Fakenham (1.00-4.10).
Afternoon Flat racing takes place at Haydock (12.40-3.48), Redcar (1.30-5.05) and the Curragh (12.55-4.00) before they go under the lights at Newcastle (4.25-8.30) and Dundalk (4.45-8.15) for their all-weather meetings.
Our NAP is from Dundalk in what will be an emotional evening for everyone at the track as they remember the late Pat Smullen.
Horse racing tips from Dundalk, Haydock and Uttoxeter
Enda McElhinney’s Friday fancies are below. Scroll down to read the expert analysis behind his selections.
Odds correct at time of publishing and may be subject to change.
Horse racing tips: Dundalk 7.45
Colin Keane engaged Smullen in a tremendous sporting battle when the latter claimed his ninth and final Irish Championship in 2016.
The young pretender - and future champion - pushed his great rival all the way, with plenty of that action unfolding under the famous 'Friday Night Lights' at Dundalk, Ireland's sole all-weather track.
Keane, like all of his weighing room rivals, would have received the news of Smullen's passing with a heavy heart and will be eager to claim this aptly-named Al Basti Equiworld, Dubai Pat Smullen Mercury Stakes on a track that Smullen so often made his own down the years.
Emotion aside, Keane and Ger Lyons have a filly that looks equipped for the job at hand in MY LAUREATE. The four-year-old daughter of Rajj had her first taste of Dundalk a fortnight ago and she took to the test in fine style, bouncing out from stall one to make the running before impressively quickening away from 104-rated Urban Beat in the home straight to win by four lengths.
Johnny Murtagh's re-opposing gelding is actually 1lb worse off on these terms and surely will struggle to turn things around in this Group 3 contest.
An in-form Alfredo Arcano would have claims for Oisin Orr and David Marnane but he remains out of sorts, while perhaps the big threat might come from lightly-raced UK raider Muker for trainer Philip Makin with Declan McDonogh on board.
He ran a blinder to finish third in the Windsor Castle at Royal Ascot in June, either side of minor successes at Newcastle and York over 5f and has plenty of scope for better.
The two-year-old gets hefty weight from his elders and can go well, but this may come too soon in his development and, with that recent C&D success in mind, My Laureate is fancied to give Keane, still a rising star of the Irish weighing room despite already having been champion jockey, a fitting success in honour of the late, great Pat Smullen.
Tip: My Laureate @ 3/1 with bet365
Horse racing tips: Uttoxeter 2.23
SUPREMELY LUCKY represents Dan and Harry Skelton in this handicap hurdle over three miles, and that's certainly not a term we can slap the talented brothers with.
They have a superb record at this Midlands layout, with rider Harry operating a 36 per cent strike-rate across the last five seasons (31 per cent this term so far).
They've got massive early claims in both divisions of the Novices' Hurdle that launches this card but there's likely to be more juice in the price of Supremely Lucky.
The Milan gelding was a decent novice over timber in the 2018/19 season, finishing off with a wide-margin C&D success here. Last season he went over fences and did well enough despite finishing second on all three starts.
Like many of the field, this is his seasonal bow but the ground will suit and he has gone well off a break before, so that's of no major concern.
He sports first-time cheekpieces on this return and has also undergone a wind operation during his summer recess. He's more than capable of hitting the ground running for the Skelton team.
Tip: Supremely Lucky @ 15/2 with bet365
Horse racing tips: Haydock 1.45
Tom Dascombe and Richard Kingscote have long since established themselves as a partnership to be feared at Haydock Park.
They top the five-year trends at the Merseyside venue and, while the trainer hasn't bagged as many winners here this season as per normal, Dascombe's tally of nine leaves him four clear of nearest pursuer Harry Bentley.
The old alliance might be able to strike with a new recruit in LINCOLN PARK, a former heavy-ground C&D winner that has joined Dascombe's string from Mick Appleby.
He made the frame earlier in the season here (7f, soft) and finished second at Chester (7f, good to soft) in August. It didn't pan out for him on the Roodee last time on good ground but he's dropped 2lb in the ratings ahead of this stable bow and is now below his previous winning-mark.
It’s worth noting that Lincoln Park won his first two starts after joining his previous yard, with both wins coming in this month two years ago.
If this latest change of scenery has a similarly positive effect, he is well-handicapped and the forecast heavy ground should play to his strengths under a jockey that knows where the Haydock winning post is. He's already a winner at this 6f trip and could be hard to catch if getting his way in front.
Tip: Lincoln Park @ 7/1 with bet365
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