UttoxeterOur top tipster, Daryl Carter brings three selections for Friday, with runners at Haydock and Uttoxeter. Check out his picks below and claim an exclusive Virgin Bet offer that provides new customers with £20 in free bets when you bet £10.


THALER - (2.20 Haydock, 1pt win - 7/2)

A good race with plenty in with chances and some old favourites, but a chance is given to THALER, who looked very impressive on the all-weather and was only caught late at Kempton last time over 7f off a 1lb lower mark on handicap debut.

His run before that at the same venue was impressive on the eye, and he bumped into two very useful horses - one of which is a group horse - prior to that. He looks to have plenty of speed despite being bred for further trips, and he gave the impression that this mark was not out of reach, dropping to this 6f.

He is progressive, and Sir Micheal rarely has a handicapper running over 6f (8 since 2018), so it may be worth rolling the dice with this one.


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KILTEALY BRIGGS - (2.30 Uttoxeter, 1pt win - 4/1)

KILTEALY BRIGGS has only had four starts over fences, but his experience should hold him in good stead in this contest, and this is a drop in grade on seasonal return.

His four chase runs came in highly competitive events last season, including in the Grade 2 Noel Novices Chase at Ascot and in the Paddy Power plate at the Cheltenham Festival. He has dropped to a handicap mark of 136, which doesn't look beyond him, and he has gone well fresh previously.

He ticks a few boxes for this race, and the better ground should see him finish out his race over this trip for which he has tried only once over fences under rules.


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IMRAHOR - (4.05 Haydock, 1pt each-way - 15/2) (NAP)

IMRAHOR had plenty against him at Goodwood, starting with the widest draw in stall 10, but he travelled through the race like a well-handicapped horse and just found the race getting away from him down the hill.

That wasn't an effort to be ignored, but this more conventional track should see him to better effect, and he is drawn well to adopt a prominent riding position. This represents a drop into Class 3 company for the first time, and he is still unexposed and lightly raced, so he is worth another chance, although excuses will be thin on the ground this time.


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DARYL CARTER'S BEST BETS

THALER - (2.20 Haydock, 1pt win - 7/2)

KILTEALY BRIGGS - (2.30 Uttoxeter, 1pt win - 4/1)

IMRAHOR - (4.05 Haydock, 1pt each-way - 15/2) (NAP)


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