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Friday in a nutshell: market movers, going updates and latest news

Fairyland: won the Marble Hill Stakes before achieving Group 1 glory in the Cheveley Park Stakes
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The Curragh warms up for Irish Guineas weekend with a card stacked full of quality on a day with six other meetings to whet the appetite for the weekend ahead.

Aidan O'Brien has won the Listed 6f Marble Hills Stakes (5.25) with subsequent Grade 1 winners Fairyland and Caravaggio in recent years, and the master of Ballydoyle relies on Harpocrates, King Neptune and debutant Southern Hills this time around.

Lloyd Williams' Irish Derby hero Latrobe was second in last season's 1m2f Group 3 Gallinule Stakes (7.05) and the same connections combine with the largely unexposed Buckhurst, with Donnacha O'Brien taking the ride for brother and trainer Joseph.

Aside from the Curragh, Goodwood hosts an intriguing card headed by the Listed Cocked Hat Stakes (3.30), where Private Secretary bids to vindicate John Gosden's decision to let the colt bypass the Derby.

Bath, Haydock, Pontefract, Worcester and further Irish action at Downpatrick enhance Friday's itinerary. 

Going report

Goodwood (first race at: 1.50)
Good to firm, good in places (GoingStick: 7.9 at 8.20am on Thursday)

Bath (2.00)
Firm 

Haydock (2.10)
Good to firm (GoingStick: 7.9 at 6.30am on Friday)

Curragh (4.55)
Good to firm 

Downpatrick (5.15)
Good

Worcester (5.40)
Good (GoingStick: 6.9 at 6.30am on Friday)

Pontefract (6.30)
Good to firm, good in places (GoingStick: 8.6 at 6.30am on Friday)

Market movers

2.10 Haydock - Four Kingdoms 7-2 (from 4-1)
5.00 Haydock - Bulltington Boy 4-1 (from 3-1) 
7.00 Pontefract - Zihaam 14-1 (from 18-1)

What to back

Maddy Playle provides the ten-second tips for the day. 

What to read

Rider Mitch Godwin has bravely opened up about his battle with depression in an unmissable article. 

What to watch

Supremely talented sprinter Battaash is the latest subject of our Cue Cards series. 

The best of Racing Post Sport

The team look ahead to the EFL playoff finals and the UEFA Europa League final between Chelsea and Arsenal. 

Final thought 

Following a brilliant night of action at Sandown last night and with a fine card at the Curragh imminent this evening, it would be good to see more high-class twilight meetings. 


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Aidan O'Brien has won the Listed 6f Marble Hills Stakes with subsequent Grade 1 winners Fairyland and Caravaggio in recent years
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