Tonight's racing: three runners to note at Haydock, Stratford and the Curragh
The action comes thick and fast on Friday evening with five fixtures across the UK and Ireland.Here are three runners of particular interest.
The lightly raced Blue Uluru has gone up 7lb for her victory at Navan, but so comfortable was that success the hike in the weights may not be enough to stop her winning again.
The three-year-old was twice tried in Listed company last year by Ger Lyons, which gives some indication of the esteem in which she is held, and, with only seven starts to her name, further improvement is on the cards.
Wonderful Charm was a beaten favourite in Stratford's Champion Hunters' Chase last year but can make amends this time. A dual Grade 2-winning chaser in his pomp, Wonderful Charm is clearly not the force of old, but he demonstrated how dominanthe can be at hunter chase level when winning on the bridle at Fontwell last time.
That impressive success showed he has bounced back from whatever ailed him at Cheltenham and Aintree, and the forecast good ground is in his favour.
With the Tim Easterby yard in flying form – he sent out 14 winners in 14 days before racing on Friday – Balestra holds strong claims of following up his recent success at Catterick.
That was the four-year-old's first start for Easterby since arriving from the Charlie Hills yard, and his mark was only raised 1lb for that authoritative novice stakes victory. Given he is lightly raced and completely unexposed for his new trainer, Balestra is worth siding with from what could prove to be a lenient handicap mark.