Friday ITV tips: Best bets for Newmarket and Haydock

ITV rocks up to day two of Newmarket's Cambridgeshire meeting and takes a swing at Haydock too, so the Planet Sport tipsters have a selection for each of the seven live races on Friday, September 23.

There's a couple of Group 2s on the ITV4 schedule on Friday afternoon; the seven furlong Dubai Rockfel Stakes (1500) and the Dubai Joel Stakes (1535), plus with the Group 3 Dubai Stakes (1425) and four other strong races it's going to be another busy day.

Don't forget, you can get all the latest racecards and results from both racecourse by using the Planet Sport live centre for Newmarket and Haydock.

But first, here's a quick list of our tips with some more detail on our highlighted horses below.


13:30 (Haydock) Raven's Up

13:50 (Newmarket) Whitebeam

14:05 (Haydock) Moon Watch

14:25 (Newmarket) Sea Silk Road

14:40 (Haydock) Nova Legend

15:00 (Newmarket) Dance In The Grass

15:35 (Newmarket) Tempus

13:50 (Newmarket) Whitebeam

Whitebeam can take the move up to Listed level in her stride in the Al Basti Equiworld, Dubai British EBF Rosemary Stakes.

Harry and Roger Charlton have exercised plenty of patience with this Caravaggio filly, plotting two novice wins after her initial third in maiden company.

Given a bit of mid-season break, Whitebeam returned in style with a Haydock success on her first try in handicap company from a mark of 91.

Her half-length verdict does not really do justice to the manner of her victory and a new mark of 97 could yet still underestimate her abilities.

Whitebeam has a bit to find with a couple of her rivals here, but she is on an upward trajectory and her progression has shown no signs of stopping yet.

14:25 (Newmarket) Sea Silk Road

Sea Silk Road can regain the winning thread as she switches back up in trip in the Princess Royal Al Basti Equiworld, Dubai Stakes.

William Haggas dropped back to 10 furlongs with the three-year-old at Deauville last month, having previously run an excellent race to finish second to subsequent Irish Oaks winner Magical Lagoon in the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot.

Given a break after that, Sea Silk Road had to settle for fourth in France, with a couple of race-fit rivals just too good in a Group Two contest.

Sea Silk Road should be fitter for the outing and this Group Three looks an ideal stepping stone to some bigger autumn targets.

15:00 (Newmarket) Dance In The Grass

Dance In The Grass is worth another chance in the Al Basti Equiworld, Dubai Rockfel Stakes despite a lacklustre showing at Doncaster earlier in the month.

Charlie and Mark Johnston's filly was sent off a short-priced favourite for the May Hill Stakes after winning her first two starts, including a convincing Listed victory over a subsequent Group Three winner at Sandown.

However, she failed to live up to expectations on Town Moor, where she never looked likely to trouble the principals and beat just one rival home.

Connections reported the easy ground had gone against her that day and back on a quicker surface, this Cracksman filly is no forlorn hope.

15:35 (Newmarket) Tempus

Tempus is on a roll and will likely take plenty of beating in the Al Basti Equiworld, Dubai Joel Stakes.

The six-year-old has graduated to a different level since joining Archie Watson this year having previously been handled by the Charltons, improving 20lb to his current rating of 117.

Tempus has not looked back since winning an Ascot handicap in July, following up with a Group Three success at Salisbury before adding another win in that grade at Deauville last month.

He triumphed by just under two lengths that day and looked value for the margin giving weight away all round, suggesting a switch to Group Two company here could be within his compass in current form.

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