Friday's racing tips for Ludlow, Kempton, Southwell and Dundalk

Friday serves up four meetings for the Planet Sport tipsters to get stuck into on January 6.

Twelfth Night was on Thursday so if you've forgotten to take your Christmas decorations down you'll need us to help with you an extra dollop of horse racing luck.

Let's start with some detail our top tips for Friday's action, you can find a full list of selections for every race across all the tracks at the bottom of the page.

Don't forget to check out the racecards, results and live odds in the Planet Sport racing live centre.

13:00 (Ludlow) Javert Allen

Javert Allen looked a bit useful when making a winning debut at Bangor and can defy a penalty in the Ludlow Race Club Annual Membership Junior "National Hunt" Hurdle.

Jane Williams does well with her juveniles and while this one only faced three rivals first time out, he could not have been much more impressive when streaking to a 13-length win.

Never off the bridle, he sets a good standard for the others to aim at.

13:30 (Ludlow) Impose Toi

Nicky Henderson looks to have a very interesting newcomer in the Luke Watson Memorial "National Hunt" Maiden Hurdle in the shape of Impose Toi.

The winner of two AQPS bumpers in France, he has been bought privately by JP McManus.

His first victory was over two miles but then he dropped to a mile and a half and while he won, he did get outpaced at one point.

It is no surprise, therefore, to see Henderson start him over two miles and five furlongs.

15:00 (Ludlow) Ree Okka

Ree Okka can put a disappointing last run behind him in the Plyvine Caterers Handicap Chase at Ludlow.

Harry Fry's seven-year-old still has plenty of potential going forward, despite running well below market expectations at Exeter early last month.

Plenty was expected because of how well he had performed on his seasonal reappearance at Aintree when second to Doctor Ken, who went on to push the potentially decent Gold Cup Bailly close at Ayr on his next outing.

Ree Okka was racing off just 1lb higher on his second start since wind surgery and was sent off the 7-4 favourite, but he found disappointingly little when the taps were turned on.

It was a decent race - the winner Shakem Up'Arry sent off favourite at Cheltenham in the contest won by Midnight River on New Year's Day n- but Ree Okka was so disappointing Fry was asked to explain why he ran so badly, with no excuses immediately evident.

He has only had six runs under rules and remains a horse with potential.

15:30 (Ludlow) Kincardine

Henderson could also be celebrating another winner for the King as Kincardine starts life handicapping off a pretty lowly mark in the Racing UK Handicap Hurdle.

Another French import of interest is Fire Dancer in the Simply Delicious Cakes Novices' Handicap Chase.

He is having his first start for 815 days yet has just turned seven. He was running over fences as a four-year-old which is not unusual in France and owner Rich Ricci will be hoping he has another Royale Pagaille on his hands.

14:15 (Kempton) Aztec Empire

Andrew Balding's Aztec Empire, who is a half-brother to Listed/Group 3 winner Azano, was a beaten odds-on favourite last time out but that was his first outing for over 400 days and just second in all, so he is given another chance in the Unibet Support Safe Gambling Novice Stakes at Kempton.

Deadlock is an interesting newcomer to note and he shades the danger vote from the Ralph Beckett-trained Carzola.

14:45 (Kempton) Golden Speech

Charlie Appleby's Golden Speech finished second twice in the summer, including to Nostrum, so sets a very high bar in the Racing TV Maiden Stakes.

I'm Too Tired posted a respectable fourth at Wolverhampton and can mount a serious challenge.

First Sight completes the shortlist.

19:45 (Southwell) Harry Magnus

The Charlie Hills-trained Harry Magnus is improving with racing and can open his account in the talkSPORT Powered By Fans Novice Stakes at Southwell.

Well beaten on debut at Goodwood in July, he was clearly taking time to fill his frame as Hill gave him over 100 days before he ran again, but he shaped with promise when fifth of 10 at Wolverhampton.

He found Julie Camacho's Shaquille, now rated 94, just a length too good more recently.

Friday's selections in full:

KEMPTON: 12.45 Tollerton Forest, 1.15 Coral Reef, 1.45 Rooful, 2.15 Aztec Empire, 2.45 Golden Speech, 3.15 Mister X, 3.45 Master Grey.

LUDLOW: 1.00 Javert Allen, 1.30 Impose Toi, 2.00 Fire Dancer, 2.30 Active Duty, 3.00 Ree Okka, 3.30 Kincardine, 4.00 Allegro Forte.

DUNDALK: 3.50 Florence Thompson, 4.25 Lisieux, 5.00 Zonik, 5.30 Newgirlintown, 6.00 Unterberg, 6.30 Rochester Mike, 7.00 Leclerc, 7.30 Delta Romeo.

SOUTHWELL: 5.15 Furnicoe, 5.45 Haaland, 6.15 Last Stand, 6.45 Tylos, 7.15 Minhaaj, 7.45 Harry Magnus, 8.15 Bernard Spierpoint.

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