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Horse Racing betting tips: Band can bring backers some joy

There is Listed action at Newbury, with four other meetings in Britain on Friday, and Racing Post tipster Graeme Rodway returns to mark your card.

Graeme Rodway's tips

3.25 Wolverhampton - Bit Harsh @ SP
3.45 Newbury - Band Of Joy @ SP
8.05 Newmarket - Azano @ 12/1

Odds displayed were correct at the time of writing and subject to fluctuation.

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3.25 Wolverhampton - Bit Harsh @ SP

The Sky Sports Racing Sky 415 Handicap (3.25) at Wolverhampton looks like a good opportunity for the course scorer BIT HARSH to return to winning ways after three solid efforts in defeat away from here.

Bit Harsh completed a hat-trick on the all-weather over the winter and is only 5lb higher than when recording the last of his wins here. He definitely looks capable of scoring off this mark.

He proved that when beaten just a neck into third off this rating in a 1m4f handicap at Southwell in June and it's worth giving him another chance after a below-par run last time.

That came over 2m at Lingfield and maybe the trip stretched him. The return to 1m6f looks certain to suit Bit Harsh and a bold bid is surely on the cards now he has been dropped 1lb.

Graeme Rodway's tip:

Bit Harsh @ SP - 1pt win

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3.45 Newbury - Band Of Joy @ SP

The Highclere Thoroughbred Racing St Hugh's Stakes (3.45) is the feature at Newbury and BAND OF JOY appears to have been underestimated by the bookmakers. Back her each-way.

The daughter of Land Force won two of her first three starts, including when defying a penalty at Lingfield in July, and she found the ground softer than ideal on her last two starts.

Band Of Joy didn't look at home on the surface when a beaten 5/4 favourite at Beverley at the start of this month and probably didn't stay 6f when fifth of sixth at Chepstow last time.

The return to 5f on a quicker surface looks certain to suit Band Of Joy and it's far too soon to give up on her. She might be capable of springing a surprise in an open-looking contest.

Graeme Rodway's tip:

Band Of Joy @ SP - 1pt each-way

8.05 Newmarket - Azano @ 12/1

Olly Murs will be rocking the racecourse at Newmarket on Friday night but before he goes on stage it's worth backing the David O’Meara-trained AZANO in the LB Group Handicap (8.05).

The seven-year-old ran one of his best races of the season when a clear second on the Rowley Mile in May and he bounced back from a below-par run next time to finish third in Listed company at York in June. That was a stronger race than this and a reproduction might do it.

Azano was disappointing when last of six at Redcar last time, but he was beaten only four and a half lengths by the winner Cruyff Turn and maybe he found the 7f trip too sharp there.

He has dropped 2lb in the weights following that effort and returns from a 55-day break, with Robert Havlin booked for his first ride for the stable. Azano might be able to bounce back.

Graeme Rodway's tip:

Azano @ 12/1 - 1pt win

Graeme Rodway's tips

3.25 Wolverhampton - Bit Harsh @ SP
3.45 Newbury - Band Of Joy @ SP
8.05 Newmarket - Azano @ 12/1

Odds displayed were correct at the time of writing and subject to fluctuation.

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