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Horse racing tips: Williams to have another winner with Haut Folin

There are four meetings in Britain on Friday and Racing Post tipster Graeme Rodway is back with his best bets across the cards.

Graeme Rodway's tips

1.12 Southwell - Nolton Cross @ 11/2
2.45 Ludlow - Haut Folin @ 7/2
7.00 Wolverhampton - The Craftymaster @ SP

1.12 Southwell - Nolton Cross @ 11/2

The 1m4f handicap (1.12) at Southwell is a competitive race, but the one to be on is NOLTON CROSS, who has dropped to an attractive mark and should soon be able to take full advantage.

The son of Dark Angel has been popular in the market on his last two starts and showed plenty on both occasions. He was beaten only three lengths into fifth in a 1m6f handicap at Wolverhampton in November and improved for second over this trip at that course last time.

Nolton Cross was beaten only a head into second on that occasion by the re-opposing Haku and has a good chance of reversing those places, on 1lb better terms, in this similar contest.

The selection won his sole start over course and distance and all of his victories have come on Tapeta. He is also an unbeaten 2-2 when racing in the month of January, so this is evidently his time of year, and Jason Hart is a positive taking over from Ross Coakley to ride.

Graeme Rodway's tip:

Nolton Cross @ SP - 1pt win

2.45 Ludlow - Haut Folin @ 7/2

Only five line up for the 3m1½f handicap chase (2.45) at Ludlow and it looks like the type of race that a Venetia Williams-trained runner could dominate. Step forward HAUT FOLIN, who won on heavy ground at Ffos Las in November and can bounce back from a defeat last time.

Haut Folin went off 7-4 favourite to follow up his Ffos Las victory at Market Rasen on his latest outing, but managed only a 21-length second behind Post Chaise. However, that run came only 11 days after his previous victory and maybe the selection found it came too soon.

The good to soft ground would also probably have been livelier than Haut Folin prefers and there is every chance he can return to form, back on a slower surface, after a 43-day absence.

He is the youngest and most unexposed member of the field, so has a lot more upside than the majority of his rivals, and it will be a surprise if he can't give his red-hot trainer another win.

Graeme Rodway's tip:

Haut Folin @ SP - 1pt win

7.00 Wolverhampton - The Craftymaster @ SP

The second division of the 1m6f handicap (7.00) at Wolverhampton can go to THE CRAFTYMASTER, who remains unexposed over staying trips and may still be improving.

The four-year-old has progressed rapidly since joining Tony Carroll from Roger Teal and looked better than ever when breaking his duck at the seventh attempt over 2m½f at this course three weeks ago. He registered a career-best Racing Post Rating on that occasion.

The Craftymaster is only 2lb higher than when beating the re-opposing Baileys Warrior by a length that day and should be difficult to beat again, after such a modest rise in the weights. 

Graeme Rodway's tip:

The Craftymaster @ SP - 1pt win

Graeme Rodway's tips

1.12 Southwell - Nolton Cross @ 11/2
2.45 Ludlow - Haut Folin @ 7/2
7.00 Wolverhampton - The Craftymaster @ SP

This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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