Newbury Races: Tips, racecards and betting preview for the Diomed Stakes meeting on Friday live on ITV

THE ITV cameras make a very rare Friday evening appearance at both Newbury and the Curragh with a mix of handicaps and Classics to keep punters entertained.

At Newbury it's very much the warm-up for the main event, but there are some good betting heats across the card. Our man Callum Jamieson gets stuck in.

Race 1 – 4.55 It's Not Rocket Science With MansionBet Handicap

A high-quality handicap to start the evening and as always with early season three-year-old handicaps, it's a tricky puzzle to solve.

I've boiled it down to two I like – provided a positive touch in the market – and number one on the list is JOHAN from the William Haggas team.

He was a solid juvenile without being spectacular, but deemed good enough to contest a Group 3 at the end of the season. That form is strong behind Military March and he finished closer to that rival on his debut.

Expect a more solid display here with the Haggas team coming in to some form and this horse should to kick on this season at three.

Tom Dascombe's Breathalyze is the other fancy. He showed plenty of ability last year around Chester and should improve for the switch to a more conventional track here.

The yard have started the season well and this horse has been gelded over the off-season. Expect Richard Kingscote to be handy and make this a test.

The obvious danger is Sir Michael Stoute's Society Lion who runs here after only two starts. 86 could prove very generous but a tongue-tie first time up could be a negative.

SELECTION: Johan

DANGER: Breathalyze

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Race 2 – 5.25 MansionBet's Royal Ascot Special Handicap

Straight tracks seem to suit BLUE MIST very well and he looks to have found a good opening here.

Roger Charlton and Jason Watson team up again and this horse has always threatened to be better than a handicapper. Connections persist again and have found him an easier opening than he's found himself in of late.

He should go very close here, even if he's been well-found in the betting.

Market rival Jackstar ran very well at Newcastle first time up. Connections were obviously keen to get him out again and a repeat of that effort will have him bang there. He is a big threat for the Dascombe team that do well at Newbury.

Spirit Warning has to be respected. He is on his last winning mark and Andrew Balding continues to go great guns.

SELECTION: Blue Mist

DANGER: Jackstar

Race 3 – 5.55 Watch And Bet With MansionBet At Newbury Handicap

Away He Goes comes into this off some terrific runs in novice company. He was second to St Leger winner Logician on debut and kicked on to win his next two handsomely.

What he achieved is hard to weigh up and the handicapper hasn't missed him. He'll prove popular in the betting however, and could set the market up nicely for one at a bigger price.

I'm drawn to Stoute and Moore again who team up with Laafy. He was progressive when upped in trip last season, so it is strange to see him back at 12 furlongs in this.

So the bet will be Ralph Beckett's NETTE ROUSSE for a yard that have burst into life in recent days. She remains lightly-tried and if you put two lines through her obvious no shows she would be plenty shorter here.

A mark of 85 looks generous and a bit of cut in the ground would favour her no end.

SELECTION: Nette Rousse

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Race 4 – 6.25 MansionBet's Beaten By A Head Handicap

MOLL DAVIS would have gone in to every man and dogs tracker after her last run at Newcastle.

She was not hard to spot that day as she repeatedly ran into trouble when coming with a big run. Trainer George Scott has always been a big fan of this horse and the track at Newbury should leave no excuses this time around.

She'll be smuggled into the race as always and should finally make her very lenient mark count here.

Local trainer Alan King may provide the competition with Aweedram looking on a handy enough mark himself.

Conditions should be fine and the booking of William Buick would not out anyone off. Watch him in the betting.

FRIDAY NAP: Moll Davis

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