Weekend racing tips: Oisin Murphy can confirm this Ayr Gold Cup fancy's big-race credentials with a win at Haydock

SUNSPORT racing expert Jim Delahunt delivers his tips for the week – picking his gold, silver and bronze selections.

There is plenty of decent racing this week with meets at Haydock and Ascot.


EDRAAK (2.20 Haydock – Friday)

EDRAAK should be a serious contender for the Ayr Gold Cup in 2 weeks time and I'm backing the 5 year-old to confirm his big-race credentials by winning the 2.20 at Haydock on Friday.

He couldn't get competitive at Windsor last time but ran an excellent race in the circumstances and reigning champion Murphy must have him on his short-list as a ride in the Gold Cup.

Edraak shouldn't be losing a race like this 2 weeks before Ayr and the current 25/1 for the Gold Cup looks worth taking before tomorrow. 


Love Is Golden (3.05 Ascot – Friday)

Silver Bell runner-up Love Is Golden runs in the 3.05 at Ascot on Friday and I won't be the only one disappointed if the likely favourite doesn't boost the form by winning under Silvestre De Sousa.


Starman (3.30 Haydock – Saturday)

I'm confident about the winning prospects of STARMAN in Haydock's Betfair Sprint Cup on Saturday with Ed Walker's 4 year-old back on his favoured fast ground and the memory of his July Cup success undimmed.

Starman ran an absolute blinder with the soft ground against him at Deauville last time and I'm hoping the presence of Happy Romance and recent Nunthorpe runner-up Emeraaty Ana can keep the price respectable.


Tilsitt (1.35 Newcastle – Friday)

Newcastle stages the latest legs of the Racing League tonight but we're back to horses running in their owners' colours at Gosforth Park tomorrow and dual winner TILSITT can open his account for Mike Smith in the 1.35.

The 4 year-old has placed 3-3-3-2 on his last 4 starts at Ayr and I reckon a switch to the all-weather and a step up in trip can pay off with his turf handicap mark refusing to budge due to consistency.

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