Our racing expert has three to back at Haydock this evening.
Cheshire-based Tom Dascombe is always to be feared at Haydock and his juveniles in particular have been highly profitable to follow, with his 30 winners (from 184 runners, 16%) yielding a very healthy £58.61 profit to £1 level-stakes.
He runs two in the 7f nursery on the card and Dark Thunder, who is the mount of stable jockey Richard Kingscote, is preferred in the betting to stablemate ICONIC CHOICE, but I reckon the latter filly is the one to be on over this trip. She’s a value price too.
Granted, she was disappointing on her only previous try over it, finishing a well beaten fourth of the eight runners over this track and trip two starts back. However, she was a bit too keen for her own good on that occasion and, still looking green, she didn’t help her cause either by hanging right and racing out wide.
Previously, she had been a ready winner over 6f at Newbury, seeing out that contest well, and she again gave the impression she would be suited by moving up a furlong when a keeping-on third of eight in a 6f nursery at Hamilton last Saturday.
Out of a 7f-1m winner, she has to be worth another chance this evening off what looks a winnable mark of 75, given the two horses she beat at Newbury are now rated higher, and with Liam Jones (2-7 on the stable runners) getting the leg up.
Stablemate Dark Thunder has to be respected but his pedigree is all about speed and both his big-race entries are over 6f. Indeed, a bigger danger to the selection looks to be Xtara, who was a rallying third of 11 in a 7f Newmarket nursery on his most recent start.
The 2m handicap on the card looks a good opportunity for David O’Meara’s DALSHAND to complete his hat-trick after wins over this trip at Thirsk and Lingfield last time, both under today’s rider Danny Tudhope.
The five-year-old’s return to form was to expected as he had become well handicapped, having been dropped 20lb since joining his current stable, and judging by his latest hands and heels success there is more to come from him.
While fully effective on fast ground, he won’t mind if the forecast rain materialises as he won on good to soft when trained in France and he’s a confident choice.
Some wet stuff would fuel confidence in the chances of Michael Dods’ FUMBO JUMBO, who is taking a drop in class in the closing fillies’ handicap over 5f. Certainly, this class 5 contest is far easier than the class 3 in which she struggled at York (good to firm) last time and she’d previously gone close in this grade when beaten a neck at Ayr (good).
Both her wins have come with some cut in the ground, so it could be worth waiting to back her until ground conditions are known, but she is undoubtedly handicapped to win – she’s just 2lb higher than when last successful – and also benefits from Callum Rodriguez’s 3lb claim. Four of his nine winners in the last fortnight have been for the same stable.
All odds were correct at time of posting.