Our racing expert is eyeing up three Haydock runners as potential bets.
Ed Walker’s CARADOC cost 270,00gns as a yearling and while that doesn’t guarantee anything, he’s certainly made a good start to his career. Building on the considerable promise he showed on his Kempton debut in December, he fairly sprinted clear of his rivals on his return to action at Chelmsford over a similar trip to today’s, winning by a comfortable five lengths. So strong at the finish there that Pat Cosgrave had a job pulling him up and went on to complete another circuit, the imposing son of Camelot looks destined for bigger things and a 6lb penalty might not be enough to stop him doubling his tally this afternoon.
He’s a backable price too thanks to the presence of Mount Ararat, another son of Sea The Stars who finished a promising third on his 1m2f all-weather debut. Dropping back to a mile could find him out, though, and a bigger stumbling block to the selection looks to be Charlie Appleby’s Swiss Knight, a 475,000gns yearling who put up a fine effort to run a 90-rated runner close on his racecourse debut. But this is is his first run since, an absence of 193 days, and the selection can make his race fitness tell.
A couple of the runners in the 7f212yds handicap, namely Maypole and Mount Kinabu, are chasing hat-tricks and that should ensure we get a decent price on ESCALATOR (NON-RUNNER), who is getting 8lb from the pair on his handicap debut.
Charlie Fellowes’ charge went into my tracker after catching the eye on his racecourse debut last autumn at Leicester, where he walked out of the stalls and trailed the field for most of the way before making late headway into fifth. He had some decent sorts in front of him on that occasion, including Saturday’s winner Sea Youmzain, and ran to a similar level when turned out again at Wolverhampton a couple of weeks later, when only finding Godolphin’s Laieth too good. His reappearance fifth at Kempton in March would have been needed and, now “fighting fit” according to his trainer, he is weighted to do some damage in this 0-95 handicap off a mark of 75 that underestimates him and on the forecast good to firm ground he needs. His in-form stable is 3-9 (33%) at this track for a £20.00 profit to £1 level-stakes.
It could be worth taking a chance on the fitness of MAGELLAN on his seasonal reappearance in the 1m3f140y handicap on the card as the son of Sea The Stars looks the type to make further progress this term over this sort of trip.
It was the step up that brought about improvement on his fourth and final start of last season, when travelling well into contention before asserting in the final furlong. He had just a neck to spare over Darksideoftarnside at the line but that horse gave the form a boost when going one better next time to earn a rating of 82. That suggests the selection is nicely treated here on a perch of 77 and it’s one his trainer Roger Charlton will be keen to exploit. UPDATE – the selection has taken a huge walk in the market – out to 17/2 in a place – and that can only mean he’s expected to need his first run back.
All odds were correct at time of posting.