Are you 'Yeeehaaa' ready?
Matt Chapman is basking in the sunshine and preparing for another top Saturday of action
I’m pumped up and ready for another weekend of action and this blog continues to make Paddy’s life a misery which is rather good. Hear me Paddy. Miserable and large.
I want to start Saturday with the 2.35pm at Haydock, which is the Group 3 Pinnacle Stakes over nearly 1m4f. On paper it looks at the mercy of JOURNEY (), who with an official mark of 114 should be far too good for John Gosden and Frankie Dettori. Admittedly Journey was beaten on her debut at York this season of odds of 5-4F, but I think she can bounce back from that so lump on.
Also at Haydock is the Group 3 John of Gaunt Stakes over 7f at 3.10pm. Home of the Brave will be hard to peg back, but BRETON ROCK () is a thoroughly good stick for Dave Simcock and it’s about time he scored again. A bit of juice in the ground will be fine, and Jamie Spencer is a good booking so have a few quid each-way.
There’s the Group 2 Sandy Lane Stakes over 6f at 3.45pm at Haydock, and the one to be on here is GIFTED MASTER (), for the talented Hugo Palmer. The selection has been a revelation in recent times, and will stay this trip strong under Pat Smullen, who is a terrific jockey booking.
Over at Chester I’ve had a look at the 7.5f handicap at 2.50pm, and I suggest a few quid each-way here on PREDOMINANCE (), who has the perfect stall to get a good position on in box 1. William Haggas’s hope was disappointing last time at Ascot, but he still wasn’t totally disgraced and this is a lot less competitive.
Finally, the 3.25pm at Chester is an extended 1m5f handicap, and the one I’ll back each-way here is YORKIDDING (), who has run well on his last two starts at York for trainer Mark Johnston. This extra distance is no problem for my hope, and while he’s drawn a bit wide in stall 9 I’m very hopeful Richard Kingscote can get a good position as he will want to move forward.
Don’t forget about the semi-finals of the Greyhound Derby Saturday night as well, which are live on Sky. Irish monster Jaytee Jet will be all the rage to make it the the Final – and you can find the preview form the PP Trading Room here.
So best of luck. Hoping for more Yeeehaaas!