Timeform: Leap into this Lucky 15 for a super Saturday at Haydock

Our racing boffins are back for another huge meeting at the Merseyside racecourse and as always they’ve got a bumper bet for us…


In geology, bedrock is the lithified rock that lies under a loose softer material called regolith at the surface of the Earth or other terrestrial planets.

A far cry from what I relate bedrock to, the fictional prehistoric city which is home to the characters of the animated television series The Flintstones, but, anyway the horse Bedrock has strong claims in the 14:35 at Haydock on Saturday.

He was strong in the betting returning to the Flat when a creditable half-length fifth at Doncaster last time and, left on the same mark for that effort, he is fancied to go close.

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I always think I’m a dancing star in my local after eight pints on a Friday night, but unlike me, the Andrew Balding-trained Dancing Star is actually really good (at running in a straight line, not dancing, but who knows?) and could take a bit of stopping in the 15:45 down in grade for her reappearance.

She was last seen finishing down the field in the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot in 2017, but this is far less competitive and, still relatively lightly raced, she could have more to offer.

Her record when fresh also bodes well and she is a strong fancy to make a winning return.

Many people don’t know that arguably the world’s best footballer, Lionel Messi, and Bojan Krkic (who plays for Stoke, on loan at Alaves) are related. Bojan started out at Barcelona just like Messi, but his career has gone in the opposite direction of his cousin, something which Makzeem is in danger of.

Makzeem is closely related to the high-class Al Kazeem, and if connections have aspirations of him reaching those heights, he needs to be winning the 16:20 on his return.

He won a couple of handicaps in what was a generally progressive campaign last season, finishing the year off with a respectable two and three quarter lengths fourth to Accidental Agent in the Challenge Cup at Ascot.

Al Kazeem got better with age, something which Makzeem has in his favour, and he is expected to make a winning reappearance before having his sights lifted further.

I am usually out of breath when climbing the three flights of stairs in Timeform House, but the feeling is Breath Caught will have plenty in the tank in the 16:55, and could be the best bet on the card.

He looked to have been let in lightly for his handicap debut and proved that theory right when winning with more in hand than the half-length margin suggests at Newmarket last month, produced to lead in the final 100 yards and well on top at the finish.

The handicapper again has taken a chance by only raising him 5lbs for that win, and he remains one to keep firmly on side at the moment.

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