Matt Chapman: I’ll be Maid Up if this 9/2 chance wins at York on Saturday

Four courses. Nine races. One Matt Chapman. Strap in for a UK bank holiday bonanza of racing action.

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It’s a crazy Saturday on ITV racing with nine races being shown from Haydock, Goodwood, York and the Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh. Plenty of winners to be found.

Let’s start with the 13.55 at Goodwood, a Listed event over 1m 2f. ELARQAM has never really lived up to his reputation for Mark Johnston, but he looked in need of this trip last time and is worth a few quid each-way. Next at Goodwood is the 14.30, a handicap over 7f. MR DIAMOND has done well stepped up to this distance on his last two starts and has every chance of reaching a place for Richard Fahey. Another each-way bet.

ITV go to Haydock at 14.15 for a handicap over 2m. EDEN ROSE is an improving stayer and looked good in the Queen’s Prize last time. The recent form is on the all-weather, but if translating that to turf, has a fine chance.

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Alan King does well with his Flat horses and AWEEDRAM could be the answer to the 1m handicap at 14.50. He’s improving all the time and although he’s up 8lb in the weights – he has definite place claims in an open-looking handicap.

It should just be a ‘how far he wins by’ race for the unbeaten CALYX in the 6f Group 2 sprint at 15.25pm at Haydock. He made a blistering comeback at Ascot and should follow up on route to the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot. A hugely exciting horse for Johnny G.

Finally at Haydock, the Group 2 Temple Stakes over 5f at 16.00. BATTAASH is not always at his brilliant best, but when he is we know he is too good for this lot. I’ll go with him despite the in-form pair of Mabs Cross and Kachy being in the field.

At York, ITV show a Group 3 at 15.05 over 1m 6f. MAID UP has faced some tough tasks, including the St Leger at Doncaster last season. However, this is a bit easier and she will be hard to keep out the frame for Andrew Balding.

COPPER KNIGHT is up 5lb for a fabulous course and distance success just over a week ago, but in his current form can defy the penalty in a race full of front-running speed at 15.45.

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And if you want a bit of colts’ Classic action to add to the mix, the Irish 2000 Guineas is on at the Curragh at 15.35.

Aidan O’Brien’s Magna Grecia was impressive in the Newmarket Guineas, but I have to be with TOO DARN HOT, who showed he had trained on from last year when second in the Dante over 10f. He was easily the best youngster last term, and there’s no reason why he can’t be a champion this season back over the mile for Gosden and Dettori.

So best of luck and let’s get a few Yeeehaaas going for a UK Bank Holiday weekend. You hear me Paddy?

*Prices correct at time of publishing

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