The Flat Jockey’s Championship continues at Haydock, but only William Buick has a ride in the first race. It might not be a winning one either, as TEXAS MAN‘s improved winning performance at Catterick last time and is backed up by the timefigure, so he’s taken to defy a 7lbs rise. Suanni left his previous form behind when making all in good style at Bath on his nursery debut and is an obvious threat under Buick.
Not the strongest fillies’ maiden on paper, but SKY BLUE PINK improved considerably from her debut to score over this distance at Kempton last time. There should be even more to come as her rider wasn’t overly hard on her in the closing stages. She is taken to prove too strong under a penalty, although good claims can also be made for Blaast, Azure Blue and Noteable.
This looks a cracking sprint handicap and it is progressive three-year-old THALER who is taken to come out on top. He has a pedigree that suggests he should want further, but he showed improved form to open his account at this trip at Kempton last month. He looked set to follow up on handicap debut back over 7 furlongs at the same course last time.
However, he was caught in the closing stages by one who had fallen to his last winning mark, and Thaler makes a fair bit of appeal back in trip. The consistent Chairmanoftheboard, thriving Russco and last year’s winner Air Raid head the many possible dangers.
MANDOBI might ultimately need further in time but, given his pedigree and connections, it’s worth taking a chance that his ability will pull him through first time out. He is from a good family and is narrowly preferred to Mythical Dancer, who is the clear form pick. Meanwhile, stablemates Ravenswing and Franz are also appealing newcomers.
This looks a good chance for Oisin Murphy to get another on the board with MAGISTERIAL, who is a banker to improve on his very promising debut at Newmarket last month. He was motoring late on there and wasn’t far off three promising horses, so he looks a winner-in-waiting. William Buick rides an interesting newcomer in Kaasirr and any market support should be noted. Lastly, Boy About Town is another to note first time up.
This looks ultra-competitive and it may pay to side with the admirably-consistent FFION. She was only just touched off at Chester on her most recent start and having gone close around here back in the spring, another bold showing is likely on the cards under Richard Kingscote. Poet’s Lady, Bake and Twisted Reality are just a trio of others worth considering.
MAGIC WARRIOR ran well despite the drop back to sprinting catching him out a touch at Nottingham last month, outpaced at the halfway point and staying on well in the closing stages. 7 furlongs could prove his optimum and Richard Hannon’s charge is taken to double his tally. Hollow Steel resumed her progress when runner-up at Ffos Las last time, but she may have to settle for silver once again – ahead of Superior Force.
WHITEHAVEN won four times last year and has found only one too good the last twice. He shapes as if he’ll stay this longer trip and could be the way to go under Oisin Murphy for an in-form yard. Pontefract-winner Wynford is feared most, ahead of Reverend Hubert.
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