Haydock Racing Tips
BALLYMAGROARTY BOY produced his best effort of the season when filling the runner-up spot at Uttoxeter last time, clearly benefiting from the return to further as he kept going well to be beaten only three and a half lengths. He lines up from the same mark today and could be worth a chance to end a losing run stretching back to December 2018 when he won at this course.
IRON BRIDGE wasn’t seen to best effect when finishing down the field at Chepstow last time, leaving the impression the emphasis on speed under the conditions was against him. He is proven in the mud having impressed when previously making a successful chasing debut at Carlisle in October, forging clear on the run-in to win by eight and a half lengths. He looked a very smart prospect on that occasion and remains open to improvement now faced with a more suitable test again.
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MATATA has shown plenty of ability in two starts over hurdles to date, first making a winning debut at Fakenham in October and then producing an even better effort when finding one too good at Wetherby last time. He was beaten just a length and a quarter on the last occasion despite taking a strong hold throughout, only tiring late on having led until the run-in. He needs to learn to settle down to fulfil his undoubted potential, but just a repeat of his latest effort might be good enough for him to resume winning ways.
CHINWAG shaped better than the bare result when finishing a well-held fourth on his return to action at Lingfield last month, with a lack of fitness/stamina seeming to find him out late on after he’d travelled strongly for a long way. He is entitled to strip fitter today and the way he shaped there suggests the drop back in trip will also be in his favour. He certainly showed enough to suggest he is on a good mark when everything falls right and the application of first-time cheekpieces could give him the extra edge he needs to get his head back in front.
STAINSBY GIRL ended last season with back-to-back wins for Donald Whillans before being bought for £22,000 and joining Nick Alexander. She made the perfect start for her new connections when completing the hat-trick over this course and distance last month, drawing clear from five out and always doing enough after that to win by three and three-quarter lengths. A really genuine mare, Stainsby Girl seems to be improving all the time and a further 5 lb rise in the weights might not be enough to prevent her from making it four wins in a row.
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CONQUREDALOFEUROPE shaped encouragingly after nine months off when having his first run for Donald McCain (formerly trained in Ireland by James Motherway) at Wetherby a few weeks ago, keeping on well to pass the post only four lengths behind the winner in second. A mistake at a crucial point in the race cost him dear, but he looks an assured jumper overall and is proven in the mud. He should be suited by this marathon trip as well and is worth a chance to get off the mark over fences despite being 3 lb out of the weights.
FORCING BULL has a good jumping pedigree (by Papal Bull and out of a half-sister to the smart hurdler/chaser Farclas) and Donald McCain is always a trainer to follow with his runners in bumpers. Bought for £50,000 after getting off the mark in Irish points at the sixth attempt, Forcing Bull should know his job and could be the way to go in a race where those with previous experience under Rules set just a fair standard.
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