2.20pm Haydock Tips & Betting Preview 27/05/2017

Running three good races here on previous visits, it’s about time that SUEGIOO returns to winning ways as he competes in one of his easiest assignments for a very long time. A group runner at his very best, this likeable eight year old returned this season in the Queen’s Cup handicap at Musselburgh where he clearly needed the run. He once again performed admirably when finishing ninth in the Chester Cup, on and off the bridle and doing his best work late on. He should now be cherry ripe for this assignment and he has conditions to suit, with the form of the Fahey yard only helping to enhance his claims. He’s yet to run a poor race and looks massively over priced today under Tony Hamilton.

After showing a progressive profile for most of last season, Parliamentarian isn’t one to discount purely on the basis of his poor performance to sign off last season. He finished third on debut before winning two races on the bounce, with the second of those coming in a very game and likeable performance at Sandown. He was unable to hold back a progressive sort two months later at Haydock in another good performance and although his sixth at Salsibury to cap off the year was disappointing, it did little to take the shine off a good season. The step up in trip looks certain to suit judging by his previous runs and his attitude should set him in good stead for this run on seasonal debut. He’s a ground versatile horse so the ground is of no concern and with the Charlie Appleby team operating at a 32% strike rate from their last 31 runners, a big run looks on the cards.


Yet to win this season, Yorkidding has been performing admirably in some very tough handicaps this campaign and she’s likely to be on the premises again for Mark Johnston. With stamina in droves, she finished seventh in last seasons Cesarewitch and posted a career best when a close second in the Chester Cup. She again performed admirably when headed late on at Hamilton eight days ago, clearly needing a step up in trip and she gets that here off a 2lb higher mark which shouldn’t cause her much trouble. She remains unexposed at staying distances and she deserves a day in the sun at this stage after three close calls this campaign. If given a soft lead she’ll be highly dangerous and this likeable mare is one of the main player in this.

Winner of this race last year off the same mark, Tim Easterby sends My Reward back to the contest as he bids to go back to back under David Allan. He made all in gritty style under this rider and the victory never looked in doubt, though for the remainder of the season he was unable to challenge for the victory, with his best effort coming when only seventh in a Haydock Handicap back in September. His two runs this campaign have however been promising, clearly needing the run at Musselburgh before making most at Ripon in fine style, showing a brilliant attitude to battle back when headed. He’s been raised 3lb as a result but that only takes him to the mark he won this race off last year, so he’s likely value for more. There is little to no draw bias over the two mile trip so stall seven is unlikely to be a problem and with conditions to suit, he’s a big player once again.

Lightly raced and still a likely improver for Richard Hannon, Paris Protocool will be looking to add to his tally of one win from eight starts for the in form yard. He finished sixth in the King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot last season, with that being the highlight of his campaign as he was never able to reach the places on three other starts in a season where he didn’t see much action. He was gambled on massively at Salisbury on his return, backed into 5/4 favouritism but he looked as though he needed the run when a running on third, never quite able to challenge. This step up in trip looks likely to suit on that evidence and he should be cherry ripe fitness wise off the same mark to challenge. Jim Crowley is up top to do the steering which is an obvious plus and he’s another one to consider in a competitive looking race.

With form figures of 232113333 since debuting in May 2016, it’s hard to argue that there is a more reliable horse in the field than Swashbuckle for Andrew Balding. The four year old doesn’t seem to be improving but continues to but in admirable displays, finishing third in an Ascot two miler two weeks ago when keeping on strongly towards the line. Connections reach for the first time headgear as they try to eek out some improvement from this son of Dashing Blade and that will be needed, as he faces some potentially well handicapped and improving horses today. He’s certainly an each way player under Oisin Murphy but he’s likely to find at least one too good in this.

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