Race Time: 3.45pm Meeting: Haydock Distance: 2m 6f
Full Race Name: 888Sport Handicap Chase (The Jockey Club Grassroots Chase Series Final) (Class 2)
Our tip for the 3.45pm Haydock live on Channel 4 Racing is:
Two and three quarter miles to finish the televised racing this Saturday, and the usual tricky balance between those in great form (that the handicapper has weighted accordingly), those out of form (who could win this at their best), and those lightly raced that we don’t know enough about just yet – there’s a challenge.
Jockey Tom Cannon has already been booked to ride Comeonginger by trainer Chris Gordon which could be seen as a hint in itself as the eight year old looks to make it four wins from five runs this season. Fontwell started the run when he scored by a length and a quarter off a rating of 100, but further victories at Fontwell again and Kempton (twice) see him line up here off a rating a full two stone higher and although he could still run well, in the end they will weight him out of things and his run will come to an abrupt end – today or next time maybe?
Trainer Lucy Wadham looked as if she may well have targetted this race with not one but two entries, Baby Shine and Canuspotit. Only Canuspotit remains but as he would be just about preferred, being a year younger at the age of eight, and with two wins already this season at Fakenham and Huntingdon, who cares lol? Third last time out, again it may well be that he is handicapped out of things but with so few races this season (just the five attempts), he could just have one more race in him if everything goes his way.
Saint And Sinners is another who ran up a bit of a sequence with three wins on the bounce this season, but his supporters would need to find a way to forgive him his last run when thirteen lengths sixth of seven at Sandown, though to be fair, it was his first run for over two months and he may well have needed it. Trainer Mick Easterby is as shrewd as they come and may well have left plenty to work with for future contests – his followers just need to hope that this race was always the intended target though!
Those looking for a bit of a dark horse could do a lot worse than Jamie Snowden’s Future Gilded, still a baby at the age of six and open to any amount of improvement – or not. After winning a hurdle race in France at Aix-Les-Bains he was third at Plumpton in a novice chase then pulled up at Lingfield on heavy ground – hardly inspiring credentials. Last time out at Market Rasen he put up a much better show when forging clear over a quarter of mile less to win going away off a rating of 117, and as he has only been put up to pounds for that victory, it does look as if his win hasn’t been taken too seriously. Naturally, he could improve from that as we hope, or he could go back to his earlier not so decent form, though at a double figure price he will be sorely tempting to some as an each way option.