Simon Munir and Isaac Souede are two of the biggest owners in the sport. Their familiar double-green silks are seen everywhere across Britain and Ireland. That fact is confirmed at Haydock on Friday as they have four runners at the Lancashire track. Two are trained by British trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies and two by Irish trainer Stuart Crawford. It would be quite the coup if all four won so we’ve combined them into a massive accumulator. Check out our free tips page for daily content across British and Irish racing.
Gold Cup Bailly (10-3, bet365) has won both his starts over fences so far. The first of these came at Wexford over 2m4f in October, before his successful raid at Ayr last time out. Clearly a much better chaser than hurdler, this progressive horse should have plenty in the tank. One negative is the trip here which is an extended 3m1f. He didn’t get home in a 3m1f maiden hurdle at Carlisle as a novice hurdler. Despite that, he’s a better horse now and is definitely worth giving another go in this very competitive race.
Matata (7-4, bet365) is a promising young horse who won his sole Irish point before scoring on rules debut over hurdles. Finished at Wetherby next time when a little too keen for his own good. Seems to have a cracking chance of winning again here in a very winnable race.
Holmes St Georges (5-1, bet365) hacked up at Musselburgh last time out, winning by 13 lengths in very smart fashion. Goes back up to 2m3f here which shouldn’t be a problem on the evidence of his breeding. Obviously an improved horse from last year which means you can ignore his two hurdles starts at Perth over 2m4f. 9lb extra wouldn’t have stopped him that day and it may not be enough to stop him here.
Good Boy Bobby (11-2, bet365) was a progressive staying handicap chaser last term and winning the Rowland Merrick at Wetherby was the highlight. That victory came off a mark of 146 and he’s sunk to a mark which is 2lb lower. Ran better last time over course and distance, with the form of that race being boosted by the second who was runner-up in the Welsh National this week. A return to the winners’ enclosure could be on the horizon.
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