Racing tipster James Boyle has picked out two selections from Haydock.
A small profit yesterday courtesy of Belated Breath running out a 7/2 winner. She was so game in her victory despite the race not panning out how I expected it to tactically and could win again at a higher level eventually. Revolutionary Man shaped well despite drifting to a huge price and remains of some interest, whilst Wild Flower gave it a good go under a forceful ride but wasn’t good enough on the day.
CAME FROM THE DARK is reaching the point of being a major frustration, with this the third time he’ll have been selected in this column! However, there’s no doubting that the 3-year-old has a lot of ability, evidenced by his smooth-travelling ways, and things might pan out to suit today.
That wasn’t the case at Newmarket last time out where he got too far back, nor the time before at this track when he was far too fresh and pulled his chance away. Both of those runs were over 6f and it’ll be fascinating to see how he’ll do now dropped back to the minimum distance for the first time.
I think it could suit, with a flat out gallop likely to prove very favourable and he has already shown that testing ground around here is no issue whatsoever. The handicapper is giving him every chance as well and with Mosse on board again (last rode him when he won here), he may be set to repay us!
A slightly disappointing run at Goodwood from PRESIDENTIAL seems to have left him underrated in the market for this race, which is worse from a quality standpoint. He was also drawn widest of all there and might be more comfortable on conventional courses, so I’m happy to overlook it.
Previous to that, he had been in good form running second on two of his three outings from late July to mid-August (both seconds were when faced with soft ground) and it wouldn’t take a major step up to trouble the best of these. Getting Ben Sanderson on board to remove 5lbs could be a good move also.
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