Racing tipster James Boyle has picked out three selections for Saturday’s card at Haydock.
A maximum field for what looks to be a wide-open handicap but YOUNG FIRE is a fascinating contender on his British debut and gets the nod off what could be a lenient mark of 88. The now David O’Meara trained gelding had some good form in France, with both of his runs over a mile in 2019 yielding second placed finishes behind subsequent winners and it’s easy to forgive his most recent effort with the trip being an unsuitable 1m 2f. He’ll have no issue with the ground conditions, has landed a solid draw in five and could well be better than Class 3 level over here. It’s worth taking a chance on him.
Five of the eight winners of this race have went in at double-figured SP’s and CONTRIVE seems a huge price to add her name to that roll of honour. She wouldn’t have the attractive profile of many of her rivals but could have found the ground too quick at Epsom in June and wasn’t disgraced on good going at Deauville. Soft ground at Haydock often proves to be a great leveler and I get the impression that she might just be able to handle the upcoming test better than a lot of her rivals. Whether she’s quite good enough to compete with the front two in the betting remains to be seen but 28/1 is still generous.
CAME FROM THE DARK has the look of a progressive sprinter who can rank higher than a rating of 83 and should be hard to beat returned to the C&D of his sole win to date. Ed Walker’s colt was probably unlucky not to follow up that victory with another when hanging his chance away at Thirsk in June but there was still loads of promise in the run given how powerfully he travelled. His only outing since was at Doncaster a few weeks back but at 7f and he simply didn’t stay the trip in a race that has worked out very nicely indeed. This drop in both distance and grade will see him in with a major chance once again.
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