Donald will be hoping the Haydock card passes its inspection as he looks to have some strong chances on the card.
12.10 2m Handicap Hurdle - Ballybriggan
He's been ready to run for a while now and it would be nice to actually get on the track with him. He's a horse I think a bit of but he's had a long time off the track and ideally he would probably want better ground than it is likely to be. That said, he's on a decent mark and if he handles the conditions, I could see him running a big race.
12.40 2m Novice Chase - Kruzhlinin
He's another who would want better ground in an ideal world but it's a valuable novice chase at Haydock and there's only a small field. He did win on bad ground at Carlisle so he does handle it - it's just a case of whether he can reproduce his improved run at Newbury last time on a slower surface. I think he's still going the right way and although he will stay further in time, I am happy to keep him to 2m for the moment.
13.10 2m4f Listed Hurdle - She Ranks Me
It was a big boost for her value when she won at Newbury last time and we are off in search of some more black type here. She has a penalty to overcome but it doesn't look quite as good a race as Newbury and the way she kept on last time, you would have to think this longer trip will be right up her street. The ground is a slight unknown but when she was in Ireland, they always felt she handled it. She's got a cracking attitude and hopefully she will go very well.
13.45 2m4f Handicap Hurdle - Hollow Tree
He's a 4yo with a big weight so it isn't going to be easy for him but he earned his rating with his performances last season and he ran a promising race on his return to action last month. I am sure that he is going to improve for this step up in trip and he proved last year that the softer the ground was, the more he enjoyed it. It's a competitive race but it's been the plan for a while and I am hoping for a big run.
This race has been the plan for a while and I am hoping for a big run, although there looks to be plenty in with chances, headed by Constant Contact, a horse I previously trained, who could well be the one to beat at these weights.
14.50 2m Handicap Chase - Desert Cry
He has got form on heavy ground here on the hurdles track but that wouldn't have been as deep as it will be tomorrow and that is the obvious concern. His jumping has been a bit sketchy over fences so far but the handicapper has given him a chance - he is rated 12lb lower over fences than hurdles - and this looked the obvious place to come with him.