Haydock Placepot: Friday May 23

Racing comes from Haydock on Friday
Racing comes from Haydock on Friday

We head to Haydock on Friday in an attempt to swell the weekend coffers...

"It’s hard to look past Principle Equation for the first who shaped well when second at Windsor on her racecourse debut and is clearly capable of improvement..."

14:00 - We kick off proceedings with a competitive ten-furlong handicap and the first vote goes to Luck of The Game. He's appropriately named after going down narrowly in a useful contest at Newmarket last week and he looks likely to capitalize on his handicap debut. Insaany is the other who looks sure to go well after a facile success on his handicap debut at Nottingham earlier this month. A 7 lb rise might not be enough to stop him and he remains unexposed at this trip.

14:30 - It's a six-furlong maiden under consideration next and Winslow looks one to keep on side after a promising debut at Ascot last time. It's traditionally a strong contest and he finished off well after showing early signs of greenness so he's hard to ignore. The other to make the cut is Baitha Alga who cost £210,000 at the sales and represents leading connections. He makes obvious appeal on paper and is expected to back it up on the track.

15:05 - Red Pike took a big step forward on what he'd shown previously when second at Hamilton last week and looks the one to beat in this six-furlong conditions race if he turns up in the same form this afternoon. That came on the back of a win at Thirsk last month and he's clearly enjoying his racing of late, and as such is a sole selection to keep the perm alive.

15:40 - Another sole selection will suffice in the ten-furlong handicap which follows in the shape of handicap debutant Aldborough, whose always been a physically imposing specimen and has attracted some market support after his three runs in maidens. It would be no surprise to see him prove a good deal better than his opening mark of 70 and he looks likely to be involved at the finish.

16:15 - It's another handicap, this time over a mile which follows and there are a number who line up with live chances, not least the unbeaten pair Dutch Rifle and Tanqeya. However they may be lacking for match fitness and Royal Preserve and Crowleys Law can capitalise. The former was a decent second on his handicap debut at Kempton a fortnight ago and the latter did well to claim the runner-up spot at Beverley last time after meeting trouble in running; if both can improve it would be no surprise to see them make the frame. 

16:50 - A maiden contest over a mile is the final leg of today's perm and it's hard to look past Principle Equation for the first selection; she shaped well when second at Windsor on her racecourse debut and given she's well-bred and clearly capable of improvement she may be tough to beat. The other to get the nod is Potentate, who's made the frame on all three of his starts thus far and should be suited by the step-up in trip this afternoon. 


14:00 - 2,6
14:30 - 1,9
15:05 - 5
15:40 - 1
16:15 - 5,8
16:50 - 7,12

= 16 Lines


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