Haydock Placepot: Saturday May 25

Today's Placepot comes from Haydock

Having landed a small pot at Goodwood yesterday, Tony McFadden tackles a fearsome-looking Haydock card, hoping to win the Placepot...

An out-and-out speedster, the key to Sole Power appears to be decent ground, an easy five furlongs and a lightning-fast gallop to chase...

14:10- A really tricky opening to proceedings and we will need to go in mob-handed. Albaqaa is extremely well treated based on the best of his form and he produced a good effort to finish runner-up at Newmarket last week, indicating that he is in good heart. The step back up to a mile looks bound to suit and he should make a bold bid. Prime Exhibit is another horse that looks well treated based on his old form and he comes into this contest on the back of a victory at Leicester. His trainer has his string in fine form at the moment and Prime Exhibit should run well under a penalty. Restaurateur is relatively lightly raced compared to most of his rivals and he ran a fine race on his return at Sandown, making good headway from the rear to finish third. He also needs to be considered, while Cono Zur is of obvious interest off a mark of 69, the same mark which he defied to take this contest last year.

14:40- Things don't get much easier as we are presented with a tricky six-runner affair following Rundell's defection. Van Percy finished behind Red Runaway last time but the return to a more conventional track and the prospect of a faster pace could see Andrew Balding's contender in a better light, and we will include him in the Placepot. The Marcus Tregoning-trained Flasheart made little impression on either start as a two-year-old - though it is perhaps significant he made his debut in a race his trainer tends to target - but he made a winning return to action at Chepstow, keeping on well under pressure, and he could be open to further improvement on his handicap debut.

15:15- Code of Honor quickly made up into a useful juvenile, winning on his final two outings of the campaign, and he ought to have come on plenty for his reappearance effort on the polytrack at Kempton. As a two-year-old, Code of Honor showed a tenacious attitude, responding generously for pressure to prevail on his nursery debut at Doncaster, and he can make a bold bid from the inside stall. Red Avenger was progressive as a juvenile and he showed that something was clearly amiss on his reappearance when bouncing back to form at Newmarket, finishing runner-up to the impressive Glean. He has a largely positive profile - the noticeable exception being the blip on his return at Sandown - and there is little reason to suspect he won't give a good account.

15:50- Sole Power has been remarkably consistent for a top-level sprinter and he will surely go close to retaining the Temple Stakes crown he lost to the now-retired Bated Breath last year. An out-and-out speedster, the key to Sole Power appears to be decent ground, an easy five furlongs and a lightning-fast gallop to chase. Everything looks set up perfectly for Sole Power today and he should be on the premises. 

16:20- A competitive sprint handicap, but Polar Venture - exclusively raced on polytrack to date - boasts some strong all-weather form and he can go close on his turf debut. He did well to win on his penultimate start, making up ground from an unfavourable position, and he was perhaps unfortunate to bump into a well-handicapped and gambled-on rival on his latest start. Polar Venture is unexposed, open to improvement and has to be included. 

16:55- Mississippi hasn't been with David Barron for very long - a man renowned for his handling of sprinters - and there was plenty to like about his effort at Doncaster last time, where he travelled strongly, quickened and kept on well, but simply came up against another upwardly-mobile sprinter from a top yard. Compensation awaits for Mississippi, though not today as he is a non-runner. Waking Warrior produced his best effort for a while when second at Ascot, while Beckermet is an admirable veteran who shaped better than the bare result at Thirsk last time. Those two can hopefully secure the Placepot for us.

14:10- 1, 7, 12, 15
14:40- 4, 6
15:15- 10, 12
15:50- 7
16:20- 11
16:55- 10, 14
= 32 lines

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