Timeform bring you a placepot suggestion from Betfair Chase day at Haydock...
Far West's return in the Elite Hurdle at Wincanton two weeks ago was extremely encouraging, and there's no doubt he will have come on for the run...
12:10 - Today's card is positively bursting with high-quality, competitive racing, and we start with a tricky two-mile handicap hurdle. Honour System hacked up when he was last seen in the spring and considering the fine form handler John Ferguson has been in of late, he can prove well ahead of his mark and is the first selection. The other to get the nod is Quick Decission, who made an excellent start over hurdles at Wincanton in March, pulling well clear with the runner up. He's never been out of the places in three starts, winning twice, and he should make a sizeable impression in handicaps this year, starting today.
12:45 - It's the five-runner intermediate hurdle up next, where a sole selection will suffice in the shape of Triumph Hurdle runner-up Far West. His return in the Elite Hurdle at Wincanton two weeks ago was extremely encouraging, and there's no doubt he will have come on for the run. In a contest of this nature there are dangers, and it would be no surprise to see Rolling Star bounce back after an indifferent end to his juvenile campaign, or Morning Royalty build on the promise of his Ayr return. However Paul Nicholls' useful hurdler should prove a cut above.
13:15 - Our attention turns to the bigger obstacles next with what is likely to be a gruelling three-mile-five furlong handicap chase, and the first selection is Ace High who has his first start for David Pipe after leaving Victor Dartnall. He is lightly raced and thus looks capable of improvement, with his return at Cheltenham last month an encouraging one. The other pick is Nuts N Bolts, who showed himself to be an improved chaser last season, winning twice at Ayr before finishing a creditable sixth in the JLT Handicap at the Cheltenham Festival. Although he may have something to prove on the stamina front, there is a definitely a big performance in him and Lucinda Russell knows as well as anyone how to handle a staying chaser.
13:50 - Competitive handicap hurdles are the order of the day it seems, with the next over two and a half miles containing a number of unexposed types making for an exciting contest. More of That has made a striking impression on both starts and remains open to significant improvement and thus gets the first nod, and, while both Home Run, who looks ahead of his mark, and Blue Fashion, making his British debut, are well treated, the second selection is Clondaw Kaempfer. He looked a horse of serious potential during the first half of last season before injuring himself in the Challow Hurdle at Newbury, but the yard seem to have come into form just at the right time and if he is ready to go he is undoubtedly a danger.
14:25 - Those handicap hurdles keep on comin' and next is undoubtedly the most interesting, the valuable 'Fixed Brush' contest over three miles. Six or seven of these have strong cases, including last years winner Trustan Times, the rejuvenated Wetherby winner Lie Forrit and the capable Gevrey Chambertin. However Two Rockers won a Grade 2 over three miles at Haydock last year, and was not seen to best effect in the Neptune at the Cheltenham Festival. Conditions will be more to his liking today and he should be primed for a big effort. The other to make the cut from the extensive shortlist is Master of The Sea who progressed well last term winning four times in hanidcaps before making the frame in both the Coral Cup and the Sefton. He will not be lacking race fitness and would have a significant chance if he's improved from last season.
15:00 - It's the Grade 1 Betfair Chase which constitutes the final leg of today's placepot perm, billed as a 'mini Gold Cup' by some. For that reason, and for the reason that often in such competitive contests we can overcomplicate matters, the sole selection is Bobs Worth. He will win today, as he will in March, due to a rare mix of attitude and ability, as well as connections who know every inch of his character. The more galloping track, soft conditions and his proven record fresh go without saying, and his price looks too big.
12:10 - 7,10
12:45 - 1
13:15 - 1,2
13:50 - 5,6
14:25 - 2,3
15:00 - 1
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