Through The Card: Haydock, Friday 8 June

There is Flat racing at Haydock on Friday evening
There is Flat racing at Haydock on Friday evening
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Timeform take you through the card at Haydock on Friday evening...

"...she should prove hard to beat..."

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18:15 - A very open handicap to kick off proceedings, and it could pay to side with QUOTELINE DIRECT (7), who is a consistent handicapper and has a good apprentice booked. He stepped up on his reappearance run when a creditable third over this C&D a fortnight ago and, though he looks no more than averagely treated at present, he is more likely than most to run his race. Bob Maxwell remains a maiden, but is potentially well treated on the pick of his form, and could also go well.

18:50 - In the absence of Cool Exhibit it is GOLDEN FORCE (2) that makes the most appeal following his promising debut at Goodwood last month. That race was won by a potentially smart sort and the form is working out well with the second and third both winning their next starts. This looks an open race, but Golden Force's pedigree suggests he should do better and he is preferred to the Mark Johnston-trained Cupboard Love, who should also make progress from his debut.

19:25 - DIRCHILL (4) ran well in re-fitted blinkers at the head of affairs at Doncaster last time and has good claims off the same mark. That looks good form for the grade, and provided the headgear has the same positive effect here, he could prove hard to peg back. Meshardal is on a good mark and this isn't as strong a handicap as the one he was fourth in here a fortnight ago, while the in-form Presidential can't be dismissed, either.

20:00 - Very hard to get away from the claims of SACRED PATH (7) who comes from a good family the stable knows well and made a most encouraging debut at Goodwood last month, taking a while to get the message when asked for her effort but making plenty of late gains once she did. She was all the rage in the market that day, so is clearly held in some regard - holds a Ribblesdale entry - and she should prove hard to beat granted just normal improvement. Elasia makes plenty of appeal on paper and needs monitoring in the market on debut.

20:35 - EPAULEMENT (5) split a pair of more prominently-ridden rivals when second on handicap debut at Wolverhampton last week and looks a ready for a crack at this longer trip. He is fancied to score and the main expense of The Last Emperor and Ormesher, who should also benefit from this stiffer test of stamina and rate the principal dangers.

21:10 - LAMLOOM (1) arrives in excellent form and is unlikely to face any competition whatsoever for the lead, so he's likely to prove hard to pass in a race that lacks well-handicapped sorts. Club Wexford remains of interest on just his fifth outing for Roger Fell and Balestra also appeals as the type to do better still for a new stable this year after making a winning return.


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