Timeform take you through the card at Haydock on Friday...
"...may be in a good position to take advantage of this return to calmer waters."
Timeform on Broughtons Gold
12:00 - After eight months off, KING'S CHARISMA (3) showed much improved form to open his account at the fifth time of asking at Redcar on Sunday, powering away nicely having made his ground with ease. He seemed to relish the step up to this trip on that occasion, and with the way he forged clear still fresh in the memory, it is likely a 6 lb penalty will not be enough to stop him going in again.
12:30 - The two with prior experience in this field both showed up well on their respective debuts, but the narrow vote goes the way of Roger Varian's FAMILLE ROSE (1), who produced a promising first effort when runner-up at Leicester last month, particularly considering she didn't get the clearest of paths through. She remains open to improvement, and with Varian's yard in such good form at the minute, she is fancied ahead of Kohinoor.
13:00 - BROUGHTONS GOLD (9) continued his stable's superb run of form since the resumption when improving significantly to run out a decisive winner at Newbury on his handicap debut last month, taking his tally to two wins from three runs. He is up 7 lb for that win, but looked well ahead of his mark in a competitive race, and with further progress very much on the cards, he is a confident selection to land the hat-trick.
13:30 - A change of headgear seemingly revived AUTUMN FLIGHT (1) last autumn, with his four races at Carlisle and Hamilton resulting in two victories and two narrow seconds. He ran no sort of race on the back of a 10 lb rise on his final appearance of last season, but he shaped as if better for the run after eight months off on his reappearance at Newmarket last month, and with the blinkers that served him so well now reapplied, he may be in a good position to take advantage of this return to calmer waters.
14:00 - There are a few nicely bred newcomers in this field, notably Rival and Meritorious, but it may be worth taking a chance on a trainer/jockey combination who have had more than their fair share of success at this venue and side with Tom Dascombe's SCOTS GOLD (7). Hardly poorly bred, Scots Gold is a Dark Angel colt whose dam was herself a winner at Group 3 level, and with Dascombe's newcomers having been showing up well of late, not least here, he is clearly one to be interested in.
14:30 - ZEZENIA (10) showed plenty when second on debut at Newcastle in September and returned with a good third at Newmarket last month, showing better form than she had previously in finishing behind a pair of good prospects. She hails from the powerful, not to mention in-form, Roger Varian yard, and with her fitness assured, a bold showing is expected.
15:00 - Having his first run for Owen Burrows after two fairly useful efforts in France, including when second in a Chantilly maiden towards the back end of last year, DERDAS (2) sets the standard in this field, and provided he is ready to roll following a break, he should take plenty of beating on his first run as a gelding.
15:30 - ZIP (7) showed the benefit of his reappearance run when a good fourth at Thirsk four days ago, finish less than a length behind the winner after staying on gradually. He can race from the same mark here, a mark just 1 lb higher than when he landed a Catterick handicap back in October, so he merits serious consideration in a trappy-looking affair.
16:00 - FINELY TUNED (6) was progressive in his three starts as a juvenile, finishing behind three subsequent winners on his final outing of last season, and he was not seen to best advantage when fifth at Kempton on his handicap debut last month, caught further back than ideal when the pace quickened before being denied a clear run when making good progress inside the final furlong. He was likely to have finished runner-up at the worst had he been granted a clearer path, and with improvement anticipated, he clearly holds solid claims here from the same mark.
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