Through The Card: Haydock, Monday 30 December

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There is jumps racing from Haydock on Monday

Timeform take you through the card at Haydock on Monday...

"...looks very much the type to go on improving and should be capable of shouldering a penalty..."

Timeform on First Lord De Cuet

12:25 - LONGHOUSESIGNORA (5) ran out an impressive, wide-margin winner over fences at Hereford in first-time blinkers earlier in the month and is difficult to overlook here. She is back over hurdles now off her old mark and, with the headgear applied again, must rate a serious player. Passam and Buster Edwards look the two most likely to make life difficult for the selection but a repeat of her latest performance should see Longhousesignora keep them at bay.

12:55 - SECRET REPRIEVE (2) won a Chepstow novice hurdle in the mud last winter and has bettered that form in two runs over fences at Ffos Las this term. He looks to have been brought along gradually in this sphere and, with further improvement anticipated, can get the better of Cloudy Glen, who must prove he is none the worse for his Boxing Day fall.

13:30 - FIRST LORD DE CUET (1) has taken to hurdling nicely, building on an encouraging debut with an all-the-way success at Southwell earlier this month. David Pipe's gelding looks very much the type to go on improving and should be capable of shouldering a penalty.

14:00 - THOMAS PATRICK (1) didn't have the best of seasons last term but returns to calmer waters here and has slipped to a handy mark (just 1 lb higher than when winning a Grade 3 at Aintree in 2018). Tom Lacey's charge was possibly amiss when last of four to Clan des Obeaux in the Betfair Denman Chase in February and is worth chancing on his return if he can find some of his old spark.

14:35 - FLINCK (10) showed plenty of promise on each of his first three starts under Rules and built on that to make a winning handicap debut at Warwick last month. He is still unexposed at this level and, with further progress likely, gets the nod to overcome a 4 lb rise. The Con Man is another unexposed sort and must be feared back up in trip following an encouraging reappearance here earlier this month.

15:10 - CRAIGANBOY (8) shaped encouragingly at Wetherby after nine months off, briefly looking a big threat to the winner before a lack of peak fitness appeared to catch him out late on. He is entitled to come on for that run and makes plenty of appeal here off the same mark. The drop back in trip looks a good move for Nesterenko, who could provide the main danger from Venetia Williams' in-form yard.

15:40 - CRYPTO (2) is related to several winners and was well backed when routing the opposition on debut at Newcastle in March for Micky Hammond, a performance backed up by the clock. The five-year-old changed hands for £200,000 later that month and is taken to remain unbeaten now under the stewardship of Venetia Williams. Ask A Honey Bee and Kiriglote are also winners and are not ruled out lightly.

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