Williams' stayer can land weak-looking opener
12:45 Haydock - Back War Brigade Win @ BSP and Place
I went close with an Ian Williams' stayer at Royal Ascot in the shape of The Grand Visir, and I am hoping we can get a bit of compensation with the yard's War Brigade.
He had attracted a fair bit of support too last night on the Sportsbook. He was backed from 25/1 into 16/1.
This 6yo is still unexposed as a two-miler and is worth a crack at the distance on Thursday - especially in a race that lacks any sort of depth.
Indeed, War Brigade kept better company in some contests last term - including 0-90 and 0-85, so this essentially is a drop in grade for the horse.
He ran poorly last time at Kempton, but that was his first outing since a wind op, and down the years he has shown he usually improves on his seasonal reappearance.
Appleby filly the one to back in Listed feature
15:15 Haydock - Back Spring Of Love @ 8.27/1
Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby has two chances for the feature Listed race over 7f, and I am going to back the outsider of his two Spring Of Love at 8.27/1.
She made a winning debut at Newmarket last season and there was plenty to like about the whole part of that race. She sat handy and always travelled nicely, but it was the way she picked up and put the race to bed that was impressive. To settle a race in a matter of strides is the hallmark of a good performer.
The form has been boosted too, with the second Waliyak running well in the Sandringham last week.
The 3yo looks a fluent mover, and while she won on good to soft last term, I wouldn't be too worried with the ground drying out.
Her trainer mentioned her as a possible for one of the trials, and she is worth backing at a big price in what looks a very open race.