Through The Card: Haydock, Saturday February 20

There is a cracking card at Haydock on Saturday.
There is a cracking card at Haydock on Saturday.

Timeform take you through the card at Haydock on Saturday, featuring the Grand National Trial.

"The mud-loving Rigadin de Beauchene often saves his best for this track and has a good record in this Grand National Trial, finishing second in 2013 and winning the following year..."

13:30 - Fixe Le Kap is joint-second favourite for the Triumph Hurdle for a reason - he beat subsequent winners Tommy Silver and Kasakh Noir on his British debut at Newbury before easily following up at Warwick - and he shouldn't get beat here, especially as Frodo doesn't look open to as much improvement.

14:05 - Reve de Sivola is a likeable horse, but he's up against it giving 8 lb all round here, so it's understandable punters have looked to take him on, with most seemingly latching onto the progressive One Track Mind. He's even further behind Reve de Sivola on the Timeform adjusted ratings, however, and it may be worth giving one more chance to At Fishers Cross at around 5.59/2. He disappointed in this race last year, and hasn't won since 2013, but he arrives on the back of two much better performances fitted with blinkers, latterly when second on his seasonal bow at Gowran last month. Silsol could also be worth including in placepot perms given he's second on the ratings and is pretty consistent.

14:40 - The mud-loving Rigadin de Beauchene often saves his best for this track and has a good record in this Grand National Trial, finishing second in 2013 and winning the following year (always on the back foot after an early mistake when pulled up in 2015). Venetia Williams' veteran won here in December and was still going well and unlucky to depart when a loose horse knocked him over in the Classic Chase at Warwick since. He's also still well treated on his old form. Gas Line Boy and Broadway Buffalo complete the shortlist.

15:15 - Woodford Island ran two good races in defeat in similarly-competitive handicaps prior to completing a simple task in maiden company on his latest start, and there could well be more mileage in Gordon Elliott's charge from this sort of mark. The booking of Richard Johnson for him (27% strike rate for the yard in Britain over the last five seasons) also catches the eye. Taj Badalandabad seemed to appreciate the combination of first-time cheekpieces and being ridden more patiently than usual when scoring at Huntingdon recently and can go well again, while Box Office continues to catch the eye. We'll probably need all three for our Placepot perm.

15:50 - This certainly isn't a gimme for Kylemore Lough, but he's taken really well to chasing, scoring with more authority than the verdict suggests when following-up his Uttoxeter win in the mud at Exeter in December, and is open to more improvement than Capard King. As we've used 12 lines already in the Placepot, it's probably best to gamble and bank on Kerry Lee's runner.

16:25 - Duke des Champs runs here instead of at Ascot, and he promises to go close again after winning his latest outing at that track with ease. Unfortunately, there are three other potential improvers in this Grade 2 novice, so we just have to take at least one more, with course winner Vintage Clouds taken to bounce back to the form of his second to Bigmartre here in December and given the nod.

17:00 - Pearlysteps shaped as though he retained all his ability before departing on his reappearance at Taunton in January and can win this hunter chase for the second year running. Richmond has finished second on his last two starts and looks the obvious one for the forecast.

Recommended bets:

Back At Fishers Cross in the 14:05
Back Rigadin de Beauchene in the 14:40

Placepot permutation:
13:30 - 1
14:05 - 2, 6
14:40 - 4, 6
15:15 - 3, 6, 10
15:50 - 1
16:25 - 2, 3
= 24 lines

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