Dan Barber is Wednesday's pundit. He picks out his best bets at Haydock.
"Nexius is a different type but no less eye-catching in his style, a notably strong traveller who tends to play his hand late."
The In-Running Podcast is one of the highlights of the Timeform Radio week, and approaching a couple of today's races armed with some of Neil Munro's trading wisdom could work out well.
What's Up Woody (Haydock 14:45) and Nexius (Haydock 15:15) make a fair bit of appeal at early prices but, those so minded, may be advised taking out some in-running insurance on the pair, given both have a style that tends to ensure they touch much shorter odds once the way is under way.
What's Up Woody's trademark is to go off hard in front, and he's touched odds-on in-running three times from just five outings for his current yard, including a 1.18 trade at Kelso two starts ago. Granted, there's an increasing worry he just doesn't find off the bridle whatever the circumstances, but he clearly did too much in front that day at the Borders track and it was a similar story at Ayr last time, when a gruelling slog over twenty-seven furlongs took its toll as well. Away from deep ground and in a race where only Bennys Well can be put forward as an obvious pace nuisance, What's Up Woody should take plenty of catching. It may turn out to be Groundhog Day, but the current odds - plus the scope to trade out in-running - make him too tempting.
Nexius is a different type but no less eye-catching in his style, a notably strong traveller who tends to play his hand late. In his case, the concern is a ten-week absence, but his win this season came when fresh and he's since shaped well in a couple of stronger handicaps, particularly so when hitting the front briefly (touched 1.8 in-running) in the Aintree race won by Dawalan before Christmas. His subsequent Wetherby run was a write-off thanks to a slow pace, but there should be no such tactical disadvantage today and he can resume winning ways with his yard remaining in good form. The market is understandably dominated by recent Huntingdon winner Masterful Act, though conditions - plus the level of opposition - pose a different question for the favourite compared to when he destroyed some modest types on good ground a week ago.
Back What's Up Woody in the 14:45 Haydock
Back Nexius in the 15:15 Haydock