Chris Day’s Weekend View: Best Saturday Bets
Chris Day is back with two Saturday bets, including a runner from William Haggas who should revel in the planned test conditions.
As we head to Royal Ascot, Haydock is hosting two important Pattern races that could have implications for a number of competitions at the Berkshire centerpiece in a few weeks.
the Achilles stakes in between at 2.20 could see a challenger emerge for one of the Group 1 sprints or even for Wokingham with some of the top five sprinters in the north to claim their position.
One of them who I doubt will be heading south in June is currently the favorite outpost for Saturday’s race, El Astronaut.
It is one of the five fastest horses in the world and is perfect for flat tracks like Haydock. Despite being eight years old, he showed that the fire was still burning brightly when he reappeared from Chester earlier this month, beat another of Saturday’s rivals, King’s Lynn, in class 3 on good to soft ground.
He’s almost guaranteed to run his race, but doubt for a higher price as a favorite is the predominant terrain, currently described as heavy with rain forecast for much of the week in the northwest.
In all fairness he finished third in an Abbey on ground described as very soft at ParisLongchamp but I think he prefers a more lively surface where his blazing early pace can take his rivals out of their comfort zone early on.
Julie Camacho’s Judicial is now nine years old and has a superb track record in sprints over this distance. He loves to pick up a fast pace and it might have worked out perfectly for him if the ground had rolled faster. With this unlikely teammate, Makanah, who appeared to be returning to form at York last time around, could be the choice of the two runners on the yard.
Ed Bethell’s Moss Gill hit the frame in a Nunthorpe and is doing great on soft ground. Arriving at Meydan in March, I could certainly see him bounce back and come closer in this very different contest.
One coach who seems to know the time of day with his sprinters is James Tate and his wise words came out as good as ever on their seasonal debut in Bath last time around.
She had a truncated 2020 campaign and I have a feeling there is a lot to come this time around. William Buick is already jocked so the lights flash for a top show.
At the prices, however, the horse that finished second behind El Astronaute in Chester, KING’S LYNN, is the one I want to be with. It must be significant that Andrew Balding continues on the five-stadium route with a horse that holds a Wokingham entrance.
He’s always had high class form and I can see him booking his spot in the King’s Stand field with a huge weekend run.
Group three Betway John O ‘Gaunt Stakes at 3.30 looks like a very hot contest with specialist Haydock Safe Voyage, who also likes heavy terrain, which can take a lot of hits.
However, anyone who saw William Haggas’ WITH THANKS spray a Group 3 field in Ireland under similar conditions in November will look no further for the winner. I expect to see her compete in the Un Prix De La Foret Group, a race the coach loves to win, on Arc Day in October and she can start this journey with victory here.
Posted at 0925 BST on 5/25/21
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