Lancashire Oaks the highlight of Haydock’s Saturday card
We get a glimpse of the action with our race-by-race guide, with lots of live action on ITV Racing. The meeting starts at 1:30 p.m. and ends at 4:55 p.m. Everything is fine on the track and read on for some tips for Haydock1:30 p.m. Handicap (7f)
Gabrial The Wire calls for openness. He returned to form with limited success at York last time around and he can still improve despite a 3-pound hike.
Selection: Gabriel Le Fil
An interesting event. Dhushan was second in his first two starts, but he has looked very smart in his two wins since. He scored easily at Haydock in April, before stepping into disability society in his stride at Musselburgh. A 7-pound raise takes him to 92, but he should prove to be better than that and is the first on the shortlist, with Kondo Isami remaining unexposed despite his disappointment at Royal Ascot last time around.
2:40 p.m. Group Two Lancashire Oaks (1m 4f)
Alpinista seems hard to beat. Trained by Sir Mark Prescott, the four-year-old returned to action with a narrow victory at the Goodwood-listed company in April. She had smart form last season, including when she was second behind Love in the Yorkshire Oaks. She’s had a lot of free time since that victory at Goodwood, so she’s entering the fresh race and making a lot of appeal. The dangers are led by Chester winner Dubai Fountain and Mystery Angel, who set a career-best record when the Oaks finished second last time around. The Moon, a double winner this quarter, also enters the equation.
3:15 p.m. Old Newton Cup (1m 4f)
Aaddeyy leads the way, having formed with promise when he was fifth at Royal Ascot in his last start. He looks sure to get better again with this effort. However, Longsider is one of the many interesting runners. He returned to action with a smooth victory at Lingfield in his first run for Sir Mark Prescott and looks completely unexposed with a score of 92. He has not proven himself in an event like this, but squeezed through the weights. Valyrian Steel is a two-time All-Weather winner this quarter and can’t be ignored with Midnights Legacy course and distance winner and ultra-progressive champion Zabeel. The likes of Soto Sizzler and Grand Bazaar are others to note.
15h50 Maternal Handicap (6f)
Benzema is open to further improvements, with last time winners Magic Warrior and Adaay In Asia. However, Cashew is well regarded by George Boughey and although she didn’t score in Salisbury the last time around, she can make amends here.
A fascinating event. Fivemille returned to action when he was not dishonored in the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup. This represents a drop in score and he must be respected, as must course and distance winner Danzeno and the unexposed Motagally. Lampang was only 10th in Wokingham, but that’s another to note. However, the Judiciary obtains the verdict. Noe a nine year old, he was a good third at Beverley last time around and could be adapted by the nature of this event and can challenge the top weights.
Sir Titus has won his last two starts and although he’s now ranked 79 it was a smart effort to score at Redcar last time around and he can progress again to clinch the final.