Haydock 2.25 – Here Comes When – 11/2
Andrew Balding’s horses continue in blinding form, and Here Comes When gets his favoured soft surface for the first time this season. He is the highest rated horse in a closely matched group and looks set to run a bold race after a mid-season break.
Haydock 3.00 – Great Scot – 3/1
Tom Dascombe’s Great Scot was a bit unlucky not to win a Listed race at Deauville on softish ground last time, having been notably slowly away. He was continuing a progressive start to his career which had earlier seen him defeat Tuesday’s useful Goodwood winner quite convincingly. With the favourite not sure to be suited by conditions on pedigree, he rates a solid choice.
Haydock 3.35 – Reshoun – 9/1
Nothing exciting has happened for Reshoun this season, but he’s been crying out for a step back up in trip with juice in the ground. Add in a sharp drop in the weights and the booking of Gerald Mosse (who has done this column a few favours lately) and he is quite a compelling each way proposition.
Haydock 4.15 – Doniuan Triumphant – 28/1
Clearly Harry Angel should win this if on song, but there’s no knowing the mark left on him by that horrible experience at Ascot. Him aside, this could be anyone’s, particularly with underfoot conditions. As such, I’m taking a flyer with Donjuan Triumphant, a proven mud lark who adores this track, tends to find his form at this time of year, and hits the line really strongly at six furlongs.
Kempton 2.05 – Enable – 4/7
The most compelling race of the day, but evidently not from a betting viewpoint. Put simply, I’m not sure Crystal Ocean (admirable and talented though he is) can concede 8lbs to Enable, irrespective of her time away from the track. I’m encouraged that John Gosden has pointed towards this race for some time now, and doubly so that he runs Ebor runner-up Weekender to ensure an even gallop.
Ascot 2.45 – Chessman 9/1
Chessman didn’t offer much at Goodwood when last seen, but may not have loved the track and has been off since. Prior to that, he ran a mighty race in a close up 5th off just 2lbs lower in the Gigaset here in July. That was a stronger race, and he might well have won if he’d had the rub of the green that day. A slightly more forgiving surface should suit well.
Ascot 3.55 – Ghostwatch – 4/1
An impeccably bred horse who cost a fortune, Melrose winner Ghostwatch had a likeable enough profile to that point, but looked a completely different proposition at York following a gelding operation and may not be done improving yet. He really looks the part physically and his stable has developed the talent of its string beautifully this season.
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