Just six races make up Haydock’s evening card on Friday 11 August – but a fascinating six races they are.
Amongst my three tips for the occasion is a once-raced juvenile for the in-form Ralph Beckett who should prove very hard to beat in the second race on the card.
6.15 – Whiskey Pete @ 5/4
Ralph Beckett is a trainer in red-hot form, and he can saddle yet another winner courtesy of Whiskey Pete in this juvenile contest over 1m.
The son of Night Of Thunder made a very pleasing racecourse debut in a warm maiden at Newmarket in late July, finishing an eye-catching runner-up to the G2 Betfred Champagne Stakes-entered Aablan, who went off 4/7F, for Charlie Appleby.
That’s very strong form in the context of this race. The selection was staying on at the finish too, suggesting this step up to a mile will suit.
Of his seven rivals, you’d have to be fearful of Karl Burke’s Mannerism and of course the Godolphin newbie Age Of Time, but ultimately I think Whiskey Pete sets a standard that should see him come out on top.
6.50 – Jumbeau @ 5/1
This 0-85 fillies’ handicap over 6f is a fascinating contest. In Couplet and Quandary – especially the latter – we have two unexposed types who’ve been given opening marks that are frankly hard to gauge. I suspect the former has been harshly treated, whereas Edward Bethell’s filly could have any amount in hand.
I’m going with the form angle, though, provided by Tom Clover’s Jumbeau.
The three-year-old boasts consistently strong form this season and drops in class here off a reduced mark. He ought to be very dangerous indeed.
7.25 – Grand Karat @ 11/4
I’m sure Alshinfarah will prove popular for this novice event over 7f, but I want to oppose her based on how badly the form of her debut win at Doncaster last month has worked out.
What hasn’t worked out badly is the form of Grand Karat, who was fifth in a hot novice at Newbury just 21 days ago. The winner that day – Warm Spell – looks something out of the ordinary and the selection wasn’t disgraced behind him after running green throughout.
I’m expecting marked improvement from this two-year-old son of Gleneagles, which should see him at least go close in this company.