Headline courtesy of Buddy Holly and there’s unlikely to be a cloud to spoil the view of a competitive day of televised racing spread across three tracks.
Action kicks off at Haddock with the Betway Handicap at 1.45, a 6f affair with a field of 16.
Favourite for this is Kevin Ryan‘s Bielsa, after the 6-y-o’s excellent 5th of 18 at York earlier this month, which can be upgraded owing to interference near the line. Off a pound lower mark, this is well worth a bet at 7-2.
We also give a good chance to Bernardo O’Reilly from the Richard Spencer yard. A winner off today’s mark in a similar race at Donny last year, this 7-y-o ran a stormer on comeback to finish a staying on 6th of 18 at Ascot three weeks ago and can go close here. We recommend an each way bet at 11-1.
The Listed Betway Achilles Stakes at 2.20 is next up and, as per, these 5f dashes are a nightmare to work out and quite dangerous to risk anything but the minimum stake.
Our minimum stake is going on the ex-German trained Zargun at 14-1.
The Betway Pinnacle Stakes at 2.55 looks between Cabaletta and Oriental Mystique and we prefer the latter. Have a win bet at 9-4.
Action from Haydock concludes with the Group 3 John Of Gaunt Stakes at 3.30 – just nine runners, but 9-2 the field.
We are not sure this is as open as the betting would suggest and recommend a decent each way bash on Toro Strike at 9-2.
Richard Fahey‘s 4-y-o tuned up for this with a smooth hands and heels win over some decent tools at Thirsk, after which a tilt at the Group 1 Lockinge was mooted. Connections have, instead, opted for apparently easier pickings this afternoon and the hint should be taken.
Just one race on telly from Chester and that is the Tote Handicap at 2.40, in which it is hard to get away from the claims of the unpronounceable Ejtilaab.
Ian Williams‘ 5-y-o has run two of its best races on this track, is drawn in Trap 1 and the form of its latest 5th has been upheld by both the second and third. Have a win bet at 9-4.
Three races from Beverley complete the coverage, starting with the Hilary Needler Trophy at 2.00. Despite the presence of some interesting newcomers in this, we are swayed by the debut performance of Kyber Crystal, trained by Adrian Keatley.
A close second to Ebro River at Doncaster, despite being carted across the track by the winner is how this young lady began her racing career and that run was put into context by the winner’s subsequent facile win in a Sandown Listed event. Look no further and have a bet at 2-1.
The 2-y-o Trophy race at 3.10 is all yours, dear reader and we move swiftly on to the bet365 Handicap at 3.45.
We think Give It Some Teddy is the one to be with here, having seemingly rediscovered its best form now returned to the Tim Easterby yard, from where it won off marks of 77 and 81 back in 2019. A very close fourth last time out at Carlisle heralds a big run today off 77 and we recommend an each way bet at 7-1.
We are complete.
Bielsa 1.45 Haydock 2pts win @ 7-2
Bernardo O’Reilly 1.45 Haydock 1pt e/w @ 11-1 (6 places Hills/Skybet)
Zargun 2.20 Haydock 0.5pts e/w @ 14-1 (4 places Hills/Paddy/Betfair)
Oriental Mystique 2.55 Haydock 2pts win @ 9-4 (Ladbrokes/Coral)
Toro Strike 3.30 Haydock 2pts e/w @ 9-2
Ejtilaab 2.40 Chester 2pts win @ 9-4
Kyber Crystal 2.00 Beverley 2pts win @ 2-1
Give It Some Teddy 3.45 Beverley 1pt e/w @ 7-1 (4 places)
* “Raining In My Heart” by Buddy Holly (1958)