Haydock Saturday Preview – 11/08/2018

Haydock Saturday Preview – 11/08/2018

There is a seven-race card at Haydock on Saturday with the main feature being the Rose of Lancaster Stakes at 3:05. There is also a listed race along with some tough looking handicappers. Below are our fancies for every race of the day.


1:20 Haydock

Addis Ababa

In the Smarkets class 4 handicap over a mile we are going David O’Meara’s ADDIS ABABA, who is going up in grade.

The horse hasn’t finished out of the top two in his three starts, which includes a debut win and has a solid portfolio with every chance of improving.  

The selection looks well in at the weight and should run a big race, but still needs to use the experience from his previous runs.


1:55 Haydock

Birds of Prey – 7/2

The second race at Haydock is the Haydock Park Ladies Trophy Handicap (Pro-Am Lady Riders). With Jockey selection proving crucial in such races, the Paul Nicholls trained BIRDS OF PREY can get back to winning ways.

The useful Megan Nicholls is aboard and with many of the other jockeys unproven, she could make all the difference.  

The 4-year-old, already out of Sir Prancealot, has two wins to his name over in Ireland and will be looking for his first win in the UK. A race like this looks well within his capabilities.


2:30 Haydock

Agrotera – 11/4

The British EBF Dick Hern Stakes Listed race over 1m for Fillies and Mares is an intriguing affair. We like the look of the in-form AGROTERA.  

The horse followed up a win at Windsor by winning in a massive field at Royal Ascot. This is of course is a step up to Listed company, but she is continuously improving and is rightly installed as favourite in the early prices.  

Filly has been lightly raced thus far this year but looks primed for another big run.


3:05 Haydock

Elwazir – 5/2

The Group 3 Rose of Lancaster Stakes was won by a horse out of Frankel last year, and ELWAZIR can follow in Frankuus footsteps.

The Owen Burrow’s trained horses last two races have been won with relative ease and this step up into black type races looks thoroughly realistic.  

Like our previous selection the improvement we could see is limitless and is likely to result in another winner Lambourn based trainer with top jockey Jim Crowley on board.

Felicity Kendal shakes hands with jockey Jim Crowley after Bacchus wins the Wokingham Stakes during day five of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.


3:40 Haydock

Markazi

The Lester Piggott 70th anniversary handicap can go to MARKAZI on his debut run for David O’Meara in this Class 3.

With Andrea Atzeni aboard, this French import looks well handicapped. Previously a winner at listed level in France when under the tutelage of Jean-Claude Rouget, the horse is relatively lightly raced in comparison to others in the race.

Its only run this year was a win at Marseille in June and the selection is our nap of the day at Haydock.


4:15 Haydock

Equiatition

Andrea Atzeni can make it a double on the day with EQUIATITON in the Duke of Lancaster’s Yeomanry Handicap.

Trained by Roger Varian, the four-year-old is also relatively lightly raced (five runs). However, in its short career the Gelding has won twice over 6f and can take advantage of a lenient mark.

A disappointing run at Chelmsford last week can be excused considering it was following a 3 month lay-off. The horse could well be primed for a good run and return to his form at the back end of last season.


4:50 Haydock

Mighty Zip

In what can only be described as a hard race to bet on we are going for one of Lisa Williamson’s four runners entered in the Best Premier League Odds on Smarkets Handicap.

The trainer has almost 40% of the field and her best chance looks to be with MIGHTY ZIP. 2018 has been a disappointing year for the Gelding after a number of wins in 2017.

However, the last run at Thirsk looked to be a step in the right direction and although being upped in grade, has a chance in this finale.