Battaash Back At Haydock On Saturday

⚡️Get up to £100 in Bet Credits⚡️
Up to £100 in Bet Credits for new customers at bet365. Min deposit £5 and 1x settled bet requirement to release Bet Credits.Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits Stake. Time Limits and T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus

BATTAASH BACK AT HAYDOCK ON SATURDAY

The king of speed Battaash returns at Haydock on Saturday, back in action in the Group Two Armstrong Aggregates Temple Stakes which he took on last year's reappearance.

The now five-year-old only went onto win on one of his next four starts for owner Hamdan Al Maktoum last season, with that victory coming in Group Two level at Glorious Goodwood in the King George Qatar Stakes.

He went for home too early in the Kings Stand at Ascot earlier in June when passed by Godolphin's Blue Point, before being much below-par at York in the Nunthorpe in August on a track that just simply does not agree with him.

The son of Dark Angel could only manage fourth in the Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp in October - a race he won as a three-year-old, but trainer Charlie Hills believes that he has found the key to getting the speedball back to his brilliant best.

Known for his vibrant attitude and his quirky characteristics, Hills revealed that his gelding has been behaving well at home and with his training, pleasing all with his outward appearance and his performances on the gallops.

Battaash has always been known to be frantic on the way to the start of a race or in the stalls themselves - particularly on the Knavesmire where he has fluffed his lines twice.

The Lambourn-based trainer is excited for the campaign ahead.

(Credit: Racing Post) Speaking on Sunday, he said: “I was never 100 per cent happy with him last year. He didn’t look at his best in his coat at any point but he still won a couple and showed up really well in his other races, so it was far from a bad season.

“When he’s at his best he’s very good – and he showed that at times last season – but it might be that he just lacked an edge.

"He’s training well now and putting his efforts in the right direction, so we’re really looking forward to getting him back on Saturday," he said.

As a three-year-old, Battaash strung together an array of scintillating performances - including two at Sandown Park, drawing similarities with the owner Hamdan Al Maktoum's other great five-furlong sprinter Dayjur.

However, apart from demolishing his rivals for a second time at Goodwood under retained rider Jim Crowley, Battaash failed to reach the same heights as the season before, being beaten as the favourite or second favourite in the three of his other four starts last term.

Hills continued: “As a three-year-old he took on the older horses and had a hard season and that might have affected him a bit more than we realised. It can happen with horses that they almost miss a season and then come back the next year as good as, if not better, than before.

“We’ve been very fortunate that Dane O’Neill [second rider for Sheikh Hamdan] has been in to ride him in a lot of his work this spring and Jim came in to sit on him for his last piece and that’s put him spot on.

"Jim’s very happy with him, as am I", he finished.

The sprinting division looks one to saviour going forward this term, with the likes of Blue Point, Kachy and Mabs Cross all having either sensational winters or remarkable runs on return when carrying penalties.

⚡️Get up to £100 in Bet Credits⚡️
Up to £100 in Bet Credits for new customers at bet365. Min deposit £5 and 1x settled bet requirement to release Bet Credits.Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits Stake. Time Limits and T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus

FREE BETS & OFFERS

🌟 Bet £5 & Get £30 in Free Bets 🌟
New Customers Only. Deposit via Credit/Debit card only and bet £5 @ odds 2.0+ within 7 days of registering; Cashed out bets excluded. Get 2x £10 free bets, valid for set types (1 @ odds 2.0+ or greater) & a £10 casino bonus, wagered 40x to withdraw; Bonuses expire in 7 days; Geographical restrictions apply. Click for T&C?s. 18+|begambleaware.org
Claim Bonus
💥 Bet £10 on any racing market & get 3 x £10 free bets for today's racing 💥
New customers only, place a min £10 bet on any Sportsbook market at odds of at least 1.2 (1/5) and we’ll give you £30 in free bets. Only deposits made using Cards or Paypal will qualify for this promotion. 18+ Begambleaware.org
Claim Bonus
🚀 Bet £5 Get £20 in Free Bets!
18+. opt in required. odds of evens (1/1) or greater. t&cs apply. free bets non withdrawable. single & e/w bets only. free bet stakes not included in returns. no free bet expiry. eligibility restrictions apply. begambleaware.org
Claim Bonus
⚡️Get up to £100 in Bet Credits⚡️
Up to £100 in Bet Credits for new customers at bet365. Min deposit £5 and 1x settled bet requirement to release Bet Credits.Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits Stake. Time Limits and T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
🏆 Get a RISK FREE bet on any sports market up to £20 - money back in CASH if it loses! 🏆
New customers only, limited to one per person. If you’ve previously had a Paddy Power account, you will not qualify for the offer. Place your FIRST bet on any Sportsbook market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is €/£20. Only deposits made using Cards or Paypal will qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply. 18+|Gamble Aware.
Claim Bonus
👌 MATCHED DEPOSIT UP TO £25! 👌
| New UK customers only | min bet £10 | match max £25 free bet | Min of 3 selections in accumulator | min odds per selection 7/10 (1.70) | Free bet stake not returned | Certain Markets/sports/payment methods restrictions apply | Qualifying bet must be made within 30 days | Free bet valid for 30 days | T&Cs Apply
Claim Bonus
🎲 DOUBLE THE ODDS + £20 CASINO BONUS 🎲
Only valid for new registrations to www.grosvenorcasinos.com. Existing members do not qualify. Bet must be placed using real money in combination with the Odds Boost Token. Offer applies to Sport bets only. Maximum total stake is £10. Each way bets are a maximum of £5 each way (£10 total stake). If you stake less than £10 you will forfeit the remaining amount of the odds boost token. 'Double the odds' refers to fractional odds only. For the avoidance of doubt, it is the profit from the eligible bet that is doubled. Extra winnings are paid in cash upon bet settlement. Customers have 60 days after registration to use the Odds Boost token. A maximum of 1 offer is available per person, household, IP, device, e-mail address or payment details. Members depositing with Neteller or Skrill will not be eligible for this promotion. Member bet limits also apply to Odds Boost token placement.
Claim Bonus
⚫️ £30 Welcome Offer! ⚫️
*New UK & Ireland customers only. Min Deposit: £10. First deposit matched up to £30. 1 x wagering at odds of 1.75+ to unlock Free Bet. Credit Card, Debit Card & PayPal deposits only. Full terms apply.
Claim Bonus
Bet £10 & Get £30 in Free Bets! 💥
New online customers only, min £10 stake, win only, min odds 1/2, free bets paid as 3 X£10, 30 day expiry, free bet/payment method/player/country restrictions apply
Claim Bonus
When The Fun Stops. Stop.