Who To Follow At Haydock On Saturday - 27/05/23

James Mackie | @jamesmackieee

Haydock - May 26 2023
Haydock 14:00
Hollie Doyle


J: Hollie Doyle
T: Archie Watson
Age: 3
Weight: 9-2
OR: 114
Days: 24

One of the nicer events on the Haydock card this weekend is the Group Two Sandy lane Stakes over 6f and although Little Big Bear is respected down in trip and grade, Bradsell for Archie Watson is a big player and our selection being a bigger price.

An emphatic winner at York on Seasonal debut in a Novice Stakes bolting up by nine lengths, he was last seen at Royal Ascot taking the Group Two Coventry Stakes with more in hand at the line.

The form of that race has been massively franked with the likes of Persian Force, Blackbeard and Royal Scotsman all going on to perform well throughout last year in good Group races.

Bradsell was seen just once more last term when only fourth in the Group One Phoenix Stakes behind the winner Little Big Bear.

It was revealed that he had picked up an injury in the race which was the reason for his poor run and he was put away for the rest of the season.

Returning this term at Ascot in the Group Three Commonwealth Cup Trial he travelled beautifully into the race but when asked to win the race just showed his time off the track when obviously not 100% fit.

Set to strip much fitter for this race he should go close and we expect him to reverse the form with Cold Case.


Trainer To Follow - Ian Williams

Experienced trainer Ian Williams sends two runners to Haydock on Saturday and both of them hold big chances which makes him the man to follow.

His first runner of the afternoon comes in the opening event with C'Mon Kenny set to improve for his first run of the season having been off for over a year and with Buick booked he could go well.

In the second event of the day he fields Law Of The Sea again with William Buick riding and having finished a decent fourth 15 days ago in the Chester Cup, he runs off just 1lb higher here.

Jockey To Follow - Frankie Dettori

Frankie Dettori on his swansong season has been the man to follow so far in the big races and on Saturday at Haydock he has a great book of rides.

His first ride of the day comes on the favourite in the Class 2 Handicap over two miles with Carzola a horse who is chasing a four timer.

In the Silver Bowl Handicap he rides for his retain trainers John & Thady Gosden on board Covey with this race being one that this partnership have used frequently with well handicapped horses.

The first big race of the afternoon is the Group Two Sandy lane Stakes over 6f and Little Big Bear is the mount of Dettori for Aidan O'Brien, with the three year old dropping back to his preferred trip having been the champion juvenile at this distance.

Dettori then teams up with trainer Charles Hills in the Group Two Temple Stakes on Equilateral with the eight year old maybe not at the peak of his powers anymore but does hold some classy back form.

The Italian rider finishes off the afternoon on board Roman Dragon for Hugo Palmer with the gelding needing to improve.

The rider is in impressive form heading into the meeting sporting a strike rate of 27% for the last two weeks managing four winners from his last 15 rides.