Haydock Saturday Preview - 23/11/19

12:05 - Glory And Fortune

Haydock also host a superb card on Saturday alongside Ascot and in the first race of the day we have an eye on the Tom Lacey trained Glory And Fortune.

This four year old gelding looks a really bright prospect for the yard winning a Listed Bumper at Cheltenham on his first ever run for the yard.

He made his hurdles debut at Huntingdon in October and won a nice maiden fairly easy and with plenty to like about this horse and room for him to improve he looks a healthy betting proposition.

12:40 - Burtons Well

Next up is the Class 2 Handicap Chase and the Venetia Williams trained Burtons Well has plenty going in his favour to ensure he will go well.

The 10 year old although up in the weights for this contest loves the ground, the trip and the style of the track and having won on his seasonal bow last time out and has a strong chance again today.

The gelding goes for top connections and with the ground always softening with more rain forecasted it plays into the strengths of this veteran.

13:15 - Jarveys Plate

Fergal O'Brien is having a brilliant time of things at the start of this campaign already landing some nice winners and we think he will add another in this contest with Jarveys Plate.

The six year old ran to a decent standard at the start of last season winning a Listed event at Cheltenham but when put in better races has slightly struggled.

However, he started his campaign off this season at Chepstow in a Listed event and beat the smart Reserve Tank that franked the form next time out by winning a decent race.

13:50 - Bold Plan 11/1

The Betfair Exchange Handicap Hurdle is a decent Class 2 event and Bold Plan for Evan Williams looks lovely at an each way price.

The five year old gelding gets the eye-catching booking of Robbie Power who is currently in some superb form and although this runner was poor on his seasonal debut he should come on for that run.

Last season Bold Plan was ultra consistent having four runs and not finishing outside of the top three on all of his runs getting off the mark in soft conditions at Taunton.

This race looks easier than his seasonal return and should revel in the conditions.

14:25 - Tedham 10/1 & Flash The Steel 12/1

The Grade Three Stayers Handicap Hurdle over three miles shows an exciting big field of runners and that gives us two selections for the event.

The first is the Jonjo O'Neill trained Tedham who ran to a fair standard last season and finished a decent sixth at Cheltenham last time out that should improve him massively for fitness.

The other horse we like in this contest at a bigger price is Flash The Steel for Dan Skelton and this seven year old made a good reappearance at Chepstow winning nicely and although stepping up in trip needs to be taken seriously.

15:00 - Bristol De Mai

The Betfair Chase is the feature race of the day at Haydock and the first Grade One of the season in Britain and we fancy the grey that loves this contest.

Bristol De Mai for Nigel Twiston-Davies is a dual consecutive winner of the race looking to make it three in a row with this race being like a home tie for him.

Horses in the past that have gone on to complete the hat-trick in the race include the mighty Cue Card between 2013 and 2016 and before that the super Kauto Star landed the contest four times between 2006 and 2011 and he could put his name amongst these greats on Saturday.

Bristol De Mai as usual had a great start to the season last year but in the middle part was below his best, however he salvaged his season with a superb run in the Cheltenham Gold Cup finishing a narrow third behind winner Al Boum Photo.

His last run of the season was again below par not running well in the Betway Bowl at the Grand National meeting and his trainer this season is hoping he can stay at his best consistently throughout the season.

Big chance.

15:40 - Know The Score 9/2

The final runner of the meeting at Haydock on Saturday is Know The Score for trainer David Pipe in the 3 mile 4 furlong Stayers Handicap Chase.

The six year old was superb last season over hurdles racing five times and not coming out of the top three on all of his outings gradually stepping up in trip in each one.

He made his chase debut last month at Worcester going just under three miles but he stayed on and jumped really well to suggest that he will go well again at this trip.

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