Haydock Saturday Preview - 24/11/2018

12:10 - Grand Sancy

A quality card at Haydock commences with Read Paul Nicholls Exclusively At Betfair Newton Novices' Hurdle, a Listed contest over just shy of 2m.

Grand Sancy is the selection here, and he has won two of his last three outings, and is strongly represented now back in listed company.

Trainer has a good record, and should take all the beating.

12:40 - Dawson City

Next up, is the Betfair Each Way Edge Handicap Chase over 3 and-a-half miles, ideal for any stamina-assured stayer, and Dawson City certainly fits the bill.

Was a distance sixth to Step Back in the bet365 Gold Cup in Sandown when last seen, but ignoring that, he has racked up some pretty strong form in the book.

He won the Devon National back in February, and was third in the Somerset equivalent, so will be assured to produce a challenge here.

13:15 - River Wylde

River Wylde finished a promising third in the 2017 Supreme Novice Hurdle at Cheltenham behind Labaik, but failed really to transition that over to fences last term.

Just the two runs over the larger obstacles, and despite a long lay-off, he can return to his best first time back out in the Cash Out In-Play With Betfair Graduation Chase

Trainer in stunning form, with the returning Nico de Boinville in the saddle.

Major player.

1:50 - Cliffs of Dover and Garo de Juilley

The fourth race is the Betfair Best Odds On ITV Races Handicap Hurdle, and we have selected both Cliffs of Dover and Garo de Juilley.

Cliffs Of Dover has been operating on the flat of late, but despite being pulled up in the Kingwell Hurdle back in February, he racked up five consecutive wins. A return to the that scope would stand him with a good chance.

Garo De Juilley on the other hand has had a busy summer, with four runs including one win - most recently at Plumpton back in September.

Has since moved to Sophie Leech from Brendan Powell's yard, and definitely one to note on his first start for a new yard.

2:25 - Captain Cattistock

Captain Cattistock enjoyed much success last term for Paul Nicholls, despite all three wins of his coming on testing ground.

He does seem to handle good going, and can overturn First Assignment who raced as recent as last weekend, and has been penalised for his success.

Sixth on his comeback run, and stayed on in the closing stages. Major claims.

15:00 - Might Bite

The feature race of the entire day is the Betfair Chase, the first leg of the Jumps Triple Crown, and what a race it is set to be.

A five-strong field go to post, and despite selecting Gold Cup winner Native River beforehand, the change in ground conditions, means we have swayed towards the runner-up from that race, Might Bite - who is out to see revenge on his counterpart.

Might Bite was outstayed by Colin Tizzard's 8yo in the Cheltenham feature, but showed what he is all about when shaking off those nerves in the Betway Bowl at Aintree latest.

The King George winner is expected to now turn the tables, with the good ground now swinging his way.

It looks a stunning renewal, and it is going to be a classic.

3:35 - Captain Redbeard

Once the dust as settled, the card closes with the Better Value On The Betfair Exchange Handicap Chase, and we are siding with top-weighted Captain Redbeard.

Third on his reappearance at Carlisle, he will come on for that, having previously unseated Sam Coltherd in the Grand National at the back end of last season. Was also second here behind The Dutchman in a Grade 2 back in January, and surely a win is not far away.

Leading contender.