Two races from Haydock for us this afternoon; a warm dry day is forecast. Hugo Palmer has a runner in each of our featured races, both figure prominently in my analysis.
3.10 Haydock Timeform Jury Stakes (Registered As The John of Gaunt Stakes) (Group 3) (CLASS 1
Home Of The Brave and So Beloved are the two to concentrate on.
Home Of The Brave is still progressing and must go close. Won a valuable listed race at Leicester last time out where he led for most of the race. Entered up for Royal Ascot.
So Beloved impressed when winning over C&D on latest start. That Haydock form three weeks ago gives him a solid chance.
I put the pair in as my 3/1 joint favourites.
3.45 Haydock 188Bet Sandy Lane Stakes (Group 2) (CLASS 1)
Second of the Hugo Palmer entries to look at is Gifted Master, who comes here seeking his sixth consecutive victory. Noted at Ascot when he made all and stayed on strongly despite an arkward exit from the stalls. Expected to progress further.
Woodcote and Coventry Stakes winner Buratino should appreciate the return to sprinting after his run in the Guineas. He a live danger on last season’s form.
I go 7/4 and 5/1 respectively on my tissue.
The absurdity of current meeting planning is highlighted today as we have no afternoon racing in the south whilst Haydock and Chester compete against each other.