Only Haydock makes appeal on a limited day’s racing…
The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Grace And Virtue, (1655 Haydock), 1pt win, 7/2:
Looked like she was getting the hang of things when second in her debut turf handicap at Ayr before digging deep to overcome trouble and get up late on at Pontefract last time. That performance over a stiff 6f suggests this step up to 7f can find further improvement and a 3lb penalty is hardly likely to halt her progress,
Will Sommers, (1325 Haydock), 11/4: a big field with many unexposed runners, but prime amongst those is the Kevin Ryan trained Will Sommers. He has run with credit in two novice events and now makes his handicap debut on his first run after a wind operation off a mark of just 70. Nicely bred and from strong connections, it will be remarkable if he isn’t worth a lot more than that mark in time, the only real question is whether he will be ready to exploit it now on just his third run. We think there is a good chance he will.
Normandy Barriere, (1355 Haydock), 5/1: there wasn’t much between this familiar old face and rival Queen Of Kalahari at York last time and they should be battling this race out. In Normandy’s favour he is a course and distance winner here, as well as running a good race here last year in his only other course handicap start. He also gets dropped a useful couple of pounds and gets the magic man Oisin Murphy in the saddle. That can be enough to edge out the Queen.
Sexy Beast, (1730 Haydock), 7/1: has shown form good enough to win this a few times and whilst it is often hard to decipher a 4 runner race, his Newmarket second last time is arguably his best form yet. His one win came here, and a subsequent 3rd here was a fine effort. Danny Tudhope looks an excellent booking and he can out-speed some of these converted hurdlers.
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