Ladies night at Haydock which brought its usual mixture of outfits that look classy to those which clearly should have never been bought in the first place and refunds should be issued at once.
Tommo was on duty tonight with his roving around the course chatting to the ladies and giving out prizes from losing betting scripts, Yours truly won myself a £10 voucher from a well known clothing store,as I don’t get paid to advertise I won’t but if you need a clue the store is an anagram of the word Lataman!
Six races on what was a lovely sunny evening here with a different sort of crowd than a normal fixture but it added a nice bit of atmosphere which is always needed at any sporting event.
First race was a 5f H’cap for 4yo+ (56-75) for apprentice jockeys and today’s running went to the 4yo Chunky Diamond for the Ruth Carr stable who bounced back to form after a string of poor performances to fend off Wild Sauce by 3 lengths, The winner drifted in the last furlong but the victory was never in doubt, this was a poor race though and the form should be treated with caution.
Below,Apprentice jockeys before getting mounted for the first.
Second race was the first Nursery of the season over 6f for 2yo that went the way of Woodland Girl trained by Richard Fahey and ridden by Patrick Mathers who just hung on by a neck from Bounty Hunter with Centre Haafhd back in third spot, Hard to know what to make of this race but these aren’t the best 2yo around so I’d be a bit wary when looking back at this race.
Third up was a 1m4f H’cap for 4yo+ (66-85) and two well fancied horses here Continuum and Semeen were both royaly stuffed here by Chancery,a useful ex bumper horse who once got beat by The New One at Cheltenham in a junior bumper back on New Years Day 2012 and this was only his second run in a handicap and he seems happier back at 1m4f and can improve off this race and I’d love to see him back here in September for the Old Borough Cup.
Continuum has still got lots of improvement and like Semeen both should not be written off just yet at this stage of their careers.
The Fourth race was a 2yo Maiden over 7f and given as its summer it was an ironic win for the Godolphin trained Snow Squall on his debut start and being the stables second string wore the white cap and hung on by 0.75 lengths from Peak Royale who led with 1f to go but soon lost it with Diplomatic Force staying on and will be much better suited by further in time, The disappointment of the race was Stars Over The Sea who missed the break and was soon twelve lengths down but he will have his day in time.
Fifth race of the night was a 3yo Maiden over 1m, only four but a tight heat on paper with Disco Inferno going off the 8/13 favourite but value backers were rewarded as Godolphin got their second winner of the night with debutant Mulakim to give Harry Bentley his second winner of the night and he looks a fair sort who will improve from this race, Disco Inferno could be one of those expensive to follow horses but is worth chancing when he gets a handicap rating after his third run.
Special praise should go to jockey Paddy Aspell for his tender handling in the parade ring of Court Life who was very green and the way he was half mounted and patting his side to keep him calm was an amazing piece of horsemanship to watch
Below Paddy Aspell on Court Life before racing.
Final race was a 1m2f H’cap for 3yo (66-85) which saw Double Discount follow up his win here back in June with another victory from the fast finishing Velox who was slow out of the gate by a couple of lengths and only went down by half a length with Playbill back in third.
There could be a few winners to come out of this race in time,The winner is clearly useful and will probably be stepped up in grade while Velox stayed the 1m2f trip quite well while Playbill was a bit one paced and may be suited by further in time.
Day two of this meeting done then and tomorrow is another one of Haydocks feature Saturday meetings with the Group Two Lancashire Oaks and its oldest race The Old Newton Cup being the feature races both over 1m4f with some good quality supporting races on the card too.
As its a feature race the review will be in the more bigger style as seen in other reviews.