Racing preview: Haydock the highlight of weekend action
With the Derby on the horizon, the Flat season continues to click into top gear this weekend with Haydock Park staging the pick of the action.
We have previewed the feature contests at the track which are live on ITV Racing.
The highlight at Haydock is the £60,000 G3 John Of Gaunt Stakes over seven furlongs (3.30pm). The 9/4 market leader is Safe Voyage who is chasing a fifth win over course and distance for John Quinn. The popular eight-year-old was a dual winner in Group Two company last term, before being set too stern a challenge when well-beaten in two Group One events of late. However, despite having to carry top-weight this drop in grade is sure to suit and he makes plenty of appeal.
With Thanks (7/2) is a live danger having looked progressive last term for William Haggas. The four-year-old recorded an impressive five-length victory at Naas in November proving that cut in the ground will only aid her chances.
Others who warrant a mention include Toro Strike (11/2) who comes into the race off the back of a smart win at Thirsk on his seasonal reappearance, whilst River Nymph was successful at Ascot recently for Clive Cox and is another to consider around the 6/1 mark.
Njord won the Balmoral Handicap last term and is of interest at 8/1 for the Jessica Harrington team, whilst Glorious Journey (13/2) is a multiple Group-race winner and also makes appeal.
Frankie Dettori rides Kinross (10/1) who needs to improve on two poor efforts this term for Ralph Beckett, whilst Brad The Brief (16/1) and Queen Jo Jo (20/1) complete the field.
The other Group-race event on the card is the £60,000 G3 Pinnacle Stakes at 2.55pm over 12 furlongs.
Cabaletta heads the betting at 13/8 for Roger Varian having captured a Listed prize at Newbury last term. The four-year-old was third in the Middleton Stakes at York last week, but is respected with testing ground in her favour.
La Lune (11/4) was successful in Listed company at Nottingham last time out and has to enter calculations along with Oriental Mystique (11/4) who finished a solid third in a Listed event at Goodwood on her reappearance.
The six runners are completed by Salsada (13/2), Wait For The Lord (16/1) and National Treasure (40/1).
Elsewhere on the card, the £37,000 Listed Achilles Stakes is also live on ITV and features the evergreen eight-year-old El Astronaute who returned to action with a smooth win at Chester last time out. He handles soft ground is the 7/2 market leader.
Moss Gill (5/1) progressed through the ranks last year, which included a good third in the Nunthorpe at York. Second at Lingfield in February, she is open to more improvement and is one to note along with top-weight Tarboosh (11/2), Motagally (6/1) and King’s Lynn who represents Her Majesty The Queen and looks progressive.
1.45pm Haydock: Bielsa 6/1
2.00pm Beverley: Kyber Crystal 6/4
2.20pm Haydock: King’s Lynn 6/1
2.40pm Chester: Another Batt 9/2
2.55pm Haydock: Oriental Mystique 11/4
3.10pm Beverley: Tipperary Sunset 9/2
3.30pm Haydock: Safe Voyage 9/4
3.45pm Beverley: Sibaaq 15/8
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