Haydock 2:50 Old Newton Cup
This looks a tough race with very little between lots of the participants. In some respects is don’t fancy anything to win but in looking for value Great Hall appeals at a decent price. He had a good seasonal reappearance and if he builds on that run he should get competitive here where he has in fact a decent record in 2 runs here. He is relatively lightly raced for a 5yo and could still have a bit of improvement in him. 16/1 looks a decent price.
1 Point win 16/1 boyles/VC/365/Lads
Baltic Knight sticks out here at a very big price. He has been running well in decent races an looks well worth his mark at the moment. He also has a great record in the few handicaps he has contested with a record of 112 is 3 races. He actually won of 1lb higher than this mark last year and in my mind is no 33/1 shot here. He does have a negative of a poor enough draw but I’m hopeful class will out here and he can get involved in the finish.
1 Point EW 33/1 VC/Coral
Money Team really caught the eye last time when he ran well without getting the breaks in a much tougher race than this. He was my selection that time and although following up with sprinters can be the quick way to the poorhouse he looks ready to pounce. 10/1 looks a bit of value here, I’m fairly certain he will go off at 7/1 or less.
1 Point win 10/1 Generally
Stepper Point is an old favourite of mine, and I think he is being overlooked here because of things not going his way in the Kings Stand. He does have a few possibly very good 3yo’s to face here that could well be anything but with Mecca’s Angel now a non-runner I think he is superb value against a field of unknown quantities and horses that he has beaten regularly enough. 12/1 seems way to big a price for him even given his slightly inconsistent form, which in fairness is common enough in these 5 furlong sprints where everything has to come right to win.
1 Point win 12/1 sky/vc/lads
Now that Baltic Knight is a nonrunner, I’m going to go with my second choice here in Munaaser. He looked to be on an upward curve at the end of last year culminating with a very good 2nd to a top horse in GM Hopkins . He has been poor this year but I’m assuming that he will start to improve soon and 20/1 looks a risk worth taking..
1pt win 20/1 generally.