Henry set for Haydock success

  • By: Chris Wilson
  • Last Updated: June 13 2013, 14:58 BST

Chris Wilson previews today's action and fancies Henry The Aviator to continue his progression at Haydock.

Haydock: Plays host to a meeting on Friday evening
Haydock: Plays host to a meeting on Friday evening

HAYDOCK: 6.20 Tenhoo, 6.50 Tajheez, 7.20 Washaar, 7.50 Majestic Moon, 8.20 Henry The Aviator, 8.50 Wicked Wench.

LEOPARDSTOWN: 5.55 Tap Dancing, 6.25 Club Wexford, 6.55 Reply, 7.30 Hanky Panky, 8.00 Little Arrows, 8.30 Dane Street, 9.00 Sweet Refusal.

NEWBURY: 1.50 Kenny's Girl, 2.20 Sebs Sensei, 2.50 Society Pearl, 3.25 LADY NOUF (NAP), 4.00 Saint Jerome, 4.30 Swift Cedar, 5.05 Just Darcy, 5.35 Garrisson.

NOTTINGHAM: 2.00 Twentyfourseven, 2.30 Aussie Blue, 3.00 Key Ambition, 3.35 Smalib Monterg, 4.10 Forest Edge, 4.45 Morpheus, 5.15 Everleigh, 5.45 Mac Tiernan.

UTTOXETER: 6.10 Akdam, 6.40 Paddy The Hare, 7.10 Descaro, 7.40 Monarch's Way, 8.10 Call Me April, 8.40 Old Pals Act, 9.10 Mr Satco.

YARMOUTH: 2.10 Reminisce, 2.40 Drahem, 3.15 Nomathemba, 3.50 If I Had Him, 4.20 Deficit, 4.55 Songbird, 5.25 Shesastar.

DOUBLE: Lady Nouf and Swift Cedar.

Lady Nouf can give the Investec Oaks form a big shot in the arm by winning the feature race of the day at Newbury.

The William Haggas-trained filly is a pretty exciting individual, even though she has raced just three times, and is likely to take some stopping in the Lord Weinstock Memorial Stakes.

Chief cause for hope in this Listed affair over a mile and a quarter was her second-placed finish behind Talent in the Pretty Polly at Newmarket last month.

Despite having looked off-key on her previous start in the Nell Gwyn, Lady Nouf bravely attempted to make the running back at Headquarters, and only succumbed by half a length to Talent - with the third horse home, Madame Defarge, never sighted.

With the winner that day having since shown an electric turn of foot to claim the Oaks, the value of that effort cannot be downplayed.

Nor, too, can the form from her maiden win at Leicester last October when she impressively defeated Oaks runner-up Secret Gesture by a length.

The three-year-old daughter of Teofilo could potentially be one of the best of her generation in this country and, with the fast ground also likely to be beneficial, she rates a solid shout here.

Swift Cedar can join Lady Nouf upon the Newbury winner's rostrum after the Be Wiser Insurance Handicap.

Alan Jarvis' colt has not had a great deal of luck in six prior starts and was again a tad unfortunate at Epsom last time when he raced very wide from the outset and could not recover as well as connections had hoped.

That said, the general consensus is that this shorter trip of seven furlongs, over which he has posted his best displays, could help him kick on from a pretty useful juvenile campaign.

There is surely more to come from Swift Cedar of a turf mark of 73.

Tenhoo should also be followed in the opener at Haydock.

The seven-year-old gelding has slipped to a most appealing mark for the Betdaq Haydock Park Apprentice Training Series Handicap and is in decent nick.

Although no match for the front two in a lady amateur riders' race over course and distance in May, there was still a little to admire by the manner in which he stayed on for third spot.

Tenhoo is now just 1lb higher than when he struck last summer and will also be boosted by the appointment of Jason Hart.

The Sir Alex Ferguson-owned If I Had Him is also taken to shine in the BetVictor.com Handicap at Yarmouth, with runaway Bath scorer Forest Edge an obvious port of call in the Enjoy Afternoon Tea In Frankies Bistro Handicap at Nottingham.

The consistent Paddy The Hare also deserves his day in the sunshine when he sets sail for the Don Amott Leisure Novices' Handicap Chase at Uttoxeter.


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