19:30 Haydock Thu 13 June 2019
- Janine Birch's Halfway To A Century Handicap (Class 3)
- 7f 212y,
- 9 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Former French racer who was a winner on his first two starts for David O'Meara (7f-1m, good to firm); 9lb above his last winning mark; has held his own in defeat in strong Class 2 handicaps (York and Epsom) since.
Seven-time winner with plenty of miles on the clock (is as tough as an old boot); has struggled to find a suitable winning opportunity since a heavy ground Group 3 win at Capannelle (Italy) in November 2018.
Runner up on both previous visits to this track (1m); has climbed up the handicap since with a couple of wins, including when making all to beat Gabrial The Saint at Chester (7½f, soft) in May; finished behind Masham Star latest.
A four-time turf winner for Richard Hannon (6f-1m); sold for 14,000gns in February 2019; placed on debut for Alex Dunn at Chelmsford (7f) in April, albeit far less productive there last week; is back down to his last winning mark (88).
Useful handicapper (turf and AW) who left John Gosden for 35,000gns in February 2019; has three duck-eggs on his CV since joining the Stillington handler Ruth Carr, easing 11lb in the weights over that period; should come good at some point.
Hasn't raced at Haydock Park since forging clear to win by 3½L in a Class 2 handicap last April (Masham Star third); 2lb lower tonight and this is a far easier option than Newbury's Spring Cup; serious player in these conditions.
Hasn't won since June 2015 (Redcar); knocked at the door in competitive Doncaster handicaps for former trainer Robert Eddery (2016 Doncaster Spring Mile, 2017 Lincoln); sits on a much reduced mark on his return from a 96 day absence.
Stablemate of Sha La La La Lee; is a Haydock regular and a dual course winner; eased steadily in the weights during 2018, but back to something like his best when a close third to Club Wexford at Wetherby (1m, gd/fm) a fortnight ago.
C&D winner on good to firm last June; similar conditions when getting the better of today's rival Calder Prince at Wetherby (1m) a fortnight ago; a subsequent 2lb rise is fair; does handle soft so shouldn't be totally dismissed.
Last Year's Winner
|T: D O'MearaJ: D Tudhope|
Masham Star (7/2), Sha La La La Lee (4/1), Hortzadar (5/1), Club Wexford (6/1), Mr Top Hat (6/1), Calder Prince (7/1), Gulf Of Poets (7/1), Donncha (10/1), Rogue (12/1), Tricorn (25/1)
- Gulf Of Poets
- Masham Star