15:15 Haydock Sat 28 September 2019
- Virgin Bet Handicap (Class 2)
- 14 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Multiple winner over 5f-6f, including on soft. Best form would give him claims from today's mark, and has each-way claims at the very least.
Appears to be most at home at York and on better ground, but has won on soft. Has claims if at his best from this mark, but perhaps still a bit to much to prove at this venue on heavy.
Back-to-back Goodwood winner (5f/6f, both on good) in the summer. 2lb higher than the latter here. Has won on soft. Has a poor run to put behind him, but is he can do so he can't be ruled out.
Goes well on soft ground and is 2lb higher than when scoring on it at Doncaster in June. Has continued to run well since then, and has each-way claims again here.
Has won a couple this year over 5f. Has run well from similar marks to this on his last two starts, but more needed at this level and a bit to prove on heavy.
Sole success came on firm ground (6f) at Nottingham last season. Yet to win in handicap company, but this level is more realistic than his Group 1 tilt last time. Not written off.
Has won over 6f here twice on testing ground and is 4lb higher than his most recent success. Showed he can be competitive from this mark two starts ago, but more needed to win from it.
6f winner here on heavy in June, when 15lb lower, and went up 10lb for scoring over C&D (soft) with something in hand last time. Should find this significantly tougher, but a follow-up can't be ruled out.
Scored over this trip on heavy at Chester in May, when 1lb lower. Good effort over C&D (soft) last time, when 1lb higher, and holds each-way claims.
Has won on soft ground and has often been competitive in these types of event. Recent efforts none-too-encouraging, but not long since his last win, which came from just 2lb lower, so can't write him off.
All four of his wins have been over the minimum trip, and he has shown he can act on soft ground (untried on heavy). Should be capable of going close from this mark if at his best, and with 7lb claimed, he makes the shortlist.
Soft ground scorer at up to 5½f. 2lb higher than his latest win, but appears to go best at Chester, and his last two runs here leave him with a bit to prove.
Tends to go best on ground with 'good' in the description, but ran well on soft at Doncaster last time, when 1lb higher. Would have a squeak if able to repeat that.
Has won here over 6f on heavy. Back on a handy mark after some underwhelming recent efforts. Would be more interesting if supported, but bit to prove at present.
Last Year's Winner
|9||Dakota Gold||4||8-11||4/1||Full Result|
|T: M DodsJ: Connor Beasley|
Came From The Dark (9/2), True Mason (6/1), Camacho Chief (7/1), Makanah (8/1), Green Power (10/1), Stake Acclaim (10/1), Acclaim The Nation (10/1), Hyperfocus (10/1), Saaheq (12/1), She Can Boogie (12/1), Copper Knight (14/1), Poyle Vinnie (16/1), Powerallied (20/1), Tawny Port (25/1)
- Stake Acclaim
- Came From The Dark