14:05 Haydock

Saturday 4 July 2020

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  • Class 5  |   6f 212y  |   Soft  |   9 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 14:13  |   Winning time: 1m 32.97s
Horse silk
Dark Optimisth,t229
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-5| J: E J Walsh| T: P D Evans| OR:  72
Just the one win to his name, that coming on quick ground at Salisbury at the minimum trip last summer; not progressing though, and this ground far from certain to suit, so not hard to look elsewhere for the winner.
Horse silk
Dana Forever16
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-5| J: R Kingscote| T: Tom Dascombe| OR:  72
Yet to score in eight starts but has hit the frame on seven occasions, and nothing wrong with her close second on her reappearance run at Newmarket last month (soft ground); one with a solid chance if she runs her race again.
Horse silk
Wadi Al Salaam20
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-5| J: D Fentiman| T: T D Easterby| OR:  72| D
Came good on his third start at Newcastle last year (7f) but not shown that form in two subsequent starts, including on reappearance at Doncaster last month; yet to race on ground this testing and others preferred.
Horse silk
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-5| J: Jason Watson| T: R Charlton| OR:  72| BF
Only had the two starts, so open to plenty of improvement, but did not progress from first start to second and this drop back in trip not guaranteed to suit. However she's totally unexposed and from a top yard, so has to be given plenty of respect.
Horse silk
Seas Of Elzaam18
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-5| J: D Nolan| T: D O'Meara| OR:  72
Modest form in five starts but her best effort did come on soft ground at Catterick last year, so has that going for him; bit below par on latest start (well backed) and now needs to put that behind him, but that's not impossible.
Horse silk
Risk Taker20
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-4| J: A Kirby| T: C G Cox| OR:  71
Good effort in heavy ground on debut at Newbury last October but hasn't built on that in two subsequent starts. No more than a satisfactory reappearance last month but return to slower conditions may suit, and she could take a step forward here.
Horse silk
Made For All25
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-3| J: C Lee| T: K R Burke| OR:  70
Ran well on debut here (heavy ground) last September but not so good in two other starts, finishing weakly. May strip fitter for last month's run and too early to write off yet, but has questions to answer now.
Horse silk
Top Class Angel15
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-3| J: Rossa Ryan| T: R Hannon| OR:  70
Steady progression in her three starts to date, doing best of those held up at Newmarket on latest start, and is going the right way; yet to try ground this soft but pedigree gives hope she'll handle it, and she's one to consider today.
Horse silk
Cassy Ob1280
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-2| J: D Allan| T: T D Easterby| OR:  69
Not a bad effort on good ground at Ayr last September but well held on soft ground on final start and connections reach for blinkers on first start for nine months; on that, best watched today.

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Horse silk
Weight: 9-8|  Age: 3
T: D H Brown  J: P Mulrennan
Horse silk
Taste The Nectar33
Weight: 9-5|  Age: 3
T: R M H Cowell  J: Non Runner
Horse silk
Weight: 9-4|  Age: 3
T: E Walker  J: Non Runner


Risk Taker (9/4), Tacitly (10/3), Top Class Angel (9/2), Dana Forever (5/1), Cruising (13/2), Seas Of Elzaam (10/1), Incognito (10/1), Taste The Nectar (16/1), Made For All (25/1), Wadi Al Salaam (33/1), Cassy O (40/1), Dark Optimist (80/1)


It might be worth chancing the unexposed TOP CLASS ANGEL on her first start on soft ground as her breeding gives some hope she'll be fine on it, and she looks quite progressive. Dana Forever runs her race almsot every time and should be fine under the prevailing condtions, so may be the danger. Cruising has her share of weight but is in form and should go well. Risk Taker is indeed more risky but a return to soft ground might see an improved effort.
  1. Top Class Angel
  2. Dana Forever
  3. Cruising

Prize Money

1st: £3,493.002nd: £1,040.003rd: £519.004th: £260.00

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