Two third places for Paul Ferguson on Wednesday, we go to Haydock on Thursday and Ernst Blofeld (3/1 Stan James) in the 2.05 .
Jason Maguire returns to saddle at Haydock on Thursday and he has four rides booked for his boss Donald McCain.
With plenty of rain in the Merseyside area this week mud lover Ernst Blofeld (2:05) is fancied to give the jockey a winning comeback. Early price 3/1 Stan James
A decent novice hurdler the season before last, he won twice from five starts in his first season over fences and his last two pieces of form read well.
He split Little Josh (dead-heated with Weird Al on Sunday) and Edgbriar (recent Cheltenham winner) here in February before beating smart hurdler Mirage Dore over this trip at Carlisle.
A thorough stayer in the making, he has been given a chance by the handicapper with an opening mark of 131.
Maguire has a couple of interesting rides in the novice hurdles, the pick of which is Carlisle bumper winner Lively Baron, but he could be pretty short as there doesn’t appear much strength in depth among the opposition.
2:05 Haydock: Ernst Blofeld
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Last year’s selections included:
Hurricane Fly: 3/1 winner of the G1 Rabobank Champion Hurdle
Copper Bleu: 12/1 winner of the Jewson at Cheltenham
Great Endeavour: 18/1 winner of the Festival Plate
Tranguil Sea: 11/2 winner of the Paddy Power Gold Cup
Sizing Europe: 6/1 winner of the Arkle
Weapon’s Amnesty: 10/1 winner of the RSA Chase