Paul Ferguson has one selection for us on Saturday; Trackmate in the Haydock 13:50. Compare odds and bet.
A fairly ordinary Saturday, with the pick of the action coming from Haydock, with the Merseyside track staging a decent mixed card.
The highlight on the card is the valuable Swinton Hurdle, in which Vibrato Valtat ought to go well if the ground deteriorates, though he’s among several that have been on the go for sometime, so the race is best watched.
Of the Flat contests, the once-raced pair of Matalleb and Active Spirit stand out in the mile handicap. The former looked one to keep onside when scoring at Newbury, while the latter fairly flew home when the penny dropped over 6f at Pontefract.
Earlier, the opening 3m handicap hurdle looks a competitive affair, in which Big Hands Harry could easily bounce back from his odds-on flop at Bangor, over this longer trip and on easier ground. Any further overnight rain would probably aid his cause, but he looks short enough for a race of this nature and, at the prices, an each-way chance is taken on Trackmate (1:50) who was available at 14-1 overnight.
James Evans’ hat-trick seeking eight-year-old would, in contrast to the market leader, appreciate a dry evening, as he has looked a much-improved performer on decent ground on his last two outings.
A winner at Aintree a year ago, he scored at Cheltenham’s October meeting, in a race that has worked out reasonably well since, and arrives here a fresh horse. Clearly held up throughout the winter, a chance is taken on his wellbeing, provided the ground isn’t too bad.
1:50 Haydock : Trackmate; 16/1 Betvictor
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