Paul Ferguson has one selection for us on Saturday; Personal Opiniom in the Haydock 17:05. Compare odds and bet.
Haydock’s concluding three-year-old handicap looks a strong contest and, at the prices, the vote goes to Personal Opinion (5:05) who opened up 12-1 with Bet Victor on Friday evening and should be backed each-way.
Sent off at shorter odds for the King George V Stakes (7-1) at Royal Ascot last time, he failed to get competitive that day but had earlier looked useful when winning twice at Wolverhampton before flashing home behind Arab Spring at Newbury.
The winner franked that form and the King George is working out well, with Windshear (2nd) runner-up in a couple of Group 3s, while Trip To Paris (6th) and yesterday’s winner Alex My Boy (8th) have won three times between them since.
If you can forgive his last start, the New Approach colt looks over-priced and he is likely to appreciate today’s slightly easier ground. In the first time cheek-pieces, he is worth taking a chance on, with Double Bluff sure to make this a stern test.
The market leader is 8lbs higher than when winning at Goodwood a week ago but still warrants respect, while Satellite and Gwafa both looked very good when winning their respective maidens.
The latter probably beat little just 19 days ago, while the former returned to form last time after racing far too keenly in the London Gold Cup at Newbury in May. He went down by just a short head to subsequent Haydock winner Roseburg last time, but is another to have gone up 8lbs since.
If he learns to settle he could still turn out pretty smart (entered in the Great Votigeur), but he will need to relax this afternoon with it sure to be a test at the trip.
5:05 Haydock Personal Opinion
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