Paul Ferguson has two selections for us on Saturday; Wonder Laish in the Ascot 3:25 and Dawn Missile 5:30 at Haydock. Compare odds and bet.
With the ground likely to come right, it is hoped that Wonder Laish (3:25) finally takes his chance at Ascot on Saturday (has been pulled out several times of late) and William Haggas’ Lingfield maiden winner is fancied to land the Appletiser Hanidcap.
The son of Halling looks fairly treated on a mark of 87 and the 108-day lay-off isn’t too much of a concern given the entries (and declarations) he has held of late. Expected to run in the Melrose at York last month, he was again withdrawn on account of the ground and, though this slightly shorter trip might not play to his strengths (has looked a potential stayer in the making), he is favoured to top-weight Dartmouth.
The latter impressed when winning over course-and-distance and when following up for this column at Glorious Goodwood, but he is up to a mark of 102 now and has to concede 15lbs to the selection, who might be better suited by conditions.
Up at Haydock, Haggas can complete a valuable three-year-old handicap double courtesy of Dawn Missile (5:30) in the concluding Betfred “Be Part Of The Action” Handicap.
Again, the Nayef gelding has looked as though he could develop into a smart stayer and this step up to 1m6f promises to bring about plenty of improvement. An imposing and late-maturing type, he looked a horse with a bright future when winning here last month and is taken to follow up under Paul Hanagan.
3:25 Ascot Wonder Laish
5:30 Haydock Dawn Missile
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