_Saturday provides Group-race action and several decent-sized handicaps in my weekly Saturday quest to land a Yankee. It would certainly pay a few quid if this quartet all happened to click, starting with a pair running at Haydock. _
1.25 Haydock: Gustav Holst
The four-year-old is still a maiden and has disappointed in his latest races but should therefore be an each-way price in a trappy handicap race full of beatable performers.
I can excuse his past two runs as he stumbled at Newbury last time and the ground was too quick at Doncaster before that.
He is back to the mark off which he ran a good second at Windsor this season and definitely looks capable of winning off this sort of rating.
James Doyle rides him for the first time and Gustav Holst has a good draw in stall 4 for a horse who usually races prominently and he has pacesetters on his inside.Check out our best free bets and betting offers:
2.00 Haydock: Goobinator
After going round in circles I have settled on Donald McCain’s consistent stayer for this really interesting handicap.
He was fourth in the Cesarewitch when last seen on the Flat and a reproduction of that effort would see him go very close here.
He is off the same mark and is only 4lb higher than when easily winning over this course and distance in September. The ground in his favour and trainer Donald McCain remains in excellent form.
2.50 Goodwood: Inchicore
Ran like a horse who would progress from her reappearance effort and is taken to land this competitive stayers’ event. After she won a couple of handicaps, she was stepped up to Listed and Group class events in the autumn but didn’t quite cut it and will be much more at home back in a handicap here.
She may have come up against a Listed class runner at Newbury last time out in Ahorsewithnoname. That horse has already followed up and the form looks strong. She was staying on nicely and looks pretty well-handicapped off a mark of 92 for in-form Alan King.
4.55 Haydock: Asad
This one is a front-running 7f specialist who has bagged a good draw at a track where pace is generally favoured.
The worry is that there are a couple of similar types in the field, which may lead to this race being a bit of a burn-up, but leading apprentice Benoit De La Sayette, excellent value for his 5lb claim, should hopefully be able to judge the pace accordingly.
Asad ran perhaps his best race in defeat last season over this course and distance and is only 1lb higher than when winning on his reappearance.
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