Dave Nevison's Friday tips: Consistent Hesslewood to strike at Haydock

By Dave Nevison@nevisondave
Thu 24 Sep 2020

The Racing TV tipster has three fancies for the card at Haydock Park on Friday - watch how his selections get on live on Racing TV.

4.35 Haydock Park: Noble Masquerade

After two good efforts over distances way too short, he has shown himself very well suited by a big step up in trip on his latest two efforts and definitely looks as though stamina will be his strong suit.

Noble Masquerade stays on nicely when fourth in a decent maiden at Newbury two starts ago

He was tried in a heritage handicap last time and performed very creditably staying on into fourth.

This is a competitive 0-90, but it clearly represents a drop in grade and given the extra two furlongs I could see him making significant improvement.

There are several from big stables here and I feel it is a race that might throw up winners this autumn but Noble Masquerade is an each way price here and hopefully will stay on into a place at least.

5.05 Haydock Park: Imperium

Roger Charlton has chosen the perfect race for this lightly-raced improver and the son of Frankel looks a good bet. Restricted to older horses, more progressive younger types are therefore excluded and in my book only the Alan King-trained Merry Yarn looks to have potential to take a big step forward. The others are exposed and I just cannot see them getting near the top weight if he makes any improvement from his reappearance.

It is of course a worry that he has not been seen since June but the market will inform us - as may the trainer, who certainly deserves credit for letting Racing TV viewers know his serious doubts about Bullfinch in soft ground earlier in the week.

My views about horses running in handicaps below their ratings have been expressed many times and I really do not think if all is well Imperium will be seen in 0-80 company again after this.

5.35 Haydock Park: Hesslewood

Beaten by a nose and twice by a neck in desperate finishes already this season, that is the sort of statistic that could be alarming but I don’t have qualms over his attitude and really think he has just been unfortunate. His yard have been in form all year and he gets his chance to get his head in front here down to 0-90 grade after being in 0-100 last time.

Hesslewood just has to settle for second behind a recent winner at Ripon

The handicapper has only put him back up a pound for both his latest defeats which is perfectly reasonable and Hesslewood has run very well on his two visits to Haydock, while ground and trip should be perfect.

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