Hopefully I am not revealing lemming like tendencies by sticking with one that has exasperated me the past two times he has run.
I certainly have no complaints about field sizes on Friday afternoon. My only complaint is that the races look extremely tough to solve.
2.20 Haydock: Chairmanoftheboard
Has nearly tipped me over the edge on his past two runs. However, I cannot find a reason to take him out of the tracker on those efforts and am prepared for more pain but hoping William Buick will be the tiny difference that is needed to convert nail-biting defeats into a victory.
Everything is right in terms of distance, going and pace predictions. He has been bumped back up a couple of pounds for recent efforts but has run creditably off this mark and higher this season. The decision for Buick may well be which side to head for. Hopefully, he will make the right call.
3.50 Redcar: Enderman
At the last meeting I covered t Redcar, and pretty much all this season, those drawn high might not have bothered turning up such has been the advantage of the far rail.
I have been slow to pick up on that bias but hopefully it holds for this race and Enderman gets a chance to make all the running down that side. He ran really well last time over 6f and the way he rallied at the finish suggests he will definitely be suited by the step back up to this trip.
4.05 Haydock: Newbolt
There are some contenders from big yards in this race, which will hopefully help with the price of Newbolt, who returned to form last time when winning in determined style.
His mark has tumbled from 91 – he was placed off that mark early in the year - and even after that Musselburgh win he is only back up to 83, so he clearly has back form showing he is still well-in.
I believe the recent win against in-form rivals could well be upgraded and a 3lb rise may underestimate him.
A fast pace seems ensured, which will suit ideally, and at forecast double figure odds he looks a decent bet to me.
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