Dave Nevison's top tips for Saturday: Awe deserves another chance

By Dave Nevison
Fri 7 Jun 2019

The weather is going to play a key role on Saturday afternoon and already this season Haydock has staged a big weekend meeting in atrocious conditions.

There are some good pre-Ascot runners scheduled to be in action and I want to get involved.

However, my fancy for the John of Gaunt Stakes, Sir Dancealot, is among many non-runners.

2.10 Newmarket: Awe

Awe in winning form at Redcar last year

I am hoping William Haggas has a good afternoon across the tracks and certainly connections of this three-year-old will be hoping things work out better than last time at Haydock.

Awe got mullered in the first 300 yards in a valuable event and his journey up the straight was not much clearer.

He found further trouble in the last two furlongs and the run can be thrown into the bin as a form guide, except to note that he was a well-backed favourite and when he was striding out he looked impressive.

Hopefully, on this track, he will be able to avoid trouble in running. If so I believe he can show as the market suggested last time that a rating of 88 is an extremely lenient mark.

2.25 Haydock: Klassique each-way at a general 5-1

True Self is clearly a phenomenon, being by Oscar who is best known as a top sire of staying chasers.

Yet she has proved herself probably Group class and has shown to be capable of outspeeding 10f horses in Listed company.

Willie Mullins has sent her to these shores before and she has has won Listed events at Bath and Newmarket in good style.

True Self is about even-money in most books but my concern is that she has hardly beaten an in-form horse in her races and there is just a chance she may have been flattered.

I believe Klassique is a potential improver and represents a thieving each-way opportunity.

Klassique was very fresh and keen for her reappearance at Goodwood and ended up suffering an odds-on defeat.

I can forgive that and instead focus on her season long-improvement last year, which culminated in a good second in a Group Three at Saint Cloud at the end of the season (the winner of which has already won again this term).

She can make her own running if necessary and I am not too concerned about her in softer ground.

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