Our website tipster Dave Nevison believes one contender at Haydock can gain swift compensation after an unlucky run last week among his three best bets for Thursday.
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He has a long string of duck eggs next to his name having completely lost his form in his later runs last season. However, the signs were much more encouraging on his reappearance last time, his first start after a breathing operation.
Manfadh was certainly given a kind reintroduction and stayed on very nicely at Yarmouth in a race that was fought out by two horses returning to form after dropping in the weights. If he benefits from that kindness, the six-year-old is certainly weighted to score having plummeted in the weights as a result of those poor efforts. Manfadh has only won one handicap – on the all-weather from a mark of 65 - and is down to a rating of 50 here.
Kevin Frost trainer has only been running massively-priced runners recently, but most have run well and the trainer had a winner at Lingfield on Monday. It is perhaps significant he has 10 entered to run over the next few days; Frost clearly thinks his string is ready to run well and Manfadh can hopefully go well at a price.
He was well-backed when I put him up last time, and the width of two cigarette papers saw him into third place in a race he would have won comfortably if he had got a gap two furlongs from home. Idoapologise is off the same mark here and looks an improved performer this season, so I see no reason not to stick with him.
Thibaan probably rates the biggest danger after a good run on the all-weather last time, but he has been raised again for that and is still 7lb above his last winning mark. Idoapologise is well in on official ratings here and needs to take advantage.
The James Bethell yard continue in very good form and have had a winner since in Fearby at Wetherby on Tuesday, who looks a nice two-year-old.
He has improved 17lb on the all-weather over this trip since hitting form in October last year and, while he has had few goes on the turf, he does look as though he is very able to win races off his much lower turf mark judged on his effort at Bath last time.
Haydock suits his running style, which is likely to be up in the van. If he is simply an improved performer - which was demonstrably the case over the winter – he could be set to go on a roll now he has got his eye in on this surface.
As I write before racing on Wednesday, trainer Mark Loughnane has had four winners from his last 10 runners yard and it looks unlikely Precision Storm will have lost his form after a very short break.Start your free one month trial of Racing TV now and enjoy all the action from Britain and Ireland!
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