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Saturday tips: Dave Nevison's best bets at Haydock and Nottingham

By Dave Nevison@nevisondave
Fri 7 May 2021

Dave Nevison has four selections on Saturday, including one in the £100,000 Swinton Hurdle at 3.10pm.

Aidan Coleman looks like he has good chances in two really competitive handicap hurdles on Swinton Hurdle Day at Haydock on Saturday, live on Racing TV.

I am siding with his mounts in those races, and I also have a couple of selections at Nottingham, another of the meetings live on Racing TV. Best of luck.

1.25 Haydock: Jersey Wonder at 8-1 with William Hill

He may be fishing in deeper waters than he has so far, but Jersey Wonder looks a real improver in this competitive event.

He only won a four-runner affair at Exeter but should have no problem confirming the form with the runner-up, Jarveys Plate, despite a 7lb rise in the weights for that success.

His prominent running style is perfectly suited to Haydock’s tight bends, and I expect him to be in the van throughout.

It has taken him a while to replicate his useful handicap form on the flat across to the jumping game, and it looks like he could have benefitted from racing.

His trainer, Oliver Sherwood, was out of form during a bleak mid-winter and his five-year-old started handicaps off a very low mark, so still looks well in now.

However, the big improve has come with the step up to three miles, which is ideal for him. He was competitive in big handicaps on the flat and can be so here.

2.20 Nottingham: Seagulls Nest at a general 9-2

This selection is a lightly-raced filly who looks to have improved from three to four and steps up in trip, and into handicap company, for the first time here, and both elements give her a real chance of breaking her maiden.

She has run two good races on the all-weather this spring, but her form last season came on turf and I have no qualms about the switch back for this handicap debut.

Mick Channon has his team in good form and George Bass claims a very valuable 5lb.

3.10 Haydock: Copperless at 9-2 with Bet365 and William Hill

Copperless was travelling strongly when falling at Aintree last time out

This horse was my biggest bet on the eve of Grand National Day, and in my opinion, he was sure to score when falling two from home.

He had travelled very easily throughout and was about to take the lead when he came down plus was certainly confirming the impressions from two previous runs that his form is on a steep, upward curve.

He has been raised 3lb which looks a steal to me, as he could have been an impressive winner at Aintree, and provided he has not lost his confidence from the fall, he can make amends here in very similar circumstances.

4.40 Nottingham: Corrida De Toros at a general 11-2

He may be a four-year-old maiden, but Corrida De Toros has been very consistent recently, with his best runs coming over this trip.

He has been campaigned on the all-weather and his form has plateaued on that surface, but it is not that long ago that he looked like a promising handicapper on the turf, and off significantly higher marks.

He is well drawn for his return to turf and has a good draw for a horse set to be on the pace.

Christian Howarth is a young jockey who deserves a few more chances than he currently gets and takes off 5lb here.

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