We go to Haydock this afternoon for their two feature races. The going is Good to Soft. The ground has been drying this morning in the light north-westerly breeze.
2.30 1m2½f Rose Of Lancaster Stakes (Group 3) (Class 1) (3yo+)
Numbers 4 and 9 are both out leaving 11 to post.
A competitive Group 3, in which there’s little to choose between half of the field on the best of their form.
Laraaib is the progressive performer. He takes a step up in class, having impressed when winning a handicap on latest start. His action suggests that today’s easier ground conditions shouldn’t be an issue.
Autocratic sets this seasons form standard on his performance when winning the Group 3 Brigadier Gerard at Sandown in May.
Laraaib is my marginal preference.
Difficult race to price, I would want at least 4/1 about Laraaib to get me involved.
3.35 1m Dick Hern Stakes (Listed Race) (Fillies & Mares) (Class 1) (3yo+)
Sea Of Grace takes a drop in class and sets a high standard.
Although not completely straightforward, a reproduction of either of her last two runs in Group 1 company will make her very difficult to beat.
I put Sea Of Grace in as my even money favourite and go 5/1 bar.
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