Tom Cruise at Haydock!

Haydock stage a seven race card this afternoon comprising of six wide open handicaps and a bumper. I am going to look at two races, both have that ‘Mission Impossible’ feel about them.

 2.00 Haydock Challenger Middle Distance Chase Series Final (A Handicap Chase) (CLASS 2) (5yo+)

Raktiman is a 9yo that is still on the upgrade. Although raised 9lb for his impressive ten length win at Catterick in early February, he is still expected to figure.

The Cobbler Swayne is also of interest, having done well to win after being hampered on latest start at Ayr just over a fortnight ago.

The Cobbler Swayne
The Cobbler Swayne


I have the pair as 13/2 joint favourites on my provisional tissue. As the current prices for both are either on or below my assessment, there is no value at present.

3.10 Haydock Challenger Staying Chase Series Final (A Handicap Chase) (CLASS 2) (5yo+)

No Duffer enjoys a 7lb weight pull with Leo Luna who beat him on latest start at Warwick when the latter was weighted 1lb lower.  He can turn that form around this afternoon.

Has a tendency to jump right-handed, but hopefully Paddy Brennan can get him to the stand side rail in the straight and this shouldn’t cause too much of a problem.


No Duffer
No Duffer

10/1 favourite on my tissue, which only one firm currently matches.


The day has a bookmaker friendly look to it, so not a day for serious involvement.

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