Two races for us at Haydock this afternoon and yet again the ground is a dominant factor. There is prolonged rain forecast throughout the day. This falling on already heavy going can only make conditions even more testing.
2.25 6f 32Red Sprint Cup Stakes (Group 1) (Class 1) (3yo+)
Harry Angel is a noted horse who I wouldn’t oppose lightly. However I do have concerns about him being fully effective on soft ground and he looks a vulnerable favourite.
There’s little to choose between The Tin Man and Tasleet, both are effective on soft ground.
Second favourite Brando is another who handles the soft ground, and he impressed when winning in France on his latest start.
Because of conditions it’s a difficult race to price with total confidence.
I go 7/2 the field with The Tin Man looking value at the current 8/1.
3.35 1m (1m37y) 32Red Mile (Group 3) (Class 1) (3yo+)
Flaming Spear is expected to go well after putting up a career best when winning impressively on his latest start at York.
A case can be made for almost all of his opponents, but I would be surprised if Flaming Spear doesn’t figure prominently.
6/1+ is fair.
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