12:55 – JOCKEY CLUB HAYDOCK PARK RACING CLUB HANDICAP HURDLE (QUALIFIER FOR THE NORTHERN LIGHTS TWO MILE HURDLE)
BAHAMA MOON has been placed on his last three starts and comes here just 1lb higher than his last run. His Jockey can claim his full 5lbs allowance in this race and he looks an obvious player. NIGHT OF GLORY is having his first start for new connections and having been rated 86 on the flat and already a winner over hurdles he should go well.
Tight field for this 5 runner race with 4 of those rated in the 140’s and really any of those 4 could take this but LE BREUIL will be happy at this trip and on this ground as will JERRYSBACK. SLATE HOUSE will certainly improve for his debut over fences but CRUCIAL ROLE is preferred.
Only 6 runners will go to post but I looks a nice race all the same. MISTER FISHER carries a Class 2 winner’s penalty so has to give away 3lbs to the field here. Things appeared to have clicked for him on Boxing Day at Kempton when he was supported in beating a reasonable field. BRIGHT FORECAST is 2 from 2 over hurdles and his latest first win at Newbury was a quite taking performance. He should be suited to a quick pace and David Bass takes the ride with Nico at Ascot for ALTIOR.
THE NEW ONE landed this for the last four years and he’ll be on course to parade despite his recent retirement. 6 runners try their luck in here and a case can be made for each of them. PINGSHOU might be the least likely winner given his lack of racing and recent exploits over fences, but he looked a potentially high class horse although this is a tough race. WESTERN RYDER surely has a big one in him and gets a vital 4lbs from the top three here. That puts him right in the mix on figures and comes here after a little break. GLOBAL CITIZEN will ensure this is run at a furious pace which will suit both MOHAAYED and SILVER STREAK who have both improved bundles this season.
DAKLONDIKE showed what he can do when putting it all together the last day and he can run well again. ROBINSFIRTH goes well fresh so a chance is taken with him although he would prefer slower ground and WAKENDA will find this level much more to his liking.
NEW TO THIS TOWN ran well on hi run last month and he’s got winning form over this trip and on this ground. He looks an obvious contender in here. ADMIRALS SECRET won when receiving a nice two into the race from DICOSIMO so he’ll be hoping for the same again.