It was great to sponsor a good card at Haydock on Saturday and we’re back for more today.
The 16:55 BetVictor Thanks The Key Workers Fillies Handicap (Div II) is an interesting race and the eye is naturally drawn to Eternal Blush at the top of the weights.
David O’Meara’s horse won her first two starts in nice fashion including at a big price on debut, before following up at Hamilton on softer ground. She’s a previous winner on good ground and was second on handicap debut last time out off a mark of 77 at Chepstow. She remains on that here and certainly looks the type who’ll be able to run well off that mark. Any suggestion of overnight showers will be of no concern.
I’m also interested in Zoohoor for William Haggas. The Haggas yard is in good form however I think she’s going to have to find an awful lot to improve to get the better of Daniel Tudhope’s ride here, Eternal Blush. She’s the likely favourite but the one to be on in my book.
C'Est Le Bonheur
It’s great to have racing back at Perth and while there’s no Irish raiders over on a card the likes of Gordon Elliot would usually do well at, domestic connections look set to try and take advantage with the maximum field size of 14 going to post for the 16:30 Novices’ Hurdle over 2m4f.
Petrastar is going to have to concede weight to the entire field but managed to do that last time out when winning a novice hurdle at the track over a slightly shorter distance. The former smart flat horse has certainly taken to the jumping game, however I think there’s a really interesting contender who can probably get the better of him, C’Est Le Bonheur for Dr. Richard Newland.
He looks a typical Newland horse. This eight-year has very few miles on the clock and was last seen running on rules debut when winning a bumper on quick ground at Sedgefield, under today’s rider Sam Twiston-Davies.
That was in October 2018 but connections have decided to persist with the point-to-point winner and will be rewarded here I think with a good hurdles debut. They’re likely to get a significant pull at the weights from the probable favourite Petrastar, and despite being off the track nearly 700 days, the horse can make a winning return and reward connections’ patience.