Haydock is the selected Placepot meeting and golden ball seems the one to beat in the opening nursery (1.40).
He showed improved form for a bit of a cut here last time out when fourth at 66-1 and an opening mark of 73 seems reasonable.
Outsider Spirit is added because it ran a few great races before being outclassed at a big sale event last time. His father has won two Group 1s on soft or heavy ground, so he could improve.
Only four go into the next one (2.15), but unless the newcomer is good, it should be between Vega Diamond and Tephithen the two enter.
Mudlover well handicapped punch bowl flyer it’s fantasy for the next one (2.50), but it’s an underdog, so I’ll add Sky Blue Pinkwho won a Novice on this map last season and raced well last time out.
None of the three to run the fourth run (3.25) showed as much, so newcomer Perch is the starting point. saxon king goes as a back-up.
In the next (4.00), Al Moubhir hasn’t encountered soft ground yet, but Frankel’s son seems to be enjoying it at Goodwood two starts ago, and it’s weaker than the two handicaps he’s raced at.
Despite the 14 starters, I will try my luck betting on him, while in the last (4.33) zebra star should be tough to stay clear of the first two backs on an easy surface.
Haydock Permanent Placepot
4 golden ball
1 Vega Diamond
seven punch bowl flyer
12 Sky Blue Pink
4 saxon king
5 Al Moubhir
1 zebra star
2x2x2x2x1x1 = 16 rows
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