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Haydock Through The Card – Seven Saturday Selections

Haydock plays host to a competitive seven-race card on Saturday afternoon featuring the Group 2 Sandy Lane Stakes & Temple Stakes. Our expert editor has delved into the entries this weekend and provided a tip to follow in each of the seven races. Check out their thoughts below, alongside an exclusive promotion courtesy of bet365, which is offering £50 In Free Bets to new customers, when you sign-up and bet £10.

Carlos Felix – 13:25 (Cazoo Florida Handicap, 1m 3f 175y)

Despite showing plenty of promise at Chester on his opening start for Phil Kirby, things didn’t quite go to plan for CARLOS FELIX last season as he struggled to replicate his runner-up effort on the Roodee in his subsequent outings as a four-year-old. A series of wide-margin defeats will have surely left connections scratching their heads, however, since returning this campaign, the five-year-old has seemingly turned a corner on the track. 

Dropped to a career-low mark of 65 ahead of his seasonal return, Carlos Felix posted his best effort for some time – finishing second behind four-time course winner Maharashtra at Southwell back in March. Kept to the all-weather surface on his following outings, the five-year-old filled the runner-up spot at Wolverhampton before bumping into well-treated handicap debutant Charlie’s Yard at Kempton earlier this month. 

Rated 67, Phil Kirby’s charge remains on a very workable mark compared to his previous form and if able to transfer his recent all-weather exploits back onto the turf this weekend, the five-year-old should be able to open his account for the yard and register his second career victory. 

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Haveyoumissedme – 14:00 (Cazoo Hell Nook Handicap, 2m 45y)

Bandinelli has to be given the utmost respect in this, as the progressive four-year-old bids for his fifth win from his last six starts. The Godolphin runner is a worthy favourite but It could pay to take a chance on one at a slightly bigger price, and the one runner that appeals is HAVEYOUMISSEDME for trainer Ian Jardine. 

A surprise winner on his final start as a juvenile at Newmarket two seasons ago, Haveyoumissedme progressed markedly during his three-year-old campaign last year for connections, landing back to back twelve-furlong handicaps at Newcastle and Hamilton before stepping up in grade and finishing runner-up on his final two starts at Ayr and Haydock over two miles. 

After shaping very much in need of the run on his return at Wolverhampton back in April, connections decided to pitch the four-year-old into Class 2 company for the first time when contesting the Chester Plate earlier this month. Although he ultimately failed to trouble the judge in fifth, Haveyoumissedme certainly caught the eye in defeat and was only three lengths behind the eventual well-backed winner Bellatrixsa over the extended 2m2f trip. 

Ian Jardine’s charge looks more than capable of landing a decent staying handicap from his current mark of 84 and with the yard enlisting the services of last year’s champion apprentice Marco Ghiani this weekend, Haveyoumissedme looks primed to run a big race on Saturday afternoon. 

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Mighty Ulysses – 14:35 (Cazoo Silver Bowl Handicap, 1m 37y)

Tollard Royal has previously been highlighted as a horse to follow in our George Boughey GG Stable Tour and while the three-year-old is sure to run well this Saturday, he will do well to get the better of fellow handicap debutant MIGHTY ULYSSES, who readily defied a penalty at Newmarket last week and should take plenty of stopping despite shouldering top-weight. 

After outclassing his seven opponents at Yarmouth over a mile on his only start as a two-year-old, Mighty Ulysses was expected to make a winning return when lining up in Epsom’s Listed Blue Riband Trial over 1m2f in April. However, despite having plenty of stamina influences in his pedigree, it appeared as if Mighty Ulysses failed to stay the ten-furlong trip – dropping away and folding tamely inside the final furlong to finish fifth. 

Although his Classic aspirations may have taken a severe knock, the three-year-old colt regained the winning thread when returning to a mile last time out at Newmarket. Tracking the leaders throughout, John & Thady Gosden’s charge was merely pushed out in the closing stages by jockey Benoit De La Sayette to record a comfortable victory by four and a half lengths.

Allocated an opening mark of 101, it’s highly likely that Mighty Ulysses won’t be spending too much time in the handicapping ranks and with the well-bred colt still holding a Group 1 entry to his name at Royal Ascot next month, the three-year-old is difficult to oppose at the top of the betting. 

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Go Bears Go – 15:10 (Cazoo Sandy Lane Stakes, 6f)

The first of the Group 2 contests on Haydock’s card can go to GO BEARS GO who has some very smart juvenile form to his name and made a pleasing start to his three-year-old campaign when comfortably recording a third career success last month at Ascot. 

David Loughnane’s speedy colt had previously created a taking impression when winning on his debut at the aforementioned Berkshire venue, but whilst connections may have expected a winning start from the son of Kodi Bear, they could hardly have expected his two-year-old season to take off in the manner that it ultimately did. 

Runner-up to Perfect Power in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot, Go Bears Go was soon a Group winner on just his third career outing when landing the Group 2 Railway Stakes at the Curragh. Respectable efforts in defeat soon followed at the highest level, including when finishing a close fourth in the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket last September. 

Unable to cope with the step up to seven furlongs in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes on his following outing, Go Bears Go was quick to return to form on his final two-year-old start back down in trip – running a mighty race to finish runner-up at Del Mar in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint behind Wesley Ward’s impressive filly Twilight Gleaming. 

The likes of Flaming Rib and El Caballo will ensure Saturday’s contest is no cakewalk for David Loughnane’s colt but with comfortably the best form on offer, Go Bears Go should take plenty of catching on Saturday afternoon and deserves his place at the head of the market. 

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Winter Power – 15:45 (Cazoo Temple Stakes, 5f)

Although slightly disappointing on her final two starts last season at the Curragh and Parislongchamp, WINTER POWER should take plenty of stopping on her seasonal return with her sights slightly lowered this weekend. 

Tim Easterby’s sprinting star made a winning return last season when slamming her seven rivals in Listed company at York and whilst she failed to get competitive in the King’s Stand at Royal Ascot on her following start, the filly soon regained the winning habit, recording another Listed success on the Knavesmire before producing a career-best at that venue when dominating proceedings in the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes. 

In truth, Winter Power possibly had her excuses on her final couple of outings as a three-year-old and if returning to something like her best this weekend, Tim Easterby’s high-class filly should take the world of beating now lining up against Group 2 opposition. 

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Eldeyaar – 16:20 (Cazoo Edge Green Handicap, 6f)

The penultimate contest appears to be wide-open with a host of runners holding claims in some shape or form. At a double-figure price, it might be worth supporting the lightly-raced ELDEYAAR, who makes plenty of appeal for trainer Antony Brittain and jockey Cam Hardie. 

After finishing down the field in a trio of all-weather maiden and novice events earlier this year, Eldeyaar was allocated a mark of 58 before being pitched into handicap company. Switched to the turf for the first time at Thirsk on his penultimate start, he was badly hampered as the stalls opened but managed to regain his momentum and produce an eye-catching effort to finish sixth – beaten under two lengths at the line. 

Dropped 1lb for his promising Thirsk performance, he went into the notebook once more at Ripon, finishing strongly in fourth after fairing best of those who raced towards the stand side rail. Off an unchanged mark, Eldeyaar looks more than capable of winning from his lowly mark this weekend and with the three-year-old seemingly well-suited by big field sprint handicaps, he appears to have plenty of boxes ticked and certainly should outrun his current odds. 

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Cold Stare – 16:55 (Cazoo New Boston Handicap, 7f 37y)

Although his recent form figures leave little to be desired, course and distance winner COLD STARE might be capable of bouncing back to form as he bids for his fourth success at this venue. 

Whilst his better efforts have come with plenty of cut in the ground, David O’Meara’s charge was far from disgraced on good ground on his seasonal return at Doncaster’s Lincoln meeting back in March from a mark of 91. Chasing the leaders throughout, the seven-year-old travelled noticeably well in the hands of Danny Tudhope but was unable to find a gap inside the final couple of furlongs and ultimately crossed the line with plenty of running left after finishing sixth. 

A line can be drawn through Cold Stare’s latest start at Thirsk as he failed to handle the firm underfoot conditions on that occasion and with the handicapper deciding to drop him a generous 3lb as a result, David O’Meara’s charge now finds himself just 1lb above his last winning mark and his penultimate run is still very much fresh in the memory. 

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Haydock Saturday Picks:

Carlos Felix – 13:25 (Cazoo Florida Handicap, 1m 3f 175y)

Haveyoumissedme – 14:00 (Cazoo Hell Nook Handicap, 2m 45y)

Mighty Ulysses – 14:35 (Cazoo Silver Bowl Handicap, 1m 37y)

Go Bears Go – 15:10 (Cazoo Sandy Lane Stakes, 6f)

Winter Power – 15:45 (Cazoo Temple Stakes, 5f)

Eldeyaar – 16:20 (Cazoo Edge Green Handicap, 6f)

Cold Stare – 16:55 (Cazoo New Boston Handicap, 7f 37y)

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