Though just the three meetings this afternoon, a profitable looking day and here we analyse the best bets from across the cards
Haydock 3:50 – Eceparti, @ 7/4
Trainer Venetia Williams continues in good form and her lightly raced French import ESCEPARTI looks to have leading claims in this tight handicap hurdle.
The 5 yr-old was runner up on handicap debut behind Dino Velvet which now looks a strong piece of form and though raised 2lbs for the effort looks well capable of winning from a mark of just 114.
The more galloping demand that Haydock will bring, along with the extra 3 furlongs, looks set to bring further improvement and looks a horse to follow over the next few weeks and months, and be no surprise to see this handicap mark left well behind in due time.
As with any William’s runner, any market support could well be significant.
Haydock 4:20 – Halo Moon @ 6/1
Leading jockey Noel Fehily is set to step down from the riding ranks at the weekend and looks to have another good chance of adding to his winning career total with the Neil Mulholland trained HALO MOON this afternoon.
The veteran has been consistent in defeat recently, albeit in much tougher contests than this looks and if running to the same level would have to be right in the mix.
Mulholland is a very shrewd operator and market support would be very significant, but this looks a good bit of placing and would be no surprise should another big run be on the cards.
He is back down to a winnable mark and looks the value in the contest and rates as a cracking each way bet at the current trading prices.
Chepstow 3:25 – Khage @ 6/4
Trainer Harry Whittington is making a real name for himself from his Sparsholt base, and looks to have a real chance of being back among the winners with the progressive KHAGE at Chepstow this afternoon.
The 6 yr-old had a wind operation towards the end of last year and this proved to be a success as was a good winner at Taunton back at the start of the year and put up a career best performance when runner up in a competitive Ffos Las handicap last time out- when well backed into 11/8 favourite and only finding Dr Sanderson too good.
This looks a strong piece of form and is open to further progress with this being only his 6th run over obstacles, and already having the stand out form in the book looks the one to beat and likely to be popular in the betting markets throughout the day.
Market Rasen 2:00 – Peppay Le Pugh @ 5/4
Dan Skelton is trying his up-most to rack up as many winners as possible at the current time to beat his career best seasonal total and looks to have placed PEPPAY LE PUGH well to add to his tally this afternoon in the opener from Market Rasen.
The selection has really progressed since joining the yard from David Dennis, and though not always looking the easiest ride at times has seemed to turned the corner and has been racking up impressive speed figures, both in defeat and victory.
Though carrying a penalty, if he doesn’t pull too hard and throw his chance away early, he ranks as the one to beat and would be no surprise to see him add to the victory earlier this month at Doncaster when beating a competitive looking field.