Preview of Friday's behind closed doors meeting at Haydock Park
Haydock Park stages a competitive seven-race card on Friday which gets underway at 2.15pm, with the concluding event at 5.35pm.
The meeting is being held behind closed doors with strict social distancing measures in place. We have previewed all of the action with stats and analysis.
The feature race of the day is the 14-furlong handicap at 4.35pm which boasts a prize fund of £22,500 and has attracted nine runners. Midnights Legacy represents Alan King and is a dual winner at the track already this season.
He was particularly impressive scoring over 14 furlongs at the track in June and was perhaps unsuited by the testing ground when well-beaten in a competitive handicap at York’s Ebor Meeting in August. A return to calmer waters here should suit.
Boss Power represents Sir Michael Stoute and has won two of his five starts this season. He was impressive when scoring by two and three-quarter lengths at Wolverhampton earlier this month and looks to hold leading claims, given he also boasts winning form on turf this season. A 6lb rise looks fair and he is open to more improvement.
Berkshire Savvy has shaped with promise on a number of starts this year, but is on somewhat of a retrieval mission having finished a well-beaten fourth, failing to justify favouritism at Salisbury last time out. However, this step up in trip could be the making of him.
Prince Alex has his last three starts and whilst he will have to improve again, he is going through the ranks in impressive fashion and has to be feared here.
King’s Charisma has won three of his four starts this year and was not disgraced when seventh on his latest start, whilst the unexposed Dancing Harry, a good third at Haydock in a competitive handicap last time out, are others to note.
The £15,000 Nursery Handicap at 4.00pm has attracted seven runners which includes the progressive Riffaa Wonder. He has landed the spoils with ease on his last two starts and was particularly impressive at Chester last time out. Atalis Bay has also won his last two starts and bolted up on the All-Weather at Kempton in August.
Blind Beggar has his first start for Richard Fahey having run three fine races in defeat for Michael Dods. This could be a good opportunity for him to get off the mark, whilst Solent Getaway represents Tom Dascombe and should improve on a disappointing effort when only fifth at Windsor last time out.
Across the rest of the card, Significantly has had plenty of chances, but can break his duck with victory in the Maiden at 3.25pm. Karl Burke’s charge has finished second in Listed company and was also a good fifth in the Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood in July. He has failed to justify odds-on favouritism on his last two starts, but this looks a gilt-edged opportunity to get off the mark.
2:50pm: The First Hurrah
4:00pm: Riffaa Wonder
4:35pm: Boss Power
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