Preview of Thursday's behind closed doors meeting at Haydock Park

Haydock Park stages a competitive eight-race card on Thursday.
Haydock Park stages a competitive eight-race card on ThursdayHaydock Park stages a competitive eight-race card on Thursday
Haydock Park stages a competitive eight-race card on Thursday

The opening race gets under way at 1.00pm with the finale at 4.40pm. The meeting is taking place behind closed doors under strict social distancing guidelines. We have previewed the best of the action with tips and analysis.

One of the feature races of the day is the £9,250 12-furlong handicap at 3.35pm. The weights are headed by Baasem who targets a first success of the year. He was sixth in a competitive event at Newbury last time out and looks sure to be suited by this drop in class.

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Songkran is clearly the form horse in the race. He has won four of his six starts for rookie trainer George Boughey, completing the four-time at Haydock in August. He was not disgraced at Newbury last time out and there looks to be more mileage from his mark of 85.

Multellie is now an eight-year-old but was not disgraced in the Hambleton Cup at Thirsk on his latest start when fourth. This contest demands more, but he could be an each-way player. Knowing has run a number of fine races in defeat this term and was a good third in testing conditions at Newmarket on his latest start. He looks sure to run well once again here.

Francisco Bay was taking on a smart improver when second at Kempton and is another who warrants a mention as he reverts back to turf for this assignment.

The £9,250 10-furlong handicap (3.00pm) is another fascinating event in which Delta’s Royalty targets a first win on turf. Trained in Newmarket by Roger Varian, the three-year-old is a daughter of dual Breeders’ Cup hero Royal Delta. The three-year-old made a smart winning debut at Kempton, but has disappointed in two starts since and bids to regain the winning thread here.

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Mark Of Gold comes into the contest on the back of a smart success at Bath and is feared on her first start in handicap company off a mark of 82, whilst Delph Crescent is another with claims following an emphatic five-length victory at Ripon earlier this month.

The other feature race on the card is the £9,250 seven-furlong event at 2.30pm. Tacitly looks the one to be on here following ca smart success over course and distance last month.

This daughter of Dubawi is out of a Group One winner is related to the likes of Passage Of Time, Time Test and Father Time. She should prove hard to beat with her trainer Roger Charlton currently enjoying a 40% strike-rate in the last two weeks.

The Cincinnati Kid is unexposed after just two runs which included a third in an event at Goodwood on her latest start. The 70,000gns purchase looks sure to be suited by the transition to handicap company. Sermon bids to return to winning ways having finished fourth on his latest start at Haydock on the back of a win at Wolverhampton last time out.

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Marshal Dan finished third at Windsor last time out and is another to consider along with the consistent Zip and Global Spirit who was a good third in a competitive event at Haydock on his latest start.

Haydock Thursday Selections

1.00pm Selecto

1.30pm Dream Together

2.00pm Barney’s Bay

2.30pm Tacitly

3.00pm Delta’s Royalty

3.35pm Songkran

4.05pm Wightman

4.40pm Frozen Waters

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