Your guide to Saturday's race meeting at Haydock Park

Haydock Park race once again on Saturday with a nine-race evening meeting behind closed doors.Haydock Park race once again on Saturday with a nine-race evening meeting behind closed doors.
Haydock Park race once again on Saturday with a nine-race evening meeting behind closed doors.
Haydock Park race once again on Saturday with a competitive nine-race evening meeting behind closed doors.

The first race is at 4.20pm, with the concluding event at 8.25pm. The feature race of the evening is the £15,000 Racing TV Handicap (7.55pm) which features a number of progressive horses who could take in this race en-route to one of the big handicaps at the Qatar Goodwood Festival between July 28 and August 1. We’ve previewed the best of the action with tips and analysis ahead of the meeting.

The Racing TV Handicap at 7.55pm is staged over a mile and is full of unexposed contenders. Cap Francais looks to hold leading claims for Ed Walker on the back of his impressive success at Haydock last month. The son of Frankel quickened up smartly on that occasion and a 6lb rise for that win might underestimate his ability.

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Chatez has plenty of high-class form in his back catalogue and has looked badly in need of his last two runs. However, rated as high as 104 in the past, he could rediscover his best in a wide-open race for a trainer in Alan King who is currently enjoying a 10% strike-rate in the last two weeks and enjoyed three winners at Royal Ascot last month.

Jahbath has his first start for 476 days when finishing down the field in Group Two company at Meydan in Dubai. He had previously won his last four starts and whilst he may need this return run after such a long layoff, he remains of interest.

Alternative Fact represents trainer Ed Dunlop who is enjoying a 24% strike-rate at in the last two weeks. The five-year-old finished a creditable third in the Silver Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot before recording a third career success with a smooth win at Haydock earlier this month. A 4lb rise looks fair and a mark of 95 might underestimate the progression still to come from the Dalakhani gelding.

Streak Lightning is unbeaten in two starts for Mark Johnston and was impressive on his most recent start at Ripon in a novice event. He takes the step up to handicap company here, but a mark of 90 looks fair and he also benefits from a handy three-year-old allowance here.

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Top-weight Qaysar has some top-class form in his back catalogue which included four wins last season. Things have not gone to plan in his three starts this term, but looked to be steadily returning to from when fourth in a competitive handicap at Sandown. It seems too quick to be writing off his chances in a wide-open event.

The preceding 100% Racing TV Profits Back To Racing Handicap (7.25pm) is worth £7,250 and looks ultra-competitive. William Haggas’ string are enjoying a fine run of form, operating at a 22% strike-rate in the last two weeks and Space Walk looks a leading player in the colours of Her Majesty The Queen.

The son of Galileo was an excellent third on his return to action at Kempton and reverting to turf will see him in a better light. He also has the services of jockey Richard Kingscote who has ridden 118 winners at Haydock during his career at an 18% strike-rate.

Dragons Voice is a fascinating runner for David Menuisier. The six-year-old ran some creditable races in defeat last season and something seemed to be amiss when finishing last of 10 at Kempton. The return to turf is a major positive and it would be folly to ignore his potential in this. Repetito steps up in class having landed the spoils easily at Chepstow last time out and is another to consider alongside the unexposed Junderstand who finished an excellent second at Haydock last time out and should relish this step up in trip based on that effort.

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The £7,250 Visit RacingTV Handicap is the other feature event on the card at 5.55pm. The contest includes Autumn Flight who finished a good second at Haydock on his latest start and is capable of further progression. Red Stripes has been running consistently well in defeat and is another to note, alongside Lathom who has finished in mid-division on his last two starts, whilst Iconic Knight is another who shaped well on his latest start when third at Bath last week and could also feature.

Haydock Selections:

4.20pm Watch On Racing TV Handicap (Div I), 1m2½f, Racing TV (RTV)

Selection: Al Daiha

4.50pm Watch On Racing TV Handicap (Div II), 1m2½f, Racing TV (RTV)

Selection: San Sebastian

5.20pm Every Race Live On Racing TV Fillies' Handicap, 5f, RTV

Selection: Liamba

5.55pm Visit racingtv Handicap, 5f, RTV

Selection: Autumn Flight

6.25pm British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes, 7f, RTV

Selection: One Over Par

6.55pm Join Racing TV Now Handicap, 7f, RTV

Selection: Lacan

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7.25pm 100% Racing TV Profits Back To Racing Handicap, 1m 6f, RTV

Selection: Space Walk

7.55pm Racing TV Handicap, 1m, RTV

Selection: Cap Francais

8.25pm Bet At racingtv Handicap, 1m, RTV

Selection: Oso Rapido

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