Nothing doing last weekend I’m afraid but we’re still winning the war so it is back to the battleground with another three hopefuls tomorrow.
All three go at Haydock and we start with ARTHURIAN LEGEND (3/1 Bet365, Paddy Power) in the 2.15. Brian Meehan’s horse was an excellent second last time in the highly competitive Melrose Handicap at York. He had no answer to Andrew Balding’s Coltrane that day, but the winner looks pretty good and Arthurian Legend had the rest of them well beaten. Among those trailing in his wake was Favorite Moon who re-opposes on 4lb better terms. Favorite Moon was reported as having run freely that day but it was not a good effort and, while tomorrow’s race is an opportunity for that run to be put behind him, am not at all sure he should be ahead of Arthurian Legend in the market as our fellow has looked a pretty solid proposition who will take a bit of passing I think.
In the next race (off 2.50) I think CAPE COAST (10/1 Ladbrokes) looks one to keep on the right side. Very lightly raced for a Johnston trained six year old (only 8 runs) having been off for almost three years but he has been first or second in each of his last 6 races and is capable of further improvement. He’s up 5lbs for beating Ghostwatch at Newmarket last time. That was a good effort and there was a lot to like about the way he went about it, showing the qualities we associate with the good Mark Johnston trained stayers in gamely holding off the Godolphin horse when challenged strongly in the final furlong. This is competitive and the 5lb rise makes him no banker but at 10/1 I’ll be betting that there is a bit more still to come.
Finally, HELLO YOUMZAIN (7/2 generally) can take the Haydock Sprint Cup for the second year running. He started this season by winning the Diamond Jubilee at Ascot before running a bit flat next time in the July Cup. He looked much better next time when second in the Maurice De Gheest at Deauville where he had several useful 3 year olds behind him. He is reasonably consistent and if hitting his peak will be hard to beat. He’s had the beating of Dream Of Dreams in the past but that fellow looks to still be improving and rates the main danger. However, Hello Youmzain showed his liking for these conditions here 12 months ago and will be hard to beat I think.
Have a great weekend, win or lose.