It’s a busy Saturday of racing action, with the highlight meeting at Haydock, including the feature race of the day – the Haydock Sprint Cup, a Group 1 sprint over six furlongs.
The card also features a Group 3, a Listed contest, and the Old Borough Cup, in which our 10/1 Outsider runs.
So read on to see our Best Tip and Outsider on Saturday at Haydock, plus some helpful tracks, stats and insights to hopefully aid you in backing a winner.
Best Tip – 3.35pm Haydock – Shaquille
Prolific three-year-old Shaquille is set to go off the shortest-priced favourite for the July Cup in the last ten years. He is a winner of seven of his eight career starts, including the competitive Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot, but he does tend to miss the break.
He has also been very free in his races, so he has worn a hood in five of his last six starts.
Despite these negatives, he has been the most dominant sprinter in the country this season, beating the likes of Kinross, Run To Freedom, and Khaadem in the July Stakes.
The obvious concern is he misses the break and finds himself behind a wall of horses, but Haddock is typically a fair track where horses will fan out in the closing stages, offering plenty of space for those coming from off the pace.
Overall, it is hard to find reasons to get Shaquille beaten – he is the clear class horse in the race and should be too good for his rivals.
BoyleSports – 10/11
William Hill – 5/6
Paddy Power – 5/6
Outsider – 3.00pm Haydock – Euchen Glen
Euchen Glen was sent off favourite for this race last year but could only finish third after no luck in running at all. Slowly away under Paul Mulrennan, the duo met trouble in running a furlong from home and again in the final half furlong.
Trained by Jim Goldie, Euchen Glen has been kept this busy year, and his two best performances this season have come in his last two races.
He placed third in a competitive handicap at Glorious Goodwood before running a huge race in the Ebor to finish fourth despite meeting traffic issues two furlongs out.
Running off 105 in this race last year, he’s now rated 97 and looks to offer some betting value at a double-figure price in a wide-open renewal of the Old Borough Cup.
BoyleSports – 10/1
William Hill – 10/1
Paddy Power – 10/1
Stats & Insights
- Track type: Haydock is a left-handed, flat track, about thirteen furlongs round, with a run-in of four and a half furlongs, which rises throughout.
- Draw Bias: High numbers have an advantage in 5f & 6f races on soft ground.
- Prominent trainers: Charlie Hills is a trainer to keep a close eye on at Haydock – his runners are showing £55 profit to £1 level stakes over the last five years.
- Prominent jockeys: James Doyle and Neil Callan enjoy riding at Haydock, both boasting a strike rate of over 20% in the last five years.
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