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Here’s today’s selection
2:40 Haydock – Speycaster
Sprint Cup day at Haydock was marred by a raft of withdrawals due to firm ground, with the unfortunate Kirkland Tellwright having to field questions as to why he hadn’t watered, in a change to the usual schedule at the Newton-Le-Willows venue, when Kirkland is expected to field angry questions about why he HAS watered. It’s a funny old game, sometimes.
On the bright side, the rain has arrived on Thursday to ensure Tellwright is blameless, and the going should be on the soft side of good for Friday’s card. That is good news for my nap of the day, who was one of those non-runners at the last meeting when strongly fancied.
SPEYCASTER was much better than the bare result when fourth in a similar race here on his most recent start, and the son of Highland Reel can strike in first-time blinkers. Ralph Beckett has run 15 horses in blinkers for the first time this year, saddling four winners at 5/1, 7/1, 15/2 and 17/2, the latest of which came just a week ago. Another five of those runners have finished second, making the headgear look a huge positive for him when he lines up in the Haldane Fisher Handicap.
Speycaster was a little unlucky here last time, stumbling as he left the stalls, and that left him poorly positioned. I was impressed by the way he was able to work his way back into the race, and while he couldn’t pose a win threat, he did sterling late work to grab fourth in a deep field.
He did carry his head a little awkwardly there, and the headgear looks a sound move, while his previous disappointing run at York came at a time when a lot of the stable’s runners were disappointing, and his reappearance effort at Nottingham was full of promise.