Our horse racing expert Dave Stevos has had a look at all four live ITV races at Haydock on Saturday, including the big one, the Grade 1 Betfair Chase. He had a good start last week, with 8/1 (Lalor) and 5/2 winners (Josies Orders), as well as places at 20/1 and 15/2. If you want to know his Haydock Saturday racing tips, read on!
1.50 Haydock Saturday: Class 2 Handicap Hurdle
The opening live race of the day on ITV is a 19f class 2 handicap hurdle that has attracted a field of 11 runners. The forecast good ground has probably scared away a few, but a case can be made for nearly all of those that remain. The top two in the market, Black Mischief and Admiral Barratry, both hold obvious chances. So does Cyrus Darius, although he might need the run and prefer softer ground.
The value in this race lies with the Paul Nicholls trained Cliffs Of Dover. This 5yo has had an excellent summer on the flat. He was well beaten on his last start in that sphere, but he wasn’t given the greatest of rides. His fitness should be assured though, he is 6/8 over timber (including a Grade 2 for Harry Cobden) and the ground will suit. At odds of 7/1 Cliffs Of Dover should make a bold bid from the front and he is our each way selection.
TXODDS’ HAYDOCK SATURDAY TIP: CLIFFS OF DOVER E/W @ 7/1
2.25 Haydock Saturday: Class 1 Grade 3 Handicap Hurdle
This 3 mile stayers’ hurdle has attracted just 8 horses and again, the good ground is probably the reason behind the small field. Hopefully all eight stand their ground because we fancy one each way at a huge price. Milrow comes here after a poor run at Cheltenham. However, he may well have needed that to boost his confidence after a heavy fall on his previous start. He creeps in off a feather weight with a mark of 125 and talented young claimer Sean Houlihan will claim a handy 5lb.
Folsom Blue and Theo’s Charm could both need the run/softer ground. Also, Captain Cattistock and Shades Of Midnight have both shown their best form on heavy. Paisley Park has to prove his stamina for this trip too. First Assignment is certainly the one to beat, but conditions look ideal for Milrow. If he can get back to the form of his 2nd behind Thomas Campbell at Cheltenham last year he could go well. He is worth backing each way at odds of 40/1.
TXODDS’ HAYDOCK SATURDAY TIP: MILROW E/W @ 40/1 NB
3.00 Haydock Saturday: Class 1 Grade 1 Betfair Chase
The feature race of the weekend is the 25.5f Betfair Chase. Though it is a small field of only five, it is a seriously competitive contest. The 1-2 from last year’s Gold Cup will lock horns again, while the likes of Thistlecrack, Clan Des Obeaux and Bristol De Mai also line up. Native River was a decisive winner of the Gold Cup from Might Bite on soft at Cheltenham. However, on better ground Might Bite can turn the form around.
The apple of Nicky Henderson’s eye will be ridden by Nico De Boinville and he gets on particularly well with Might Bite. This son of Scorpion is unbeaten when completing on good/good to soft ground at 3 miles+. His sole defeat came when falling at the last with the race in the bag at Kempton in a Grade 1 Novice back in 2016. His turn of foot on good ground sets him apart from the rest of these. With conditions firmly in his favour, Might Bite is a confident selection at odds of 11/10.
TXODDS’ HAYDOCK SATURDAY TIP: MIGHT BITE WIN @ 11/10 NAP
3.35 Haydock Saturday: Class 2 Handicap Chase
The final live ITV race of the day this Saturday is another 25.5f chase, except this one is a handicap. Only six horses will go to post and it looks an extremely open contest. Captain Redbeard is just about shading favouritism at odds of 3/1 and he loves it at Haydock. He has won here twice before over shorter trips and he should have no issues on the good ground. He has to carry a lot of weight though, and better value can be found elsewhere.
At odds of 7/2 we think Vintage Clouds could be the one to be on. This fella also loves it here at Haydock with career form figures of 12222F32 at the course. He is returning from a break but he goes well fresh. Vintage Clouds boasts form figures of 221 when returning from breaks of 190 days or more. He can front run too and in a small field like this he could be hard to peg back. At odds of 7/2 a small win bet is advised.
TXODDS’ HAYDOCK SATURDAY TIP: VINTAGE CLOUDS WIN @ 7/2