Breton ready to rock Haydock!
By James Boyle
Only five runners are set to go to post for the Listed Spring Trophy Stakes at Haydock (4:05) on Saturday and despite the lack of numbers, it’s an interesting event with the whole field separated by just 5lbs in the handicap. Godolphin’s Lockwood currently heads the market at around 2/1 and the former two-time Group 3 winner will be hard beaten if fully wound up, especially on his close second behind Viztoria in the Group 2 Park Stakes at Doncaster last September. However, there’s every chance that he’ll improve for this outing and despite obvious ability/form claims, the price looks skinny.
Similar can be said about the returning Highland Colori, who runs for the first time since finishing second at this level over 6f at Doncaster in November. He’s clearly a high-class performer given his Ayr Gold Cup success off 104 last term and there’s no doubting that he’ll handle the ground and the trip. Whether he’s going to be 100% for this is the question and I wouldn’t be surprised if Andrew Balding has left a bit at home. As such, I’ll be leaving him alone as well. 5/2 ain’t worth it.
Despite being the lowest rated of the field, Breton Rock (4/1) will get the nod. He was most progressive in handicap company as a 3-year-old last season, improving from a mark of 86 to 103, and started this season with a solid victory over Baccarat in a conditions’ race at Thirsk. Things didn’t go so well at Leicester last time out when he was a 3-length third behind Eton Forever at this level, but the ground would have been on the lively side for him and this time it should be much more suitable, especially if there’s further rain between now and race-time. The way that this will be run should be suitable with a couple of potential pace-makers in attendance and 4/1, to me at least, looks to be on the fair side.
Selection (4:05 Haydock):
Breton Rock – 4/1, generally available.
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