I don’t think I have ever looked forward to a race outside of the festival more than tomorrow’s Betfair Chase – it promises to be an absolute humdinger, and I am more than happy to extol Tidal Bay’s virtues again. The ground looked right up his street today, and I am quietly confident he could upset some more illustrious counterparts.
It was disappointing to see Our Joey go the way of all good each-way bets earlier today, as he finished a never nearer fourth, it would have been good to see him go from the front rather than being held up. It would have suited him more.
The main supporting act at Haydock is the always well contested Fixed Brush Hurdle and it is a race that perennially throws up future winners.
But the trick is finding the winner of it tomorrow, and while there are many potentially ideal types for it, the more I look at it the more I keep coming back to Alan King’s Two Rockers.
The ground will be fine, and that he continually surpassed his trainer’s expectations last year is a good sign, as it shows he is not just a morning glory on the gallops – he produces it on the racecourse.
At 7/1 with Paddy Power, Boylesports and William Hill he is a great price for a horse that has had this as a target for a long while.
The closing race on the card features an old friend, Mac Aeda, and I’m not going to desert him – particularly as connections reach for first-time blinkers. It could just harness the ability that he possesses, especially of such a lenient looking handicap mark.
He could well be backed again, and 7/1 with Boylesports, Paddy Power and William Hill might not last long.
The final bet is down at Ascot, where Paul Nicholls’ Polisky will win a staying handicap chase before long. His form looks very strong at Chepstow on his reappearance, and couldn’t have been more unlucky at Wincanton last time.
In hindsight, that might have been a blessing as he is 10/1 with BetVictor and Skybet on the early shows. He might well be the best bet of the day.
(Already advised – Haydock 3.00: Tidal Bay – 9/1)