It’s one of those Saturdays where we all need a bit of help. Of course the Eclipse at Sandown takes centre stage, but I don’t think it will be too hard to find the winner there!
So watch out Paddy, you hear me?
Let’s start at Haydock with the Lancashire Oaks at 2.15pm. This race carries Group 2 status, and the obvious one is JORDAN PRINCESS, who was behind Miss Marjurie last time but can reverse the form.
The Luca Cumani-trained selection got a terrible run when beaten last time, but stays strong and should have every chance of hitting the frame. Back her each-way.
Also at Haydock is the hugely competitive Old Newton Cup over nearly 1m4f at 2.50pm. The one I like to run well is GREAT HALL, who ran a cracker on seasonal debut when fourth behind the re-opposing Notarised.
Joe Doyle takes 3lb off and I like him-each-way at a double-digit price.
That’s Haydock covered so let’s kick on to Sandown as there’s some decent contests before the Eclipse. We’ll start with the 1m handicap at 2.35pm where Paddy’s going Money Back as a free bet if your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd.
BASEM is up 5lb for his win over course and distance last time, but I was hugely impressed with him. He has a good draw to work from for Godolphin, is lightly-raced and open to lots of improvement.
The 3.10pm is the Listed Distaff, and get on JELLICLE BALL in this for John Gosden and Frankie Dettori.
She was beaten 40 lengths Legatissimo in the 1,000 Guineas, but she’s had two runs since then and is worthy of taking a prize like this.
Doubles & trebles
Finally, the Eclipse is at 3.45pm, and while tactics will play a part I have no doubt whatever happens GOLDEN HORN, the Derby winner, is the best horse in the race. He might make all under Frankie Dettori. Put him in doubles and trebles.
So four at reasonable prices and a shorty to go to war with. All I want is a Yeeehaaa! along the way. Good luck.