Duke Of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry Handicap Preview – Haydock 12/08/2017
The 3.00 at Haydock Park on Saturday is the Betfred Duke Of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry Handicap.
Fingal’s Cave tops the weights at Haydock
Philip Kirby saddles the top weight here in Fingal’s Cave, formerly trained by Mick Channon and Iain Jardine. He won at Catterick in June and was second to Get Knotted at York last time out. He raced quite keenly early on before being hampered and losing his position.
Fingal’s Cave then ran on strongly to finish a length and three-quarters behind the winner. All of his best form has been over seven furlongs and a mile in testing conditions could find him out.
The likely favourite is Sir Michael Stoute’s El Cap who races in the colours of the Niarchos family. He got off the mark at the fifth attempt when comfortably beating Mathix at Thirsk in July. He was given an official rating of 87 for his next start in a Beverley handicap. El Cap came under pressure a furlong out and could not quite hold Zodiakos and was beaten a neck. The handicapper has put him up 3lbs and Ted Durcan takes the ride at Haydock.
Jim Crowley rides Mustarrid at Haydock
Mustarrid had looked useful prior to a disappointing effort at Ascot last month. Richard Hannon’s gelding was beaten at Doncaster by the in-form Century Dream before finishing a modest eight to Dbai. He was made favourite for the valuable Silver Bowl at Haydock in May but could finish only fifth behind Rusumaat. Jim Crowley rides this one in the Hamdan Al Maktoum colours.
Two For Two has won six of his 54 races, most recently beating Finn Class by a head at Ayr in July. He was well beaten next time at York before finishing fourth to Moonlightnavigator at Thirsk. Dark Devil showed promise as a three-year-old but has shown nothing in three starts this season. He is very well handicapped if he can recapture his best form.
Calder Prince had been running well prior to his latest run at Chester. He beat Areen Heart at Haydock in July on good to firm ground. Lord Of The Rock proved too good next time in good to soft ground at York. Briyouni finished ahead of Dark Devil when fifth to Carnageo at Carlisle. The four-year-old was staying on at the finish and he is better than his bare form suggests.
Haydock Betting Tips 12/08/2017
3.00 El Cap @Betfair