Thursday 11 June 2009

7:20 Haydock (11th June)

A field of colts for this 6f at Haydock.

Lucky Rave is just about the form pick and he ran well at this course on debut, came with a winning chance, but was swallowed up by a late charge. Brown is a talented trainer and this colt by Lucky Story should go well today.

Reeds Bay ran on the same day as Lucky Rave in the other division and plugged on at the finish to what seemed a creditable third. McMahon's juvenile went off a short price favourite at Newcastle thereafter but couldn't get close to the leaders in what may have been a decent event for an auction race. Clearly that running is difficult to assess, as if this Fretwell-owned two-year-old was beaten on merit that day you would have serious concerns that he simple isn't good enough. Perhaps he disappointed and there will be more to come today. I would need a decent price to even consider betting on this juvenile. It isn't beyond the realms he could win but I have my doubts.

Chaperno for Saeed Bin Suroor can always send out a talented two-year-old but his juveniles often seem far from their best on debut. They are just too unreliable to consider at a short price in my opinion.

Aattash was well backed on debut at Goodwood but after a terribly slow start had little hope that day. It wouldn't be a surprise to see this colt run much better today and especially so if backed to win.

House Red is a good-looking sort but didn't show much at Windsor. After a long spell on the sidelines, a better run may be on the cards today.

Lucky Rave has the most consistent look out of these and should run a fair race.

A watching race.

Race review: 'Reeds Bay come back to form and just pipped Chaperno on the line, a victory that ddin't look that likely until the post. Clearly better suited by this faster ground, McMahon's juvenile ran on well and surprisingly wasn't backed to any extent. Chaperno was a touch unlucky to get caught and this was a fair effort by Saeed Bin Suroors youngster. Aattash ran on at the same pace while Lucky Rave faded in the final furlong.'