HAYDOCK takes centre stage for the second Saturday in a row.
It's a relatively quiet weekend with the Derby and Royal Ascot on the horizon, but our man Jack Keene is back to try and boost the coffers.
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The talented MOSS GILL (2.20 Haydock) can take advantage of a drop in class at Haydock.
Ed Bethell's speedster has long been a consistent performer, and he took his form to a new level last season.
He was a gutsy winner of a Listed contest at York before running off his face to finish third in the Nunthorpe behind Battaash.
His form tailed off a little in the autumn, but he went close in a good race at Lingfield first time out this year and you can put a line through his defeat in the Group 1 Al Quoz over 6f in Dubai in March.
He is an out-and-out 5f horse, so this drop in trip is a big plus, and he enjoys getting his toe in so he will relish underfoot conditions this weekend.
First-time cheekpieces look a good move as he can be a little idle when hitting the front, and he should have a lovely tow into the race from trailblazer El Astronaute.
And I'll be having a couple of quid each-way on KINROSS (3.30 Haydock) in the John Of Gaunt.
He looked to have the world at his feet when bolting up on his debut before running a good fifth in the Group 1 Vertem Futurity.
His three-year-old season was a bitter disappointment – but he salvaged things at the back-end with an impressive Listed win at Kempton.
He was sent out to Dubai earlier this year to run in a couple of Group 2s, but he failed to show his best in two starts over 1m1f, a trip which clearly stretches him.
Trainer Ralph Beckett clearly feels he wasn't putting it all in – so the poor lad has undergone a gelding op since we last saw him.
This 7f trip looks ideal, as does a bit of cut in the ground, and the booking of Frankie Dettori catches the eye. This horse still has loads of potential – and a gelding op could ironically make a man of him.
Saturday selections (advised odds correct at time of writing)
2.20 Haydock – Moss Gill 1pt WIN @ 5-1
3.30 Haydock – Kinross 1pt EW @ 10-1
- (Column started August 6) rolling P&L: +46.9pts
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