Timeform pick out their three best bets from Haydock on Friday…
“…an opening mark of 80 is unlikely to prevent the follow-up…”
Timeform on Astronaut
Amplify showed plenty of ability when finishing second in a minor event at Ascot on debut in May, splitting a couple with previous experience, and firmly leaving the impression he would improve for the experience. Sent off at odds of 40/1, he travelled well, and was arguably unlucky not to finish closer, carried right by the winner in the final furlong. For all it is a little disconcerting we haven’t seen him since, this doesn’t look the strongest race of its type, and he should be good enough to take this. Wise Counsel caught the eye when third over this C&D last time and can provide the main threat.
Astronaut continued his run-to-run progression when opening his account at the third attempt in a five-furlong maiden at Sandown last time, impressing making a big sweeping move to get into contention and then the way he sustained his effort into a headwind. He will go on improving for a while yet, and looks the one to be with now entering nurseries, and an opening mark of 80 is unlikely to prevent the follow-up. She Can Boogie and Requited look best of the remainder on form and are expected to give the selection most to think about.
Tadaawol has won three times already this season, but judged on his latest demolition job at Redcar, he looks well up to winning more races. He proved better than ever after just three days off when winning by seven lengths at Redcar last week, the amount of improvement hard to predict beforehand, though this seemingly useful effort evidently wasn’t a surprise to all (well backed). Because that was an apprentice race, he is able to race from 1 lb here and, if in anywhere near the same form, he will prove very hard to beat. Improving three-year-old filly Fondest is next best ahead of last year’s winner Fastar.
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