Brad The Brief won three of his four starts last season and will have it all to do off a mark of 90 here. However, jockey Richard Kingscote is the current master technician at Haydock Park and when he teams up with Tom Dascombe for Chasemore Farm they more often than not have a successful day at the Merseyside track.
A little bit of cut in the ground appears to suit the son of Dutch Art, with his only slightly disappointing run last year coming on the good to firm ground at Doncaster. Wins at Bath, Wolverhampton and Newmarket show that the three-year-old can certainly deal with all sorts of terrain and he should be in the shake up.
Richard Kingscote and Tom Dascombe pair up again here and this time the owner of the horse is none other than Tom Dascombe himself and his associate Mr Passant.
Dascombe, Passant and Kingscote have an absolutely marvellous strike rate together at Haydock Park. Last season Kingscote rode for the pair 11 times, winning 4 races and placing in 4. Over the last five seasons Dascombe and Passant have enjoyed 7 winners together from 22 starts.
Charlie D was in great form in February and March on the all-weather and he will be absolutely match sharp for this two mile contest you would think.
Trainer Nigel Tinkler’s horse Roundhay Park may not have won for two years now but he is now racing off a really favourable handicap mark and this will be his first start since having a wind-op.
In fact all the omens are good for a big run from the five-year-old. The ground should be ideal and his jockey, Rowan Scott, takes off a handy 3lbs which can only aid his chances. The Tinkler gelding looks like a decent each-way bet in this handicap.
The McNeill family are well known for the National Hunt horses that they own, but not really for their flat runners.
If there is one trainer that is an absolutely dab hand at plotting and placing horses under both codes then it is Alan King. This race looks perfect for Alargedram’s handicap debut.
The three-year-old gets in off joint-bottom weight and he has the talented jockey Martin Harley on board. He should go well at a nice price.