Haydock preview: Horse racing flat finale

Statue of Be Friendly, only dual winner of the Haydock Sprint Cup, outside Haydock racecourse. credit: wikimedia

It’s the start of the hurdle season in the horse racing calendar but today is the end of flat racing at Haydock for 2020.

While there may not be the best horses on show, there will still be big name jockeys out there such as Jim Crowley, Tom Marquand and Richard Kingscote.

The going (how soft the ground is) for the meeting is expected to be heavy-soft in places as the ground is very moist.

The opening race could be a hotly contested nursery. The race for two-year olds will be watched keenly by many as all the runners are lightly raced so far. Thoroughbred horse Cuban Breeze has won twice in eight starts so naturally will be the one to beat.

Cuban Breeze breezes home in her maiden win in August.

At 13.45, the six furlong handicap has promise to be special with the most runners of the meeting.

Hyperfocus and Commanche Falls are just two of 14 runners hoping to finish fastest here. However, it will take a special ride to beat the rest.

Hyperfocus is on poor form going into this one but is still the highest rated horse in the race. The latter will be looking for a third win in a row with Connor Beasley in the saddle. One to watch out for is Lord Oberon who is a high price but enjoys a placing at Haydock.

More of That winning at Haydock under AP McCoy. credit: Dan Heap, Flickr

Brentford Hope, the favourite in what could be the race of the day at 14.48, may favour the heavy ground.

Jamie Spencer was jockey last time out at Leicester on heavy ground but could only manage third. A disappointing result for the race favourite.

The going that day wasn’t the problem, but Brentford Hope looked to struggle with the one mile, four-furlong distance. The drop to one mile today should suit the gelding.

Ascot man Jim Crowley will be the jockey to keep an eye on. Although Crowley will be looking forward to his hometown meeting tomorrow, he has a chance of winning three of the five races he is involved in today.