15:45 Haydock – Spring into life with a Stoute bet
Sir Michael Stoute’s Arab Spring hasn’t been seen for 436 days, but it shouldn’t be too much of a negative considering he has won fresh from both seasonal starts in 2014 and 2015, and he lines up in a fascinating renewal of the Group 3 Rose Of Lancaster Stakes.At six years of age, it’s a source of frustration that he has only appeared on the track on eight occasions (although winning five of them, including at Royal Ascot in 2014).His CV for one so lightly-raced would be one that most horses and connections crave; winning the Duke Of Edinburgh from a mark of 104. Group 3 success in Newbury’s John Porter last term, followed by a second in the Brigadier Gerard.For all that, there’s a sense of real unfinished business, therefore I am pleased he remains in training. He’s been mentioned for all sorts of races in his career; and his trainer was very complimentary about him two years ago when saying: “He is a big baby boy, but he had superb rhythm and travels well.”He holds a Group 1Juddmonte International entry at York, and he’s been talked about in the past as an Arc and Coronation Cup horse.This is a quality field with Scottish amongst the rivals, but Arab Spring acts on quick ground and potentially could be a top level horse. The big risk of course is the lay-off, but at 7/2 it’s an enticing price considering his ability to win first-time out.
16:15 Haydock – Abdon to show class against Gershwin
Step forward Stoute again; this time with Abdon who lines up in the north west just 30 minutes later. He’s not favourite for this, that honour goes to Gershwin – a horse with a serious amount of potential – and he holds a Champions Stakes entry later on this season.However, Gershwin at 6/4 is short enough, and rated 98 officially, he still is 4lb inferior to Abdon – a horse we are nowhere near the bottom of regarding his abilities in just three starts, and he surely is better than a decent handicapper? If he is, he has to go close here.Nothing went the way of Abdon when last seen at Royal Ascot; ground, too keen and track position all were factors. He was well down the field in Hawkbill’s Tercentary win there, however, he was sent off 4/1 joint-favourite in that contest.Judging him on the previous start, he finished runner-up to Hawkbill (who has since won the Eclipse), and the tactical nature and dash for the line wouldn’t have suited him.I’m open-minded about the ground, as he is yet to race on a quick surface. His dam Kinnaird scored on good to firm ground – in the Shergar Cup of all races back in 2003! A meeting I’ve avoided today. Saturday’s Recommended Bets (both half point) Back Arab Spring @ 7/2 Sportsbook price in the 15:45 at Haydock (also a PROMO RACE) Back Abdon @ [5.10] in the 16:15 at Haydock *Click here for more racing previews of Saturday’s action – including Ascot’s Shergar Cup Weekly P/L: +3.25Previous week: -4.802015 P/L: +20.14Read More at betfair.com