Through The Card: Haydock, Saturday August 6
14:00 – Grand Inquisitor remains on the same mark as when second on his penultimate outing at Windsor and has a good draw in what is a weaker contest than he has been contesting of late. He needs to bounce back from a disappointing effort in first-time cheekpieces at Newmarket three weeks ago, but he had previously shown enough to suggest he can pick up a race off this mark and, with the headgear left off here, he deserves another chance to do so in this opening leg of the Placepot.
14:35 – Dance King fared better than the bare result when fifth on his most recent outing at Ripon, left poorly placed after completing blowing the start and ultimately doing extremely well to get within three lengths of the winner. That represented another useful effort from this thoroughly consistent performer and, although stablemate and C&D winner Multellie is an obvious danger, Dance King remains just 3 lb higher than when successful at Ripon in May and looks the most solid proposition with the Placepot in mind.
15:10 – Wilamina wasn't seen to best effect when second in a steadily-run race at Sandown last time, but impressed with the way she worked her way into contention from a less than ideal position and that form gives her the edge over Manaboo and Mix And Mingle on Timeform ratings here. She remains open to more improvement after just three starts in her short career to date and has to enter calculations in the Placepot, where she is joined by the improving Pirouette. She was second in a competitive handicap at Ascot two weeks ago and looks overpriced for her in-form yard.
15:45 – Scottish was pulled out of his intended target at Glorious Goodwood due to a slight injury, but the form of his listed win at Ayr at the back end of last season sets the standard here and the lack of other front runners in this race means that Scottish should have an easy time of things up front. He took advantage of a similar set of circumstances at Newbury last time and should prove hard to peg back under the red-hot William Buick, provided he is fully recovered from his recent setback.
16:15 – Abdon was disappointing on his most recent outing in the Tercentenary Stakes at Royal Ascot, but was left poorly placed given how the race developed and deserves another chance to confirm the promise of his seasonal debut at Newmarket. He got much closer to Tercentenary winner Hawkbill when second that day and – with that rival since successful in the Coral Eclipse at Sandown – Abdon is fancied to take advantage of what looks a lenient mark and can see off the attentions of Gershwin in this penultimate leg of the Placepot.
16:45 – Spirit of Zeb gained the victory his consistency deserved at Hamilton in June and ran at least as well when second from a 5 lb higher mark at Catterick last time. He conceded first run to the winner on that occasion, but kept on well in the closing stages to close the gap and can be relied upon to run his usual solid race here. He is joined in the Placepot by Barkston Ash, who is without a win since May 2014, but has shaped as if returning to form on his last two starts and represents a trainer with a fine record when sending one runner to a meeting.
17:15 – Outrage produced a career-best to open his account for the season in authoritative fashion at Yarmouth last time, recovering from the interference he suffered at the start and looking a fairly useful prospect as he stormed clear in the final furlong. He has a 9 lb hike in the weights to contend with here, but is 3 lb clear of his nearest rival on Timeform ratings and is expected to follow up.
14:00 – 2
14:35 – 1
15:10 – 13, 15
15:45 – 5
16:15 – 3
16:45 – 4, 8