Thursday, 1 September 2011

Beauty Pageant at Haydock !



There are a few sprint races at Haydock on Friday that look interesting :
1.40 Beauty Pageant is lightly raced for Ed McMahon and comes into this having been placed in all her races so far. She is drawn in stall 1 so she has the option of heading over to the rail but the likelyhood is they will all come up the middle as is the norm here these days. 4/1 is an ok price, although not sure I would want her to go much shorter. She probably has a bit more improvement to come and for that reason in what is a moderate field of runners I will side with her.
2.10 Pelmanism did alright last time in coming a 1 1/2 length second to Mirza last time here as there was 3 lengths back to the 3rd and a further 3 lengths back to the 4th and the winner has run 2nd to Colonel Mak since. There doesnt appear to be any improvers to upset the applecart this time and Haydock which has always been a place for winning favs can see another here.
3.10 Invincible Force won on his second run in 24 hours under this jockey last time out and he remains well handicapped on old form and the key to him is that he needs to be at the front from the start if possible. Marvellous Value has had a bit of a break and his 4 1/2 length defeat of Cape Vale at Newcastle in May gives him a good chance in this. On his next run at Newcastle again he wasnt suited by the ground and having had a little break he comes here refreshed. Iron Range though could be open to any amount of improvement on his sole winning start at the end of last season and Ed McMahon may have another winner in him.
3.40 Lucky Numbers ran his best race for a while last time out although he was beaten 5 lengths to Verinco and any ease in the ground will play to his strengths. Another lightly raced sort here in Ganas who won by six lengths last time and you wouldnt put it past him conjuring up further improvement to be too good for these. Misplaced Fortune hasnt quite lived up to last seasons promise and on a 7lb lower mark than wehen 3rd in the Ayr Silver Cup last season he can also make his presence felt. Even though Hotham won last time out he is still rated 10lb lower than when he won a Class 3 at York last season and its likely now that he has hit form again he will be in the shake up too.
I wouldnt be going too wild on the races though and you may be better saving some money for the racing on Saturday !!
Good luck

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