Haydock Betfair Chase Meeting 2016
An absolute cracker of a card at Haydock this weekend with some big names of the Natonal Hunt world lining up against each other starting on Friday. I’ll go with the 1.25 first as the 12.5o stresses me out. There’s an obvious odds on chance in this in Cloudy Dream at around 4/6 however I’m not much for those odds at all therefore will be having a go each way on Dan Skelton’s Pain Au Chocolat at 5/1. Down in class and off a decent mark it could be a decent price to take the odds on chance with. Jumping to the 2.35 next and I do fancy the Trevor Hemmingand horse in this one and at a much more backable price of 10/3 I feel the Sue Smith trained Vintage Clouds could go one better than its many second placed finishes. Next race is the 3.10 and I’ll be going against the favourite again in this one by backing the Evan Williams trained Billy Bronco. He won a bumper at 20/1 on his sole start on heavy ground and at 7/2 I feel he has a realistic chance of adding to that win today. I’m moving on to Saturday’s card now as the rest of today’s card is stressing me out at Haydock and in the 1.5o tomorrow I can’t see past the odds on My Tent Or Yours. Nicky Henderson worked wonders getting him back for Cheltenham this year to finish 2nd behind Annie Power and he should take this tomorrow. Going to the the 2.25 next it’s probably my favorite National Hunt horse in Unowhatimeanharry. Won all five times I backed him last season including that massive 12/1 Albert Bartlett win at Cheltenham which was probably one of the best moments I’ve ever had at a racecourse and probably in life in general, trading at around 7/1 I will certainly be on. The last race I’ll be casting my judgement on is the big one itself where Cue Card is the market favourite at 13/8. He looked slightly laboured on his first start of the season the other week when 3rd behind Irish Cavalier and Menorah, however Paddy Brennan dud say he felt he went a little to early on him. That being said my money will be on Coneygree. With De Boinville out injured champion jockey Richard Johnson takes the ride and despite his long absence with a clean round of jumping I think he could dominate this. In my opinion he’s the main danger to Thistlecrack in next year’s Gold Cup and should start the path to the triple crown here. Silvianco Conti would be my each way bet at around 8/1.