Refreshed Baywing has right credentials for Haydock slog
Nicky Richard's in-form gelding rates one of the day's best bet for Dave Nevison.
Dave Nevison | Saturday 23rd January 2016 / 09:45
It might be a Saturday and it is difficult to find a horse that figures way above his rivals in most of this afternoon’s competitive events. I have several races where two or three runners come out in front of others and will be backing both Simply A Legend and Zulu Oscar each-way in the big handicap at Ascot 2.25 if 16 run.
However Baywing has plenty going for him in the opening hurdle at Haydock which will be an almighty slog in today’s conditions. Ryan Day seems to be the 'go to' conditional for northern trainers at present and Nicky Richards has used him seven times (won three) when taking over from Brian Harding recently. He clearly values the 5lb and, with conditions likely to be desperate at Haydock this afternoon, it will make a huge difference. This horse has won its last three in heavy ground, including recently at Uttoxeter which turns very similar to Haydock when heavy, but a good month off should mean he is still fresh and well. The four-timer looks a distinct possibility with the stable in-form.
Baywing - 4pt @ 3.25Won 9pt
Cocoa Beach is one from one for Sir Mark Prescott and goes straight into a 0-90 Handicap at Lingfield (1.45). Both these angles produce a very high strike-rate and profit with this trainer, although from admittedly modest sample sizes. The trainer's record in 0-90 hcaps for 3yo in particular has been exemplorary for many years. Away from the stats, Cocoa Beach made a very strong visual impression going away from more experienced rivals in very encouraging style. It would be no surprise if this horse is being teed up for the valuable Good Friday meeting but she needs to win this to be there. I think she will.