The Group 3 Timeform Jury Stakes (3.10) looks the race of the day with Adaay, Breton Rock, Tupi and So Beloved all crack professionals with plenty more victories ahead of them. Good as they are, this looks a great opportunity for HOME OF THE BRAVE to consolidate his position as one of the best seven furlong performers around and he come here with what could well prove a beneficial longer break than anticipated.
The Hugo Palmer-trained colt could hardly have been more impressive on his reappearance in a listed contest at Leicester on his reappearance in April when making much of the running for a comfortable two and a half length victory from Coulsty and has shown similar zip first time out as a three-year-old in the European Free Handicap at Newmarket when scoring by a length and three quarters from Tupi.
The plan had originally been for the Godolphin-purchased colt to take his chance over a mile in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury but ground conditions that day dictated that he missed that engagement and he comes here after a break of 35 days.
That is not to say the Home Of The Brave is only best when fresh as one of his most imperious performances was in the Group 3 Minstrel Stakes at the Curragh in July when he made all under today’s rider James Doyle for a three and a half length victory from Gordon Lord Byron only to lose the race at a subsequent enquiry after failing a drugs test for which his trainer received no penalty.
Home Of The Brave should relish underfoot conditions and can make all under Doyle from his six draw with the runners likely to race towards the centre of the track. He looks worth a 1pt win at the very least.
It would appear that Ryan Moore has come to Haydock principally to ride Convey for Sir Michael Stoute in the Timeform Jury Stakes but his best chance of victory may rest with OUT AND ABOUT in the Best Odds Guaranteed at 118Bet Handicap (5.30), again over seven furlongs, that closes the card.
William Haggas’s team appear to be back firing at their best after a temporary blip and this son of Fastnet Rock looked just the sort to excel in this grade after beating Colour Me Happy a length and a quarter in a seven furlong maiden at Redcar last October.
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The runner-up was bright enough to win a Newmarket maiden later that month and an official rating of 84, with almost certain improvement to come, hardly looks prohibitive. I can’t believe for one moment that Ryan would hang around until late on a Saturday night just to pick up another riding fee and his airborne journey home to Newmarket can be made all the more acceptable with victory on the Fastnet Rock gelding who could well have loftier targets on his agenda. The suggestion is a 1pt win and hope these pair keep the winning bandwagon rolling.