14:10 Goodwood

William Haggas has his string in fantastic form at present with 16-34 (47% strike rate) in the last two weeks and his filly SEA SILK ROAD (best priced at 7/4) can hopefully continue the good form of his stable. The daughter of Sea The Stars finished 6th on her debut in a Kempton maiden in December but stepped forward from that effort to win impressively at Nottingham earlier this month.

Sea Silk Road still looked inexperienced during the one mile contest that day but went clear in the final furlong in impressive style to win by 5 ½ lengths. She faces Emotion who has a very similar profile but the fact that Sea Silk Road put that performance in on turf just swings it in the favour of her. 

Sea Silk Road - 1pt @ 7/4

14:30 Haydock

The John Butler trained DESIGNER (best priced at 28/1) disappointed last time in a listed race at Chelmsford but she looks overpriced in this contest as a result. The three-year-old ended last season with a win at Chester in a novice race before making a winning reappearance at Kempton on her handicap debut off a mark of 82. She won easily that day despite the winning distance only being 1 ½ lengths which earnt her a 7lb rise from the handicapper. 

The listed race at Chelmsford last month didn’t go to plan as she was slightly impeded leaving the stalls, raced in rear and then had to make her challenge wide on the bend which is never ideal at that track. The market now looks to underestimate her off the back of that effort (was sent off 7/2) and she looks worth backing with up to five places available. 

Designer - 0.5pts e/w @ 28/1

16:45 Haydock

This looks a competitive 0-75 handicap but preference goes to the top weight ANIMATO (best priced at 15/2) who runs here 2lbs “well in” at the weights. The David O’Meara trained gelding won over 7f last season at Musselburgh but being by Ulysses it comes as no surprise to see him run his best race last time when upped in trip to 1m2f for the first time. 

Animato finished a close 3rd (a nose and short head) at Beverley last time despite being short of room at the finish. The handicapper has raised him 2lbs for that effort but he gets to run off the same mark in this race and that should mean he runs well in this race once again with up to four places on offer.  

Animato - 0.5pts e/w @ 15/2