All-Weather Racing Tips – Saturday, December 7
A fan of all-weather racing, King of the Sand Jack Haylett is back with Saturday’s best bets after nailing two winners from three tips with his Friday selections.
5.50 Wolverhampton – Zoran
You may look at the form figures of Zoran, beaten into seventh of twelve on debut and immediately be put off. For me however, he made a very promising start to his career. Slowly away he trailed the field, but he learnt how to race and was doing all of his best work late. I noted him as a potential big improver second up and I hope that is what he will do now. He wasn’t beaten all that far, and whilst he has ground to find with the re-opposing Zeimaam I would be fully expecting to see that form reversed. There are a couple of nicely bred debutants in the field, and it may well prove that Zoran faces a very tough task in facing them, but I would be fully expectant of Zoran to prove the best of those with experience, and I’m happy to oppose the debutants unless they are particularly strong in the market. James Doyle takes the ride and the selection is drawn well in stall three.
6:50 Wolverhampton – Laubali
I think the booking of Adam Kirby aboard Laubali looks significant. He rode this gelding to success in this race last year and I think it is very possible connections have been targeting him here for some time now. Running off 69 he is clearly on a winnable mark – he won last year off 72, and like last year he also comes into this following a couple of modest efforts. They would not concern me if this has indeed been the plan as I suspect. Drawn in stall eight he is a little wider than ideal, but few ride the track as well as his steer so he can overcome that. The race is an extremely open looking contest, and it would be hard to rule any of the field out, but I think Laubali may now be ready to take a big step forward so at the prices I’ll take my chance.
7:20 Wolverhampton – Paths Of Glory
Ordinarily I would not like backing a horse so short in a handicap, but with Paths Of Glory I will make an exception as I would not be surprised were he to make up into a pattern class performer yet. He has been improving with every run this year, winning four of his last six starts, and going down by just under a length last time into second. Things didn’t go to plan that day however and the race wasn’t really run to suit, so I’m happy to take on the re-opposing winner, particularly with the extra 2lbs he now receives from that rival. In fact, most of this field have an exposed look to them and the only runner I would fear would be All Yours, who is three form four since tackling the all-weather. He is clearly well suited to the artificial surfaces but I’m not sure he quite has the class of my selection.