Knocker Knowles will relish the going at Haydock and looks worth another chance at 11/1 in the 3.30 to confirm the promise he showed as a juvenile.
David Evans’ charge was very disappointing on his reappearance last month at Nottingham when trailing in last of 13 to Rusty Rocket, but did blow any chance he had by being slowly away on good-to-soft ground which would not have been ideal.
He was not knocked about, and I am inclined to put a line through that effort as he looked a horse sure to make his mark in handicaps this season judged on his runs as a juvenile.
The son of Refuse To Bend created a big impression when on his final outing as a two-year-old at Warwick when beating Fantastic Smartie by a wide margin on good-to-firm going.
He showed plenty of pace and travelled strongly before leading a furlong from home and surging clear to win by 4 1/2 lengths, and before that he has shaped with bags of promise on his debut at Ffos Las when third behind Gabrial the King and Tweet Lady, and the runner-up went on to land a brace of handicaps.
The handicapper has reacted to his poor reappearance run by dropping him 4lb to a mark of 80, and I think that is workable judged on what I saw last year.
To me he looks just the type that his handler will win plenty of races with, and with conditions ideal he looks sure to go well.
Daily Sport recommended bet: 2pts each-way Knocker Knowles (11/1 bet365 – BOG)