The Haydock Hopefuls

Venutious the value at 10/1

Venutius has a cracking record at Haydock and makes plenty of appeal at 10/1 in the 2.05 which opens today’s card.

Ed McMahon’s gelding is a course and distance winner, who has been placed on two visits to the track this season.

In the latest of those runs he finished a 1 1/4 length runner-up to the progressive Markazzi in a competitive 15 runner affair in a race which has thrown up plenty of winners.

That run came off a mark of 85, and he races off exactly the same mark this afternoon after shaping well at Chester last time out when finishing 5th of 13 to Hacienda.

He held every chance until weakening inside the last, and sis now 10lb better off with the winner for just over a 5 length beating.

In my eyes that should be enough form him to reverse the form as he shaped as if needing the run.

He should now be spot on, and for a horse that likes to front run has a good draw to exploit in stall 2.

Everything looks in place for a huge run, and at the current 10/1 on offer he looks cracking each-way value as I can see him going off in single figures.

Daily Sport recommended bet: 2pts each-way Venutius (10/1 bet365, Paddy Power, Hills – BOG)


20/1 La Tanier handicapped to strike

La Tanier has always looked the type to do well in nurseries and makes plenty of each-way appeal at 20/1 from a lowly mark in the 3.45 at Haydock.

Trained by the ultra shrewd Mick Easterby, the gelding went into my notebook with an eye-catching never nearer fifth of 11 to Church Music on his debut at York.

He got outpaced three from home that day but stayed on really well without being knocked about to be beaten just over 5 lengths.

The son of Misu Bond failed to build on that effort in his next three starts, but ran much better last time out when fourth of 7 to Mister Musicmaster on his handicap debut over today’s course and distance.

Although eventually beaten 5 lengths, he ran much better than that suggests and gave the impression that there was something left in the locker.

The handicapper has fortunately taken a different view to mine and has been quick to drop him 7lb from 59 down to just 52.

In my opinion that is a mark which he is more than capable of exploiting, and I am sure that connections have had a long term plan to get him plotted up to win a back end nursery or two.

It will be interesting to see if the money comes for him this morning, but at 20/1 he’s too big to ignore and has to be worth an each-way interest.

Daily Sport recommended bet: 2pts each-way La Tanier (20/1 Betfred, Paddy Power – BOG, totesport)


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