A Haydock midweek card is rarely something to stir the blood. However, we’re living in strange times and Wednesday’s is worth a look.
In the 1m 2½f novice stakes at 1.10, John Gosden’s Waldkonig, a half-brother to Arc winner Waldgeist, seeks to get his career back on track. He made a good impression when winning on his debut at Wolverhampton in December. So much so that some touted him as a live Derby prospect. Hence, he started odds-on when reappearing in the Listed Newmarket Stakes. But the son of Kingman could finish only third that day. The first and second haven’t run since but the fourth and fifth have gone on to frank the form. Fourth-placed Cherokee Trail finished third in the Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot. Fifth-placed Al Aasy won eased down by 10 lengths at Newmarket last week. Waldkonig is the best horse on the Haydock midweek card and it’s his race to lose.
His main rival is Highest Ground, a Frankel colt trained by Sir Michael Stoute and the mount of Ryan Moore. He won well on his sole start at Leicester last year. The form isn’t great. The second, third and fourth have all been beaten since – the runner-up finished last at Doncaster last week. However, the fifth won next time out.
Two more races to note on Haydock midweek card
Tom Dascombe’s Devious Company looks the one to be on in the 7f two-year-old novice contest at 2.10. He made a winning debut over course and distance two weeks ago. The second and fourth went on to finish fourth and second respectively in the Chesham at Royal Ascot.
The only other of the nine runners to have run before is Burristo, a never dangerous eighth at Newmarket behind Modern News, who ran fifth in the Chesham next time.
The other race of note on the Haydock midweek card is the 1m 3f 175y fillies’ novice stakes at 4.45. Summer House overcame greenness to win on her debut over 1m 4f at Lingfield, so her stamina is not in doubt. Michael Bell’s By My Side finished fourth over 1m 2f at Yarmouth two weeks ago and the longer trip should help. Ryan Moore is an eye-catching booking. However, Choral Work bumped into a useful sort when a two-lengths second over 1m 2f at Newbury recently. She can go one better here.