Published 21 November
The Betfair Stayers’ Handicap Hurdle has replaced the ‘Fixed Brush’ and will now be run over conventional obstacles which is a pity as its predecessor offered something different.
Nevertheless I’m hoping Nick Williams can continue his good run in the race, this time courtesy of LE ROCHER.
The Devon trainer has won two of the last eight renewals (from just four runners) with Aubusson and Diamond Harry, so we can take it as read that his sole entry this year has been prepared with the Haydock contest in mind.
The ex-French gelding loves testing conditions - all three of his wins this side of the Channel have come on heavy ground - while his pedigree offers plenty of encouragement that he’ll be suited by this step up to 2m7f.
Sure to come on for last month’s reappearance on good to soft ground at Chepstow (form working out well), the 7yo has scope to improve further on his already classy handicap form, especially on a track that invariably rides heavy at this time of year (currently soft, further significant rain forecast).
Recommended Bet (scale 1-5 points):
Betfair Stayers’ Handicap Hurdle, Haydock 25th November
1pt each way LE ROCHER (14-1 Ladbrokes, Coral, 12-1 general)
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