The rain forecast to hit the north west arrived at Chester on Monday evening and there are showers – possibly thundery – forecast for Tuesday which may alter the going for today’s Haydock card which was described as good at noon on Monday.

In the opening 10f handicap Will Sommers is likely to be all the rage having finished fourth on his reappearance when he refused to settle for Andrea Atzeni here back in June. He has had a wind operation since that run and looks to have been given a potentially lenient opening mark. He was backed from 6s to 3/1 in the opening salvos with bet365 on Monday afternoon.

The each way vote, however, goes to Camahawk (1.25) who failed to get home over an additional couple of furlongs at Thirsk last time and has been dropped a couple of pounds for that effort. Tim Easterby has his string in good form and the selection is well drawn in stall four. The selection is 10s from 11/1 at William Hill who are betting five places on the race.

Legend Of Dubai (2.55) steps up to a mile having ran a good race on debut when third at Newbury over 7f last month. The selection – 5/4 from 2s with bet 365 – is the first foal of Group 1 winner Speedy Boarding and cost 500,000 gns as a yearling. Roger Varian’s stable continue in excellent form and the newcomers will have to be smart to lower his colours.

Charlie Appleby’s Branwell is bred to be useful and it will be interesting to see if the market speaks in his favour.

Ottonian (5.30) was unbeaten in two starts for Charlie Appleby and ran a very promising race returning from a 1157 day lay-off when fourth at York over two miles for Donald McCain. Both wins were gained with plenty of cut in the ground and any further rain would be a plus for this son of Dubawi. The ew recommendation is 12/1 with bet365 – 4 places – and 10s with William Hill who are offering five places.

Owen Burrows had a double at Salisbury on Sunday, and I hope his good run continues at Wolverhampton courtesy of Thumur (3.40) who steps up to 12f on his handicap debut. The selection – 7/4 with bet365 – is by Golden Horn and, after just three starts, remains open to significant progress although he is drawn out on the wing in stall seven.

Several of the big Newmarket yards are represented with unexposed three-year-olds and Sir Michael Stoute fits Vindicate with a first-time visor – he looks a big threat with Ryan Moore in the saddle for Her Majesty The Queen.

At Perth this evening Dr Richard Newland has a couple of good chances including with Somethingaboutangela in the 3m Novices’ handicap Chase but I have long thought there were races to be won with Western Aussie (5.05) and he can make a winning chase debut for Martin Todhunter.

The selection – a general 6/1 chance – has run well fresh in the past and was only beaten a length in the second of two Irish points and the yard had a welcome winner at Cartmel last month. The form of his fourth at Wetherby over hurdles over Christmas suggests he could be well treated from his current mark although he did shift slightly left at his hurdles on that occasion and today’s right-hand track may be less than ideal.


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