December 5th, 2018

Brian Hughes Blog: 5 Rides at Haydock Today

By Brian Hughes

I’m off to Haydock today for five rides.


12:50 – 2m7f Maiden Hurdle

Toronto Sound, a maiden after six starts on the flat, makes his hurdling debut in the 2m7f furlong contest.

Hopefully he is better in this sphere and will improve for the run.

Winning pointer Halloween Harry, from the in-form Hobbs stable and Modern Warfair look the principals.


1:20 – 2m4½f Novices’ Chase

Knockrobin, a hurdles winner for me at Bangor in March, put in a pleasing performance on his chasing debut at the start of November, finishing third of 13, beaten by under five lengths at Carlisle.

He was returning from a 193-day break and should have improved for the run.

This is a stronger contest with both Springtown Lake and Mr Whipped boasting excellent form.

I hope my horse gets into contention.


2:25 – 2m3f Handicap Hurdle

Taxmeifyoucan, a four-time winner on the flat, had his second success over hurdles when I was on board at Kelso in February.

He has put in a couple of lacklustre runs recently and hopefully the application of blinkers and the softer ground will spark a return to form.

Billingsley and Idilico look the main contenders.


3:00 – 2m7f Handicap Chase

Hills Of Dubai returned from a 298-day break to win on chase debut for me at Ayr in early January. He repeated the same performance at the track 16 days later.

He returns after 242 days and I am looking forward to a big run from a nice horse with ground and conditions in his favour.

Absolutely Dylan running well at present is the main danger off bottom weight.


3:30 – 1m7½f National Hunt Flat

Amorlette is one of ten newcomers in the concluding bumper.

She is the only filly in the field and mixes it with a lot of well-bred types. She fares well in that department as her dam Amoretto Rose was a bumper and hurdles winner when trained by Nicky Henderson.

The stable has a good record at the track and hopefully, in receipt of seven pounds we can make a race of it with the boys.


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