Today's racecards

Haydock Park

  • 13:20 Wingate Signs & Graphics Graduation Chase2m 1f

  • Winner £16,245 2nd £4,770 3rd £2,385 4th £1,192
  • Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 14.50s
  • Off time: 13:20:51
13:20 Haydock Park Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Fago (FR) 9/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 33307-0 Black, White hoops and sleeves, hooped cap Dan Breen (IRE) 20
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-7 p D Pipe T Scudamore 142 6/17.00
2 21F25-6 Black and Beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap Fago (FR) 17
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-7 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 152 9/43.25
3 311427- Royal Blue, White hoop and sleeves Shangani (USA) 210
Nag me
7 11-7 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 137 9/43.25
4 731P-F1 Red, Black and White striped sleeves, Red cap, Black diamond Simply Ned (IRE) 20
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-0 N G Richards Brian Harding 138 9/43.25

Verdict

It seems strange to see Dan Breen running in a Graduation chase as he's been around for quite a while. He's obviously an experienced campaigner but the suspicion lingers that he remains more effective over timber. SIMPLY NED was massively impressive when defying topweight to land an Ayr handicap on only his second chase start and remains a horse of considerable potential. This represents a major rise in grade but Nicky Richards rarely overfaces his charges and he could just be good enough. Shangani hasn't been in action since April but Venetia Williams has few peers at readying one first time up and he brings some very useful handicap chase form to the table. Fago folded tamely after travelling well in the Haldon Gold Cup and the jury remains out on the Nicholls gelding. He's the one to beat on official ratings but is unlikely to offer much in the way of value and is taken on accordingly.