Haydock Park

  • 17:05 R. Draper Ltd 65th Anniversary Handicap1m

  • Winner £12,938 2nd £3,850 3rd £1,924 4th £962
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 1m 42.70s
  • Off time: 17:05:26
17:05 Haydock Park Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Skilful 2/1
2nd Call To Reason (IRE) 10/1
3rd Master of Arts (USA) 11/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (2) 819000 Grey, beige star, grey sleeves, beige stars and stars on cap Light From Mars 7
Nag meDistance Winner
6 9-12 J J Quinn S Donohoe 98 25/126.00
2 (11) 109046 Royal Blue, Yellow hollow box Wannabe King 26
Nag meDistance Winner
5 9-10 b D R Lanigan N Callan 96 12/113.00
3 (1) 81/3050- Royal blue, red inverted triangle, royal blue sleeves, red spots, white cap Mull Of Killough (IRE) 465
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
5 9-8 R A Fahey P Aspell 94 16/117.00
4 (3) 4/16-9 Red, Beige seams, diabolo on sleeves, quartered cap Memory Cloth 7
Nag meDistance Winner
4 9-6 B Ellison D Swift (3) 92 25/126.00
5 (10) 00-6803 Light Blue, Pink chevrons, Light Blue sleeves, Light Blue cap, Pink star Master of Arts (USA) 7
Nag meDistance Winner
6 9-4 M Johnston S De Sousa 90 11/26.50
6 (6) 3-12 Crimson, Silver braid Skilful 21
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
3 9-3 J H M Gosden R Havlin 93 2/13.00
7 (8) 642362 Royal blue, orange chevron, armlets and star on cap Extraterrestrial 7
Nag meDistance Winner
7 9-2 R A Fahey F Tylicki 88 15/28.50
8 (9) 18-2272 Royal blue My Freedom (IRE) 29
Nag me
3 9-2 p Saeed bin Suroor K Fallon 92 7/24.50
10 (7) 2/143-8 Light Blue, Black chevron, sleeves and cap Call To Reason (IRE) 145
Nag meDistance Winner
4 9-0 J Noseda E Ahern 86 10/111.00
11 (12) 100903 Yellow, Maroon braces and sleeves, Maroon and Yellow hooped cap Bawaardi (IRE) 22
Nag me
5 9-0 R A Fahey Lee Topliss (3) 86 20/121.00
12 (4) 412100 White and Red check, hooped sleeves, Red cap Sinfonico (IRE) 21
Nag me
3 8-13 R Hannon J Fortune 89 20/121.00
Non runners
9 (5)417/5-10Alakhan (IRE)59-0Ian WilliamsR Kingscote86

Verdict

Alakhan has clearly had his problems but that means he has few miles on the clock and he showed a fine turn of foot to score over 7f at Chester on his reappearance. The extra furlong won't be a problem here but narrow preference is for MY FREEDOM. Saeed Bin Suroor's colt hasn't had much luck so far this season and is creeping up the weights, despite not winning. But you could argue that he was the moral victor at Newmarket last time and he'll get every assistance from the saddle today. Skilful has gone up 3lb since finishing second at Thirsk but Richard Fahey's pair, Extraterrestrial and Bawaardi, can't be ignored and Wannabe King has looked on the way back recently. Master Of Arts was third over 1m2f at Newbury last week and looks the pick of the remainder.