POSSIBLY the best race ever to take place at Haydock Park graces the northern racing circuit on Saturday. The Betfair Chase has been dealt with elsewhere on this site. But there is a great supporting card and the £50,000 Betfair Fixed Brush Handicap Hurdle over 3m is traditionally a competitive race. It sees the seasonal reappearance of the exciting TWO ROCKERS who is a gorgeous prospect. He is set to go novice chasing after running here but has been laid out for this by Alan King. The trainer won this in 2006 with Halcon Genelardais, who went on to become a fine staying chaser. Two Rockers might just have enough about him to win this en route to a similarly stellar chasing career.
Elsewhere FAR WEST should win the 2m hurdle at 12.45. He was expected to hose up in the Elite Hurdle at Wincanton but bumped into the talented Melodic Rendezvous. He should make amends on Saturday.
There are small fields aplenty at Ascot, which is disappointing, especially for the two main feature races. But there are still several class horses on show, notably the hugely promising CARRAIG MOR, AL FEROF and ANNIE POWER.
FIDDLERS BID is also interesting. He is trained by the bang-in-form Fergal O’Brien. He won a bumper at Ascot last season and has always looked every inch a chaser. He makes his fencing debut in the 3.00 and he could take some beating.
The concluding bumper has plenty of raw talent including promising animals from the Henderson and Pipe yards. MINELLA ON LINE is expected to step up on his last run for Rebecca Curtis and Kotkiri is the first horse Alan King has trained for Dai Walters and looks interesting.