Saturday's feature race is undoubtedly the Haydock Park Temple Stakes, setting off live on Channel Four Racing at 16:10. We've had a look over the runners and we think three among the favourites are the ones that really catch the eye.
First up, everyone is talking about Mecca's Angel, whose form tells the story why. She was superb last season, and indeed left a number of her fellow runners today trailing in her wake when she took victory in last year's Nuthorpe. It's understandable that the punters fancy her again here, and the best place we've found to back her is StanJames, who are offering a market leading 7/4.
That said, we're not so sure she ought to be such a far and away favourite. Bear in mind if the ground really doesn't suit her then she may be withdrawn, with the consequent Rule 4 adjustments to any winning payouts. If she races, though, and the ground stays good or harder, we're happy to take her on with two of the pack.
First up, Muthmir has the ability to really shine, showing last season that he had developed into a truly impressive sprinter. His King George win at Goodwood is the kind of form we'd like to see this weekend, and although his recent runs don't look to have quite the calibre of Mecca's Angel he certainly wasn't disgraced in any of them.
If the ground tends away from Angel then Muthmir is going to be very much in contention, and the best place to back him is at PaddyPower, who are offering the best price we've found anywhere at 8/1.
The other horse we expect to be heavily involved is Waady, despite his finishing third behind Profitable in the Palace House on his return at Newmarket three weeks back. On the basis of that Profitable has been tipped by many, but we think the faster ground is going to play more strongly into the hands of Waady.
He shows best at this distance and the ground should be handily in his favour. We reckon Waady is a strong choice to be on, and the best place we've found to back him is at BoyleSports, who will give you a very decent 8/1.