Prussian fancied to notch deserved Haydock win
IMPROVING three-year-old handicapper Prussian will bid to make amends for an unlucky defeat at Sandown last weekend when she lines up for the day's feature race at Haydock on Friday.
The Mark Johnston-trained filly has won four races in her first year on the track and she was narrowly denied the biggest win of her 12-race career last Saturday when Labarinto - who got first run under George Baker - held off her late thrust to score by a head for trainer Sir Michael Stoute.
Prussian, who heads the betting at around 7-4, will face nine rivals, including the 95-rated Boogies Shoes, in the Betfred Bolton Atlantic Rowing Challenge Handicap (4.45) over 1m1½f under Joe Fanning.
She is due to go up 6lb next week to a career-high mark of 96 and connections are evidently keen to strike while the iron is hot. Another filly looking to continue her progression is Willbeme, who will bid for her hat-trick in the first division of the Betfred Bolton Lads & Girls Club Handicap (3.35) over 6f.
The Neville Bycroft-trained filly, who will be ridden by talented apprentice Adam Beschizza, has won her last two races in convincing style and today goes up in grade.
Along with Haydock, Brighton and Chepstow also host afternoon meetings while Kilbeggan and Kempton stage evening fixtures.
Friday's going reports
Haydock: good to firm
Brighton: good to firm
Chepstow: good, good to soft in places
Kilbeggan: good, good to yielding in places