Paul Kealy provides his Tote Placepot perm for a soft-ground Haydock card
The Tote Placepot is going to be hard to get up at Haydock, but it still makes more appeal than the pitiful fields at Ascot.
Only seven go in the opener and Flic Ou Voyou is the likely favourite having won three times already this term.
However, he has done so in weak company on decent ground and this better race on a much deeper surface might find him out. The one with form in the conditions is Do Your Job for Michael Scudamore.
In the next (12.40) I'd be hopeful Pop Rockstar can build on his returning second at Carlisle. He didn't go on after his reappearance win there last season, but he'd been progressive the season before and still looks well treated on his best form.
Ice Cool Champs, a ten-length winner on his return last season, is one who could go well at a price.
The six-runner graduation chase (1.15) is trappy and could depend on how stiff the fences are this season – they have sometimes been accused of having them too stiff – as a few are liable to mistakes.
I'll be disappointed if Kid Commando doesn't at least place in next (1.50) and as he's likely to be in the front rank, has a bit of speed and promises to stay well, I'll bank on him despite the size of the field.
After that it's just the Betfair Chase (3.00) and any two from three should squeeze us, though I wouldn't want to bank as I keep changing my mind every time I look at the race. Lostintranslation and Clan Des Obeaux got the nod the last time I looked.
Haydock Placepot selections
2 Do Your Job
5 Pop Rockstar
10 Ice Cool Champs
1 Dashel Drasher
2 Deyrann De Carjac
2 Kid Commando
6 Third Wind
8 West To The Bridge
3 Clan Des Obeaux
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