Sweetspots: Rolling Maul can kick rivals into touch again
Owen Burrows has had three winners from eight runners at Haydock. He sends just one to the track, Laraaib who goes in the 2.30. The unbeaten colt steps up to Group company for the first time and can take this in his stride.
Joshua Bryan has ridden Rolling Maul on his first two starts on the Flat, winning both times, and looks to make it a hat-trick in the 5.20 at Newmarket. The 2m on soft ground looks tailor-made for the gelding and he can continue trainer Peter Bowen’s good recent form.
Archie Watson has been in sparkling form and when fitting cheekpieces for the first time his record is 3-8, for a 38 per cent strike-rate. Petite Jack gets the benefit of the aid in the 2.15 at Ascot. The gelding showed his best turf form last time out behind Good Omen, who went on to score again at Goodwood last week, and if coping with the softish ground can go close.
When sending runners more than 200 miles, Tim Vaughan’s strike-rate increases from 14 per cent to 27 per cent. He sends just one runner to Ayr, Termsnconditions in the 6.50. Failing in his hat-trick bid last time, this one has been gelded since and, with the help of Lewis Edmunds’ claim, could return to winning ways.