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  • Writer's pictureSimon Long

Notachance might outrun his odds at Haydock on Saturday

Tom has three booked rides today at Haydock.

1:30 BO ZENITH - French win worked out very well; disappointing on British debut but remains of interest.

Owner - O S Harris - Trainer - Gary Moore

2:40 NOTACHANCE - Third in the Classic at Warwick last month and bang there if repeating that form.

Owners - David J S Sewell & Tim Leadbeater - Trainer - Alan King

Haydock have had “no proper rain”, so the Lancashire course have been watering all week in an effort to obtain ground on the easy side of course for Saturday’s big Betfred Grand National Trial meeting.

Over the next 48 hours they are forecast light showers but nothing more, though the weathermen can be as inaccurate with their predictions as some racing tipsters, so Alan has declared Notachance in the hope that the word “soft” will appear somewhere in the official going report.

Alan said:”We fancied Notachance in this race two years ago, but he spread a hind plate and the toe clip went straight into his foot.

“Ever since, we have all been working hard, first to get him over the injury and then to restore his confidence, and, though it has taken a long time, the signs have been encouraging this season.

“He has shown improvement in every race and I was particularly pleased with his third place in the Classic Chase at Warwick, where he was in the firing line all the way and only lost second late on. He has been in good form since so will, hopefully, be competitive again here.”

Notachance raced off 146 when disaster struck in 2021, but he is now down to 132, so he might be overpriced around the 16-1 mark.

3:18 JERRASH - 5lb higher after 3m1f Plumpton reappearance win but has plenty more to offer as a stayer.

Owners - Jerry Hinds & Ashley Head - Trainer - Gary Moore


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