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Encore on card for North Yorkshire jockey Joey Haynes
North Yorkshire apprentice Joey Haynes, who enjoyed an armchair ride on Compton Bird at Brighton last week, makes a return journey to the course today with every chance of achieving an encore.
Haynes, who is attached to Karl Burke’s Middleham establishment and who has made giant strides since transferring from Andrew Balding’s Kingsclere stable in Berkshire earlier this year, teams up with Compton Bird in the madisonsolutions.co.uk Handicap.
The four-year-old, trained by Hans Adielsson, won over the same course and distance nine days ago when Haynes did not need to get too serious with him to post a near three-length victory.
A 6lb penalty may not be enough to stop Compton Bird from winning again and making Haynes’ long trip to Sussex well worthwhile.
Waseem Faris is a hard horse to win with. A keen-going sort, who likes to be held up and delivered late, the gelding often leaves the impression of being an unlucky loser.
He turns out again in the £32 At 32Red.com Handicap and will be teamed up with George Baker, who has few peers as a ‘hold-up’ jockey. Waseem Faris deserves one more chance to carry the nap vote.
Also worth noting at Brighton are Bloodsweatandtears (2.10), who is proven on this course, and recent winner Coalburn (4.40).
Jumping devotees can look forward to a good card at Wincanton, where Colin Tizzard, who trains not far from the course, can enjoy a rewarding afternoon.
Tizzard can kick-off on the right note with Buckhorn Tom in the Bathwick Tyres Bath Novices’ Hurdle.
A respectable runner-up at Newton Abbot last month, Buckhorn Tom, an Exeter winner last season, looks capable of a big effort in this two-and-a-half mile contest.
Billy No Name can also oblige for Tizzard in the Bathwick Tyres Salisbury Maiden Hurdle.
The five-year-old has some useful placed efforts to his credit and has earned himself a rating of 121. A maiden hurdle, such as this, should be within his scope at the very least before he is switched to chasing.
Al Alfa is already experiencing the major obstacles and has won two of his three starts over fences.
The Philip Hobbs-trained six-year-old looked good when winning at Stratford last month and a bold bid is anticipated from him in the Bathwick Tyres Yeovil Handicap Chase.
David Pipe has double prospects on the card with recent Exeter winner Standing Ovation (2.50) and the likewise in-form My Brother Sylvest (3.20), who reverts to hurdles after a runaway chasing success at Huntingdon earlier this month.
2.20 Buckhorn Tom, 2.50 Standing Ovation, 3.20 My Brother Sylvest, 3.50 Al Alfa, 4.20 Marie Deja La, 4.50 Billy No Name.
1.40 Quickaswecan, 2.10 Bloodsweatandtears, 2.40 Decent Fella, 3.10 Bishop Wulstan, 3.40 Compton Bird, 4.10 Magic Lando, 4.40 Coalburn, 5.10 Waseem Faris (NAP).
Today’s other meetings: Kempton and Uttoxeter.
Tomorrow’s meetings: Cheltenham, Haydock, Redcar and Wolverhampton.
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