Steve Hughes has two each-way picks for a busy Friday
With the flat season still going on turf and the jumps season really swinging into gear, there are a multitude of meetings to choose from on Friday. I have taken two each-way selections, one from each code. Only remaining selection Argentello was a 9/2 (advised) winner in the previous column on Tuesday.
Wincanton 3.25: Equus Amadeus
He has sometimes seemed a tricky ride, but Equus Amadeus is fit from a busy spring/summer campaign and might have the fitness edge over his rivals.
He clearly hated fences last time, but has built up a solid hurdles record prior to that. He was too free to last out the 2m5f at Newton Abbot last month, but was a perfectly respectable fourth in class 2 company. Perhaps his career best effort came on the final day of last season when third at Sandown over this 2m distance.
He has good form on right-handed tracks in particular, with a second at Kempton prior to that and a smooth bumper win at Exeter. He handles fast ground well – and it will certainly be fast for Wincanton’s opening fixture of the new season.
Haydock 3.35: Alemaratalyoum
A winner for us at the end of last month over this course and distance, I am backing Alemaratalyoum to do the same again here.
He has really improved since joining Iain Jardine this season but has produced his very best form here, winning on both his starts – and at this one mile trip. He also has an excellent record on soft going with two wins and a second place from his three starts of soft/heavy.
That defeat came when just being outpaced over 7f at Ayr, but he made no mistake here the following week back up to a mile. He possesses a really high cruising speed but does not producing late, so I am happy to ignore his mid-division placing at York last week – a track that greatly hinders hold up horses. There is no such issue for him at Haydock.
0.75pts each-way – Equus Amadeus – 3.25 Wincanton – 7/1 general
0.75pts each-way – Alemaratalyoum – 3.35 Haydock – 6/1 general