Haydock Preview: Sea Meets Sky looks a cut above
Haydock stage a competitive six-race card today, and Sea Meets Sky looks a worthy favourite to land the spoils in the 1m 4f handicap that closes proceedings (4.40).
The filly is trained by Lady Cecil, whose husband Henry passed away 12 months ago today, and would be a hugely popular winner.
The daughter of Dansili certainly has the right profile to get the job done, and looks potentially well-ahead of her current handicap mark of 89.
After overcoming greenness to make a winning debut at Ascot last year, Sea Meets Sky finished a solid second to Elkaayed in a conditions contest at Doncaster.
The winner went on to finish a fine fifth in a Group 3 contest at Royal Ascot and is now officially rated 105, while the third home Queensberry Rules is a useful type rated 100.
That is solid form in the context of this class 3 handicap, and Sea Meets Sky come into it on the back of a cracking run last month when finishing runner-up at Doncaster after 350 days on the sidelines.
The four-year-old looks sure to come on a bundle with that run under her belt, and with Richard Hughes in the saddle is weighted to take all the beating.
In the 1m handicap (3.40), Ginger Jack could be a bit of value against the jolly Magic Of Reality having slipped back down to his last winning mark.
The Geoff Harker trained gelding is a a game sort who last scored when landing a 1m 1f contest at Redcar 12 months ago off his current mark of 86 when beating Swing Alone by 1/2 a length.
The seven-year-old looked as good as ever on his seasonal reappearance when beaten just an neck by Trail Blaze over a mile at Redcar, and was then not disgraced over 1m 2f at the same venue last time out when fifth of 12 to Cashpoint in a class 2 contest.
The drop back to a mile today, over which he has notched five of his seven career successes, looks sure to suit and another plus is that Ginger Jack has winning form over course and distance.
Lady Yeats looked totally unsuited by the tight turns of Chester when well beaten last time out, but looks worth another chance now returned to a more conventional track and stepped up in trip in the 1m 6f handicap (4.10).
The George Moore trained filly hinted at ability in three maiden runs last year, and was well-backed when making a winning reappearance on handicap debut over 1m 2f at Redcar.
Held-up in touch at the rear of the field, Lady Yeats made steady headway three from home and and after taking up the running two out ran on strongly to score by two lengths off an opening mark of 68.
The three-year-old now races off just 4lb higher, and should be more than capable of winning off it judged on the manner of that success.
The daughter of champion stayer Yeats also looks the type who will improve as her stamina is brought into play, and the step up to 1m 6f this afternoon looks a big plus.