Alemaratalyoum and UAE Prince are the Messenger selections for Saturday's Racing from Haydock and Newmarket.
Haydock 2.05: Alemaratalyoum
When with Ed Dunlop, Alemaratalyoum had been kept largely to soft ground, winning twice in testing conditions in 2017. This term he has improved for Iain Jardine, but mainly on faster ground. Therefore returned to a softer surface I think he will have yet more to offer at Haydock today.
Already a course and distance winner at this track (on good-to-firm) last month, he then clearly failed to stay 10f at York’s Ebor meeting next time. However his first outing on testing ground of the term came last week at Ayr. On that occasion he flew home for second over 7f.
Surely this extra furlong will be much more in his favour and given his past solid record with cut I think he can defy a career high mark of 88 today.
Newmarket 3.40: UAE Prince
UAE Prince runs for only the second time this season having been narrowly defeated over 3f further on this track in May. He looked a certain winner that day until fading late on, and had consistent form in top 10f handicaps at Goodwood and York last summer. Again this drop in trip might be a good idea in a strongly run contest and he has the cruising speed to be able to lie up at this shorter distance – whilst first time cheekpieces can serve to sharpen him up a bit.
1pt each-way – Alemaratalyoum – 2.05 Haydock – at 13/2 with Betbright and Sportingbet
0.75pts each-way – UAE Prince – 3.40 Newmarket at 14/1 with Paddy Power