RACE PREVIEW & TIPS (THURSDAY)

16:00 Haydock Confessional struggled to get in to the race when disappointing at Redcar last time and is probably better judged on his effort at Chester the time before. That day he finished a credible sixth despite a poor draw and lengthy absence. Proven over today’s course and distance and with the handicapper dropping him to a good looking mark, Tim Easterby’s veteran sprinter is taken to bounce back and cause an upset.

Acclaim The Nation is the potential silent assassin and clear danger to the field, lightly raced for a five year old he finished a fine third at Thirsk and showed a good attitude when winning at the same venue the time before. Leo Minor placed for the fifth time in succession when just touched off at Bath the last day and is another to consider and of the rest, infrequent winner Bashiba deserves an honorary mention.

CONFESSIONAL (WIN) – NAP