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Haydock - Racing: Robbie Wilders' Rose of Lancaster Carnival day one tips

The pick of the action on Friday is a seven-race evening card at Haydock and Racing Post tipster Robbie Wilders shares his three fancies.

5.42 Haydock
Fox Hill @ 8/1
1pt win

6.52 Haydock
Pol Roger @ 11/4
1pt win

6.17 Haydock
Batemans Boy @ 9/2
1pt win

Hill can outfox rivals

The market has the 6f fillies' handicap (5.42) between Dreams Of Thunder and True Jem but the value may lie with Fox Hill for Eric Alston at juicier odds.

Fox Hill's form ties in closely with the progressive Cuban Breeze, who is now 10lb higher after two subsequent impressive victories at Windsor and Ascot.

Cuban Breeze had a short-head to spare over Fox Hill when the pair met over this course and distance three starts back and an ease in the ground, which Haydock should have, suits this six-year-old.

She is 1lb higher than for that promising second and has had excuses on her last two outings, with six furlongs at Carlisle not her bag last time and the ground perhaps not ideal at this course two runs back.

Roger can take pole position

Recent Redcar form is likely to come to the fore in the 7f novice (6.52) with three juveniles who ran on the course's 17th July card lining up.

Vince Le Prince landed the first division of the 7f novice at that meeting on his first start and must concede 7lb and 9lb respectively to Venetian and Pol Roger, who ran third and second in the second division.

Considering Venetian had the benefit of a previous run, debutant Pol Roger did well to win their private battle by a neck after a slow break and he should prove tough to beat for Michael Dods, whose horses have been running well lately.

Pol Roger will be wiser now and should arguably be a shorter price given his unexposed profile and the weight he receives from his key market rivals. 

Batemans the boy

John Gosden landed the mile novice (6.17) with the smart Beatboxer in 2018 and his newcomer Sir Laurence Graff heads the betting, although there are reasons for taking him on.

Beatboxer had the benefit of a recent run prior to winning this and while Sir Laurence Graff is impeccably bred as a brother to Aidan O'Brien's smart stayer Interpretation, that colt never showed his best until his Classic campaign and was well beaten on his sole start as a juvenile.

This Derby-entered son of Galileo might be found out for a lack of experience, and there are a couple in the line-up with a run behind them and the capacity to take large steps forward on what they have achieved so far.

Expensive yearling Sir Jock Bennett missed the kick on his debut for Charlie and Mark Johnston on his sole start at Doncaster in June and is a player if breaking on terms with the field, but preference is for Batemans Boy.

The Ralph Beckett-trained two-year-old ran an encouraging fifth 15 days ago at Sandown on his first outing and I expect that particular novice to throw up a stack of winners with several fine pedigrees on show.

Batemans Boy shaped as if an extra furlong would really suit with the way he rallied after being hard ridden and he gets that here. Expect a better display this time, particularly with an ease in the ground sure to suit.

By Robbie Wilders

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