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And so we’ve come to the end of another superb meeting. By the time 17:15 rolls around on Saturday evening, there’ll be just one race left to run at Haydock Park’s Sprint Cup Celebration, and that race will be the Extra Places Any Day With Betfair Handicap.
A Class 4 contest, the Extra Places Any Day With Betfair Handicap is run over a slightly extended mile and is a decent little race, one that carries a prize of £10,468 for the winning connections.
Our betting tips and predictions for the Extra Places Any Day With Betfair Handicap
12 runners are due to go to post, and if the early betting is anything to go by, it’s a competitive little race, though two runners stand out to my eyes and there’s not much between them in the betting.
Our best prediction: Zozimus (each-way) @ 7/1
Firstly, I really like the look of Zozimus, who has come tumbling down the handicap of late and is now starting to look particularly well handicapped. David O’Meara’s runner is now 5 lbs below his last winning mark, while his effort when dropped to Class 4 company for only the second time in his career last time out was encouraging.
Over a slightly longer trip at Beverley, the gelding stayed on well for second having looked to be coming with a dangerous run before not quite getting the clearest of runs at a crucial point. That probably has to go down as a missed opportunity as to my eyes, he was the best in the race, but there’s no reason why he cannot go well and potentially make amends here.
At the end of the day, we’re talking about a horse that is well handicapped, has lots of decent form in the book, much of it in better company, and who arrives here in form. 7/1 is potentially lenient and is well worth taking advantage of each-way.
Our each-way prediction: Jumeirah King (each-way) @ 7/1
I have similar feelings towards Jumeirah King, who is far from a proven quantity, but he’s unexposed and has shown potential, which leaves me thinking that his current mark of 77 is certainly workable. This horse ran some solid efforts in French maidens without quite getting his nose in front, while he stepped forward on what was a modest British debut to run a solid race over ten furlongs at Ayr last time out.
In that previous race, he looked like the winner for a long way, but possibly found the ten furlongs too taxing, so this drop back down to a mile looks positive. Kevin Ryan is a trainer with a decent record at Haydock, so it would be little surprise if Jumeirah King took another step in the right direction here and got himself involved what is a competitive yet modest and winnable contest.
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