Turf Talk: Bow Belles can call the tune at Haydock

Bow Belles jockey, Rachel Richardson. PIC: Mike Egerton/PA Wire
Bow Belles jockey, Rachel Richardson. PIC: Mike Egerton/PA Wire
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Haydock racegoers can gain immediate dividends by supporting Bow Belles in the opening race of the day.

Fortune has deserted Tim Easterby’s filly on her last two outings but she should make no mistake in the Racing Welfare Nursery Handicap.

Trainer, Tim Easterby. PIC: Simon Hulme

Trainer, Tim Easterby. PIC: Simon Hulme

The young daughter of Kyllachy looked above average at Ripon in July when she breezed two lengths clear in a reasonable five-furlong maiden.

Bow Belles has not hit the target in four subsequent starts, but she was pinched for room in a Catterick nursery in September and was always up against it from there on in.

It was an even more painful story at Nottingham a week and a half ago as her path was blocked approaching the final furlong.

Jockey Rachel Richardson had to switch wide to find daylight and once she did the response was really encouraging as Bow Belles flew home.

She only went down by a head to Kick On Kick On and would surely have won with a trouble-free dash to the line.

Easterby’s juvenile is 3lb higher for this, but that is far from the end of the world, while her victory at Ripon was achieved on soft ground so conditions should not be a problem.

Dutch Artist might be worth a little interest in a seven-furlong handicap at Redcar.

Luck will be needed as a huge a field has been declared at the Tees Valley circuit, yet this daughter of Dutch Art remains appealing handicapped for new trainer Alan Brown.

She rather lost her way for David O’Meara, so it was nice to see her kick on at Pontefract last time on what was her third outing for Brown.

Dutch Artist did not get the breaks in Yorkshire and ended up finishing third, but it was reassuring to see her respond to Phil Makin’s persuasions when push came to shove.

A winner over seven furlongs last May, she is good enough to make an honourable fist of things off a career-low mark of 66.

Kreb’s Cycle can lead the charge at Newcastle for Ian Williams and Josephine Gordon.

The three-year-old son of Helmet succumbed by just a head over seven furlongs at this track on his last outing but is expected to thrive back over a mile.

Kreb’s Cycle was well supported that day so any market move should be seized upon in the Heart North East Handicap.

Wolftrap can be trusted to bring home the bacon in the John Deere Handicap Hurdle at Wincanton.

Philip Hobbs’ eight-year-old bumped into a tartar on his most recent spin at Uttoxeter last month as Souriyan proved much too sharp in a handicap hurdle just shy of three miles.

That rival duly followed up at Stratford and was then considered good enough to run in the Silver Trophy at Chepstow last weekend.

Wolftrap is highly unlikely to run into a similar sort of progressive animal at Wincanton, where he races off the same mark of 110.

Danceintothelight can have a whale of a time back over two and a half miles when he runs in a handicap hurdle at Fakenham.

Donald McCain’s likeable grey nearly brought home a double on his most recent start as he went down by a head to Picture Painter.

He was ever so slightly tapped for toe by the winner that day, though, so the decision to step back up in distance – a trip over which he won so well at Sedgefield in August – could be a sound move.


FAKENHAM: 2.05 Cliffside Park, 2.40 Danceintothelight (treble), 3.15 Sam Red, 3.50 Holryale, 4.25 Actinpieces, 5.00 Kings Ryde.

HAYDOCK: 1.50 BOW BELLES (NAP), 2.25 Mable Lee, 3.00 Gin In The Inn, 3.35 Fastar, 4.10 Proschema, 4.45 Gossip Column, 5.15 Moabit.

NEWCASTLE: 4.40 Snowy Winter, 5.10 Celestation, 5.40 Maraakib, 6.15 Kit Marlowe, 6.45 Mametz Wood, 7.15 Kreb’s Cycle, 7.45 Gun Case, 8.15 Perfect Symphony.

REDCAR: 1.30 Wrenthorpe, 2.00 Montague, 2.35 So Celebre, 3.10 Stephensons Rocket, 3.45 Dutch Artist (next best), 4.20 Dandys Denouement, 4.55 Relevant, 5.25 Decima.

WINCANTON: 1.40 Undisputed, 2.15 Notarfbad, 2.50 St Saviour, 3.25 Oriental Fixer, 4.00 Cereal Killer, 4.35 Stonemadforspeed.