Jamie Spencer gives his thoughts on his six rides at Haydock
My opening ride on the card at Haydock is on Banditry for Michael Bell. He won well at Thirsk last season and we feel he could be off a workable rating. In his opening start this season, he was only beaten by two lengths at Nottingham. We think there will be some improvement from that run as he is going up to a mile and a quarter. Physically, he looks like a horse which is going to stay and his whole demeanour looks that way too.
In the 2.00pm I’m on Andry Brusselles for David Simcock. She won a Listed race in France last year but this is her first start of the year so it is a watching brief. She would not want the ground too firm, however, wee are hopeful for a good run. The Luca Cumani runners Jordan Princess and Kleo will be the horses to beat in this race.
It’s the Group Three Jury Stakes at 2.35pm and I ride Cable Bay who was fifth in the Lockinge at Newbury last time out. That outing was a career best so he’s been put up five pounds. He’s got a lovely draw in two as the pace of the race will be from That Is The Spirit from stall one. I’d say he is closely matched with Aljamaaheer and Breton Rock but hopefully this will be his day to shine. He’s been placed in so many Group races so fingers crossed he can get the job done. I think he is my best chance of riding winner on this card.
At 3.10pm I am on board Speed Hawk for Robert Cowell. He’s had a really good winter in Dubai but he’s back on turf now so we will have to see how handles that. Music Master is the horse in the race that looks to be the one to beat. He’s a high class horse for Henry Candy and this could be a stepping stone for him before Royal Ascot.
The feature race on the card is the Sandy Lane Stakes at 3.45pm which is a Group Two. I’m on Salt Island and I’ve got around 10 pounds to find on Limato but I really like my horse. It’s a strong race but I’d be very disappointed if Salt Island did not finish in the first three. The favourite is going to be hard to beat as I don’t think there are many better three-year old sprinters out there at the moment than him. He’s not much to look at but he can sure run.
In the final race of the card, the 4.55pm, my mount is Illusive who is trained by Lady Cecil. He runs off the same mark than when he was second last time out. It’s a big field handicap but he has a nice draw in stall eight. He has to be headed up so he needs a bit of luck in running but if he does get that , he will have a chance. I think Shahdaroba will be the danger, a horse of which I have ridden before.