Racing: Banc on Appleby at Haydock

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Bancnuanaheireann can enhance his profile for the Betfred Cambridgeshire later this month by winning a nice prize at Haydock.

The six-year-old gelding finished fourth in the big autumn handicap 12 months ago and will again be primed for a repeat bid, according to trainer Mick Appleby.

There is every chance he can take the Betfred Bolton Atlantic Rowing Challenge Handicap on Merseyside along the way.

Bancnuanaheireann has done very well for Appleby since leaving Jim Bolger’s yard in Ireland, but the general consensus is that he has yet to hit full throttle.

The son of Chevalier has not really kicked on following a cool one-length triumph at Goodwood in May, but there was still plenty to like about his recent third at Newmarket.

Bancnuanaheireann was not given an overly tough time in finishing third behind Premio Loco and Sovereign Debt, who are both regulars in Group races.

There is a suspicion he would have needed that blow-out in early August, having previously been on a mini-break. That should not be the case at Haydock, where he remains just 2lb higher than when he won at Goodwood earlier in the year. Bancnuanaheireann might be towards the limit of his stamina over a mile and a quarter, but the fast ground, allied to the galloping nature of Haydock’s circuit, should mean this is not too big a deal.

Skinny Love generates a degree of interest ahead of the CA Contracts Ltd Nursery Handicap at Kempton.

The Robert Cowell-owned filly has made stealthy progress in three maidens this summer, and went down as one to note at Beverley last time.

Despite having been sent off at 66-1, the Holy Roman Emperor filly stayed on with plenty of zest to take third spot. Five furlongs has, however, perhaps looked too sharp for a filly who has plenty of stamina searing through her veins.