Racing preview for Saturday, May 28

Breton Rock has what it takes to win the Timeform Jury Stakes at Haydock.

Thursday, 26th May 2016, 3:32 pm
Updated Thursday, 26th May 2016, 4:33 pm
Breton Rock wins at the Doncaster St Leger festival in 2013. He is still going strong and is tipped to score at Haydock on Saturday. Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Trained by the very capable David Simcock, whose horses often slightly slip beneath the radar, this honourably consistent six-year-old rarely lets the side down.

Indeed, that was once again the case in the Group Two bet365 Mile at Sandown last month, when he flashed home from what was at one stage an uncompromising position to finish third behind Toormore.

Breton Rock was only beaten a length and three-quarters and perhaps might have been a little closer had his jockey been a shade more forceful earlier in the race.

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Even so, that was still a really good run in a very strong race, with four of his rivals at the Esher venue subsequently running in the Group One Lockinge Stakes at Newbury.

With the son of Bahamian Bounty having done most of his winning over this seven-furlong trip, the drop from a mile may help his cause.

As long as the ground does not get too fast, Breton Rock is a fair shout in an interesting, if unspectacular, renewal.

Journey’s three-year-old form puts her bang in the firing line for the Group Three Stakes.

John Gosden’s filly is on the march, with probably only a lack of match fitness responsible for her not winning the Middleton Stakes on her comeback at York.

The daughter of Dubawi was absolutely bombing along on the Knavesmire until she suddenly grew weary and had to make do with third spot. Suitably revived for that outing, she should take some stopping on Merseyside.

* Selections:

Chester: 1.45 Havelock, 2.15 Secret Hint, 2.50 Best Of Times, 3.25 Zand, 4.00 Edward Lewis, 4.35 Gunnery, 5.10 Corton Lad.

Haydock: 2.00 Strong Steps, 2.35 Journey, 3.10 BRETON ROCK (NAP), 3.45 Buratino, 4.20 Powerallied, 4.55 Muzdawaj, 5.30 Fighting Temeraire.

Beverley: 1.50 Evenlode, 2.25 The Last Lion, 3.00 Clem Fandango, 3.35 La Superba, 4.10 All You, 4.45 Mercury, 5.20 Cote D’Azur.

Catterick: 2.20 Lawless Louis, 2.55 Incomparable, 3.30 Jacbequick, 4.05 Dry Your Eyes, 4.40 Swift Approval, 5.15 Manatee Bay, 5.45 Sabrewing.

Ffos Las: 6.05 Maxi Chop, 6.35 Zayfire Aramis, 7.05 Ninepointsixthree, 7.35 Ebadani, 8.05 Alderley Heights, 8.35 Itshard To No, 9.05 Way Of The World.

Salisbury: 5.50 Leontes, 6.20 One Big Surprise, 6.50 Dark Shot, 7.20 Rideonastar, 7.50 Scarlet Pimpernel, 8.20 Ejayteekay.

Cartmel: 2.05 Our Reward, 2.40 Willem, 3.15 The Backup Plan, 3.50 Desoto County, 4.25 Iona Days, 5.00 Alzammaar, 5.35 Conquer Gold.

Double: Breton Rock and Journey.