Racing preview for Friday, October 16

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Mitchum Swagger can extend his unbeaten run to three as he returns to Haydock for the ApolloBet Weekly Golf Cash Back Offers Handicap.

David Lanigan’s charge has had just two starts in his life so far, but he has impressed on both occasions, kicking off with a maiden win at Newbury back in May.

The three-year-old sprang a 25-1 shock that day but given the fact six subsequent winners, including a couple of multiple scorers, emerged from those in behind, the form looks pretty strong.

Mitchum Swagger was then off the track until making his handicap bow last month but he again looked the real deal as he overcame signs of greenness to produce a power-packed finish.

He looked certain to progress again for the experience and a 5lb hike to a rating of 93 is obviously not ideal but does not appear overly harsh.

Lanigan has clearly had to exercise some patience with this Paco Boy gelding but his forebearance can now bear fruit again.

Provident Spirit can finally open his account for David O’Meara in the Griffiths And Armour Handicap.

The four-year-old won one of six starts for John Gosden last year before changing hands for 27,000 guineas at Tattersalls last October.

That has not proved money totally well spent so far as Provident Spirit has yet to get his head in front, although he has twice claimed minor honours in five starts for new connections.

His recent half-length defeat at Leicester suggests the ability is still there and this looks an ideal opportunity despite jockey bookings suggesting that Flyman is the yard’s number one hope.

Lady Nayef made it 10th-time lucky when winning at Chelmsford last time and her confidence should be riding high for the Nursery Handicap at Dunstall Park.

* Selections -

Haydock: 1.30 Curtain Call, 2.00 Futoon, 2.35 Provident Spirit, 3.10 Shabbah, 3.45 MITCHUM SWAGGER (NAP), 4.20 Zealous, 4.55 Poet’s Beauty, 5.30 Handiwork.

Wolverhampton: 5.50 Bogsnog, 6.20 If Winter Comes, 6.50 Lady Nayef, 7.20 One Last Dream, 7.50 Elle Rebelle, 8.20 El Duque, 8.50 Scent Of Power, 9.20 Exit Europe.

Fakenham: 2.15 Full Ov Beans, 2.50 Cup Final, 3.25 Hillview Lad, 4.00 Open Hearted, 4.35 Full Blast, 5.10 Samtu.

Redcar: 1.40 Muzdawaj, 2.10 Little Pippin, 2.45 Regal Response, 3.20 Virnon, 3.55 Eye Glass, 4.30 Cabal, 5.05 Feng Shui, 5.40 Testa Rossa.

Wincanton: 2.25 Upton Wood, 3.00 Top Cat Henry, 3.35 Mountain Fighter, 4.10 Supapowers, 4.45 Our Folly, 5.20 Dalia Pour Moi.

Double: Mitchum Swagger and Provident Spirit.