Crockford’s Dead Cert has won for the last six Saturdays on the trot – will his selection today be a lucky seventh winner? 

Crockford looks to the valuable Fixed Brush Hurdle at Haydock this afternoon to continue his Saturday Dead Cert winning run. David Pipe will be looking to add a third win in a row in the race with the well thought of Knight Pass, who is known to have an abundance of talent. In addition to this new arrival at his stable he will be represented in the race by the ex-French Katkeau who is also eye catching. Perhaps these could be superstars in the making as well.

This morning at Haydock another star was unveiled. Kauto Star a year on from his magnificent fourth victory in the Betfair Chase watched on as a statue of him was presented to his adoring crowds. The question on people’s lips today is if Long Run can come back to his best too or if he will get stuck in the mud at the Lancashire course.

Henderson’s other big guns Oscar Whiskey and Finian’s Rainbow make their returns at Ascot. Both will be in receipt of strong challenges from Raya Star and For Non Stop who have already made winning seasonal debuts.

Crockford’s Dead Cert – Knight Pass (2.20 Haydock)

Connections and stable staff have always thought very highly of this horse. Yes he may have disappointed on occasions in the past but one thing can be guaranteed the Pipe team will have him on song in his new surroundings. Pipe won this valuable prize last year with the useful Dynaste and the year before with the mighty Grands Crus. Crockford believes that if the touting is right Knight Pass is a dead cert to join those ranks too.

Crockford’s Whisper – The Giant Bolster e/w (3.05 Haydock)

The Betfair Chase is going to be a slog with the ground today which will put stamina to the fore. Connections of The Giant Bolster believe that the Gold Cup second will come on again this year and as recent tweets about the horse have said “it is all about this year”. With whispers like that Crockford is certainly tempted to make an each way wager  at 7/1 on this horse against the two favourites.

Archer’s Selection – Balder Success (12.20 Haydock)

This odds on favourite would have immediately caught Archer’s eye. Alan King is very keen on this horse and so would Archer be after his runs last season. His last run should put him just right to win what looks a much weaker contest

Crockford’s gambles around the courses:

Ascot – Chiberta King e/w (12.35), For Non Stop (2.10), Oscar Whiskey (2.45) and Champion Court (3.20)

Haydock – Balder Success (12.20), Lamb or Cod  and Black Thunder e/w (12.55), Knight Pass (2.30), The Giant Bolster e/w (3.05) and Pettifour e/w (3.40)

Lingfield – Equitania (12.45), Lastkingofscotland (1.20), Kindia e/w (1.55) and Sonko (2.25)

Gowran – Hidden Cyclone (2.35)


(Featured Photograph – David Pipe with the connections of Dynaste at Cheltenham by Stuart Rice)