5:25 – Haydock – BETDAQ HAYDOCK PARK APPRENTICE TRAINING SERIES HANDICAP (PART OF THE RACING EXCELLENCE INITIATIVE) (CLASS 5) (4yo+ 0-75) Good To Soft 1m
Hayek has had 27 career starts to date, winning twice and being placed on six further occasions giving him a win/place strike rate of 26.6%. However, when the 5 year old bay gelding is ridden by Adam Carter his win/place strike rate increases to 50% with one win and two placed efforts from six starts.
Adam takes the ride again today. He has ridden Hayak on six of his seven starts this season, the only exception being when he was ridden by Jo Coward in an amateur race on his last start. He has held his form really well throughout the season to date and on his last 5 starts he has won once and been placed three times. A look back through his previous form shows that he has never shown this level of consistency before and it definitely coincides with Adam Carter taking over in the saddle.
The going at Haydock is Good to Soft and although both of Hayek’s wins have been achieved in Good ground he does have some very solid form in softer conditions. This season he has been placed twice in Good to Soft and once in Soft ground and on his two Good to Soft efforts he has not been beaten more than 1 length.
He has run over 1 mile on eight occasions and has won once and been placed twice. In line with his consistent performances this season all three of his win and placed runs have come since April.
He runs off an Official Rating of 66 today. His previous high winning mark was 62 which he achieved when winning over today’s trip at Chester two starts back. He ran off 66 on his last start which was also at Chester in an amateur riders event and would probably have won had his rider not had him so far back in the field before producing him as he finished like a train, only going down by 1 length when finishing third. Therefore, he looks more than capable of going well again today off the same mark for a jockey he has shown to go very well for. He has only run at Haydock once previously, which was earlier this season under Adam Carter when he finished 2nd in Soft ground over 1 mile.