2:50 – Haydock – CELEBRATING 45 YEARS OF BETFRED SUPERIOR MILE (LISTED RACE) (CLASS 1) (3yo+) Good To Firm 1m
Boom And Bust runs for just the second time at Listed level today and comes into the race on the back of a win in a Class 2 Handicap in the Shergar Cup. Shergar Cup form generally needs to be taken with a pinch of salt due to the number of overseas jockey’s riding who do not know the track and therefore do not necessarily have their horses in the right place at the right time. However, the form of the race was franked when Trade Storm who finished 2nd at Ascot came out and won a very competitive 20 runner Class 2 Handicap at York’s Ebor meeting on his next run.
Boom And Bust has only run three times this season and showed two runs back that he was coming back into form. The 5 year old bay gelding ran in the Betfair Mile at Glorous Goodwood, a race he had won the year before but due to his wide draw he was unable to get across to the rail in a prominent position and had to suffer behind a wall of horses. A gap came to late for him but he ran on in an eye catching manner to finish 4th just 2 ¾ lengths behind Fulbright who reopposes again today.
The going at Haydock is Good to Firm, Firm in places and Boom And Bust has shown his best form on firmer ground. He has won 6 times in his career, 5 wins coming from 7 runs in Good to Firm ground and 1 win from 1 run in Firm ground. He also runs over his best trip today with all six of his wins coming over a mile from twelve runs over the distance.
He is ridden by Hayley Turner again today after Kieren Fallon rode him at Ascot last time. Hayley has ridden Boom And Bust five times and the pair have won on three occasions. Hayley also rode a winner at Haydock yesterday and has a good strike rate when riding for Marcus Tregoning who trains Boom And Bust with 18 winners from 85 runners over the past 5 seasons.
The make up and likely pace of the race is very interesting. Boom And Bust is the only front runner in the field and has the potential to get a soft lead. When he ran at Ascot under Kieren Fallon last time out he lead from 5 furlongs out and although Trade Storm strongly challenged him inside the final 120 yards Boom And Bust was doing enough to win. When Hayley Turner won on him last May at Newbury she made all and a repeat of these tactics could pay dividends today.