LiveScore Racing Preview: Haydock, December 1, 2021
Jumps racing on Wednesday comes from Haydock Park, with the Merseyside venue staging an afternoon that includes an intriguing Veterans' Handicap Chase as their penultimate race.
Conditions are set to be 'Soft-good to soft in places' on hurdle course after Haydock passed an inspection on Tuesday afternoon.
And we have picked five horses for you to follow.
12.40pm - Arete Capital Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle (3m)
Donald McCain's O'HANRAHAN BRIDGE has just the one win on his CV (1-10 over hurdles, placed six times) but he arrives here off the back of a good second at Southwell (3m½f, good) last week, when he was left with plenty of ground to make up off a slow pace having raced in rear.
From an unchanged mark, he and Theo Gillard stand a strong chance of going one better in this Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle, with that previous win having arrived on testing ground.
LiveScore selection: O'Hanrahan Bridge
1.15pm - Jewson St Helens Maiden Hurdle (3m)
Nicky Henderson's Another Brown Bear will likely be a popular pick here having chased home a promising mare with an improved showing on his second start at Ludlow (2m5f, good) last month.
He is a major player if seeing this trip out.
DEDANSER ran well in third at Carlisle (2m4f, soft) in October on his rules/stable bow — form that was advertised when the runner-up won at Ayr on Monday.
Brian Hughes' mount is another key player.
LiveScore selection: Dedanser
1.50pm - Jewson Widnes Novices' Chase (2m5½f)
A quality four-runner field assembled, though whether we are going to see anything of the ilk of last year's winner Royale Pagaille remains to be seen.
The long-absent Burrows Edge is intriguing for Nicky Henderson, while Kiltealy Briggs was second at Aintree last time and is a player again.
COCONUT SPLASH is 0-4 over fences but his efforts have been encouraging for sure and he might be the one for in-form handler Evan Williams.
LiveScore selection: Coconut Splash
2.20pm - Oakmere Homes 'Introductory' Hurdle (1m7½f)
Again, just a quartet of contenders but a fascinating race on paper.
A Different Kind is 3-3 under rules and made light work of a straightforward task at Bangor in last month's jumping bow.
However, this is a tougher examination for Donald McCain's 4YO and impressive Wetherby winner HARBOUR LAKE might give him his fill of it for Alan King and Tom Cannon in the Trevor Hemmings silks.
That form is working out well, while Green Book and Mind Sunday aren't dismissed in haste.
LiveScore Selection: Harbour Lake
2.50pm - Jewson Altrincham Veterans' Handicap Chase
The feature race at Haydock on Wednesday afternoon is this Veterans' Handicap Chase and it's attracted a cracking 12-runner field.
Cases can be made for plenty but ASO is the one that really sticks out for in-form trainer Venetia Williams.
He has not won for the thick end of three years but he had honourable seconds back in the spring behind Two For Gold and Cloth Cap before contesting the Gold Cup at Cheltenham and Aintree's Grade 1 Bowl.
Aso found 2m4f a bit sharp in the Paddy Power Gold Cup last month on his seasonal return but should find this trip, and the ease into Veterans' company, in his favour now.
LiveScore selection: Aso