GUILDHALL (4.05) fairly ploughed through the mud to justify favouritism at Ayr and with similar conditions forecast at Haydock he can score again.
Ray Beckett’s colt also impressed on debut when third to useful Rajinsky at Sandown at the end of August.
NEW GRADUATE (4.40) has a long absence to overcome but he thumped Preening when last seen at Thirsk in May. The runner-up has developed in a high-90s horse which will make New Graduate hard to beat if fully wound up.
AL KOUT (5.50) was beaten a neck by Garbanzo on his last visit to Haydock, handling the soft/heavy ground, and has since lost out narrowly at Newcastle. This is another opportunity to hit the winners’ circle. The Knot Is Tied and Buonarroti are again very closely matched on their latest Ayr clash.
ALEMARATALYOUM (3.35) was a bit disappointing at York last Friday but he has run two of his best races at Haydock. He beat subsequent winner War Glory in August and scored again over course and distance at the end of September. Sod’s Law and Fastar were also near the top of my shortlist but the each-way call is Alemaratalyoum.