A strongly run race will suit King's Lynn who has stamina in abundance over the minimum trip.
The interesting candidate in the second race at Haydock is HELVEZIA.
Ralph Beckett's lightly raced 4yo drops back to a sprinting trip for the first time, after racing over 7f-8f. The drop back in trip doesn't look to suit based on her pedigree, being by Holy Roman Emperor, out of a Teofilo Mare, but I think the conditions at Haydock will suit her.
The form of last season has worked out well, especially the third place finish at Goodwood in a Class 1 Listed race, where she finished behind Onassis and With Thanks. Onassis has since ran respectably in a Group 1 at Haydock, finishing 6th. With Thanks won a Group 3 in devastating fashion, winning by 5 lengths, and she looked a class above. Helvezia only finished 2.25 lengths and 1.75 lengths behind the front two at Goodwood, and she had every chance entering the last furlong, but the other two stayed on stronger.
The ground is currently soft, but Haydock isn't expecting any further rain, and is expecting a lot of sunshine, so the ground will probably end up on the slower side of good, but it probably will be tacky, meaning it will still be a stamina test at the trip. There will more than likely be a fast pace that will be set, combining this with the ground, it will bring Helvezia's extra stamina into play, so I expect her to be staying on strongly.
This is her first start of the season, but the fact that connections have sent her sprinting on her first run, with Frankie Dettori booked, it signals that she will be ready.
Advised: Each Way (6 places WilliamHill, 5 places most bookies)
Another horse who has recently took a step back in trip, and it has suited him well is, KING'S LYNN.
Prior to this season, Andrew Balding had King's Lynn running over 6f, but I think the drop back to 5f will be beneficial in the long run, as he does have potential. I think it's interesting that they're willing to go for a Listed Race, than win a big prize handicap, as his mark of 95 is definitely workable, and I'd go as far to say as he's well handicapped off that mark.
A fast paced 5f on slow ground will be right up his street. He stays further than the minimum trip, so a stamina test at the trip will be beneficial. The form of his last race has worked out better than expected. The horse back in third, Ainsdale, finished a neck 2nd to Liberty Beach at Haydock last week. Also, the form of the Newbury race looks strong as well, with Garrus running well since and Came From The Dark losing by small margins in a Group 3.
Advised: Each Way (4 places on offer)
12:00 Leicester - Race: 1
12:30 Leicester - Race: 2
12:40 Listowel - Race: 1