Tom Stanley's Friday tips: Mt Augustus can tower over rivals at Haydock

By Tom Stanley
Fri 28 Sep 2018

Tom Stanley fired in a 10-1 winner last week and tipped each-way a 25-1 second. Our man has four selections on Friday and his best bet of the day can be backed at 11-1.

I enjoyed the first day of the Cambridgeshire meeting at Newmarket on Thursday very much and have a couple from the Rowley Mile on Friday.

There seemed to be a draw bias up the stands' side rail on the opening day of three, certainly early on, and stalls on the far side on Friday it may pay to explore the far rail on day two.

I also have two selections from a good meeting at Haydock in between the Newmarket tips.

2.25 Newmarket - Sun Maiden at 13-2 with BetVictor and Coral:

This filly looked top-class when winning at Salisbury in a very good time.

Things have not gone to plan since, though, and she lines up here with a little bit to prove.

She was found to be in season when last at Glorious Goodwood in August and that was not a bad effort at York last time in behind Lah Ti Dar.

She might not be the filly plenty (myself included) thought she was after Salisbury, but I’m willing to keep her on side here at a bigger than expected 13-2.

4.25 Haydock - Mt Augustus at 11-1 with Bet365 and BetVictor:

His win on his penultimate start may have come on quick ground, but he has gone well with cut underfoot and I do not expect the going to pose any problems.

Lightly raced this year, we have not seen him since he was beaten at Sandown two months ago in a race really not run to suit.

There is pace on here, though, and that should play to this strong stayer’s strengths at what looks a massive 11-1.

4.55 Haydock - Leader Writer each-way at 22-1 with BetBright:

I think Fondest will take this and I was close to putting her up, even at 5-2.

I thought that Leader Writer was overpriced at last night's 16-1 so he can’t go unbacked at 22-1, for all I will likely end up with both on my side.

Leader Writer has been disappointing this year even though he was a little unlucky at Doncaster in March and did not run badly at Newcastle when sixth two starts back in June.

Last time, again at Newcastle, he may have been too hot on recent form but he drops in grade, returns to ground with some dig in it (his last win came on soft) and is dropping down the weights.

He is certainly not without a chance.

5.15 Newmarket - History Writer at 8-1 with Bet365, BetBright, William Hill:

Six of the last eight renewals have gone to three-year-olds and History Writer lines up for the David Menuisier and Fran Berry team that have enjoyed a great season together.

Berry knows the horse well and, for all his trainer had said he wanted a middle draw for options, I like his low berth.

There is pace in stall one and I fancy that could be the place to be with the stalls on the far side. He’s not necessarily had things run to suit on his last few starts but a good gallop over this trip will be ideal and he’s well worth backing at 8-1.

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