Tom Stanley's top tips for Friday: Norton can guide tour to success at Haydock

By Tom Stanley
Fri 19 Oct 2018

Friday provides some good punting opportunities, hopefully to bolster the bank ahead of Qipco British Champions Day on Saturday.

A word on that to start; the first three look messy and I wouldn’t have strong opinions but as the afternoon progresses, so does the confidence.

Addeybb is a horse I’ve long had faith in, but we’ve not seen him since his poor draw on quick ground gave him little chance at Newbury. This will suit far better.

Crystal Ocean against the favourite in the big one, then one last chance from atop the cliff on South Seas. Simple!

3.05 Haydock: Tawny Port at a general 8-1

The outsiders should provide a good bit of pace to aim at and, on this ground, it may set up for a closer.

I’m hoping that comes to pass for previous course and distance winner Tawny Port at a generous 8-1.

That win here came under today’s jockey on heavy ground and he saves his best for cut underfoot.

He had that when running well in the Ayr Bronze Cup but not so when last seen at York where the leaders never came back to him. Hopefully they do today.

3.20 Redcar: Barys at 7-2 with Coral

I’m convinced we’re yet to see the best of this horse.

He may be a Kodiac but I remember seeing him on the gallops before he’d run and he just looked a horse to improve with a little time and over a little further.

He gets that today and won’t have the draw issues he faced last time when wide at Chelmsford.

The ground could be a problem, but his dam went on it and I’d be confident he’ll go close at 7-2.

3.35 Haydock - Vive La Difference at a general 25-1

I’m not overly taken with his draw in 14 but there is plenty of pace on here and I’d imagine they’ll drop in from there and ride him for a finish.

Those tactics have worked for both his wins, the most recent of which came on soft ground, and he was subsequently sent off favourite for the Carlisle Bell.

The first three from that have won since and you can find excuses for this selection in two runs since.

Held up at Chester when meeting trouble in running and then pulling all chance away early at Newcastle, I’m very surprised he’s as big as 25-1.

4.05 Haydock: City Tour at a general 11-4

He looked certain to start favourite wherever he turned up next after the most eye-catching debut you’ll see, but he’s not today and I’m very happy to have 11-4 on side.

He missed the break and was green throughout but flew home and steps up in trip today.

He is sure to improve a bundle and I fancy, if smarter away, he could take some catching from the front.

He seemed to handle the ground last time so no concerns on that front and I like that the man who rode him on debut, Franny Norton, is reunited.

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