Race of The Day Thursday July 05
16:305 furlongs (1000m)

Be A Winner With Bohle Handicap (Class 4)

Haydock Park

  • Current Favourite  Eeh Bah Gum
  • Current Odds 15/8
Race Analysis Runners 6 Going Good to Firm Distance 5 furlongs (1000m)

Race Overview

There is £12,200 in guaranteed prize money for this competitive five furlong handicap for three year olds only, rated 66-87. Run on the straight course at this Grade 1 Flat track, it includes some horses in fine form while others have struggled to recapture their juvenile best.

With two last time out winners, and another who has scored over the course and distance in the past, what it lacks in numbers this race makes up for by being a more than interesting puzzle to solve.

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Favourite Eeh Bah Gum

Tim Easterby’s charge has made tremendous progress this term winning his last four races, all at this trip. He has incurred the handicapper’s wrath however and been raised a total of 29lb to date, but will it be enough to stop him landing a five-timer?

Horse racing Richard Fahey

Other Contenders

Marnie James landed her second win in four starts when scoring at Hamilton last week, while previous course and distance winner Quayside, trained by Richard Fahey (pictured) was second to Eeh Bah Gum at Redcar last time. Irish raider Canford Art makes her British handicap debut and is another interesting candidate.

Race Analysis

This race essentially revolves around whether or not Tim Easterby’s in-form Eeh Bah Gum can defy another stiff hike in the weights. He started his winning run off a mark of 56 at Redcar on May 21, scored again at Beverley under a 6lb penalty soon after, then defied a mark off 68 to win at Catterick on June 1, all over the minimum trip. A further 8lb rise didn’t impede the gelded son of Dandy Man who easily made all to score by two lengths back at Redcar on June 23 (Quayside second, Marnie James third), but he now faces the task of defying a mark of 85.

It is by no means certain that the handicapper has got to grips yet with Eeh Bah Gum and he looks sure to go well once again under David Allan.

Marnie James ended her juvenile campaign winning off a mark of 82 at Hamilton last October, and after a couple of runs this term, including finishing third to Eeh Bah Gum at Redcar 12 days ago, she won well enough at Hamilton last week. Her 6lb penalty doesn’t make life easy though, and she is only 2lb better off with the forecast favourite for a four-length beating, so may find it hard to reverse placings.

Canford Art won a five furlong Dundalk maiden in December then finished runner-up at the same course over an extra furlong four weeks later. She was never dangerous on her Irish handicap debut at Navan in May and runs here off a 1lb lower mark. Any market support would be interesting but she has still to prove she is as effective on turf.

QUAYSIDE is 6lb higher than when scoring over course and distance five weeks ago in good fashion. She has since finished runner-up to Eeh Bah Gum at Redcar but is now 9lb better off so on the face of it has a real chance of gaining her revenge on the revised terms. With the excellent Paul Hanagan on board she is taken to outpoint her rivals at what has already proven a happy hunting ground.

Bahuta Acha won at Catterick last September and at Beverley this term, but is 6lb higher than his last winning rating and may again find a few too good, while the final runner in the field, Paco Ecostar, makes her debut for Julie Camacho having formerly been trained by Paul Midgley, for whom she showed glimpses of ability. She was slightly unlucky-in-running here for Midgley last time out and isn’t a complete no-hoper by any means.

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Written by Paul Alster

Paul Alster has been part of the British and international racing media for more than three decades working as a race commentator, TV/radio presenter, journalist, betting correspondent, SP returner, and form analyst. He’s always sought out overpriced runners in handicap races, a quest that excites him as much now as it did at the start of his career.