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Horse racing tips: Coconut can make a splash at Haydock

There is a Grade 1 card to look forward to at Haydock on Saturday and Racing Post tipster Robbie Wilders supplies his four best bets.

Robbie Wilders' tips

12.05 Haydock - Primoz @ 11/4
1.50 Haydock - Grey Dawning @ 9/4
2.20 Haydock - Dubrovnik Harry @ 11/1
3.35 Haydock - Coconut Splash @ 11/1

12.05 Haydock - Primoz @ 11/4

The 2m novice hurdle run at Ayr on 4th November looked a seriously strong event and I was taken by the performance of PRIMOZ on his first start for Lucinda Russell.

The market revolved around Aintree Grade 2 bumper winner Florida Dreams and Olly Murphy's talented talking horse Indeevar Bleu. 

However, neither of these high-class hurdling recruits could live with the speed of Primoz, who was presumably thought likely to need the run as he drifted from odds of 7/2 out to an SP of 15/2 on the show.

Primoz clearly possesses more toe than your typical Russell horse and I fancy him to make all on softer conditions. He should have no issue with in light of his heavy-ground point-to-point success, with Derek Fox taking over in the saddle. 

Robbie Wilders' tip:

Primoz @ 11/4 - 1pt win

1.50 Haydock - Grey Dawning @ 9/4

It is interesting that the Willie Mullins-trained Gaillard Du Mesnil makes the journey over for the graduation chase, but I'm against him at a short price.

He ran a screamer when third in the Grand National on his previous start, but the great Aintree spectacle usually takes plenty out of horses. 

Those who ran in it are just 2-50 in subsequent outings and we have since seen a few high-profile disappointments from those who finished out their race, namely through Corach Rambler, Noble Yeats and Mister Coffey.

GREY DAWNING gets 11lb from Gaillard Du Mesnil and he makes more appeal than Sefton winner Apple Away, who lines up for her chasing debut.

Grey Dawning showed up well for a long way behind Stay Away Fay on his introduction to fences in a strong contest at Warwick, and he should strip fitter with that run behind him.

He jumped nicely there and testing ground is what he needs, so the surface at Haydock is a plus, the fact he has had a run tilts things in his favour.

Robbie Wilders' tip:

Grey Dawning @ 9/4 - 1pt win

2.20 Haydock - Dubrovnik Harry @ 11/1

DUBROVNIK HARRY rates an enticing each-way play for the competitive 3m handicap hurdle, with bet365 offering punters five places.

The seven-year-old produced a fine third in the EBF Final two seasons ago (fared best of those who were held up there), and that form is red-hot with stacks of winners coming out since.

After struggling last campaign, the selection is off the same mark as for that fine effort, but that was ultimately a write-off as physical issues plagued his progress.

Dubrovnik Harry is reportedly over those now and got back on the right track with a decent fourth off 1lb higher in a competitive staying handicap at Cheltenham last time. 

This lightly raced sort should have plenty more to give.  

Robbie Wilders' tip:

Dubrovnik Harry @ 11/1 - 1pt each-way

3.35 Haydock - Coconut Splash @ 11/1

bet365 are serving up four places for the concluding event and COCONUT SPLASH is the one to support each-way. 

Coconut Splash is a 13-race maiden over fences, so comes with risks, but he has slipped to an excellent mark, and staying trips seem to be what he needs nowadays.

He finished nicely at Wincanton last time after unsurprisingly struggling behind subsequent easy Listed winner Broadway Boy at Newton Abbot.

Coconut Splash was quite well backed for the 3m1f handicap chase on Grand National day and was travelling well before being brought down at the 15th. 

That came off a 10lb higher rating and the handicapper's recent leniency can work in his favour. 

Robbie Wilders' tip:

Coconut Splash @ 11/1 - 1pt each-way

Robbie Wilders' tips

12.05 Haydock - Primoz @ 11/4
1.50 Haydock - Grey Dawning @ 9/4
2.20 Haydock - Dubrovnik Harry @ 11/1
3.35 Haydock - Coconut Splash @ 11/1

This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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