It's the bet365-sponsored Lancashire Oaks day at Haydock on Saturday and Racing Post tipster Graeme Rodway returns with his best bets live on ITV.
The son of Sea The Stars is bred to be better than a handicapper as his dam won the Lingfield Oaks Trial and finished fourth in the Oaks itself. Pledgeofallegiance is slowly making his way through the grades now and looks well capable of defying a career-high mark of 83.
Pledgeofallegiance is unbeaten in two starts since being upped to 1m6f and fitted with cheekpieces. He built on his victory at Redcar in May with an impressive win at last month, when he went off at a strong pace and ran his rivals into the ground relentlessly.
He beat the lightly raced Campaign Trail by a length, with the front two more than eight lengths clear of the remainder, and that victory was achieved in a good time for the grade.
He is up 7lb, but has plenty more to offer and looks capable of defying a rise once again.
The bet365 Lancashire Oaks (2.40) is the feature race on the card and John Gosden loves this contest. He can land a 10th victory, and fifth since 2014, with the progressive filly MIMIKYU.
She didn't show her form on that occasion, trailing in 18 lengths behind the winner, but bounced back when returning from a 224-day break to finish second at York in late May.
Mimikyu was beaten just a short-head on that occasion by River Of Stars and probably needed the run. There is every chance she will improve now she has that under her belt.
She carried a penalty on that occasion, but goes off level weights here and is a course-and-distance winner. There should be more to come now the hood is off.
The bet365 Old Newton Cup Handicap (3.15) is the big betting race on Saturday and it provides a good opportunity for the promising MAKSUD to finally bag a big race of his own.
The four-year-old is without a win since landing a novice at in 2022, but he finished a close second in a hot handicap at Glorious Goodwood last summer off 2lb higher than this.
Maksud again took second in Listed company on his next outing at Windsor and there are excuses for two of his three subsequent defeats. He didn't take to the hood at Newmarket on his final run of last season and probably needed his reappearance at Chester’s May meeting.
He was beaten only five and a half lengths, despite finishing 12th, in the Duke of Edinburgh at Royal Ascot last time and that was a good effort in one of the strongest races of the year.
There should be more to come from him as he is unexposed at the trip and can settle better than he did at Ascot. Provided he gets into a nice rhythm early, Maksud has sound claims.