Thoughts on Trimoulet at Haydock tomorrow

Trimoulet runs in the 4.55 at Haydock tomorrow (18th July). Thomas Brown takes the ride in the mile maiden. Trimoulet should come on for his first run two weeks ago over course and distance, where he looked green initially before travelling nicely into the race, making a promising enough run before fading late on in the soft ground. Conor Beasley who rode him that day reported that he didn’t really handle the soft ground and ought to be seen to better effect on a quicker surface. He is a very big horse who has had few problems earlier in his career and will benefit from that initial experience from a fitness perspective as well. He did a nice piece of work on the bridle on Saturday morning, going six furlongs he quickened with four left to run and covered the final half mile in 49.93 seconds with the final two furlongs in 24.40. He’ll be racing off about 10-12kgs less than on his previous start.

The race looks a fairly strong maiden for the time of year, with Mount Shamsan looking to have the pick of the form and being an 83 rated horse sets a useful standard. Taqneen isn’t far behind on the ratings and ought to be in the mix. Elsiniaar made a promising debut when last seen on course over a year ago and carries his owners first colours ahead of Taqneen.