James Doyle has not lacked for rides since the bombshell that he was no longer an automatic number one for Saeed bin Suroor, and he's been making the most of his opportunities.
A double at Bath on Thursday made it nine wins in the last fortnight and he's an interesting jockey booking for the Brian Meehan-trained FOX TROTTER in the 1m handicap at Haydock this afternnon (due 3.10pm), with his record on the stable runners standing at 1-3.
The four-year-old's claims are not immediately obvious (hence his 13.00 (12/1) price tag) as he is on a long losing run going back to his juvenile days, but he's become well handicapped as a result. Having been as high as 101 in his prime, he's now back down to a mark of 92 and that's one he should be able to win off based on some of his juvenile form, which includes a fifth (of 23) behind Limato in Redcar's Two-Year-Old Tophy and a subsequent length second in the Group 2 Horris Hill Stakes.
Granted that was two years ago but he's shown more than enough in recent starts to suggest he retains some of that ability, with the pick being a close up fourth (of 15) at Doncaster three starts back. He was doing all his best work late on in that 7f contest and he again gave the impression he needed a stiffer test when a staying-on fifth over half a furlong less back at Doncaster last time after missing the start.
Today's easy mile could prove ideal then and, given a better break, it's not too hard to imagine him arriving late on the scene to hopefully grab the spoils, although even a place would ensure a tidy profit on our each-way money.
Haydock race 4, Fox Trotter each-way @ 13.00 (12/1) with bet365