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King looks to be Wold away on Haydock card; WEEKEND WAGER CHARLIE MCCANN.

THIS time next week we will be focusing on the Crabbie's Grand National.

Shutthefrontdoor remains the 7/1 favourite and his jockey, AP McCoy, has said he will retire on the spot if the market leader gives him a second win in the race.

BetVictor are betting each way six places and Non Runner No Bet on the race from noon today as the countdown begins to the greatest horse race in the world.

Haydock stage a competitive card this afternoon on soft ground and there was plenty of rain forecast to fall on the track on Good Friday.

In the feature staying chase, King of the Wolds has been raised 8lbs for a facile win in a poor race at Ayr over 3m 1f last time but I'm not convinced he would be suited by a thorough test of stamina and is reluctantly overlooked on this occasion.

The form of the Venetia Williams yard is a concern but I have thought there was a decent race in Astigos all winter.

Today could easily be his day but first time out might be the time to catch Sydney Paget (3.15), who is only 4lbs higher than when running away with a valuable handicap over course and distance back in November 2013.

He has an absence of 12 months to overcome but still holds an entry in the National, which suggests he has been ready to run for some time.

In the opener, Village Vic (1.25) would be a confident selection on better ground but it is interesting that connections have swerved Newton Abbot, where he was also entered at the five-day stage, for a crack at this less valuable - but perhaps less competitive - prize. The selection caught a tartar at Newbury last time but can race off the same mark. He wouldn't want a bog but remains at the right end of the handicap.

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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Apr 4, 2015
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