Best bets for the Sky Bet Sunday series

The next game in the popular Sky Bet Sunday series will take place at Haydock this weekend, with a seven-race competitive card to follow at the Merseyside venue.

There are great cash prizes on offer in each competition, and each race will be broadcast live on Racing TV.

For more on the Sky Bet Sunday series, head to our dedicated hub – visit here – where you’ll find information on the bonus prizes on offer, a race-by-race guide, detailed race maps and much more.

Sadly, two of my three caps are no longer starting, but hopefully Celtic Empress will hit double digits in the 6.15. Good luck.



3.45 Haydock: Dove round trip overall 20-1

This filly has thrived on back-to-back wins on good ground after a windy operation at the start of this season and, although she has run below par in two of her last three starts, both of those disappointing efforts are come on fast ground, which doesn’t seem to fit.

She produced a career-best performance when she finished second on a 0-90 handicap in her penultimate start, an outing that proved she was capable of being competitive at a higher level, and she missed the same mark here.

Liam Wright, who has ridden three winners and finished nine out of 26 outings this year, takes off a handy 5 pounds, and while his mount might be a slow starter, it looks like there’s plenty of pace, which will suit jack-up performers.

The pitch shouldn’t be a problem for Colombe this time and she’s worth the game at 20-1.


6.15 Haydock: Celtic Empress each way at 20-1 with Bet365

A consistent overall handicapper who drew attention to a higher pound in the Kensington Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot two starts ago where she was forced to change before staying strong.

She has since run below par in Chester, but she ran exuberantly throughout and a prolonged ten furlongs would have stretched her stamina, so it’s no surprise to see her quickly return to a mile.

Heather Main’s charge should be able to get stand seven coverage and although the selection is a pound above her last winning mark, a repeat of her effort at Royal Ascot will see her be competitive here, with Hollie Doyle a booking of positive jockey.


6.45 Haydock: Frankenstella each way to an 11-1 overall

Run For Oscar certainly looks like the one to beat after its eye-catching run at the Curragh, but a chance is taken on Frankenstella who put in his best performance by hitting a 0-100 handicap at this course and distance last year.

The five-year-old only raced once afterwards before suffering a long absence, but came back with a promising run she needed and then third in a handicap remaining useful at York.

Although the rebound factor is a slight concern, they have had 87 days to recover from those efforts and John Quinn’s side have been in decent form over the past fortnight.

She has progressed throughout her career and an 87 rating is unlikely to be the ceiling of her abilities, and has already attracted some support in the market.