The Connolly’s RED MILLS ‘Precision Nutrition’ Hurdle Series comes to a close this Saturday 4 April with the £50,000 final at Haydock Park. This series has consisted of 19 qualifiers spread across the 2014/2015 National Hunt season, run exclusively at 8 Jockey Club Racecourses throughout the UK.
This Saturdays card at Haydock will be shown live on Channel 4 Racing and is shaping up to be a very exciting days racing with this final the feature race on the day.
The series began back in November and since then over 188 horses have attempted to qualify to run in this weekend’s final, which looks sure to be a very hot contest.
The Connolly’s RED MILLS ‘Precision Nutrition’ Hurdle Series also incorporates a very competitive leading trainers championship, where the winner will receive 2 tonnes of RED MILLS horse feed. Throughout the series trainers who have been placed in the first four of any of the qualifiers have been allocated points. Trainers receive five points for first place, three points for second, two points for third and one point for finishing fourth.
Currently Victor Darnell is in pole position to take home the prize with 14 points, but without an entry in Saturdays final this could all change. Kim Bailey and Paul Nicholls are both on 12 points and both have entries with leading chances in Net Work Rouge and Southfield Vic respectively.
Southfield Vic carries top weight for this 2m 4f trip, but with useful claimer Sean Bowen onboard and coming from a yard in form he could take all the beating.
The John Wade trained Spanish Fleet has been ultra consistent this season and will no doubt be quite popular again this Saturday.
The aptly named Make Me A Fortune is another interesting entry, he was a comfortable winner of his qualifier at Market Rasen over Christmas and backed this up with two placed efforts before scoring at Sedgefield last time. Trevor Ryan looks set to take the ride and his claim could prove very valuable.
And finally, one sure to attract a lot of attention is the Jonjo O’Neill trained Upswing ridden by AP McCoy. This looks likely to be AP McCoys last visit to Haydock before his impending retirement and he will no doubt be looking to clock up another big win before he calls time on what has been a fantastic career.
The action gets underway Saturday at the Merseyside track at 1.25pm with the feature race the Connolly’s RED MILLS ‘Precision Nutrition” Hurdle Series Final off at 2.35pm. To view the full list of runners and riders for Saturday’s final visit the Racing Post website.