POST RACING TOP RATED, DEVIL’S ANGEL, SEALS 50-1 SKY BET SUNDAY SERIES SHOCK FOR O’KEEFFE

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I got the shock of my life yesterday, when the top two rated horses in the big 17 runner Handicap came home 1-2 producing an Exacta that paid £1240.40….the trainer admitted he too was surprised, but only by the returned SP!

🏇 HAYDOCK 4-45

PERCEIVED DRAW BIAS – M-L/H

✳️ (D) – DEVIL’S ANGEL….+10 (31%) – 14/1 > 25/1WON 50/1

✳️ (D) – ASADJUMEIRAH….+9 (18%) – 20/1 > 33/12ND 28/1

§ – RUSSCO….+9 (73%)

✳️ T – DESERT DOCTOR….+8 (56%)

✳️ (MMM) T – MISTER BLUEBIRD….+8 (56%)

✳️ 3️⃣ (OMM) – RAMBUSO CREEK….+8 (55%) – 6/1 > 4/1

✳️ (D) T – BALLYARE….+5 (75%) – 6/1 > 10/1

✳️ § – TOUSSAROK….+3 (45%)

(D) – COLD STARE….+2 (53%) – 16/1 > 22/1

✳️ 3️⃣ § – SHOWTIME MAHONES….-5 (50%) – 11/1

✳️ § – GOOD EARTH….-8 (33%)

✳️ (D) T § – SURPRISE PICTURE….-11 (42%) – 10/1 > 16/1

(D) T § – ABU MALEK….-15 (52%) – 12/1 > 18/1

(D) § – TIPPERARY TIGER….-18 (63%) – 14/1 > 20/1

✳️ (D) – SEVEN BROTHERS….-20 (38%) – 28/1 > 40/1

T – JORDAN ELECTRICS….-40 (33%)

(D) – A SURE WELCOME….-40 (50%) – 10/1 > 22/1

Trainer Jedd O’Keeffe admitted that he was surprised that Devil’s Angel (50-1) was sent off at such a big price, after watching him seal a rampant success in the Sky Bet Sunday Series Sprint Handicap at Haydock Park today.

The six year old grey arrived here on the back of a victory at Sandown Park two starts ago and he was quick to make a mockery of his outsider tag, travelling smoothly into proceedings and kicking clear inside the final furlong.  

The result came as little surprise to O’Keeffe, though he did reveal he was slightly taken aback by his price in the betting. He explained: “When we were watching them go in and the prices were up on the television, I couldn’t believe what price he was.

“I knew he was going to be a big price but he won two starts ago and the thing about him is that because he has a minor stalls issue he’s rather hit and miss, but when he’s hit he’s very good. It certainly wasn’t impossible that he wasn’t going to do well today and he’s just a lovely horse to train.”

Meanwhile, winning jockey Callum Shepherd added: “He’s a bit weird and we’re probably kindred spirits! I think he enjoys being ridden with plenty of confidence and taking his time through a race, so maybe we suit each other. I thought off 80 he wasn’t without a chance with the pace of a 16-runner race to aim at and if he can carry this form forward he could go up the ranks further.”

This afternoon’s seven race card was a highly-competitive one, with a huge £200,000 on offer alongside several other incentives. And while there wasn’t a cloud in the sky it proved to be something of a grey afternoon on the track, with the grey Charyn (9-2) joining Devil’s Angel in the winner’s enclosure.

Roger Varian’s charge was having his first start in the Sky Bet Sunday Series Newcomers’ EBF Maiden Stakes over six furlongs and showed plenty of professionalism throughout, knuckling down well for a half-length success.

It was a performance which delighted winning jockey David Egan, who feels that the son of Dark Angel could have a bright future. He said: “He’s a lovely individual, I had the pleasure of sitting on him last week and he showed nothing but positive signs. 

“I’d have thought a sharp six furlongs here would be sharp enough for him but he’s had a very professional attitude through the race and even in the preliminaries – it’s exactly what you wanted to see from a newcomer. 

“There’s some nice prize money today so people are going to target these kind of races, but he’s done it very well. He was an expensive yearling so he looks a nice type.”

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