A big welcome to this week’s Saturday Preview and it’s a pretty significant days racing this week as it’s Sprint Cup Day over at Haydock and the return of the mighty Enable in the September Stakes down at Kempton.
Sprint Cup Preview
(4.15 – Haydock)
The Sprint Cup is a Group 1 affair that’s contested over six furlongs and its a race that has seen some of the best sprinters of all time line up and take aim at one another with last year’s renewal being won in devastating fashion by none other than Harry Angel. It’s Clive Cox’s star that heads the betting this time around in an attempt to retain his crown and he’s around a 5/4 chance to do just that. We havent however seen Harry Angel since his flop at Ascot in the Diamond Jubilee where he finished eleventh and was reported lame afterwards. However if returning in the same form we saw him in when bolting up in this last year he’ll clearly be very tough to beat, Adam Kirby is once again on board.
Next up in the betting is a horse that’s become somewhat of a fan favourite on the level throughout recent years and that’s of course none other than The Tin Man for James Fanshawe. He’s been placed in the last two renewals of this contest and it’s looked as though there’s still a bit left in the locker yet judging by his performances so far this term. Winning at Windsor, fourth at Ascot and placing in third in Group 1 company the last day in France. He is however without Tom Queally though as it’s now the in form Oisin Murphy that takes the ride, and his mount currently trades around the 15/2 mark.
The horse that comes here in arguably the best form of all is Sir Dancealot for David Elsworth. He’s established quite the partnership this season with French master Gerald Mosse culminating with an impressive success the last day in the Hungerford Stakes at Newbury. He’s a general 8/1 chance in the betting. Hamdan Al Maktoun is represented here with two runners and the first of these comes in the form of Tasleet for trainer William Haggas, he finished second in this particular contest last year and the rain will be a welcomed sight. Danny Tudhope takes the ride and he’s a general 9/1 chance. Jim Crowley however chose to ride the other of the two Hamdan horses and that’s the Sir Michael Stoute trained Eqtidaar. Already a Group 1 winner this year when winning the Commonwealth Cup at Ascot he’ll look to be bouncing back to that form following a disappointing run at Newmarket in the July Cup last time. The ever present Brando takes his place here for Kevin Ryan in yet another Group 1 sprint, a consistent performer in top contests and his partnership with Tom Eaves is once again renewed here. James Garfield another very likeable sort who I’m personally a big fan of takes his place here in the line up for George Scott off the back of a fantastic effort when just missing out in second whilst in Group 1 company the last day in France. He’s a general 9/1 chance and once again has the services of Frankie Dettori.
The Irish raiders here are made up by father and son Aidan and Joseph O’Brien. Gustav Klimt represents Aidan who comes here on a big recovery mission after a very poor run the last day at Newbury when dropped in Grade and favourite. The yard was going through issues at that point though and now look to be over that. He’s the mount of Ryan Moore and if bouncing back to his best 20/1 could look very big. Joseph is represented by Speak In Colours who won a Group 3 the last day and could have place possibilities if stepping up again here. He’s a general 16/1 chance and is the mount of Donnacha O’Brien.
Sands Of Mali won here in May in Group 2 company and will need to bounce back to that form as he’s been down the field the last twice in Group 1 company. The rest of the field is made up by dual course winner Donjuan Triumphant at 33/1 and Hey Jonesy at 50/1.
If Harry Angel turns up in last year’s form I think he’ll win however do I want to chance it at 5/4? Far too short for my liking. Punters got their fingers burnt with Battaash in the Nunthorpe at York the other week so it does pay to look for value sometimes. I’m going to try and do that here in the form of TASLEET for William Haggas. The mass of rain that’s fell in the last few days will be music to his ears and despite Crowley going with Eqtidaar I think this one can go well again in this contest.
TASLEET (9/1) (E/W)
1.50: MEKONG – 2/1
2.25: EMMAUS – 11/4
3.00: PERSIAN MOON – 11/4
3.35: BOLDER BOB – 11/2 (E/W)
4.15: TASLEET 9/1 (E/W)
4.25: QUIET ENDEAVOUR – 5/2
1.35: MAGIC ILLUSION – 7/4
3.20: SHEIKHA REIKA – 3/1