Saturday 7th September 2019
Author: Jordan Yates
Images: Jordan Yates
It’s Sprint Cup Day at Haydock Park and the action kicks off at 1:50 with a Class 2 handicap. In this particular affair, the one I’ve sided with is the John Gosden trained FIRST IN LINE who’s the mount of Frankie Dettori and sports the famous Oppenheimer colours. This unexposed three-year-old ran a cracking race when finishing second in the Melrose and I believe there is a lot more to come from him.
WIN: FIRST IN LINE (11/4)
Next up at 2.25 we have some Group 3 action in the form of the Superior Mile Stakes which is an intriguing race. Sharja Bridge sets a solid standard and should be bang there if returning to his best form, he’s also since been gelded since his last outing. I am however taking him on though with an old favourite of mine and that’s HERE COMES WHEN for Andrew Balding. He’s not quite the force old but he’s a Group 1 winner in testing ground and also won this race last year. If anywhere near his best he has every chance of going well here.
EACH WAY: HERE COMES WHEN (6/1)
Onto the 3.00 which is the Ascendant Stakes a listed contest over a mile and this is one of the most competitive races on the card. A field made up of mostly winners of novices and maidens of which a case could well be made for the majority of them. I’ve taken a chance on the William Haggas trained TAMMANI though who’s the mount of James Doyle. He got the better of the John Gosden trained Riot the last day who won at Kempton last night and it’s likely there’s considerable improvement to come which could well be showcased here.
WIN: TAMMANI (4/1)
The 3.35 is another extremely competitive affair which comes in the form of the Old Borough handicap. Corelli is currently heading affairs for Gosden & Dettori and he sets a decent standard on current form however it’s the Ian Williams trained RESHOUN that I’ll be siding with in this tough affair. He’s not been seen to best effect at all this season however he won this race in very impressive style last year and on a reasonable enough mark, he could well do some damage again if returning to that form.
EACH WAY: RESHOUN (5/1)
Turning the attention onto the feature contest of the afternoon which is, of course, the Sprint Cup. This takes place at 4.10 and has some very notable absentees in the likes of Advertise and Ten Sovereigns. Last year’s race was won by The Tin Man who’s back again this time around in an attempt to retain his crown and he’s also joined by regular and popular runner Brando. The one I’m siding with here though is the Stewards Cup winner which is KHAADEM for Charlie Hills and Jim Crowley. He justified heavy support to win the Heritage Handicap at Goodwood and did it in very impressive style. I think he could well prove very tough to beat here. Others to note look to come in the form of Hello Youmzain who lowered the colours of Calyx here in May and also the Sir Michael Stoute trained Dream Of Dreams who’s the ride of Danny Tudhope.
WIN: KHAADEM (11/4)