Paul ja­cobs

Top tipster looks at the Hay­dock Sprint Cup

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The nap spe­cial­ist looks at the Hay­dock Sprint Cup

It has prob­a­bly been one of the most frus­trat­ing cou­ple of months in my punt­ing and tip­ping ca­reer, horses get­ting ap­palling rides,no luck in run­ning and/or the make-up of the race turn­ing wildly against me.

It’s the sort of run which thor­oughly tests your pa­tience and in­deed those who fol­low my tips and have a right to ques­tion, some­times, where the next win­ner is com­ing from.

But as I have al­ways said, this game is a long term marathon not a sprint and you should al­ways judge your­self and others over the course of 12 months.

The next ma­jor ante-post race will be the Hay­dock Park Sprint Cup,which could see LI­MATO crowned as the cham­pion sprinter. As a slice of dig in the ground is key to Mecca’s An­gel,so ground as fast as pos­si­ble is even more im­per­a­tive for Henry Candy’s charge as he showed with his turn of foot up the fi­nal climb at the New­mar­ket July meet­ing.

The prob­lem for some horses tak­ing part in the Nun­thorpe Stakes is that the Lan­cashire sprint is merely two weeks later and it is hard to back up the two races even if they were over the same trip, but even more dif­fi­cult over an ex­tra fur­long.

How­ever, this will only be Li­mato’s fourth run of the cam­paign and de­spite his idio­syn­cra­sies,granted ground on the fast side of good he will be hard to op­pose. The ques­tion is the ground. Should we get a good to soft re­newal then Twi­light Son be­comes in­ter­est­ing, but then at five times the price so does last year’s run­ner-up STRATH BURN.

I know that Robert Cow­ell has had this race in mind for him since last year’s stir­ring fin­ish and he could just about be the value in this year’s re­newal.

Idaho put his stamp on the St Leger bet­ting with his suc­cess in the GreatVoltigeur Stakes, but I fancy that he doesn’t re­ally want to go a whole lot be­yond a mile and a half.

If the fi­nal clas­sic be­comes a res­o­lute test of stamina then he is vul­ner­a­ble, which makes his price of 2/1 (10/1 bar the O’Brien charge) look very in­ter­est­ing to ei­ther lay or back some­thing at a dou­ble fig­ure price.

On the other hand John Gos­den’s MUN­TA­HAA looks all about stamina fol­low­ing his stay­ing on run be­hind Across The Stars in the King Ed­wardVII Stakes at Royal As­cot. He may well have run again be­tween the pen­ning and pub­lish­ing of this piece,but he looks the more thor­ough stayer and doesn’t mind some give in the ground to boot.

Now onto the eye-catch­ers in the past month and top of the shop has to be the pro­gres­sive FIDAAWY who ab­so­lutely un­loaded on his field at Don­caster. Rac­ing at the head of af­fairs for a change, this out and out gal­loper length­ened and length­ened all the way down the home straight and could be a lot bet­ter than a hand­i­cap­per be­fore the end of the sea­son and a mile and a half now beck­ons.

Roudee was a game win­ner of the Great St Wil­frid Con­so­la­tion, but the plau­dits must go to the lightly traced FENDALE. Drawn in stall one, he was com­fort­ably clear of his ri­vals on the un­favoured far side and I think he is a bet­ter horse in a fast run stiff six than over seven fur­longs. A shot at one of the Ayr sprints at their big Gold Cup meet­ing will be his nat­u­ral tar­get.

TRE­VISANI looks a lightly raced stayer to keep on the right side of and he could even be a Ce­sare­witch horse in the mak­ing. Quirky he may be but the fouryear-old has loads of abil­ity and kept on pulling out more for Ge­orge Baker over Hay­dock’s mile and three quar­ters last month.

That mark will only take him onto a rat­ing in the mid-80’s but I fancy there is a bun­dle more to come from this son of Dubawi so you op­pose him at your peril wher­ever he turns up next.


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