Top tipster looks at the Haydock Sprint Cup
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.