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Haydock Sprint Cup Preview

Haydock Sprint Cup Preview

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The 32Red Sprint Cup takes centre stage on Saturday afternoon at Haydock Park. Harry Angel blitzed the field last year and will take some stopping now if he’s thriving as connections suggest.

Harry Angel to win the Sprint Cup @ 6/5

Clive Cox’s charge hasn’t raced since Royal Ascot in June. There he suffered a bit of a nightmare, getting his hind leg caught in the stalls, missing the break and trailing home at the rear of the Diamond Jubilee field. Bruising sustained at the start meant he missed the defence of his July Cup crown at Newmarket but, on the flip side, the four-year-old has had two months to get ready for this race.

Cox has been quite bullish this week when talking about Harry Angel. He feels his speedster is ready to roll and will showcase all that is good about him on Saturday.

If he does, then he looks rock-solid to make it three wins in as many starts around Haydock. He broke the track record when winning the Sandy Lane Stakes here in the spring of 2017, while last September he blitzed the field from the front when winning a heavy-ground Sprint Cup by a yawning four-lengths. If he’s in the same form now, he wins again.

James Garfield each-way in the Sprint Cup @ 9/1

With a field of 12 going to post, there’s plenty of chance to take the favourite on with an each-way player and James Garfield appeals.

Last year’s Mill Reef winner started this campaign with an impressive Greenham Stakes win at Newbury, enough to see him heading the 2000 Guineas over a mile at Newmarket. He didn’t stay on the Rowley Mile and gave a couple of below-par performances afterwards.

Last month, though, he roared back to his best and finished a gallant second in the Group One Prix Maurice de Gheest over at Deauville. Had he run true line, he’d probably have held off his pursuers there over the 6.5f trip.

That did, however, convince trainer George Scott that he’s dealing with a high-class sprinter and James Garfield can rubberstamp that notion here. Three-year-olds have a sparkling record in the Sprint Cup (last four winners) and he looks sure to run a big race and be in line to take advantage should Harry Angel fail to fire.

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Enda McElhinney Our racing expert, Enda studies cards in both England and Ireland on a daily basis and knows all the details you need to know when trying to select a winner. He is also a regular football writer and has strong knowledge of the Scottish game, with golf another specialised sport on his CV.