Byron Is Poetry For Punters
Haydock provides the Horse Racing highlight of the weekend, with the participants of the 6-furlong Group 1 Betfred Sprint Cup the headline acts.
Betfred Sprint Cup
If top-rated Sole Power proves as good over 6-furlongs as he has over five this season the others will struggle to repel his final furlong thrust. However, despite winning all three starts in Britain this year, he’s yet to register a win over the longer trip in five attempts.
Meanwhile, second favourite and last year’s winner, Gordon Lord Byron beat none other than Sole Power’s stablemate and this year’s July Cup winner Slade Power by three lengths in last year’s renewal. Good to soft ground is ideal for him but good ground shouldn’t hinder him too much. He looks to have been laid out for this and he can take it en-route to competing in some of the world’s biggest sprint races.
If you fancy a bigger-priced runner, Cougar Mountain looks to have the most potential to improve his rating after just three runs, and there’s no trainer better with 3-year-olds than Aiden O’Brien.
Gordon Lord Byron 5/1 each-way
Cougar Mountain 14/1 each-way
Betfred TV Old Borough Cup
Trainer Luca Cumani must have been distraught when Havana Cooler got balloted out of the Ebor, especially as his charge’s Goodwood Conqueror Van Percy finished runner-up in York’s feature event. However, whereas he would have been bottom weight at York, he has to carry top-weight here and was only 6th of 15 on his only visit to the course, the only time he hasn’t hit the frame. The booking of Richard Hughes probably means his gunning for compensation, but I just prefer the profile of Quest For More. Roger Charlton’s inmate narrowly failed to land some each-way bets at York over two miles last-time, the first time he had raced beyond a mile and a half, and it may be that 14-furlongs proves his optimum trip. Not out of the frame in his last seven runs, he looks a solid each-way bet under crack Irish jockey Pat Smullen.
Quest For More 10/1 each-way
Betfred.com Superior Mile
Roger Charlton might also be on the scoresheet in this group 3 contest courtesy of Captain Cat. Visually impressive when winning at Lingfield and Salisbury this season, Captain’s Cat’s jockey James Doyle gave him too much to do when runner-up to Bow Creek at Goodwood. George Baker takes over the steering and it looks like he has impressive Chester scorer Ocean Tempest to beat.
Captain Cat 15/8