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Friday, August 31, 2007


Excitement is building as Haydock Park prepares for an outstanding renewal of its showcase Flat race, the £300,000 Group One Betfred Sprint Cup, which takes place over six furlongs at 3.10pm on Saturday, September 8.

The north-west track’s only Group One contest of the Flat campaign invariably attracts the best sprinters in Europe and this year is no exception, with the Hughie Morrison-trained champion sprinter-elect, Sakhee’s Secret, poised to stretch his winning sequence this term to five.

The impressive Group One Darley July Cup winner will bid to confirm his superiority over the Peter Chapple-Hyam-trained Dutch Art, who was runner-up at Newmarket before filling the same spot behind Marchand D’Or in the Group One Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville on August 5.

Marchand D’Or’s trainer Freddie Head is confident of a big run from his charge, who is the current star of the French sprinting division, while Jeremy Noseda is poised to unleash his Group One Golden Jubilee Stakes hero Soldier’s Tale, who has not run since winning at Royal Ascot in June.

A host of top-class sprinters make up the fantastic supporting cast, including the Chapple-Hyam-trained Al Qasi and his four-timer seeking stablemate Tariq, as well as the Barry Hills-trained Darley July Cup third Red Clubs.

Balthazaar’s Gift and Hellvelyn are also set to tackle the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock. The former, trained by Luca Cumani in Newmarket, put up his best run this season when victorious in the Group Three Hackwood Stakes at Ascot in July, while the latter recently won a Listed five-furlong race at Beverley on only his second start as a three-year-old.

Asset, owned by by Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, who found seven furlongs too far when runner-up to Tariq in the Group Two Betfair Cup at Goodwood on July 31, is seeking revenge on both Sakhee’s Secret and Soldiers Tale after finishing sixth in the Darley July Cup and third in the Golden Jubilee Stakes.

Another of Highclere Thoroughbred Racing’s syndicates enjoyed victory in the Group One Haydock race with Tamarisk, trained by Roger Charlton, in 1998.

The Betfred Sprint Cup, generously sponsored for the second year by the world’s largest independent bookmaker, is the highlight of a superb seven-race card on Saturday, September 8, while Haydock Park also races on Friday, September 7, PFA Centenary day.

The going at Haydock Park is currently good to firm and the forecast is for generally dry conditions for the rest of the week.

Sakhee's Secret 9/4, Dutch Art 7/1, Soldier's Tale 7/1, Marchand D'Or 8/1, Tariq 9/1, George Washington 10/1, Asset 11/1, Balthazaar's Gift 12/1, Red Clubs 12/1, Al Qasi 16/1, Hellvelyn 16/1, Amadeus Wolf 20/1, Dandy Man 20/1, Magnus 20/1, Astronomer Royal 25/1, Benbaun 25/1, Bygone Days 25/1, Haatef 25/1, Captain Marvelous 33/1, Confuchias 33/1, Fonthill Road 33/1, Moss Vale 33/1, Mutawaajid 33/1, Prime Defender 33/1, Silver Touch 33/1, Somnus 33/1, Theann 33/1, Wi Dud 33/1, Advanced 40/1, Miss Beatrix 40/1, Sierra Vista 40/1, Sonny Red 40/1, Welsh Emperor 50/1, Rising Shadow 66/1, Electric Beat 100/1, Fayr Jag 100/1, Scarlet Runner 100/1

For further information, please contact Dickon White, Haydock Park’s Managing Director, on 01942 725963 or 07798 928924 or Kirkland Tellwright, Clerk of the Course, on 01942 725963 or 07748 181595.

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