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Saturday, September 7, 2002



3.30pm Hayock, Saturday, September 7, 2002
Stanley Leisure Sprint Cup (Class A) (Group 1) (3yo+), 6f

GOING: Good to firm

1) (5) 9228Bahamian Pirate (Lucayan Stud) David Nicholls 7-9-00 Michael Hills
Runner-up to Continent in the July Cup but a bit disappointing since at the Curragh and the Nunthorpe at York. Others preferred.

BP= 14/1Tote

2) (8) 2514 Continent (Lucayan Stud) David Nicholls t5-9-00 Keith Dalgleish
Much improved this season, landing July Cup on penultimate start. Probably found 5f at bit on the sharp side last time out in the Nunthorpe but respected back at his optimum distance. Would prefer cut in the ground.

BP=5/1 William Hill

3) (3) 1199 Frenchmans Bay (Michael Pescod) Roger Charlton 4-9-00 Steve Drowne
Suffered an injury when third in the 2000 Guineas last season but bounced back this season with wins in a Kempton maiden and Listed Group Three at Longchamp, both over 7f. Disappointing last two starts at Royal Ascot (pulled too hard) and in Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville (very soft ground). Trainer has won this event in the past and is in good form. Could go well at decent odds.

BP= 25/1 Ladbrokes, tote, William Hill

4) (10) 4156 Invincible Spirit (Prince A A Faisal) John Dunlop 5-9-00 John Carroll
Won Duke Of York Stakes earlier this season and not disgraced in either the Golden Jubilee or the Temple Stakes subsequently.

BP= 22/1 Ladbrokes

5) (7) 1172 Malhub (Hamdan Al Maktoum) John Gosden t4-9-00 Richard Hills
Won Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot and finished well when second over 5f in the Nunthorpe. Bit disappointing in the July Cup in between and has had training problems.

BP= 7/1 Ladbrokes

6) (2) 610- Mount Abu (Gary Seidler & Andy Smith) John Gosden 5-9-00 Jimmy Fortune
Runner-up in this race last year and also landed Prix de Foret in 2001. Not seen out since finishing well in rear in Hong Kong Mile last December and has generally wanted very soft ground.

BP= 14/1 Tote, William Hill

7) (12) 1413 Nayyir (Abdulla Al Khalifa) Gerard Butler 4-9-00 Eddie Ahern
Improved performer this season with win in Group Three races at Epsom and Goodwood over 8f and 7f and suited by return to sprinting when third to May Ball in Maurice De Gheest last time. Has a chance, but looks very short.

BP= 5/1 Tote, William Hill

8) (4) 3640 Orientor (S Bruce) Jim Goldie 49-00 Tony Culhane
Looked a useful prospect last season but hard to fancy on recent efforts.

BP= 33/1 Tote

9) (11) -361 Three Points (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor t5-9-00 Kevin Darley
Consistent sort but poor win record overall and had to dropped down to Listed class to win last time. Will appreciate the fast ground and could run well.

BP= 12/1 Ladbrokes, William Hill

10) (6) 13 3124 Landseer (Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-8-12 Kieren Fallon
High-class miler, winning French 2000 Guineas and finishing runner-up in St James's Palace Stakes. Didn't look as though drop back to sprinting suited in July Cup and opposable here, especially given the cloud over Ballydoyle runners.

BP= 7/1 Ladbrokes

11) (13) 5094 Twilight Blues (Susan Roy) Brian Meehan 3-8-12 Willie Supple
Hasn't actually run that badly this season, finishing fifth in 2000 Guineas and ninth in July Cup (blindfold left on at the start). Fair fourth in Maurice de Gheest last time out and each-way value at a big price.

BP=40/1 William Hill

12) 17 4032 Air Thule (Lucky Field Co Ltd) Hideyuki Mori JPN 5-8-11Yutaka Take
Japanese raider who is trained by Hideyuki Mori, who sent out Agnes World to July Cup victory in 2000. A little hard to assess but ran well behind May Ball in Maurice de Gheest last time and should not be discounted lightly.

BP= 11/1 Tote

13) (1) 2301 Danehurst (Cheveley Park Stud) Sir Mark Prescott b4-8-11 George Duffield
Second to Malhub and third to Continent in July Cup give her a chance and won a Group Two at the Curragh last weekend. Has a chance, but generally seems to find one or two a bit too good at the highest level and doesn't always run up to form.

BP= 10/1 William Hill

14) (9) 19 7421 May Ball (Lord Hartington) John Gosden 5-8-11Philip Robinson
Has really come into her own since dropping back to sprint distances, taking the Group One Prix Maurice de Gheest on her latest start. That was on very soft ground and would want some rain here.

BP=14/1 Ladbrokes, Tote, William Hill

Quite an open renewal with it possible to give some sort of chance to most of field. Therefore, Franchmans Creek abd Twilight Blues at 25/1 and 40/1 respectively offer great each-way value.


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