Betfair Sprint Cup
Group 1, Haydock Park 15:30
£275,000 added,
3yo plus,
6f, Class 1
  
Saturday 3rd September 2022

Trainers Quotes

Fresh from an impressive victory in the Hackwood Stakes at Newbury last month, the Owen Burrows-trained Minzaal was placed at the highest level for the third time when filling the runner-up spot behind Highfield Princess in the Prix Maurice de Gheest.

While delighted with his star sprinter’s performance, Burrows is hoping Minzaal can eventually break his Group One duck, with a trip to Merseyside next on his agenda.

“He’s been knocking on the doors in these Group Ones for a few years now – he’s Group One placed at two, three and four. It would just be lovely if he could get his head in front in one,” said the Lambourn handler. 

“The race probably wasn’t run to suit the horses coming from behind, but I’ve got no real complaints. I thought he ran a very creditable race.

“I don’t know if he could go up in trip. There’s only really the Prix de la Foret over seven furlongs and I think we’ll stick to the plan of going to Haydock and see what happens there.

“Jim (Crowley) is adamant he’s going to be better with a bit of juice in the ground. It was pretty quick at Deauville, but it was a very good run.

“He’s by Mehmas and he’s got a lot going for him as a potential stallion, so if he could win a Group One it would make a big difference.”

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The David Evans-trained Rohaan bounced back from a spell in the wilderness when successfully defending his crown in the Wokingham Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, after which he finished a creditable fourth in the Hackwood Stakes at Newbury.

Returning to Group One level in the Prix Maurice de Gheest, the son of Mayson powered home to be beaten just a length, with Evans of the belief his stable star was perhaps unfortunate not to finish even closer.

“I think he probably had the worst draw and there wasn’t enough pace for him. Other than that he ran exceptionally well,” said Evans.

“It was difficult for Adam (Kirby, jockey). He was waiting to go through them and the gap closed, so he had to pull out. He gave him a good ride and he ran a good race.

“He was probably a little bit unlucky, but I always thought he was good enough and he is good enough. He’s got a brilliant turn of foot when he switches on and it’s just about using it at the right time.”

Rohaan holds an entry in the Group Two Sky Bet City Of York Stakes over seven furlongs on August 20, but is more likely to wait for Haydock, where he won the Sandy Lane Stakes last season.

Evans added: “I think we’ll probably go to Haydock. He’s in at York, but it’s a bit close and Haydock is a bit close to that and he likes Haydock.

“He’s not far away and I think he’ll get better. He goes on any ground as well, so we have no worries on that score.

“It’s nice to see him being a bit more consistent. We thought he had everything last year and he just went to pieces.”

Trainers Quotes

Betfair Sprint Cup
(British Champions Series) (Group 1)
52 entries
Going:

NO. FORM HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY
1 48514- Art Power 5 9-5 Tim Easterby
2 002-11 Brad The Brief 5 9-5 Hugo Palmer
3 61-024 Creative Force 4 9-5 Charlie Appleby
4 20-200 Diligent Harry 4 9-5 Clive Cox
5 0-7201 Dragon Symbol 4 9-5 Roger Varian
6 4-0006 Emaraaty Ana 6 9-5 Kevin Ryan
7 52-248 Glen Shiel 8 9-5 Archie Watson
8 12-076 Great Ambassador 5 9-5 Ed Walker
9 654098 Gustavus Weston 6 9-5 Joseph G Murphy
10 8-3811 Khaadem 6 9-5 Charles Hills
11 1-2170 King's Lynn 5 9-5 Andrew Balding
12 49-382 Kinross 5 9-5 Ralph Beckett
13 -11386 Man Of Promise 5 9-5 Charlie Appleby
14 7-4300 Method 4 9-5 Freddie & Martyn Meade
15 3-3012 Minzaal 4 9-5 Owen Burrows
16 /427-2 Nahaarr 6 9-5 William Haggas
17 30-830 Namos 6 9-5 D Moser
18 104125 Naval Crown 4 9-5 Charlie Appleby
19 61-163 Power Under Me 4 9-5 G M Lyons
20 878144 Rohaan 4 9-5 David Evans
21 2-4101 Run To Freedom 4 9-5 Henry Candy
22 -36600 Saint Lawrence 4 9-5 Roger Varian
23 -35404 Cadamosto 3 9-3 A P O'Brien
24 1242-5 Castle Star 3 9-3 J A Stack
25 0-0935 Dubawi Legend 3 9-3 Hugo Palmer
26 -11110 El Caballo 3 9-3 K R Burke
27 -61229 Flaming Rib 3 9-3 Hugo Palmer
28 -14021 Go Bears Go 3 9-3 David Loughnane
29 321110 Harry Three 2 3 9-3 Clive Cox
30 -21120 Mitbaahy 3 9-3 Roger Varian
31 -11296 New York City 3 9-3 A P O'Brien
32 -17177 Perfect Power 3 9-3 Richard Fahey
33 -21116 Rozgar 3 9-3 F-H Graffard
34 10-100 Twilight Jet 3 9-3 M D O'Callaghan
35 -43034 Wings Of War 3 9-3 Clive Cox
36 -34913 Alcohol Free 4 9-2 Andrew Balding
37 953-80 Chil Chil 6 9-2 Andrew Balding
38 -32785 Happy Romance 4 9-2 Richard Hannon
39 521161 Highfield Princess 5 9-2 John Quinn
40 6-1125 Pearls Galore 5 9-2 P Twomey
41 310-10 Romantic Proposal 6 9-2 Edward Lynam
42 83-107 Umm Kulthum 4 9-2 Richard Fahey
43 15-600 Vadream 4 9-2 Charlie Fellowes
44 377-03 Ventura Diamond 4 9-2 Richard Fahey
45 0-0316 Benefit 3 9-0 Clive Cox
46 1-4116 Brostaigh 3 9-0 Joseph O'Brien
47 2-4231 Flotus 3 9-0 Simon & Ed Crisford
48 13-70 Hala Hala Athmani 3 9-0 Kevin Ryan
49 1-11 Royal Aclaim 3 9-0 James Tate
50 21-111 Sense Of Duty 3 9-0 William Haggas
51 1-8412 Tenebrism 3 9-0 A P O'Brien
52 110-99 Zain Claudette 3 9-0 Ismail Mohammed

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