32Red Sprint Cup
Group 1, Haydock Park 16:15
£300,000 added,
3yo plus,
6f, Class 1
  
Saturday 7th September 2019

Aidan O’Brien has raised the mouth-watering prospect of Darley July Cup hero Ten Sovereigns meeting last year’s juvenile champion, Too Darn Hot, in Haydock Park’s richest Flat Turf race of the season.

The speedy colt, fourth in the 2,000 Guineas, looked another Ballydoyle superstar in the making and gave his trainer a record-equalling fifth July Cup on July 13.

That has seen Ten Sovereigns installed as the red-hot favourite for the £300,000 six-furlongs Group One contest in September.

Intriguingly, the Sprint Cup is one of the few Group One prizes to have eluded Ireland’s champion Flat trainer.

O’Brien has entered six horses in the Sprint Cup - including Ten Sovereigns.

And Ryan Moore, who rode the July Cup champion to victory, said: “Ten Sovereigns looked like a top-class sprinter and hopefully he can continue that for the rest of season wherever he races.

“I thought the turn of foot he showed in the July Cup was the most impressive thing about his performance.”

The two-year-old champion of 2018 Too Darn Hot was given a Sprint Cup entry after returning to form by outclassing his rivals over seven furlongs in a Group race at Deauville.

Trainer John Gosden dropped Too Darn Hot in trip after placed efforts in the Dante, the Irish 2000 Guineas and the St James’s Palace at Royal Ascot.

However, Too Darn Hot is pencilled in to run in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood before Gosden and owner Andrew Lloyd Webber weigh up their future plans.

Simon Marsh, racing manager to Lloyd-Webber, said: “Too Darn Hot showed an enormous amount of speed in France and we want to keep all doors open.

“It’s exciting because he was his old self at Deauville, recording an extraordinarily fast time.”

One horse has won the 32 Red Sprint Cup twice.

Be Friendly, owned by the late BBC racing commentator Sir Peter O’Sullevan, captured the first two titles in 1966 and 1967.

Sprint Cup holder The Tin Man looks likely to defend his title. And Prix de ‘l Abbaye champion and Cartiers European sprinter of the year Mabs Cross, owned by Emma and David Armstrong from Chorley, is also entered.

32Red Sprint Cup
(British Champions Series) (Group 1)
£300,000 added, 3yo plus, 6f, Class 1
34 entries
Scratchings deadline August 20, five-day confirmation & £15,600 supplementary entry stage September 2, final declarations 10am September 5. Maximum field 17 runners.

Horse
Age
Owner
Trainer
ADVERTISE
3
Phoenix Thoroughbred Limited 1
Martyn Meade
ARCHER’S DREAM (IRE)
3
Fred Archer Racing – Wheel of Fortune
James Fanshawe
AZANO
3
M J & L A Taylor
John Gosden
BRANDO
7
Angie Bailey
Kevin Ryan
CAPE BYRON
5
Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum
Roger Varian
DONJUAN TRIUMPHANT (IRE)
6
King Power Racing Co Ltd
Andrew Balding
DREAM OF DREAMS (IRE)
5
Saeed Suhail
Sir Michael Stoute
EQTIDAAR (IRE)
4
Hamdan Al Maktoum
Sir Michael Stoute
FAIRYLAND (IRE)
3
Evie Stockwell/Michael Tabor/Derrick Smith
Aidan O’Brien IRE
FLAMING SPEAR (IRE)
7
Anthony Bloom
Dean Ivory
FOREVER IN DREAMS (IRE)
3
Phoenix Ladies Syndicate
Adrian Fogarty IRE
FOX CHAMPION (IRE)
3
King Power Racing Co Ltd
Richard Hannon
GARRUS (IRE)
3
Susan Roy
Charles Hills
HELLO YOUMZAIN (FR)
3
Jaber Abdullah
Kevin Ryan
INVINCIBLE ARMY (IRE)
4
Saeed Manana
James Tate
KACHY
6
David Lowe
Tom Dascombe
KEYSTROKE
7
GG Thoroughbreds XI
Stuart Williams
KHAADEM (IRE)
3
Hamdan Al Maktoum
Charles Hills
LE BRIVIDO (FR)
5
HRH Prince Faisal Bin Khaled/M Tabor
Aidan O’Brien IRE
LIBRISA BREEZE
7
Tony Bloom
Dean Ivory
MABS CROSS
5
David W Armstrong
Michael Dods
MAJOR JUMBO
5
T A Rahman
Kevin Ryan
NEVER NO MORE (IRE)
3
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier
Aidan O’Brien IRE
PRETTY POLLYANNA
3
Bill and Tim Gredley
Michael Bell
SANDS OF MALI (FR)
4
Phoenix Thoroughbred & Cool Silk P’ship
Richard Fahey
SERGEI PROKOFIEV (CAN)
3
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O’Brien IRE
SHINE SO BRIGHT
3
King Power Racing Co Ltd
Andrew Balding
SO PERFECT (USA)
3
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O’Brien IRE
SPEAK IN COLOURS
4
Chantal Regalado-Gonzalez
Joseph O’Brien IRE
TEN SOVEREIGNS (IRE)
3
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O’Brien IRE
THE TIN MAN
7
Fred Archer Racing – Ormonde
James Fanshawe
TOO DARN HOT
3
Lord Lloyd Webber
John Gosden
WALDPFAD (GER)
5
Gestut Brummerhof
Dominik Moser GER
WOODY CREEK
3
Craig Bernick
Fozzy Stack IRE