It’s the season’s highlight at our local track this weekend with the Group 1 Sprint Cup taking place at Haydock.

It’s a stellar line up with seventeen top class sprinters set to line up with July Cup winner and subsequent Nunthorpe second Limato likely to head the betting. Henry Candy won the race last year with Twilight Son and he has had many great sprinters down the years with the likes of Kyllachy and Airwave also hailing from Kingston Warren stables.

The manner of Limato’s victory at Newmarket marked him down as a sprinter of the highest order, but I have to side with Quiet Reflection here. She followed up a course and distance success with victory at Royal Ascot and can make up the 2 ΒΌ lengths on Limato, even though she is worse of at the weights, at a course she has previously excelled.

In that Sandy Lane Stakes back in May Quiet Reflection had Donjuan Triumphant (re-opposes) almost four lengths back in second place after a tremendous turn of foot that quickly settled a high quality contest. Donjuan Triumphant has franked the form by finishing second in a Group 1 in France last time and he could also sneak into the frame at a nice each way price.

Add in the likes of recent impressive Newbury scorer The Tin Man, Duke of York Stakes winner Magical Memory, progressive handicapper Dancing Star and multiple Group placed Suedois and it shows the strength in depth in a top quality renewal.

The main supporting feature on an excellent card is the Old Borough Cup, a competitive staying handicap. Magic Circle was really impressive at York when last seen and will go well under the recently returned to action Fran Berry.

Plenty of dangers include Betfred Ebor second Shrewd, Luca Cumanis unexposed Shakopee and the progressive Walpole for Hugo Palmer. I will just side with Shrewd who was given plenty to do at York and the excellent Irish claimer Donagh O’Connor has been booked for the ride. Shrewd’s consistency deserves to be rewarded and today can be the day.

Also on the card is the Superior Mile which doesn’t seem to be the strongest of Group 3 contests. Convey will be popular but he has failed to deliver all he promised and I think Mitchum Swagger can return to the winners’ enclosure. He was beaten in a messy affair at Chelmsford last time but is a course winner and should have won a competitive handicap at the track last October.

The stable of David Lanigan is in good form and Mitchum Swagger can take this rise in class in his stride.

Whatever you’re backing, the best of luck and if you’re thinking of going to Haydock this weekend, I fully recommend the experience. Enjoy the action.

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