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A field of 11 are set to go to post in the Haydock Sprint Cup – the biggest contest on a bumper day of racing in the UK & Ireland.
July Cup champ Starman is the favourite in Paddy Power’s betting market while other big names include last year’s runner-up Glen Shiel, Jersey Stakes winner Creative Force and Nunthorpe Stakes second Emaraaty Ana.
The latest race in the British Champions Series, the Haydock Sprint Cup boasts a lucrative prize pot worth £275,000 and Group 1 prestige.
Below you’ll find top tips for the Haydock Sprint Cup from Paddy Power pundits and analysts.
Haydock Sprint Cup Tips
Timeform: “Ground conditions look set to be much quicker than is often the case for this Group 1 sprint which should play right into the hands of STARMAN and Ed Walker’s July Cup hero is strongly fancied to get back to winning ways having underperformed on soft going in Deauville.
“There’s little to choose between a cluster of his rivals but 3-y-o Creative Force and 2020 runner-up Glen Shiel rate the pick.”
Matt Chapman: “Very boring, but STARMAN should be a good thing here despite giving weight away to a few of his rivals. The July Cup winner has perfect conditions to show his best and was far from disgraced in France last time on slow ground.
“His trainer Ed Walker has had a fine season as has jockey Tom Marquand, and the July Cup winning team look easily the best on paper. Starman has been well backed all week and could easily go off odds on. Smash up job.”
Jason Weaver: “Let’s hope we finally see the true, sprinting sensation of the season emerge that we all want. Lots of these regularly take turns in beating each other, but trainer Ed Walker had his breakthrough Group One success with STARMAN in the July Cup at Newmarket.
“If he is going to continue in that territory in the training ranks, he has to produce him to deliver at the highest level again. Starman is clear on ratings and has the fast ground in his favour.”
Ruby Walsh: “This is a no brainer and I’m all over STARMAN. He was brilliant in the July Cup and he’s got the same kind of conditions here again. Deauville didn’t suit him last time out and I don’t see anyone else that can beat him.”
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