A Preview Of The Week’s Big Races

September 08, 2017

- Grant Whittington

Saturday 9th September

16:10 – 32Red Sprint Cup Stakes (Group One)

July Cup victor Harry Angel is amongst a strong field of 20 contesting ITV’s live coverage of the 32Red Sprint Cup at Haydock on Saturday. Three year olds have triumphed in four of the last six renewals of this race and after his win in the July Cup; it’s no shock to see Clive Cox’s highly-talented three-year-old installed as the early favourite to make it five from seven. With just six races in his career to date, he remains a frightening prospect.

Many of those left trailing behind that day have returned for this latest illustrious furlong Group 1 sprint which is able to cite previous winners that include Dream Ahead and Society Rock before their transition to stud. The hastier ground is less likely to favour July Cup runner-up Limato in comparison to the stiffer surface of Newmarket, but he will be expected to be in the frame.

Caravaggio can boast of his Royal Ascot effort where he got the better of Harry Angel, but he has failed to build on this display. A run of three arduous races in six weeks is likely to take its toll when the going gets tough.

The Tin Man must recover from his catastrophic outing at the July Cup which completely belied his form going into it. Group one victories at the Champions Sprint and Diamond Jubilee Stakes and runner-up here last year shows he is worthy of consideration and is likely to be in the reckoning given he now has something to prove. A winner on soft ground in the Duke Of York, he also encountered no problems with the much quicker surface at Royal Ascot and is an excellent each way chance.

Last year’s winner Quiet Reflection will be hoping to make all the noise for the second time running. She is at one with this setting – both her two career best performances have come over this course and distance. The softer the surface is, the more it will play into her hands.

Godolphin’s Blue Point priced at 8/1, who was third to Caravaggio and Harry Angel in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot, is another interesting contender.


Harry Angel 5/4

Blue Point 8/1

The Tin Man 8/1

Limato 8/1

Quiet Reflection 12/1

Caravaggio 14/1

18:45 – QIPCO Irish Champions Stake (Group One)

French thoroughbred Almanzor was the most recent edition to the Irish Champions Stake hall of fame and it will be no surprise if another top-class horse was to take the crown in this year’s renewal.

Churchill sits amongst the antepost frontrunners since rediscovering his form at the recent Juddemonte International in a fascinating duel with Barney Roy and eventual winner Ulysses. The Aiden O’Brien trained colt is a habitual champion with five consecutive successes before his below-par performance at Royal Ascot. Has now proved his stamina and will be a serious contender.

The aforementioned Ulysses continues to develop at an astounding rate and exceeded expectations with a lightening finish to taste glory at the Juddemonte International in brilliant style. Will be a strong stayer at this trip with the tactical nous to make the pace or track it in equally successful measures.

Another strong candidate is Cliffs Of Moher – once again from the O’Brien regime. The leading two may be a class above this 3-year-old as evidenced by their rout of him in the York, but he looks a sound each way bet with a reputable second in the Epsom Derby back in June testament to his promise. Of you fancy a punt on Cliffs Of Moher – or any other horse for that matter – why not take a look at our free bets page?


Churchill 2/1

Ulysses 5/2

Cliffs Of Moher 20/1

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