The Sprint Cup (4.15, Haydock) kickstarts what is a wonderful time of year for flat racing fans with a glut of Group 1’s to come over the next two months. In what is a strong renewal at face value, it says a great deal about the brilliant Harry Angel that he is 5/4, and if at his best then it will take an awful lot to stop last year’s runaway winner.
However, that is no price for a horse who injured himself badly at Royal Ascot, and whilst updates have been positive it has to be likely that he improves a great deal for the return. That makes for a tempting betting race with three places and 10/1 bar the favourite, leading one to The Tin Man. One of the most consistent sprinters in the country, James Fanshawe’s six year old was third in this last year and has been at least as good this season.
His win in a classy Listed race at Windsor was followed by an unlucky fourth in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot, and then he was first home from a low draw in a red hot renewal of the Maurice de Gheest. He was the only horse from a single figure draw to get involved – 13 beat 16, 3 (The Tin Man), 17, 11 and 19 whilst he was also the first home from the rear.
James Garfield was ahead of him then and is entitled to huge respect, but he has no form on soft ground whilst The Tin Man was third last year on a soft surface and he is a strong each/way bet at 10s with Paddy Power or 8s elsewhere.
4.15 Haydock – 2 pts each/way The Tin Man (10/1 Paddy Power, 8/1 general)
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