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32Red Sprint Cup – Haydock – Saturday 9th September

I was going to do a full in-depth trends preview on the Group 1 32Red, sponsored Sprint Cup to be run at Haydock on Saturday but that hasn’t been possible now. But here is a short preview of the race.

Harry Angel winner of the July Cup is a best priced 13/8 at the time of writing and the three-year-old clearly goes into the race with a favourite’s chance. The Tin Man who won the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot ran no sort of race in the July Cup but according to gallop reports he has been going really well of late and better is expected. He was second in last year’s race, on soft ground although he would prefer good or quicker. If he gets his conditions you can expect a much better run from him.

Blue Point was just ½ a length behind Harry Angel in the Commonwealth Cup. The three-year-old has run since that race but he goes well fresh and if the ground is good or quicker on Saturday, his present odds of 10/1 would be generous given he has little to find with the favourite. Both he and Harry Angel are favoured by the age stats with three-year-olds having won five of the last nine renewals.

If the ground is easier than good, I am with the Kevin Ryan trained Brando. The five-year-old came from an impossible position to get within 1 ¾ lengths of the more prominently ridden Harry Angel in the July Cup. He showed a tremendous turn of speed in the final couple of furlongs and can be considered an unlucky loser, given the modest early gallop and the good to firm going. He has subsequently improved even further to land the Group 1 Prix Maurice de Gheest over 6 ½ f at Deauville last month.

Verdict: I really can’t see Brando being beaten if he gets an even gallop to chase and some ease in the ground! If the ground was to be good or quicker on the day it might pay dividends to have a saver on Blue Point.

Selection: Brando – 5/1 in the 16:10 Haydock

John Burke

I have a MA in International Politics and having spent a number of years working in political campaigning but I eventually I realised that politics was not the world where I wanted to work I had been interested in horse racing since the late 1980s but in the early years I was merely just betting and watching racing like most people as a bit of fun and a hobby, then the hobby becomes a passion and that’s what happened to me with horse racing. I soon realised that to make money from my hobby I had to learn as much as I could about the sport and betting in general. The whole process took time but after a number of successful years of betting, I decided in 2011 to take the plunge, gave up my full time day job and decided to bet on horse racing as a part time business and I haven’t looked back since. I like to specialise in the better class of races and I love to solve the puzzles posed by big field handicaps the latter races often provide punters with great value betting opportunities. Whilst most of my time is spent reviewing previous races I like to keep things as simple as possible as even the biggest field handicaps can usually be pruned down to half a dozen strong contenders with the right sort of approach.

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