Matt Chapman | Saturday racing preview
The Group 1 Haydock Sprint Cup is the big race of the day in Britain on Saturday.
July Cup winner Lethal Force did us a few favours this season and if the ground is just on the easy side of good he is going to take all the beating and would be the selection.
But I am going on the basis the heavens open and the ground becomes really testing. That won’t help Lethal Force but it will suit classy mud-lover Gordon Lord Byron down to the ground.
A Group 1 winner, GLB will have the services of top jock Johnny Murtagh, who has ditched Paddy Power’s Slade Power. How does that feel Paddy? Johnny doesn’t fancy your horse – you hear me?
In Ireland, the Irish Champion Stakes (6.50pm) is the big race on Leopardstown’s star-studded card. .
The ground is going to be key to the 2013 renewal, and I am going to go on the basis the surface will be good or just on the easy side of good even if the rain arrives.
The Fugue likes a rattling surface, and in any case it is hard for fillies against the colts, so I will take her on. Of course Declaration of War was good at York, and he’s clearly a tough individual.
Tough to pass
But I am just still not convinced by him. In many ways stable companion Kingsbarns is more interesting for the future, but of course it is impossible to tip the crack two-year-old after the long absence.
Al Kazeem would come right into things if the going becomes soft, but for me the horse to beat is the Irish Derby hero Trading Leather.
I anticipate Parish Hall making the running and Trading Leather sitting second and getting first run on the others. We know Trading Leather stays well, and he’ll be tough to pass.
Yes, he would prefer fast ground, but he went OK on good to soft as a two-year-old. He’s improving with every race. If there are eight runners come the off he’s a fantastic each-way bet at around 5/1. If not, we are all in for the win.
Have a fantastic weekend and keep an eye on the weather! Yeeehaaa!