Welcome back to my weekend racing blog which brings together some glorious betting opportunities, starting with the Group 1 Sprint Cup, the feature event at Haydock. And that means Paddy is back with Sole Power! What a money spinner your horse has been for us – you hear me Paddy?
Sole Power (below) has won 10 races, four at Group 1 level, but he has never won over 6f so I have to take him on this time.
I’m going for a massive upset with Professor (50/1), who on official ratings has only 7lb to find with Sole Power and I have a feeling this trip will bring them close together. Professor usually runs over 7f, and has been in good form, but his 6f form in big fields is superb and this race might just allow him to come home late and fast. Have a few quid on each-way.
Also at Haydock is the Old Borough Cup, in which I can’t choose between Glenard (8/1), who is up 4lb for his York success, and Novirak (14/1), who keeps going up in the handicap for losing. Luckily Paddy has a special feature for this situation, in Combined Horses!
- Combined horses allows punters to select two or three horses to back at one combined price. As it is just one bet, you only have one stake but you can cheer on both gee-gees as they head for the post. Yeeehaaa. To find out more about combined horses, head over this way.
At shorter odds I like the look of Ocean Tempest (9/4) in the Superior Mile at Haydock. There are a few front runners here and a few hold up horses, with Captain Cat sure to attract support after his unlucky defeat at Goodwood. However he has to give 4lb to Ocean Tempest and that might be beyond him.
At Kempton it’s the September Stakes in September, and I like Secret Number (11/4), who is back after 336 days off the track. He was a good winner at Ascot the last time we saw him, and trainers can get horses fit easily in the modern era.
Finally, the draw will play a part in the London Mile at Kempton, and I can’t see beyond Si Senor, who simply bolted up at the track last time off a mark off 79. He is now on 88, but such was the ease of the win I think he can go in again.
So good luck. Our selections are big prices this week. If we get lucky Paddy will be very poor. Yeeehaaa!