The family’s horse Sole Power steps up in trip to 6f for the Group One Sprint Cup at Haydock on Saturday – and looks a worthy favourite.
Granted I’m biased but his last couple of tries at this trip were roughly in line with his usual high level of form and Haydock is a sharp six furlongs – which should suit him.
The drying ground is in his favour and we’re hopeful he can continue Eddie Lynam’s domination of top level UK sprints this season. Richard Hughes squeezed him through the eye of a needle to get up at York to bring up his hat-trick of wins this term.
And Hughsie seems confident anyway, telling the Racing Post:
I am not the least bit worried about going up to six furlongs. Over the extra furlong he should find his job easier, and the same should be true for me as well.
He did not look to be running out of petrol at either Ascot or York, the drying ground is in his favour and Haydock’s straight course is one of the easiest and flattest you could find.
Superstition dictates that I won’t put him up as a Saturday’s bet though – but we’ll stay at Haydock for the Old Borough Cup at 3.15pm
NOVIRAK represents the in-form stable of James Fanshawe and the physical issues he’s had means he’s still relatively unexposed as a six-year-old.
His comeback this term after being off for over a year was full of promise. Travelling best of all throughout it seemed as though a combination of the testing ground and being short of peak fitness told in the end.
He’s likely to be primed for this big pot though he appeals as a sporting e/w bet at around 12/1 in morning trading.