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Matt Chapman: The 13/2 shot who looks up for the Cup at Haydock

by Matt Chapman | September 4, 2015

I’m really looking forward to the action this Saturday as with the ground on the easy side there are plenty of horses you can rule out pretty easily.

Let’s get straight into the action at Haydock and the Old Borough Cup at 2.35pm a hugely competitive heat over 1m 6f.

I can’t kick HIGH SECRET out the frame, as an improver who stays strong and goes with cut. Sir Mark Prescott’s challenger scored a facile success at Killarney in Ireland last time out and should be spot on for this contest.

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DESERT ACE looks the one to be on each-way in the 5f sprint at 3.10pm.

This four-year-old might look out of form, but gets softish ground for the first time in many runs and Michael Dods is a fine trainer of horses with this profile.

Haydock’s feature race is the Group 1 Sprint Cup over 6f at 3.45pm.

TWILIGHT SON is the lowest rated horse in the race, and seemingly has no chance on official ratings, but I’ll be surprised if he finishes last.

Henry Candy is a terrific trainer and if he thinks Twilight Son is worth a stab at this then who am I to argue? He’a unbeaten and traveled like a really good sprinter in his races so far.

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I’ve checked out a couple of races at Ascot as well, including the 7f handicap at 2.50pm. I like the old boy HAWKEYETHENOO here as another each-way selection to hit the frame.

Jim Goldie’s nine-year-old has shown this season there is still a bit of fire in his belly, and Hawkeyethenoo is down to a lowest mark of 92 for sometime. Conditions are perfect for a big run.

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Finally, I’m interested in the 1m 4f handicap at Ascot at 3.25pm.

POLARISATION has gone shooting up the handicap in two recent wins from a mark of 85 to 98. However, Mark Johnston’s inmate is in such good form that he might well go in again.

So let’s hope Paddy has a miserable weekend. I expect him to. After all, Sole Power runs in the Haydock Sprint over 6f on softish ground. Paddy, even you must realise he doesn’t want to do that! You hear me? Yeeehaaa!

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