3.45 Haydock – Adaay
The Betfred Sprint Cup is one of the season’s highlights for sprinting aficionados. It looks like a wide open contest but the unexposed 3 year old Adaay may still have some improvement in him and the big field and drop back in trip should really suit.
William Haggas’ Kodiac colt has won three of his last four runs. The only hiccup came at Ascot on penultimate start where the rattling fast ground did not seem to suit. He still finished a respectable 7th but it was clear that the surface was not ideal. Last time out at Newbury, Adaay was stepped up to 7 furlongs and he raced a little lazily, but finished strongly and got up close home. The drop back to 6 furlongs would not have appeared to suit based on that run but he has won over 6 twice this season, including over course and distance. Is just a horse with a really solid form chance, may well improve and his odds of +650 seem a little too big.
Gordon Lord Byron is another with a very solid profile. He is consistent, versatile ground wise, and seems sure to run his race, but there should be one who can improve by him, and we hope that Adaay is the horse to do it.
7.00 Wolverhampton – Newmarch
Newmarch has created a very favourable impression by bolting up in his first two starts, and he has a superb chance of making it 3 from 3 at Wolverhampton in this 12 furlong Class 3 handicap. The son of New Approach has a tonne of scope and he has already shown he handles an artificial surface.
The dogs were clearly barking for Charlie Appleby’s 3 year old on debut, as he went off an odds on shot. Admittedly that was a 4 runner affair and the opposition was weak, but he scooted up by 3 lengths and justified his lofty reputation. Second time out at Doncaster, the market wasn’t so strong for Newmarch, and he went off a +550 shot for a 10.5f handicap at Doncaster. Travelled like a dream over the extra distance and gagged up by 4 lengths. The third was a further 4 lengths back and that performance marked him down as a high class animal. Has been raised 11lbs to a mark of 91, but there should be more to come. Kevin Stott takes off a valuable 3lbs and this extra trip should suit based on pedigree.
The second favourite Noro Lim has only had 5 starts, but Luca Cumani’s runner has been quietly progressive and the trainer does well with this type of runner. With that being said he doesn’t seem to have the potential of the selection
7.00 Wolverhampton – Newmarch – +138 – William Hill
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