O'Brien's strong hand for Haydock Sprint Cup

Wed 10th Jul 2019, 17:43

photoTen Sovereigns (nearside) and Donnacha O'Brien landing the 2018 Group One Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket.
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Ten Sovereigns is among Aidan O’Brien’s entry of six in the 32Red Sprint Cup at Haydock on September 7.

Last year’s Middle Park winner is due to run in Saturday’s July Cup at Newmarket as he aims to put a disappointing Royal Ascot effort behind him.

Le Brivido, Never No More, Sergei Prokofiev, So Perfect and the filly Fairyland have also been entered.

This race is one of the few Group One prize to have eluded Ireland’s champion trainer.

The three other Irish entries are Aidan Fogarty’s Commonwealth Cup second Forever In Dreams, Fozzy Stack’s Woody Creek and Speak In Colours from Joseph O’Brien’s stable.

Potential opposition includes the Prix Jean Prat winner Too Darn Hot, Diamond Jubilee Stakes runnerGerman handler Dominik Moser is hoping Waldpfad can earn a tilt at this prize after bagging a Group Three prize at Hamburg. The five-year-old is now pencilled in for the Hackwood Stakes over the same distance at Newbury on July 20.

Hanover-based Moser said: “Waldpfad won nicely at Hamburg last week and now the plan is to go for a Group Three race at Newbury later this month.

“We would like to up the competition a bit to see if he is good enough to go to Haydock for the 32Red Sprint Cup.

“Before Waldpfad came to me, he had been running mainly over a mile. We train with modern equipment that monitors speed and heart rate, and once we realised how quick he is, we decided to come back to shorter distances.

“He is getting better and better and I think he could be a very good horse.”

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