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Too Darn Hot is the stand-out among 34 classy entries for the 32Red Sprint Cup at Haydock on September 7.
John Gosden’s brilliant three-year-old is a tantalising possibility for the six-furlong Group One after dropping down from a mile to win the Prix Jean Prat over seven furlongs at Deauville on Sunday.
Should connections be tempted to put him further back in trip then he could take on last year’s first two home, The Tin Man and Brando.
Potential opposition includes the Diamond Jubilee Stakes runner-up Dream Of Dreams, who is a leading fancy for Saturday’s Darley July Cup at Newmarket.
German 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.”
Among other savoury entries are Advertise, Cape Byron, Mabs Cross and Invincible Army.
This race is one of the few Group One prize to have eluded Ireland’s champion Flat trainer Aidan O’Brien and the Ballydoyle handler has six entries with Ten Sovereigns among them.
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.