That old saying of “If at first you don’t succeed,try and try again” proved to be more than accurate in the case of much loved sprinter The Tin Man has he felled a top quality field which certainly weren’t trees in the Group 1 Haydock Sprint Cup to give trainer James Fanshawe his second win in the big race and jockey Oisin Murphy his first win in what has been a season the young man will never want to end given the amount of big race wins he has been on this year.
Ran on ground so heavy and with rain that made it the day more akin to the winter season than the summer one The Tin Man ploughed through the Haydock mud and left last years victor Harry Angel in his wake and the line just came in time from the fast finishing duo of Brando and Gustav Klimt who were bearing down on him at the line to scoop up the pot.
Normally a lot better at Ascot, The Tin Man who has been third and second in this race over the years finally got his reward and now all roads will lead to Berkshire on October 20th to try and land the Champions Sprint for a second time and off this he will take all the beating.
For many the big disappointment was Harry Angel who led early but approaching the last furlong a mix of the ground and petrol tank became to slowly empty and came home back in sixth place, he was a bit fractious in the stalls again as happened at Royal Ascot, he will no doubt have another go on the big Ascot race but should he show another poor showing then it’s possible that retirement may be on the cards so not to damage his stallion fee.
Brando ran a solid race back in second and is a solid yardstick while Aidan O’Brien will be pleased no doubt with Gustav Kilmt showing a good run back in third and he might be worth a pop at the Foret at ParisLongchamp at the Arc meeting at 7f but for now the Haydock Sprint is still one of the few Group Ones that has yet to be claimed by the supreme of Ballydoyle.
In the solid supporting races the Superior Mile formed part of a double for the Andrew Balding yard, Andrew was up in the North East as he was taking part in the Great North Run over the slightly longer trip of 13 and a bit miles but for his wife Anna Lisa she was no doubt wishing she had got the train up to Wigan then jumped on the 320 bus service to St Helens as she and trainer Richard Hannon were caught up in a nasty accident before racing as the plane that brought them in skidded on landing which resulted in hitting another plane and damaging its wing but thankfully everyone got out safely.
The first winner came with that old stalwart Here Comes When under Oisin Murphy who showed in the Haydock heavy that experience can often beat youth as he easily disposed of the 3yo Regal Reality, Last seasons Sussex Stakes winner he has struggled this term but the ground finally came his way to land this Group 3 prize.
Here Comes When could find himself being lined up for a pop at the QEII Stakes on Champions Day especially if the conditions are the same as how Saturday was and that would be no problem as it usually is damp come October.
The second leg came in the finale a fillies’ handicap over 1m2f in which Lorellina racked up her third win on the bounce to supplement wins at Chester and Salisbury and gave Oisin Murphy his third winning ride of the afternoon.
For the 2yo we had the Listed Ascendant Stakes also over a mile and despite the absence of Beatboxer the crowd were still treated to a quality contest and Tom Dascombe made sure that at least one big prize stayed in the area as Great Scot picked up more black type following a recent third at Deauville in a 1m Listed event to hold at bay the highly regarded Floating Artist back in second, staying on nicely he looks to have a solid career ahead of him over middle distances next term.
So despite the weather being largely awful it certainly proved to be an interesting last day at work for outgoing Haydock boss Jason Fildes who heads off to pastures new at Highclere, like many I wish him all the best in his new venture and no doubt he will pop his head round the door at times and I also wish new boss Dickon White the best of luck as he takes the reins of the good ship Haydock Park.
Racing wise here we will be back at the end of the month for what could possibly be the flat finale of 2018, till then Goodbye