Haydock Park, Friday 6th September 2019, Sprint Cup Festival Day Two

Alaadel Has His Day

Friday’s feature race on day two of the three day festival came in the Optional Claiming Handicap over 6 furlongs and this went the way of the Stuart Williams trained Alaadel who bounced back to form under Gerald Mosse, himself having two winners on the afternoon.

Soft ground is vital for this horse and he had plenty in hand towards the end, he could more than likely be making the trip up to Ayr in two weeks time for one of the many metallic cups that they have over six furlongs and the trainer is likely to try and strike while the iron is hot with him.

Reef All Heart On Debut

Ralph Beckett’s stable unveiled a very likeable filly in the 1m Novice Stakes for 2yo Fillies in the shape of Heart Reef for Qatar Racing as she duly obliged on her debut performance under Tom Marquand.

Although slightly green she looks a nice type and this filly by Australia could certainly be one to add to the trackers to see where she goes from here.

Brookside Close Winner

Tom Dascombe gets Haydock winners the same way Steven Smith gets centuries and this afternoon was no exception as Brookside Banner went in on her debut run in the 6f Novice Stakes for 2yo Fillies.

Drawn near side in stall ten she did wander over to the far side as the race came to the business end but that was just signs of greenness and she will have learnt plenty for next time with plenty of potential she should make into a useful type next season in handicaps.

Round up

In fairness this wasnt quite as high quality compared to yesterday but tomorrow things go from red to white hot with the Group One Betfair Sprint Cup over 6f, in what looks a tight renewal on paper, hopefully the only Group One flat race in the north west will be a race to remember, can one of the 3yo win it again or will The Tin Man show all his metal to land back to back renewals?

Whatever happens, it’s going to be great, Till next time, Goodbye

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