It’s a great Saturday’s racing with Group 1 action from Haydock in the Sprint Cup and there might be one that could go well at a big price.

Nick Luck has run his eye over six races from Haydock and Kempton.


MAYDANNY is a cautious selection at 4/1 in the opening TV race at Haydock on Saturday (1.45). The front of the market looks vulnerable here, as Lord Glitters wants a stiffer test at the trip on easier ground, while My Oberon is starting to look far from straightforward. Maydanny, meanwhile, has strung together a couple of excellent runs, isn’t too far behind these on form, has conditions to suit and could get an uncontested lead here and prove hard to catch.

VALLEY FORGE looks a very decent favourite in the staying handicap (2.20) at 9/4. Given that he only won by half a length in the Melrose, the handicapper couldn’t really put him up much more than he has, but he travelled through that race like a pattern horse, and yet he is able to contest this lesser race off a perfectly workable mark of 90. There is plenty of pace on here, which will suit, and he should go very close again.

ALRIGHT SUNSHINE might finally have a big day in the Old Borough Cup (2.55) at 11/1. He moved pretty smartly through the Northumberland Plate last time, but his record in the ground suggests that – in good company, at least, he doesn’t really want an extreme test. These 14 furlongs should be ideal, he has run extremely well at Haydock before, and has had the pause that refreshes for a stable going pretty well.

EMARAATY ANA must surely be the big-priced each way bet of the century at 16/1 in the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock (3.30). Following a clock-buster at Hamilton and an excellent second in the Nunthorpe, you could be forgiven for thinking that he is a five furlong horse, but this flat, fast six should suit fine, and he is emerging again as a horse to be reckoned with.


SCOT’S GRACE might be a bit special and can win the Sirenia Stakes (2.05) at 9/2. I loved this filly last time out here at Kempton when she streaked clear of a decent field. The runner up subsequently filled the same spot in what is traditionally one of the most competitive nurseries of the year.

OUTBOX might be the value at 15/2 in the September Stakes (2.40). A very likeable horse that often wears his heart on his sleeve, he only has a length to make up on Hukum from earlier in the season, yet is three pounds better off. His naturally onward bound style may preclude Hukum from going on.

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