Angel To Soar In Sprint Cup
The Kempton clash of Enable and Crystal Ocean is certainly sure to be the centre of attention within racing circles this afternoon and it will have a major impact on the betting for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe next month.
There’s some good action elsewhere, most notably the Group 1 Sprint Cup at Haydock and while the Irish action is low-key, there could be some nice betting prospects to be found.
Praise Harry In Sprint Cup
The footage of Harry Angel getting caught up in the stalls prior to his run in the Diamond Jubilee just shows how lucky he is not to have been more seriously injured the incident.
We haven’t seen the flash four-year-old since then but he returns today for a race that he bolted up in last year and to maintain his winning record away from Ascot.
Harry Angel is head and shoulders better than his 11 rivals in the Sprint Cup
…and while Speak In Colours could be a progressive three-year-old who will run at a decent price for Joseph O’Brien, Harry Angel could turn this into a one horse race with a clear run and record back to back victories in this top level contest.
Slattery To Go Offline
The nursery at Navan sees four last time out winners compete in the seven runner heat but it is Offline, without a win in his two starts since making a winning debut, who is preferred here.
Offline won nicely first time out over five and wasn’t disgraced at Naas behind the talented Sergei Prokofiev after that before finishing third on his nursery debut last time. This looks a hot little contest but Ben Coen takes a valuable 7lbs off which should see him go very close here.
Walsh And Stenston To Reign Again
Ted Walsh provided newly fledged conditional jockey Michael Stenson with a winner at Kilbeggan last night and that trainer and jockey combination can land the last at Wexford today with Sam King.
Stenson has been based with Walsh for some time now and was a regular in the point-to-point fields for the Grand National winning trainer and his 7lbs claim might just help Sam King get back to winning ways.
Back down to a rating of 98 for this handicap chase, Sam King was previously competitive off a similar mark over hurdles and won off 91 in that sphere so with Stenson’s claim he is effectively running off that mark again now.
Wexford might just be an easier ask of his jumping than Killarney was last time and at a decent price the point-to-point winner…
could well be worth taking a chance on again.
Harry Angel (11/10) – 4.15 Haydock
Offline (7/1) – 3.40 Navan
Sam King – 5.10 Wexford
*Prices correct at time of publication.