Get ready for the 2020 Betfair Sprint Cup!
Connections of Hello Youmzain are in bullish mood ahead of his bid to become only the second ever dual winner of the Betfair Sprint Cup on Saturday.
Kevin Ryan’s speedster lunged late to deny The Tin Man back-to-back victories in Haydock’s Group One feature 12 months ago – and made a foot-perfect start to the current campaign by claiming Royal Ascot glory in the Diamond Jubilee.
Hello Youmzain has since finished fifth in the July Cup and runner-up in the Prix Maurice de Gheest – and hopes are high that a return to Merseyside can see him become the first horse to win a second Sprint Cup since Be Friendly landed the first two runnings in 1966 and 1967.
HELLO YOUMZAIN - Adam Ryan, assistant to his father, Kevin
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Hello Youmzain came out of France in great order. He takes his racing very well and is exactly where we want him at this point. I think you have to be confident about his chance. He has great form at Haydock – the only time he has been beaten there was on his second start as a two-year-old and that was by a horse (San Donato) who would go on to finish third in the French 2,000 Guineas.
Haydock clearly plays to his strengths and he goes there as the defending champion. I think it is fair to say that he is arguably the one they all have to beat. It would be great achievement for the horse and the team if he could win the Sprint Cup again, as only one other horse has managed it. He has been a pleasure to train this year and has definitely proved himself as one of the best sprinters around.
BRANDO and QUEEN JO JO - Adam Ryan, assistant to his father, Kevin
You know what you are going to get from Brando. There is still life in the old boy yet and I would not be surprised to see him run another big race.
Queen Jo Jo is in the form of her life, having won a Group Three and been Group Two-placed this season. She is thriving at the minute and when these fillies get on a roll, you never quite know where they might end up. She deserves a crack at this.
DREAM OF DREAMS - jockey Oisin Murphy via his blog for QIPCO British Champions Series
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I’m convinced he has the tools for the job. He’s had five goes at the top level before and has been close a couple of times, but has yet to get the job done so it would be lovely if we could rectify that.
Second in two Diamond Jubilees, he’s obviously top class and he gave me a great feel over seven furlongs last time when he bolted up in the Hungerford Stakes at Newbury.
I don’t think it was the trip that sparked that performance, though, I just think he’s really well in himself and he’ll be even better over six in my opinion.
Sir Michael Stoute has been good to me, this is an important ride for me and I just hope the horse is in the same form as he was at Newbury as he’ll take all the beating.
I’ve won this race before on The Tin Man and if I can’t win I hope my old pal can. His run at Newbury was very good and he obviously loves Haydock, while Andrea Atzeni is a great jockey booking – I’m sure they’ll get on well together.
GOLDEN HORDE - Clive Cox
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I’m very happy with him and he is in great nick – I couldn’t be more pleased. I hope they don’t get any more rain, just so that the ground isn’t an extreme. There are 13 runners and I’m happy with the draw (stall six), but to be honest I wasn’t too concerned about the draw as he does his own thing anyway.
He has continued to please me throughout and I’ve still got the same great buzz about him as I had earlier in the year.
GLEN SHIEL - Hollie Doyle and Archie Watson
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Hollie Doyl: He surprises us all the time. We got him from Andre Fabre and he had been running over 10 furlongs and looked like a middle-distance horse, but he was showing a lot of speed in his races and not getting home so we dropped him back in trip and that has been the key to him.
The soft ground will really suit him – he appreciated it in Ireland. I thought it was a career-best performance as he didn’t have it easy, but he picked up well late on. These sprinters are so in and out you never know what you are going to expect from them, but I’m hoping for a good run.
Archie Watson: He came out of the Curragh well and I’m delighted with him at home. He deserves to take his chance in these Group One sprints.
ART POWER - Tim Easterby
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He’s in good order. Six furlongs will suit him better and I’m very happy with him. It was the trip at York [in the Nunthorpe last time]. It was just too short for him. He wasn’t sharp enough early. The ground will not be a problem.”
TABDEED - Angus Gold, racing manager to owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum
It’s a big jump up in class. That’s going to be the big question for him, whether he’s up to it. I don’t think anybody has necessarily ever felt he was a Group One horse, so we’re jumping in the deep end here.
But any soft ground will help him, and you never know. He won well the other day, but this is a different level.
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