The 2020 Weatherbys Super Sprint: Five horses for your shortlist

Wed 15 Jul 2020

The quality action continues apace this weekend with Newbury staging a two-day meeting which features Group and Listed action galore.

The £150,000 Weatherbys Super Sprint (2.50pm, Sunday) is one of the weekend highlights and the race has been a major success since it was established in 1991.

The five-furlong contest is open to horses bought as yearlings or as two-year-olds at specified sales. They must not have cost more than £60,000 before July 1st 2019 (or £63,000 after June 30th 2019).

Weights are determined by how much each runner cost.

We’ve got five contenders for this year’s renewal to ponder. You can watch all the action from the West Berkshire venue on Racing TV.


Trainer: Clive Cox. Form: 24. Weight: 8st 9lb. General Odds: 5-1.

Get It shaped well on his debut

An eye-catching second on debut at Newmarket in June, the £20,000 purchase finished an excellent fourth behind Tactical in the Windsor Castle Stakes when having every chance before fading in the closing stages.

The winner, owned by Her Majesty The Queen, has given the form a boost by plundering the July Stakes.

A son of Group One winner Twilight Son, Get It is related to Group Three winner Barney McGrew and represents a trainer-jockey combination in Clive Cox and Adam Kirby who excel with sprinters. With Cox operating at a 24 per cent strike-rate in the last two weeks, Get It is a must for any shortlist.


Trainer: Richard Hannon. Form: 615. Weight: 8st 5lb. Odds: 11-2.

Happy Romance won easily at Sandown

Richard Hannon has twice won this event, including in 2014 with Tiggy Wiggy.

He still has a way to go catch his father’s record seven wins in the contest but Happy Romance, one of eight entries for him, looks a big player.

The £25,000 buy is a daughter of Dandy Man and left her debut form behind when easily landing a three-runner maiden at Sandown last month, before finishing an excellent fifth in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot.

The form of that race looks strong with the third (Caroline Dale, Novice event), fourth (Sardinia Sunset, Marygate) and the tenth (Dickidooda, Tipperary Stakes) all subsequent winners.

Having tracked the pace early, Happy Romance travelled nicely into contention in the Queen Mary and was only four and three-quarter lengths behind the winner Campanelle at the line. A repeat of that run will give her leading claims.


Trainer: Mick Channon. Form: 492. Weight: 8st 9lb. Odds: 18-1

A 42,000gns purchase from Book 2 at Tattersalls, Mahale was bred by her trainer Mick Channon.

The daughter of Kodiac was fourth in a hot-looking maiden at Newmarket, before failing to land a blow in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot. She faded quickly out of contention in the closing stages and had been too keen in throughout the six-furlong event.

Dropped back to five, she was a creditable second to Caroline Dale at Windsor who had previously finished third in the Queen Mary.

That form has a strong look and given the experience she has picked up along the way, this looks a good opportunity to put it to good use. The 18-1 on offer looks big given her attractive profile.


Trainer: Rod Millman. Form: 76. Weight: 8st 9lb. Odds: 66-1.

No Super Sprint preview is complete without a big-priced outsider and this £18,000 buy is of interest for Rod Millman, who landed the 2019 running with 14-1 chance Bettys Hope.

Onaraggatip was far from disgraced on debut when seventh behind subsequent Coventry Stakes second Qaader at Kempton.

The son of Adaay was disappointing on his latest start at Windsor, when only sixth, but he came into the straight wide on that occasion and probably used up too much petrol in the early stages.

He will have to take a big step forward to feature, but it would be folly to write him off for a trainer who enjoyed a 25 per cent strike-rate with his two-year-olds in this month last year.


Trainer: Brian Meehan. Form 10. Weight: 9st 1lb.__ Odds__: 10-1

A £50,000 purchase from Goffs, the son of Gleneagles displayed a potent turn of foot to make a winning debut at Lingfield in June over five furlongs.

The second on that occasion, Jojo Rabbit, also runs in Sunday’s event and finished in mid-division in the Norfolk at the Royal Meeting.

Slowly away in the Coventry at Royal Ascot, Talbot was then far too keen in the middle stages of the contest and finished a well-beaten 13th in the six-furlong event.

Things all happened a bit too quickly for Talbot but that run is easily forgiven and the drop back in trip is a major positive. He looks a solid each-way bet for a trainer who won this race with Siena Gold in 2004.

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