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  • 15:50 Betfred Sprint Cup 6f

  • (British Champions Series) (Group 1) £250,000 added 3yo+ 13 ran
  • Winner £141,775 2nd £53,750 3rd £26,900 4th £13,400
  • Going: Good to Soft (Soft in places in the back straight)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 12.25s
  • Off time: 15:53:09

Field of 16 go for Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock

Last Updated: 05/09/13 3:14pm

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Lethal Force: Faces 15 rivals in Sprint Cup

Lethal Force: Faces 15 rivals in Sprint Cup

Lethal Force is set to face 15 rivals as he goes for his third six-furlong Group One success of the season in the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock on Saturday.

Lethal Force is set to face 15 rivals as he goes for his third six-furlong Group One success of the season in the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock on Saturday.

Clive Cox's flying grey has already chalked up victories in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes and the Darley July Cup and arrives on Merseyside on the back of a fine second place behind Moonlight Cloud in the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville last month.

Cox is also represented by Reckless Abandon, a dual Group One-winning two-year-old, but beaten in just two starts this term.

The threat of rain this weekend is, however, a concern to Cox, albeit more for Lethal Force than Reckless Abandon.

The Lambourn trainer told Racing UK: "They are two very high-class horses, but I'm very concerned about the weather forecast.

"Hopefully they don't get as much (rain) as they might do.

"Reckless is a bit more proven on a slower surface of the two so it would be a bigger concern for Lethal Force. He is in great form, so I hope it's all right."

Gordon Lord Byron will attempt to go one better after taking the runner-up spot behind Society Rock 12 months ago.

Tom Hogan's five-year-old is one of two Irish-trained runners along with Edward Lynam's Slade Power.

Lynam has taken out his other entry Viztoria while Ballydoyle trainer Aidan O'Brien has scratched Cristoforo Colombo.

Top northern trainer Richard Fahey has yet to saddle the winner of this race but hopes to put that right with Garswood. The three-year-old colt drops back in trip after winning the Group Two Lennox Stakes over seven furlongs at Glorious Goodwood.

Ryan Moore takes the ride on Garswood, with Johnny Murtagh coming in for the mount aboard Gordon Lord Byron.

Hambleton handler Kevin Ryan goes for glory with Hamza and Tiddliwinks while veteran North Yorkshire trainer Mick Easterby relies on Hoof It, who was a close third two years ago.

William Haggas is double-handed with Heeraat and Rex Imperator while South African trainer Mike de Kock tries his luck with Kavanagh.

Completing the 16-strong field are Hawkeyethenoo, Kingsgate Native, Soul, Swiss Spirit and Intense Pink.

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