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Haydock Park

  • 15:35 Betfred Sprint Cup 6f

  • (Group 1) £235,800 added 3yo+ 16 ran
  • Winner £133,722 2nd £50,697 3rd £25,372 4th £12,639
  • Going: Good to Firm, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 10.36s
  • Off time: 15:35:58
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Full result

15:35 Haydock Park Result 3rd September 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (9) Dream Ahead (USA) 9-1 William Buick D M Simcock 3 4/1f
Tracked leaders, led going well inside final 2f, narrow lead when edged left and right over 1f out, edged left again final 110 yards, just held on, all out opened 5/1 touched 5/1 £5000-£1000 £1500-£300 £4500-£1000
2nd (15) nse Bated Breath 9-3 S Drowne R Charlton 4 5/1
Chased leader, challenged and edged left over 1f out, upsides and every chance throughout final furlong, just failed opened 6/1 touched 6/1 £1950-£300
3rd (13) hd Hoof It 9-3 G Gibbons M W Easterby 4 5/1
Held up tracking leaders, effort over 1f out, soon chasing leading pair, every chance when carried left final 110 yards, kept on closing stages but held opened 9/2 touched 5/1 £2000-£400(x2) £18000-£4000 £4500-£1000(x2) £1800-£400(x3)
4th (14) Genki (IRE) 9-3 G Baker R Charlton 7 20/1
Slowly into stride, held up in rear, headway stands side over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, unable to reach leading trio opened 20/1 touched 20/1
5th (12) 2 Elzaam (AUS) 9-1 R Hills R Varian 3 16/1
Held up towards raer, hung left over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, not pace to reach leading quartett opened 16/1 touched 16/1 £8000-£500
6th (1) Society Rock (IRE) 9-3 P Cosgrave J R Fanshawe 4 9/1
Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, headway on far side over 1f out, one pace and no impression inside final furlong opened 9/1 touched 10/1 £4500-£500
7th (16) ¾ Dalghar (FR) 9-3 David Probert A M Balding 5 25/1
Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong opened 25/1 touched 25/1
8th (6) s.h Bewitched (IRE) 9-0 R Hughes C O'Brien 4 14/1
Held up in rear, not clear run over 2f out until squeezed through inside final furlong, stayed on but never a threat opened 12/1 touched 14/1 £4200-£300
9th (2) 1 Hitchens (IRE) 9-3 F M Berry T D Barron 6 25/1
Mid-division, headway far side over 1f out, soon ridden and no extra opened 25/1 touched 25/1
10th (8) Kingsgate Native (IRE) 9-3 N Callan Sir Michael Stoute 6 20/1
Mid-division, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and weakened approaching final furlong opened 22/1 touched 22/1
11th (11) hd Doncaster Rover (USA) 9-3 S De Sousa D H Brown 5 33/1
Outpaced and always towards rear opened 40/1 touched 40/1
12th (4) Sole Power 9-3 K Latham E Lynam 4 20/1
Chased leaders, every chance 2f out, weakened inside final furlong opened 20/1 touched 20/1
13th (10) ¾ Wootton Bassett 9-1 P Hanagan R A Fahey 3 16/1
Led, headed inside final 2f, weakened quickly final furlong opened 16/1 touched 16/1
14th (5) Delegator 9-3 L Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 5 9/1
Held up towards rear, never a factor opened 9/1 touched 9/1
15th (7) 6 Masamah (IRE) 9-3 J P Spencer K A Ryan 5 25/1
Chased leaders, pushed along halfway, ridden over 2f out, every chance 2f out, hung left and weakened over 1f out, eased opened 33/1 touched 33/1
16th (3) 9 Tiddliwinks 9-3 P Makin K A Ryan 5 66/1
Mid-division, weakened over 2f out, eased when no chance over 1f out opened 66/1 touched 66/1 £20000-£200

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £4.80 Tote Place: £1.80,2.10,2.60
Straight Forecast: £19.88 Exacta: £26.70 Trifecta: £162.50 Swingers: 1&2:7.20 2&3:9.40 1&3:9.00

Jackpot: £19,013.02 carried forward to York, 4th Sep
Placepot: £77.00, Pool: £146255.73, 1386.06 winning tickets
Quadpot: £11.10, Pool: £7313.66, 483.32 winning tickets

Verdict

A pulsating finish which saw DREAM AHEAD prevail by a nose from Bated Breath, with a head back to Hoof It. But that is just the beginning of the story however. David Simcock's star had run deplorably in the Prix Maurice de Gheest when last seen, but was always travelling well here and moved through to dispute the lead with two furlongs to run. However he started to edge to his left but then swerved markedly to his right, although stopping short of cannoning into Bated Breath. After straightening up, he then hung left and in the process took the ground of eventual third Hoof It. In the final 100 yards he once again came close with Bated Breath, and with both jockeys using their whips in the wrong hands, the pair bumped just before the line. The contact was relatively minor, and it was impossible to tell who was the main culprit, and the stewards decided that the result should stand. William Buick, with tongue in cheek, explained that the victory was down to the horse's big head, however it is a big heart that won him the race. He had to fight all the way to the line, looking up against it as Bated Breath moved level, but his determination was evident. From here he is likely to head for the Prix de la Foret next, with the return to seven furlongs not likely to be an issue. However it should be remembered that he had a very hard race here and his previous French flop is also fresh in the memory. Runner-up Bated Breath ran a career best, getting closer to the winner than when the pair had clashed in the July Cup, but in some sense he arguably threw this race away. Always near the pace, he came with a winning run on the outer, not once but twice, but seemed to shy away when asked to win the race. This is not a trait that has been clearly evident in the past, so one might wonder whether he was slightly intimidated by the winner hanging near to him. He started to hang himself late in the day, and but for that may even have been awarded the race by the stewards. He has more pace than the winner, and the Abbaye may be a future target rather than a trip to Ascot. Third, and arguably the most unlucky, was Hoof It. Bouncing back from a below-par Nunthorpe effort, Mick Easterby's bull of a horse was prominent and travelled very powerfully throughout. He was about to make his challenge between runners when Dream Ahead hung into his ground, and then when switched he was duly carried further left by the same horse. He finished his race well, but could never quite recover his momentum fully. Many will wonder whether the stewards could have handed him the race, but UK rules would have given the race to the runner-up if anything. Had Bated Breath not been involved, then there may have been a different result, and indeed if this race was in France then there is little doubt that the third would have been awarded the contest. He takes his racing well, has shown he can shoulder welter burdens before, so a trip to Ayr for the Gold Cup is an obvious next port of call; he'll take some beating if heading there. Fourth home, and putting in a career best effort, was Genki. He got a good tow into the race from a strong pace and was doing all of his best work late on. He is probably just a shade below the very top level of UK sprinters, but his proximity certainly doesn't let the form down. Fifth, and running on late was Elzaam. He has been fitted with headgear in the past, and it would be no surprise to see some return after this effort. He couldn't (or wouldn't) go the early pace, and found himself stretched at halfway, but once extricated from some traffic problems, he then stayed on strongly in the final furlong. A seventh furlong and a drop in class wouldn't go amiss either it should be said. Society Rock missed the break slightly but travelled well in midfield. He seemed to lack the turn of foot of the main protagonists but ran with credit and is now an established horse at this level.