Published On: Fri, Sep 7th, 2012

Betfred Sprint Cup Festival: Day 2

The second day of the Betfred Sprint Cup Festival sees an action packed and competitive eight race card.

It may be worth siding with the three year-olds in the ultra competitive first division of the Betfred Sharples Group Handicap. Neither Bop Art nor Jinker Noble have appeared the most reliable but both may be open to some improvement and they are more unexposed than their other rivals. The former has a course and distance win to his name and was trying better company last time, whilst the latter represents a top yard in good form. Naturally, it would be prudent to shortlist the Irish mare, Queen Grace, who has been in good heart. Also, Hamoody and Courageous take a drop in class after reasonable efforts at Goodwood and Ascot respectively. Quality Art has not been in form at all, but now the tongue tie is fitted it will be interesting to see if there is any improvement. Diman Waters and Whozthecat always run consistently but frequently find one or two too good, although the latter has a useful claimer aboard. Invincible Force is the outsider yet despite some uninspiring efforts and a 104 day absence, his record over five furlongs is more encouraging.

Sunny Side Up is on a hat-trick and is understandably the favourite for the second division. Following a string of excellent efforts at both five and six furlongs and on quick ground, the filly appears to be improving still. As bottom weight and with the services of Laura Barry who takes off another 7lb, she could be tough to beat. Perfect Blossom’s form figures would not ignite confidence but her last run at Epsom was good and she struck up a series of five straight wins during the summer of 2010. A return to that form would see her challenge for the placings. Thirteen Shivers tackles five furlongs for the first time in over a year and all of his runs this season have suggested that a drop to this trip would be ideal. His previous efforts over the minimum distance have been creditable. Beau Mistral is consistent but must shoulder top weight, whilst Rylee Mooch is another who always seems to run well.

The Betfred IT Medics British Stallion Studs E.B.F. Maiden Fillies’ Stakes looks fascinating and there are a host of chances. Kevin Ryan was responsible for Bapak Sayang who won a maiden at 50/1 here yesterday and today he runs Layla’s Oasis. She ran with some promise on her racecourse debut over course and distance last month but stable jockey Phillip Making rides tonight at Kempton instead. That said, Grand National winning jockey Graham Lee could continue his excellent transition to the level. Bell’arte finished third on her debut in heavy ground t Newmarket. She steps down in trip and represents Mark Johnston. Sky Garden is another who was third on debut and will relish the extra furlong. The newcomers look interesting too. Jeremy Noseda’s runners are always feared and his Red Turban looks a speedy filly on pedigree. Clive Cox has had an excellent season with his two year-olds and he runs Roanne.

A good field will assemble for the Betfred Bolton Atlantic Rowing Challenge Handicap and the highly tried Prussian faces much easier company than she has been used to keeping. Boogie Shoes also drops in grade but finds himself with top weight as a result. Jack Who’s He is up in trip and although he needs to prove his stamina, did run well in a good race at Haydock over a mile last month. Silvery Moon has been ultra consistent all season and can be forgiven his last run in a competitive handicap at the Ebor meeting. Angel Gabrial, who appears to be improving all the time, looks very interesting and runs for local owner Marwan Koukash. Despite creeping up the weights, he still only has bottom weight here and he may not quite be in the grip of the handicapper yet.

The combination of Tom Dascombe and Richard Kingscote took the closing race yesterday and could do the same today, courtesy of Daring Indian. He won a course and distance handicap last month, defeating Hawkeshead and Blazing Field in the process. Those rivals are entitled to reverse the form, but Daring Indian is not much worse off at the weights and if he bounces back from a poor effort at Doncaster latest, could enhance his course record. Bridle Belle faces easier competition than usual and deserves a win, whilst Winner’s Wish is back down in trip and could also run well.

The first race is at 2pm.

James Muir

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