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Dreams for another Sprint Cup victory

4 Sep 2020

Unbelievably, we’ve already arrived at Haydock’s Sprint Cup fixture – the big races come thick and fast at this time of the year.

I’m aboard Dream of Dreams in the Betfair Sprint Cup at Haydock on Saturday who goes for his first Group One victory and 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 on Saturday.

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.

Other Haydock Rides

Diocletian – 2.50

He’s been waiting for dig in the ground and he’ll get it in the Betfair Exchange Old Borough Cup earlier on the card at Haydock.

He stays very well, the handicapper has given him a little bit of a chance, I’ve got an okay draw in stall eight, hopefully I’ll travel around and go well.

The one to beat is Rhythmic Intent as he’s a high-class horse going the right way. Future Investment could be well treated, too, they would be the two I’d fear the most.

Came From The Dark – 4.00

He’ll love the ground in the Betfair Each Way Edge Be Friendly Handicap over five furlongs.

Soft conditions are exactly what he wants and he’ll have come on for his comeback run which is absolutely key to his chance here.

This is his bag, so hopefully he’ll go well. He’s won at Haydock before so there’s plenty in his favour but he does need to improve plenty from York.

Imperial Command – 4.35

He’s a lovely ride to pick up for Jonjo O’Neill in the closing handicap, he’ll appreciate going a mile.

I don’t think I was aggressive enough on him at Goodwood over seven furlongs last time, I have a high draw in 17 which is a bit of a pain, but at least I won’t be in amongst them.

It’s a real cavalry charge around that turn, it can be very rough, so it’s probably not a bad place to be drawn in that respect.

Kameko amongst Champions Day entries

The entries for QIPCO British Champions Day came out this week and Kameko has been put in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.

He’s come out of York very well, although he hasn’t done any work, but Andrew’s pleased with him and I imagine he won’t do any serious work now for a few weeks.

Hopefully we can build him up for Champions Day and hopefully we’ll get some luck with the weather as the ground will be the deciding factor in whether he runs or not.

If it was really soft he wouldn’t run, with the Breeders’ Cup then possibly coming into the equation. The QEII will hopefully be the plan, though.

Hollie can be Champion one day

For Hollie Doyle to ride a five-timer at Windsor on Saturday for five different connections without riding one for her principal trainer, Archie Watson, is phenomenal.

She was on BBC News, Sky News, making all of the headlines and it was absolutely fantastic. She’s a real hard worker and deserves all of her success.

Her career is going to go right to the top and I see no reason why she won’t be Champion Jockey one day.

She’s talented enough and rides for a variety of owners and trainers, picking up good rides everywhere, so good luck to her.