The Tin Man in good heart ahead of Sprint Cup defence
5 Sep 2019
Haydock has been a lucky place for me over the years – it was the scene of my first major success with Hot Streak in the 2014 Temple Stakes.I always love coming back, especially for the big days like Saturday’s Betfair Sprint Cup
They always get a big crowd there regardless of the weather and I’m delighted to be back a year on from enjoying success in the feature with the The Tin Man. I also enjoyed a couple of other success’s there on a day where everything seemed to go right – hopefully history can repeat itself!
There is some rain expected over in Merseyside, so it may be similar conditions to last year. It was a really good race with Brando finishing 2nd and Gustav Klimt keeping on for third. I just remember everything going perfectly for me and The Tin Man in running and once I’d taken the lead I was able to hold off any challengers at the finish, and he won how he liked. He was in brilliant condition that day thanks to James Fanshawe and the team at Pegasus stables.
He’s such a great ride to have once again, he’s such a cool dude. He’s been around Haydock and done it, and he’s won a Group 1 for the last three seasons which shows how classy and consistent he is. He’s yet to win one this year, but I’m hoping it will all fall right once again this year and we can do it again. James Fanshawe is really happy with him going into the race, and I’ve seen him around Newmarket and the horse looks in fantastic condition.
He clearly has form on all sorts of ground, he’s won on Good to Firm and Heavy, such is his versatility. I personally feel that he gets through heavier ground very easily so the forecast rain over the coming days will only aid his cause.
Of course Advertise is going to be very difficult to beat. The weight-for-age allowance isn’t as kind as it once was so it’s a fresh race and I go into it with a really good chance. I also wouldn’t discount the ultra-consistent Brando who came 2nd last year and ran really well in France last time out.
I also won on Here Comes When on this day last year, in the pouring rain. He’s a year older this time round but the horse forgets how old he is. He’s absolutely flying at home coming into this. Unfortunately he had a hold up last time after Sandown when he needed the run. It’s hard to judge how fit he is this time, but if he is 100% I can see him going really close on Saturday.
At 3pm I ride Sound Of Cannons in the Listed Race for Brian Meehan. He’s a lovely horse by Nathaniel who won well at Newmarket first time out. Brian has given him plenty of time to mature and strengthen since then. This horse has a bright future and he’s been placed in the right race here to find out exactly how good he is.
In the Betfair Exchange Old Borough Cup my ride in Rainbow Dreamer who is a consistent, decent horse. The key for him in these big fields is to get a nice trip round where I don’t have to waste ground. If that falls into place he’ll have an each way chance here.
My best ride of the card comes in the, hopefully, lucky last. Barossa Red won at Haydock the other day and gets through the deep ground very well. He’s likely to be favourite or 2nd favourite here and I hope he can do the business.
One To Watch: Palace Pier
Has a QIPCO 2,000 Guineas entry, and having watched him win so impressively last week at Sandown I think he’s very good indeed.