Waldpfad, trained in Germany by Dominik Moser, has proved a revelation in sprints this season and on his latest start made an impact in the QIPCO British Champions Series by finishing with a flourish to be third behind Hello Youmzain and The Tin Man in the Betfair Sprint Cup.
He was not unfancied at 9/1, having earlier in the season landed the Group 3 Hackwood Stakes at Newbury, when he had such as Khaadem and The Tin Man adrift.
He then finished runner-up in the Group 2 Goldene Peitsche at Baden-Baden .
Moser has said before the Sprint Cup: “He was unlucky at Baden-Baden as he got a bump coming out of the stalls and the ground was very quick.
“He took on a talented British horse [Royal Intervention] who got first run and we were unable to make up the ground.
“I have heard that they have had rain at Haydock and soft conditions will suit him. Softer ground is a benefit and I think that will see him to good effect.
“It is a little bit of a dream to have a runner in a G1 event at Haydock. We have already won a Group 3 in England this year and we are looking forward to the opportunity to compete in England again.
“I think six furlongs is his ideal trip, but he stays seven furlongs. It should be a stiff six-furlong test at Haydock and that will suit Waldpfad.”
Look out for him on QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot in October when he seems certain to have another crack at his Haydock conquerors.