Betfair Sprint Cup: Timeform's runner-by-runner guide

Racing at Haydock
The Sprint Cup is the feature race at Haydock on Saturday

Timeform bring you their comprehensive runner-by-runner guide to the Betfair Sprint Cup at Haydock on Saturday and pick out their 1-2-3.

Sprint Cup
15:30 Haydock, Saturday
Live on ITV

1. Art Power (Tim Easterby/ Silvestre de Sousa)
Yet to score this season but finished in the frame in the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot and the July Cup at Newmarket. Was below par in Goodwood's King George Stakes last time, though, and his best form is on softer ground.

2. Emaraaty Ana (Kevin Ryan/ Andrea Atzeni)
Bounced back to winning ways in a Hamilton conditions event in July before excelling himself when runner-up to Winter Power in the Nunthorpe Stakes at York. Effective at six furlongs too, so he's one for the shortlist.

3. Garrus (Charles Hills/ Richard Kingscote)
Smart sprinter who gained a second success this year in a Group 3 at Deauville six days ago, beating Duhail by a length and a quarter. This demands a clear personal best, though.

4. Glen Shiel (Archie Watson/ Hollie Doyle)
Finished runner-up in this event 12 months ago and posted another smart effort when second in the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot. Produced a rare below-par run in the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville but is the sort to bounce back.

5. Starman (Ed Walker/ Tom Marquand)
Confirmed himself a high-class sprinter when landing the July Cup at Newmarket. Below-par third on softer ground in the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville since, but can bounce back in style now. Big player.

6. Summerghand (David O'Meara/ Daniel Tudhope)
Smart gelding who recorded his third win last season in a six-furlong listed race at Newmarket seven days ago. Course-and-distance winner too, so he's no forlorn hope for place purposes.

7. Creative Force (Charlie Appleby/ William Buick)
Has flourished this term and completed the four-timer in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot. Was a good fifth to Starman in the July Cup before finishing runner-up in the Lennox Stakes at Goodwood. Can make his presence felt again.

8. Nando Parrado (Clive Cox/ Frankie Dettori)
Was a 150/1 winner of the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot last season. Showed that was no fluke when fifth in first-time blinkers in the Hungerford Stakes at Newbury three weeks ago but he has plenty on his plate here.

9. Supremacy (Clive Cox/ Adam Kirby)
Recorded notable wins in the Richmond and Middle Park as a juvenile but was well below par in the Pavilion Stakes at Ascot and the July Cup at Newmarket this season. Has questions to answer now.

10. Chil Chil (Andrew Balding/ David Probert)
Has continued her improvement this term, winning a Group 3 at Newcastle and putting up solid efforts in the July Cup at Newmarket and the Nunthorpe Stakes at York. She's no forlorn hope back at six furlongs.

11. Happy Romance (Richard Hannon/ Sean Levey)
Smart filly who arrives on the back of a career-best win in the Hackwood Stakes at Newbury last month. Another big step forward is required here, however.

Timeform's Analyst Verdict

Ground conditions look set to be much quicker than is often the case for this Group 1 sprint which should play right into the hands of Starman and Ed Walker's July Cup hero is strongly fancied to get back to winning ways having underperformed on soft going in Deauville. There's little to choose between a cluster of his rivals but three-year-old Creative Force and 2020 runner-up Glen Shiel rate the pick.

1. Starman
2. Creative Force
3. Glen Shiel

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