Dreams is no forlorn hope
In-form Danny can boot home Stoute's classy sprinter in Cup
It's Sprint Cup day at Haydock and it looks like a classy renewal of the Group One despite the disappointment of Advertise's withdrawal yesterday.
It will be a dream day for one set of connections and Michael Stoute can taste glory once again with Royal Ascot runner-up DREAM OF DREAMS (4.10 Haydock).
This five-year-old has impressed this season when winning twice earlier on in the campaign - at Chelmsford and Windsor - before an agonising head defeat in the Diamond Jubilee behind Blue Point.
That run puts him in the mix for this, and he comes in a relatively fresh horse having enjoyed a two-month break since a disappointing effort in the July Cup.
A line can be drawn through that for a couple of reasons. He may very well have needed his break after three runs and, perhaps more significantly, he was drawn in stall one, away from the main protagonists at the finish, and simply never got into the race.
The rain they've had around the Liverpool area will certainly also have aided his cause and he will relish conditions, while a sole course and distance win a few years back is also no hindrance.
For those who like a coincidence forecast, it Forever In Dreams is also worth a couple of quid each-way at a massive price and could even be one for the forecast.
He was second to Advertise in the Commonwealth Cup and there's no reason to suggest he won't run another cracker this afternoon.
In the opening contest, FIRST IN LINE (1.50 Haydock) can return to the winners' enclosure despite having to shoulder top weight in the Better Odds On The Betfair Exchange Handicap.
John Gosden's New Approach colt ran a cracker in the Melrose at York to finish second, and I'm convinced it was just inexperience that did for him.
Handy throughout, he hit the front a long way from home up that punishing York straight and stayed on well while running green to finish an excellent second.
Rated 100, there does still look to be much more to come from First In Line and he can take this en route to bigger things.
At another big price, a chance is taken that Haydock's best pilot Richard Kingscote can get the best out of CRYSTAL KING (3.35 Haydock) in the Old Borough Cup.
He looks a tricky ride and disappointed at Ascot when fancied last time but Stoute reaches for a visor here and with Kingscote in the plate, he can run well.
Finally, BLUE TEMPLAR (5.30 Wexford) is somewhat a banks specialist having won twice at Punchestown, but he ran encouragingly over regulation fences at Killarney last month and can score.
1.50 FIRST IN LINE
3.35 crystal king (EW)
4.10 dream of dreams