Friday 18 January 2019

Lynam is aming to complete English Group One sprint haul

Eddie Lynam has helped himself to all of the Group One sprints run in England this year and it is just 3/1 that he will continue that winning streak in the Group One Haydock Sprint Cup tomorrow afternoon.

It wasn't always the intention that Royal Ascot winner Sole Power would line up at Haydock, but, following the defection of Slade Power from the race, the Powers and Lynam clearly felt it would be rude not to be represented and arguably the best sprinter in the world will try and claim a fourth win on the bounce and a third at the top level.


In something of a changing of the guard from a few years ago, it is the Irish-trained sprinters that dominate the betting with Sole Power the market leader and last year's winner Gordon Lord Byron next best in the betting for Tom Hogan and Wayne Lordan.

Joseph O'Brien was booked and due to ride Gordon Lord Byron but after a change of plan saw Aidan O'Brien declare Cougar Mountain, Wayne Lordan will now renew his partnership with Tom Hogan's stable star and O'Brien will be onboard the 10/1 shot which he suggested was one of Ballydoyle's leading two-year-olds last season despite never getting to the racecourse.

Maarek hasn't been seen at his very best this season, but will be no back number for Evanna McCutcheon although he is currently a 20/1 shot.

Pat Smullen is also on duty at Haydock as he has picked up the ride on the Olly Stevens-trained Extortionist and having been just half a length off Sole Power last time out he won't be without his chance either, while Chris Hayes has picked up a ride on the Richard Hannon-trained outsider Professor as Richard Hughes restores his partnership with Sole Power.

Sole Power has been most fruitful over five furlongs and the step up to six tomorrow will stretch him but the seven-year-old appears to be getting better with each race and with Hughes made for him, the extra trip shouldn't prevent him from obliging yet again in tomorrow's feature race.

Smullen has also picked up a spare ride on the Roger Charlton-trained Quest For More in the Old Borough Cup and that could be the one that makes the trip really worthwhile for Ireland's current leading jockey.

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