32Red Sprint Cup
Group 1, Haydock Park
£260,000 added,
3yo plus,
6f, Class 1
  
Saturday 9th September 2017

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Charlie Appleby has set his sights on the 32Red Sprint Cup at Haydock with Blue Point after reporting the colt to have returned from Royal Ascot "a bit jarred up".

Blue Point
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Blue Point

The Shamardal colt was part of a thrilling three-way finish to the Commonwealth Cup, having to settle for third behind Caravaggio and fellow Godolphin runner Harry Angel in the six-furlong heat. 

Appleby was thrilled with his charge's effort in defeat but believes Blue Point needs a bit of time to get over that run, with the Haydock Group One on September 9 now a tentative target. 

"He has run a blinder in the Commonwealth, a race many thought was the best race of the five days," Appleby told www.godolphin.com. 

"But he has returned home a bit jarred up. A few weeks off will do him good.

"It means he will miss the July Cup, as well as the G1 Nunthorpe at York.

"But we hope to have him back for the G1 Haydock Sprint Cup."

Quiet Reflection appears increasingly unlikely to be fit enough to defend her crown.

Karl Burke's filly won the Merseyside Group One as well as the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot last season, but has endured a torrid time so far this year, with her trainer admitting in the spring his stable star was not sparkling at home.

She finished down the field on her eventual reappearance in Haydock's Temple Stakes in May and connections were hopeful she would raise her game at the Royal meeting, but she was ruled out of the showpiece fixture after suffering a setback and has not yet returned to full work.

Burke said: " Everything is going well, she's in light work and we're hoping to step her up in stronger work from the end of the month and into August. 

"She is in the Sprint Cup, but that's on September 9 and things are going to have to go exceptionally well between now and then for her to make it.

"It's not impossible, but I think the more likely scenario is we'll aim for Champions Day (Qipco British Champions Sprint) in October and give her a prep run somewhere beforehand.

"It's been a frustrating year so far. She's just had a few niggles, but we were happy with her run in the Temple and how she came out of it and unfortunately she then picked up a little problem that meant we had to miss Royal Ascot."

The Leyburn-based trainer revealed Quiet Reflection is likely to be sold once the season comes to an end.

"She has a date in the sales in November and I would think that's where she'll end up," Burke added.

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32Red Sprint Cup
(British Champions Series) (Group 1)
£260,000 added, 3yo plus, 6f, Class 1
41 entries
Going: N/A

Form Horse Age Wgt Trainer
13-1116 Artistica (GER) 57 3 8-12 D Moser
0333-11 Battaash (IRE) 63 3 9-1 C Hills
2123-13 Blue Point (IRE) 78 3 9-1 C Appleby
913-103 Brando 56 5 9-3 K A Ryan
111-114 Caravaggio (USA) 56 3 9-1 A P O'Brien
10-9073 Cotai Glory 56 5 9-3 C Hills
286375 Cougar Mountain (IRE) 55 6 9-3 A P O'Brien
1045-28 Don't Touch 70 5 9-3 R A Fahey
1255 Dream Castle 80 3 9-1 S bin Suroor
1560-66 Dutch Connection 55 5 9-3 C Hills
1334-11 Fas (IRE) 153 3 9-1 Mme P Brandt
3029-49 Gifted Master (IRE) 168 4 9-3 H Palmer
46719/4 Glass Office 83 7 9-3 D M Simcock
10-77U6 Growl 56 5 9-3 R A Fahey
21-2121 Harry Angel (IRE) 56 3 9-1 C G Cox
49-4395 Intelligence Cross (USA) 56 3 9-1 A P O'Brien
00-4502 Kachy 63 4 9-3 Tom Dascombe
170330 Kimberella 55 7 9-3 R A Fahey
57-7521 Koropick (IRE) 70 3 9-1 H Palmer
12-1220 Kyllang Rock (IRE) 56 3 9-1 J Tate
216-032 Limato (IRE) 56 5 9-3 H Candy
470-201 Magical Memory (IRE) 63 5 9-3 C Hills
521-132 Marsha (IRE) 56 4 9-0 Sir Mark Prescott
130/389- Mattmu 448 5 9-3 T D Easterby
9-21389 Mr Lupton (IRE) 56 4 9-3 R A Fahey
41-635 Mr Scarlet 78 3 9-1 Ms Lavery
70-3221 Only Mine (IRE) 70 4 9-0 J G Murphy
0-64035 Orion's Bow 56 6 9-3 T D Easterby
14-5932 Queen Kindly 57 3 8-12 R A Fahey
11317-0 Quiet Reflection 105 4 9-0 K R Burke
9-76221 Roly Poly (USA) 57 3 8-12 A P O'Brien
2-88621 Spirit of Valor (USA) 55 3 9-1 A P O'Brien
1511- Spiritual Lady 316 3 8-12 P J McBride
433-837 Suedois (FR) 77 6 9-3 D O'Meara
18-2120 Tasleet 56 4 9-3 W J Haggas
121-518 The Tin Man 56 5 9-3 J R Fanshawe
904166 Tupi (IRE) 77 5 9-3 R Hannon
3350-69 Waady (IRE) 105 5 9-3 J H M Gosden
7-71260 Washington Dc (IRE) 81 4 9-3 A P O'Brien
143105 Winning Ways (IRE) 70 3 9-1 J Noseda
1006-50 Yalta (IRE) 78 3 9-1 M Johnston

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