Betfair Sprint Cup
|Group 1, Haydock Park 16:15
6f, Class 1
|Saturday 7th September 2019|
1 Hello Youmzain 9/2C
2 The Tin Man 7/1
3 Waldpfad 9/1
11 ran NR: Advertise, Ten Sovereigns
Distances: ½l, 2l, hd Time: 1m 12.79s (slow by 2.59s)
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One of three in the race for Kevin Ryan, James Doyle was content to help cut out the running with Invincible Army.
Two furlongs out the pair got a break on the field and once Hello Youmzain saw off his big rival, he just needed to hold any challengers emerging from the pack.
The Tin Man ran his best race of the season back in second, while the German raider Waldpfad flew home for third.
Hello Youmzain had been off the track since finishing third in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot in June.
Ryan said: “We decided after Ascot that we’d be patient with him as it’s not all about this year. These horses don’t come around very often and although we gave him a tentative entry in the Nunthorpe, this race was always the plan.
“He’s such a young horse and a big horse as well. You shouldn’t wish your life away, but he’s going to mature and he’ll be a stronger horse next year. He’s very exciting.
“He’ll have one more run this year on Champions Day at Ascot and then we’ll put him away for next season.
“I wouldn’t rule out bringing him back to five furlongs at some stage. He showed today he has loads of pace – Major Jumbo is not a slow horse and he had him off the steel within a furlong.”
The trainer went on to reveal the fourth-placed Brando had burst a blood vessel, adding: “He has done it before and he did it here.
“He travelled into the race great, so it’s unfortunate.”
James Fanshawe was understandably proud of the performance of defending champion The Tin Man – and a rematch with Hello Youmzain in the Qipco British Champions Sprint on October 19 looks to be on the cards.
Fanshawe said: “First of all, the team has done a fantastic job to get him back. After his last run at Newbury, I thought that might be the end of him as he was a bit stiff behind and he is seven.
“Everyone has been working hard to get him back to top form. With the performances this year, you can never be that confident, but I knew he was in good shape going into the race.
“I’m really pleased with him, he’s run very well and I hope we can have him in the same form for Ascot (Champions Day).”
Betfair Sprint Cup
(British Champions Series) (Group 1)
£300,000 added, 3yo plus, 6f, Class 1
1 (6) Hello Youmzain 3 9-1 Kevin Ryan James Doyle 9/2C
2 (3) ½ The Tin Man 7 9-3 James Fanshawe Oisin Murphy 7/1
3 (11) 2 Waldpfad 5 9-3 D Moser Andrea Atzeni 9/1
4 (5) hd Brando 7 9-3 Kevin Ryan Tom Eaves 7/1
5 (1) hd Invincible Army 4 9-3 James Tate P J McDonald 14/1
6 (10) nk Fairyland 3 8-12 A P O'Brien P B Beggy 16/1
7 (9) 1½ Major Jumbo 5 9-3 Kevin Ryan Kevin Stott 25/1
8 (10) hd Dream Of Dreams 5 9-3 Sir Michael Stoute Daniel Tudhope 9/2C
9 (13) 1 So Perfect 3 8-12 A P O'Brien Wayne Lordan 16/1
10 (7) 2 Forever In Dreams 3 8-12 Aidan F Fogarty W J Lee 11/1
11 (12) 2¼ Khaadem 3 9-1 Charles Hills Jim Crowley 9/2C
7 NR 2-0121 Advertise 3 9-1 Martyn Meade NON RUNNER
10 NR 1-5416 Ten Sovereigns 3 9-1 A P O'Brien NON RUNNER