5 Horses to Watch on Haydock Betfred Sprint Cup Day

This Saturday sees one of Haydock Park’s most prestigious meetings, The Betfred Sprint Cup Day, which, predictably enough, includes the Group 1 Sprint Cup.


You can find in-depth naps and tips on our free Channel 4 betting tips page, but we’re here to discuss some of the biggest stories for Saturday. Which horses are well worth a watch? Who could upset the applecart?

Magical Memory (The Betfred Sprint Cup)

The Betfred Sprint Cup is the undoubted highlight of the day, and it’s jam packed with big horses. One of the biggest, Muhaarar, may be sadly absent, but one of Charles Hills’ highly-rated three-year olds Magical Memory is on a very steep upward trajectory and so represents a very interesting option for punters.

He’s had a great season, winning three (including the Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood – the first of his age to do so since 1997) and placing two more in six. This is his first Class 1 race, so it’s a significant step up. But it’s well worth a watch – and that’s what we watch this beautiful sport for, isn’t it?

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Danzeno (The Betfred Sprint Cup)

Frankie Dettori’s had another terrific season. While the horse he’s chosen (above Magical Memory), Danzeno, hasn’t quite hit the heights, he’s been quietly impressing in a number of races (including a credible fifth in the Newmarket July Cup) and is tipped by many to make the Sprint Cup more than interesting.

The Mick Appleby-trained colt has shown a great deal of potential We only hope that there’s no more rain in Merseyside before the weekend, as his trainer has said he won’t run in wetter conditions.

Captain Cat (The Superior Mile)

Captain Cat hasn’t had a great 2015. He’s not come close to winning this season, but is coming back to the race where he won last year – and where Roger Charlton has trained three winners since 2010.

He won at 2/1 last season in the Superior Mile, but we’ll expect to see him significantly higher than that this year. But if the ground stays pretty dry then we think that’ll suit his action just right. A spot of redemption could be on the cards.

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Notarised (The Old Borough Cup)

Mark Johnstone has had 4 winners from the last 10 Old Borough Cups that he’s entered for, and all eyes will be on his three horses in Merseyside. However, although High Secret is a stronger favourite of Johnstone’s, and long odds-runners don’t tend to fare well at the Old Borough Cup, there’s something about Notarised that makes us think he’s worth keeping an eye on.

He won the Old Newton Cup superbly this year under Silvestre De Souza, and you know what? He might make a splash here too.

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Confessional (Betfred Handicap)

Ah, you’ve got to love an underdog. Confessional hasn’t won in 28 races – a stretch of nearly two years. So there won’t be many expecting this eight-year old to break his hoodoo on Saturday in the 310 at Haydock.

But his trainer Tim Easterby has previous on this course, so we’ll be keeping an eye on him, just in case something slightly special happens.

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