Evans Has Haydock In Mind For Star Sprinter Rohaan

David Evans has nominated the G1 Betfair Sprint Cup at Haydock as the likely next outing for his star sprinter Rohaan (Ire) (Mayson {GB}) after his excellent fourth in the G1 Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville on Sunday. The 4-year-old bounced back from a spell in the wilderness when successfully defending his crown in the Wokingham S. at Royal Ascot in June. After finishing a creditable fourth in a Group 3 at Newbury, Rohaan proved he still has what it takes to be a force to be reckoned with...

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Full-Brother To Eqtidaar Debuts At Haydock

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Thursday's Observations features a full-brother to Group 1 winner Eqtidaar (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}). 2.10 Haydock, Mdn, £10,000, 2yo, 6fT MUTAANY (GB) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) debuts for Shadwell and is a full-brother to the G1 Commonwealth Cup hero Eqtidaar (Ire) and half-brother to the G2 Hungerford S.-winning sire first-season...

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Josh Moore In Critical Care Unit

National Hunt jockey Josh Moore remains in the critical care unit at Aintree University Hospital following a fall at Haydock on Saturday. Moore sustained serious injuries, including a broken femur, punctured lung, broken ribs and damage to his lower back, when his mount Gleno (Ire), trained by the jockey's father Gary, fell during a steeplechase. Gleno was unhurt. Following successful surgery on his broken leg, Moore has been placed under sedation after contracting a chest infection which is interrupting further required treatment, including a second operation on his back.  A...

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Storm Eunice Forces Cancellations in UK/Ire

The approach of Storm Eunice, which will impact Ireland and the United Kingdom on Friday, has caused some racecourses to cancel their cards as a precautionary measure. Fakenham was called off on Thursday due to the severe weather warnings, and the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board has cancelled Dundalk's Friday card, too. The storm is expected to bring high winds and, in some cases, snow. "We discussed the situation with Jim Martin of Dundalk Stadium and Met Eireann this morning and again this afternoon and we felt with the current forecast...

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Shamardal's Emaraaty Ana Prevails In Sprint Cup Thriller

It was tight at the end of Saturday's G1 Betfair Sprint Cup at Haydock, with Andrea Atzeni celebrating a black-type treble on the day on Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum's Emaraaty Ana (GB) (Shamardal) who denied Starman (GB) (Dutch Art {GB}) in a photo. Revived of late, the 5-year-old who had been second in the five-furlong G1 Nunthorpe S. at York Aug. 20 tanked along early off the pace but had plenty left to take over approaching the final furlong. Clinging on late as the even-money favourite found his stride...

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Frankel's Triple Time In The Ascendant At Haydock

Both Godolphin's Book 1 sensation Hafit (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) and Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum's homebred blueblood Triple Time (Ire) (Frankel {GB}) were breaking their maidens Aug. 6, but as the latter was doing so at the third attempt it was the 2.1 million guineas purchase Hafit that elicited the greater excitement in a fascinating renewal of Saturday's Listed Betfair Exchange Ascendant S. Triple Time, who had been started over an inadequate six furlongs when third behind the subsequent G2 Superlative S. third Dhabab (Ire) (No Nay Never) at Leicester June 1, was a...

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Group 1 Winner Starman One of 14 in Sprint Cup

Haydock hosts the G1 Betfair Sprint Cup S. on Sept. 4, and Group 1 winner Starman (GB) (Dutch Art {GB}) is one of 14 signed on in the six-furlong affair. A winner of the G1 Darley July Cup S. ahead of Dragon Symbol (GB) (Cable Bay {Ire}) on July 10, the David Ward colourbearer ran third, one better than Brando (GB) (Pivotal {GB}) in the G1 LARC Prix Maurice de Gheest to Marianafoot (Fr) (Footstepsinthesand {GB}) at Deauville on Aug. 8 for trainer Ed Walker. Fellow Group 1 winner Glen...

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Haydock Sprint Cup Next For Starman

Starman (GB) (Dutch art {GB}), the winner of the G1 July Cup, will aim for a start in the G1 Betfair Sprint Cup at Haydock on Sept. 4 after running a close third in the G1 Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville on Sunday. A winner of his first three starts last fall, including the Listed Garrowby S. at York in September, the 4-year-old colt did not care for the soft ground in the G1 QIPCO British Champions Sprint S. and ran unplaced in October. he was back on top...

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Rose Of Lancaster Headlines Saturday Action

   Still an unknown quantity on turf, Godolphin's Real World (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) takes the next step up the ladder in Saturday's G3 Rose of Lancaster S. at Haydock. Coming off an impressive success in Royal Ascot's Royal Hunt Cup June 16 to annexe the Listed Steventon S. over this 10-furlong trip at Newbury July 17, the 4-year-old is the kingpin of the Saeed bin Suroor stable and he said, "He has come back well from Newbury and he's an improving horse. He's been working well and we're happy...

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Burrows Charts Options for Minzaal Before Sprint Cup Tilt

Shadwell's Minzaal (Ire) (Mehmas {Ire}) may mark his seasonal return at Nottingham next month in advance of a potential outing in the G1 Betfair Sprint Cup at Haydock Park Sept. 4. The G2 Gimcrack S. winner will use either the five-furlong British Stallion Studs EBF Conditions S. Aug. 10 or the G3 Phoenix Sprint S. at the Curragh over six furlongs Aug. 8 as a stepping stone to Haydock's marquee sprint event. Minzaal was last sighted finishing third in the G1 Middle Park S. at Newmarket in October. Minzaal was...

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Daughter of Mossfun Debuts at Haydock

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Wednesday's Observations features a daughter of a G1 Golden Slipper winner. 2.00 Haydock, Novice, £6,300, 2yo, f, 6fT SADMAH (GB) (Frankel {GB}) is a daughter of the 2014 G1 Golden Slipper heroine Mossfun (Aus) (Mossman {Aus}) who debuts for her owner-breeders Emirates Park Pty Ltd and the Kevin Ryan...

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Cable Bay's Liberty Beach Takes the Temple

Making all on her return in Saturday's G2 Temple S. at Haydock, Liberty Beach (GB) (Cable Bay {Ire}) enjoyed the perfect warm-up for a second tilt at the G1 King's Stand S. in which she was third in 2020. Also third in ParisLongchamp's G1 Prix de l'Abbaye when last seen in October, the 13-8 favourite was made to pull out the stops late on by Ainsdale (GB) (Mayson {GB}) but kept finding to score by a neck as Lady In France (GB) (Showcasing {GB}) was half a length away in...

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