Harry Angel and Blue Point well placed to provide Godolphin with another Sprint Cup victory

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Blue Point – 10-1 ( e.w. ) Bet365 and Ladbrokes

The last and only time the famous blue silks of Godolphin were carried to victory in Haydock’s Group 1 32Red-backed Sprint Cup was courtesy of Diktak back in 1999 when the four-year-old, in the hands of Frankie Dettori, justified 13-8 favouritism by getting up close home to defeat Bertolini by a neck. Despite many attempts since then the powerful Dubai-based operation have failed to follow up this century but in Harry Angel and Blue Point they have an excellent opportunity to put that record straight this Saturday.

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Made clear favourite for Haydock’s six furlong sprint since running out an impressive winner of Newmarket’s Dubai July Cup, Harry Angel is currently a best price 13-8 with Betfair Sportsbook to confirm that form with several of those who finished behind including runner-up Limato and third placed Brando. The Kevin Ryan-trained son of Pivotal has almost two lengths to make up on the winner but has since landed a Group 1 contest himself in the shape of Deauville’s Prix Maurice de Gheest.

While respectful of the Godolphin-owned favourite Ryan’s son and assistant Adam is expected a bold show from the stable’s star sprinter this time, saying: “ It sounds a bit daft but even though he’s a five-year-old he’s still improving. He hasn’t had that many runs and he’s quite a raw horse, he’s quite unexposed at that level and he’s still on the upgrade. It’s a Group 1 and far from a two-horse race. But if Brando puts up the same sort of performance he did in France he should be there or thereabouts.”

Trainer Charlie Appleby, responsible for Godolphin’s ‘ second-string ‘ Blue Point is expecting his charge to improve upon his third place in Royal Ascot’s Commonwealth Cup when just half a length behind runner-up Harry Angel, on which he elaborated by saying: “ Harry Angel was taken on at the wrong stage for his run style and the winner ( Caravaggio ) was impressive on the day, but I felt the race built to finish how it did. It was a crowdpleaser but, more importantly, I was pleased with our horse. If you’re asking me do I think he’s a Group 1 horse? Yes. I think we’ll be bang there, for sure.”

Given a break since that creditable effort back in June the Shamardal colt will be having just his third start of the season and at the 10-1 available with several bookmakers looks sure to go close at the weekend.

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