Haydock Sprint Cup – Our 1-2-3 Prediction For Saturday’s Group 1 Feature

Seventeen runners go to post for Saturday’s Group 1 Feature, the Haydock Sprint Cup. We’ve studied the card and picked out our 1-2-3 for the race, where we’re backing yet another Group 1 winner for the Buick/Appleby team.

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1st – Naval Crown (4/1)

Charlie Appleby’s NAVAL CROWN is the only horse in the line up with a Group 1 win this year, and with jockey William Buick in red-hot form, he can steer him to a second Group 1 victory.

Since returning from Meydan, he was a 33/1 winner of the Group 1 Platinum Jubilee Stakes, and was just touched off by Alcohol Free in the July Cup. The most recent run came at Deauville in the Prix Maurice de Gheest, where he could only finish fifth (Minzaal in 2nd). The ground may have been a touch too soft for him that day, having never won on ground softer than good.

His mark of 118 makes him the highest rated in the field and he can prove his class here, giving trainer Charlie Appleby an eight Group 1 win of the year.

2nd – Minzaal (4/1)

Owen Burrow’s has had a fantastic first year as a public trainer, including a Group 1 winner with Hukum in the Coronation Cup. MINZAAL looks set to go off as favourite on Saturday and he’ll undoubtedly go close, but he has a tendency to find a couple too good and that could be the case again in this.

His reappearance third in the Duke Of York Stakes was promising, but he was disappointing next time out when comfortably beaten by Naval Crown in the Platinum Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.

He then dropped into Group 3 company in the Hackwood Stakes and impressed, staying on well to beat Go Bears Go and Dubawi Legend for a first victory in almost two years. His most recent run was his most impressive to date, a close second in the G1 Prix Maurice de Gheest, so he comes here in the best form of his career.

However, Naval Crown was over four lengths clear of him at Royal Ascot in Minzaal’s only big-field race to date, and he may find that rival too good again on Saturday.

3rd – Art Power (8/1)

The lightly-raced ART POWER could be the one to chase the two market leaders home on Saturday. After over ten months off, he reappeared with a solid fourth in the City Of York Stakes last month and he should strip fitter for that run. He was just over three lengths behind Kinross that day, but should come on for that run and is fancied to reverse that form on Saturday.

Having finished fourth (2020) and fifth (2021) in the last two renewals of the race, it’s easy enough to suggest he may find a couple too good again this year. But he’s not out of it by any means, and his fourth in the Champions Sprint Stakes at the end of 2021 is a fantastic piece of form, where he would have finished closer if he was drawn on the far side of the track (first three all drawn on the near side). Despite his poor draw, he was only a head behind Minzaal, which shows how good a performance that was.

Providing he comes on for his reappearance run, Art Power looks a fantastic E/W bet and he completes our predicted top three.


1st – Naval Crown

2nd – Minzaal

3rd – Art Power

*Odds correct at time of posting – 12pm Thursday 1st September*

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