Flat fans are treated to a top-class Group 1 contest on Saturday afternoon, in the form of the Sprint Cup Stakes at Haydock.
STARMAN (EVS) returns to British soil and he could bounce back from his disappointing run at Deauville last month.
Ed Walker’s star sprinter struggled with the softer conditions in France, running below par to finish third in the Prix Maurice de Gheest.
The faster ground should be ideal for him here and he is still the one to beat in this line-up.
CREATIVE FORCE’s (5/1) rapid rise through the ranks could well continue in this contest after the gelding returned to form at Goodwood in July.
The three-year-old has jumped up 25lbs in the ratings since April, claiming success in four of his six starts to date this season.
He finished five in the July Cup at Newmarket but he bounced back with a strong performance at Goodwood, finishing a neck second in the Lennox Stakes.
Charlie Appleby‘s recruit could have more in the lucky and is one of interest in this contest.
ART POWER (17/2) is yet to fire this season for Tim Easterby, with the four-year-old needing to bounce back to form here.
The Dark Angel colt has not landed success since July of last year, but he produced respectable efforts in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes and the July Cup, finishing third and fourth.
It will take a bold effort if he is to overturn Starman and he has 5lbs in the ratings to find on him.
GLEN SHIEL (9/1) will aim to land success for the first time since Champions Day last October for Archie Watson, while Richard Hannon’s HAPPY ROMANCE (16/1) returns to Group 1 company after landing the Hackwood Stakes at Newbury back in July.
Clive Cox sends a pair of runners to Haydock, with SUPREMACY (14/1) aiming to recreate his two-year-old form and last season’s 150/1 Coventry Stakes shock winner NANDO PARRADO (66/1) representing the Berkshire trainer.
CHIL CHIL (18/1) could have more to offer after finishing fifth in the Nunthorpe at York last month, while Kevin Ryan’s EMARAATY ANA (25/1) could build on his second-place finish in the same contest here.
SUMMERGHAND (33/1) flew back into form when landing a 16/1 gamble in Listed company at Newmarket on Saturday for David O’Meara and Charles Hills’ GARRUS (40/1) could produce another big effort after landing Group 3 honours in France.