Due Diligence to miss Haydock
News this morning that Aidan O’Brien will not send Due Dilligence to Haydock for the Betfred Sprint Cup this weekend.
The Irish Times reported O’Brien as stating “Due Dilligence won’t run and it’s possible we won’t have a runner in the race at all”. His fancied charge is one of five entries from the stable for the race but it would seem he will be eyeing engagements closer to home for his sprinters over the coming weeks.
Speedballs at the top of the market include last years winner Gordon Lord Byron and the brilliant Sole Power, both of their respective connections with eyes very much on the skies as the week passes to Saturday. It is likely that Gordon Lord Byron will be ridden by William Buick after trainer Tom Hogan told the Racing Post that “he would be the rider we are thinking of”. Buick was aboard when the pair landed the Prix de la Foret in 2012 at Longchamp’s Arc Meeting.
The English charge is likely to be led by Music Master, Tropics and G Force.
Music Master will bid to follow up a not so distant win in the race for trainer Henry Candy who saddled Markab to success in the Group 1 in 2010 and has been set up for this years renewal with a win at Newbury in the Group 3 Hackwood. Tropics represents Dean Ivory and will look to prove a Group 1 second at 66/1 behind Slade Power in the Darley July Cup no fluke tacking Group 1 company once more.
G Force is an exciting runner for David O’Meara and has only come up a little short in steps into top company this season, the three year old is lightly raced and wouldn’t need to improve too much to figure in the contest.
Current Betting –
Slade Power – with a run 3/1, Gordon Lord Byron 5/1, Sole Power 6/1, Music Master 8/1, Tropics 9/1, G Force 12/1, 14/1 Bar….
Dean Ryan 01/09/14
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